Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tale Series #2)

Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tale Series #2)

by Liz Braswell


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What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

It should be simple—a dragon defeated, a slumbering princess in a castle, a prince poised to wake her. But when the prince falls asleep as his lips touch the fair maiden's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

With a desperate fairy's last curse controlling her mind, Princess Aurora must escape from a different castle of thorns and navigate a dangerously magical landscape—created from her very own dreams. Aurora isn't alone—a charming prince is eager to join her quest, and old friends offer their help. But as Maleficent's agents follow her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are and, moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484707302
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Series: Twisted Tale Series , #2
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 17,071
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She also wrote A Whole New World, the first book in the new A Twisted Tale series. She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day. You can email her at me@lizbraswell.com or tweet @LizBraswell.

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Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tale Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BookPrincessBlog More than 1 year ago
This has not been my year for Sleeping Beauty retellings. I've got three failed ones (check out Kingdom of Ash and Briars lameness here), and the ones that are coming out don't look all that exciting for me. Is it too soon to just beg Marissa Meyer to write me one so I can just die of happiness and finally get the Sleeping Beauty feels my heart desires? My wonderful best friend bought this for me for my birthday, because Sleeping Beauty has always been one - if not - the top princess on my list. Trust me, I don't entirely know why other than my little kid heart was set on Briar Rose being the top girl in the cliched princess fight. Forget Rapunzel who takes on baddies with frying pans or Mulan who, you know, saves China. Give me classic naive girl whose life consists of insta-loving hot guys in the woods, singing, and twirling. I have obviously discovered the greatness of Rapunzel and Mulan and Tiana later on, actually showcasing girl empowerment, but Sleeping Beauty will always have a hold on my heart because of that childhood love. And I think Prince Phillip is really attractive. That could be a big reason. Anyway, I was a bit scared when my best friend bought it because I had saw a lot of negative reviews on it, and let's be honest - this is published Disney fanfic. However, I didn't really care because I just wanted my Sleeping Beauty feels, and my friend bought it so I was going to read it anyway. There were a lot of issues with this book, but all in all, I found it pretty entertaining at parts - even if it wasn't supposed to be. Okay, almost all where it wasn't supposed to be funny. Because I mean, you had to laugh at some of the things that were going on in this book. Often times, the author decided that actually writing a fight scene was super hard so she literally created a bulleted list for what was going on. This is what happened: Aurora thought something stupid Prince Phil said something even stupider weird shadow thing was like ahhhhh Weird shadow thing touched Aurora's hair Aurora was all judgey and was like, hell no, you just didn't touch my hair Aurora kicked some butt Like, what in the actual heck? I thought it was so weird and hilarious. All in all, though, I was definitely urged on to read more. I have to give the author major credit for creating an amazingly creative take on the story and all the ideas she created with the plot. She did an interesting job at giving nods to the original but also taking a new twist. I semi hated Aurora throughout the whole book - she was pretty judgey despite her being kind and all - but I do applaud the authorfor trying to give her a backbone.She was just so mean to Phil throughout and I couldn't believe she was supposed to be in love with him. I missed the naivete hopeless romantic of Briar Rose from Disney - and this book certainly did not include her. Sleeping Beauty is basically my favorite Disney movie, and I did love the references to the original with actual lines being credited but I felt that some of the characters' personalities were drastically changed. Prince Phil and King Hubert were amazing, though. King Hubert honestly made the story and I would honestly read an entire book about his adventures. Overall, it was an interesting take, and I got my Sleeping Beauty feels for the most part. I just wish it had been executed better. Check out more of my thoughts: https://bookprincessreviews.wordpress.com/
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
A retelling of a fairy tale! A retelling of a fairy tale! If you follow my reviews, you already know that I love fairy tale retellings. Love, love, love them! So of course I was super excited to get my hands on Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell. A retelling of the ever popular Sleeping Beauty story. However, as retellings usually go, this is not the story as you know it. But instead of Aurora waking up when the prince kisses her, he falls fast asleep too! Then all of a sudden we are with the princess again in the castle. Maleficent is ruling. The world outside the castle is dangerous and everyone in the castle is trapped inside for their own safety. The king and queen have been locked down in the dungeon and Princess Aurora is treated kindly. Then weird things start to happen and Aurora starts to get confused. And the story really starts happening. So much fun! First, just let me say that Once Upon a Dream was actually a lot darker than I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be pretty light hearted, but it wasn't. It got deep. It got dark. Sometimes it got a little ugly. I am not disappointed in this at all, I was just surprised. As far as the characters went. I thought they were okay. I would have liked a little bit more development in them. There were quite a few places that I felt they went a little flat. But for the most part, I think the main characters were done okay. They each had their little moments. I thought the premise of the over all story line was actually pretty clever and I really enjoyed this spin on the original story. That being said though, there wasn't much to keep me going when I was reading. I kept putting the book down. It wasn't that the book was bad, but I just wasn't drawn in enough. I wanted a little more to it. I wanted to feel closer to the characters, I wanted some more action, a little more depth than I was given. I mainly continued reading this story because I wanted to know how Liz Braswell ended this twist. This all being said, I still plan to read other retellings that come from the mind of Liz Braswell. Once Upon a Dream showed me a really cool twist on Sleeping Beauty that I never even thought of as a possibility. My Rating 3.5 Stars This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher through Irish Banana Blog Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book was amazing! It was a little boring at first.. but then it got juicy. I really enjoyed this book and the way that there were different worlds inside of it. Thank you Liz Braswell for taking your time to create this amazing book!
MissKelbe 12 months ago
I wanted to read another one of Liz Braswell’s fairy tale retellings. ONCE UPON A DREAM was a very unique retelling of another beloved story, SLEEPING BEAUTY. I loved how Liz created Princess Aurora with all her traits from the movie and added new things to her personality. I also loved Phillip, the three fairies and new characters introduced. I also loved all the challenges Aurora faced & how they made her a stronger princess. Thank you Liz for another creative retelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My real Overall Rating is 3.5 stars. It started rather boring, stayed boring. I was very confused when I was reading the bit were she gets the feather from the minstrel, King Hubert, Ex King Hubert?!? But then it got SUPER OUPER DUPER EXITING ?! ?! ?! ?!!!!!!!! It was horrible when I had to put it down ?. It stayed awesome but with a few not so awesome dips. Lots of good stuff makes me feel ????????????!!!!!!! Or great, you know, both ways would work. But then the got boring again which made me feel,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,and ? all at the same time. THEN IT GOT AWESOME AGAIN!!!!!! Whew... that's a LOT off my chest, I'm gonna go re-read it now. Overall, pretty good book. Have a mary Christmas ?! Or happy Hanukkah ( I can't find the Hanukkah emoji symbol, sorry)
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
Once Upon a Dream started slow for me, but by the end I really enjoyed it! The world that Liz Braswell creates is definitely fantastical and enchanting, so it is perfect for a spin on Sleeping Beauty. The story isn't a retelling, but more of a continuance of the original Sleeping Beauty story, but instead of Prince Phillip's kiss awaking Aurora, he falls under the spell as well, so Aurora has to go on a sort of quest to save herself and the kingdom within her own dreamland. Aurora starts out as a naïve princess who doesn't look to deeply into things, but as the story progresses it is nice to see her grow into her own, and she also doesn't remember much from her awake life, so she doesn't know who to trust and what is actually the correct reality. Aurora has to go through some trials in order to save everyone, and grow into a person fit to be royalty. I enjoyed when Aurora questioned things that were in the original story, things like how quickly Prince Phillip and her fell in love, and how she really wasn't the happy, joyful angel in the woods; she's a real person with real issues, and she's not perfect. I thought Prince Phillip was great! He's everything you would expect out of a fairy tale prince. He's brave, dashing, and adorable, and definitely adds some lightness to the story. He's really sweet and understanding with Aurora, which is needed because Aurora can be a bit difficult, but through it all he remains true to her. If you enjoy the original Sleeping Beauty, I'd say definitely give this one a read! There's cool creatures, awesome battles, fun faeries, and of course kick-butt characters! And I loved how this book just added so much to the original story, and it was great to read more with these characters. It brings some rather base characters to life and gives them personality. The only thing I would have liked more was for the ending to be a bit longer. Fun, interesting read!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars I was disappointed by the first book in this series, but Aurora is my favorite princess and Sleeping Beauty is my favorite story, so I was willing to try this one. Yet, I don't even know what to say about it. First off, I loved the premise. The fact that it wasn't a traditional sort of retelling was exciting. I liked the fact that it was all a dream and that Aurora needed to figure out how to wake herself up. To me, that means learning things and getting stronger and maybe magic. Sadly, it was filled with childish brattiness, odd interactions with Phillip {who was fairly adorable}, and STRANGE YELLING FOR EMPHASIS. I kept waiting for some sort of amazing spark to happen that would make me fall in love with the story, because I REALLY wanted to love it. I tried so hard to love it. Overall, it was a clever idea, but not the best execution. **Huge thanks to Disney Hyperion for the NetGalley invite to read**