Thornwood

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by Leah Cypess | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 9780593178836 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 4/10/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, April 10, 2021
I got this hardcover at Barnes and Noble. It's an entertaining twist on the "Sleeping Beauty" story, here starring sisters Rosalin (aka "Sleeping Beauty") and Briony, who's always felt like the unnoticed one in the background - after all, she didn't get any fairy blessings, and while she didn't get a curse either, she still feels second-best.

But when she wakes up to find herself in the all-too-quiet castle and in the presence of a supposedly non-existent spinning wheel - and without any memories past waking up in the morning of her sister's 16th birthday - she realizes that (A) the curse definitely kicked in, and (B) somehow it isn't turning out the way it was supposed to... Oh, there is a prince, and a kiss, and Rosalin does wake up, but it's all wrong - and it gets worse from there.

While the story's aimed at ages 9-12, it includes some very dark implications, among them the all-too-logical results of a castle full of people who know that they're doomed to fall asleep for a century if they're in the castle when the princess turns 16. I was delighted to find that most of the staff opted to head for town, so as to avoid waking up a century after their loved ones had passed away; and why didn't that occur to me when I first read the fairy tale? The royal family and some of the staff and guests did opt to stay, either because they hoped the curse would be foiled or didn't have anywhere else to go. And one young boy chose to enter the castle on purpose - he was apprenticed to a cruel master and was picked on in the town, and thought that a century's sleep would be a perfect way to get free.

The truth behind the original curse, and the challenges faced by those now awakening, make for an entertaining and sometimes horrifying story - those thorns are mobile and carnivorous! - but with a resilient heroine and some solid support from her chosen companions.

Released 1 mo ago (5/10/2021 UTC) at Little Free Library, Craig Dr. in Merrimack, New Hampshire USA

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*** Released for the 2021 April Showers/May Flowers challenge. ***

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