Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer

, by Kt Clapsadl

Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer
by Maureen McGowan

In this thrilling story full of adventure and romance, Sleeping Beauty is more than just a lonely princess waiting for her prince—she's a brave, tenacious girl who never backs down from a challenge. With vampire-slaying talents that she practices in secret, Sleeping Beauty puts her courage to the test in the dark of night, fighting evil as she searches for a way to break the spell that has cut her off from her family. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Sleeping Beauty and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!

Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is an entirely new type of fairy tale–one that will keep today's kids guessing and offer them hours of magical fun.

You can forget everything you think you know about Sleeping Beauty. Her name is Lucette and she isn't some fragile princess waiting for a prince to rescue her. No, she is a brave girl willing to do anything and everything she can to protect her family and kingdom. Of course her curse does get in the way of things as a single finger prick will threaten to keep her in solitude for the rest of her life, as well as leave her people extremely vulnerable at night. As big decisions come along it is up to the reader to decide what path to choose.

There was a love triangle between the three main characters, and at one point you even get to choose which boy to send away. I really liked this option, however it became a little disappointing in the end as regardless of your initial choice she still ended up with same guy in the end. I just wish that the choice made by the reader would have stuck throughout and been a different ending, yet still a happy one. I do understand why the circumstances would not allow for this choice, I just felt a little cheated when I realized the guy I chose wasn't going to win out anyway.

Lucette's parents have a complete inability to act sensibly, but I don't think this will be a problem  as it will help them become even more sympathetic to her plight. I was just a little frustrated with them as I just wanted to knock them upside the head at times. Both of them seemed to think their own method of protecting Lucette was the right way to do things. They never once took a step back to realize that in the end all they were doing was putting her between them, causing Lucette to feel as if everything was her fault. Not an easy way for a girl to grow up.

This story is geared more towards a younger audience rather then older teens. I remember reading a lot of these choose your adventure books way back when I was a teen. However, none of them were quite like this one since most choices in those books didn't leave a very happy outcome. In this book, however, there is no need to worry. No matter what path you choose, you can be sure that you will have a happy outcome in the end. I would recommend this to any of the tweens in your life that like a story with a good amount of danger, a little romance and a sweet fairy tale ending.

(Received from Netgalley)


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  1. I used to love choose your own adventure books! I am glad to see they are making a comeback!

  2. I've got this book via NetGalley. Haven't read it yet, but like so many books on my backlog, I keep meaning to. I suspect that choose-your-own-adventure style stuff will be a real pain on the Kindle, though...

  3. OMG I remember the choose your own adventure books. I think these books are good in theory but they tend to fall a little short when they don't give you the option that you want :)


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