Young girl Looking into the crystal ball

Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.

All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.

Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.

But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.

A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I found this book really interesting, I thought the space parts would put me off a little but they didn’t, they made the book more unique and quirky. I did find it strange how the planet that Apoline lived on, came off as a more of a small village rather than a planet. It sounded like everyone in the whole planet knew each other.

Apoline was spunky and a very strong female character who knew her own mind and tried not to let anyone tell her what to do.But she was a little dense sometimes, there were coincidences staring her in the face yet she didn’t put the pieces together. The book was very predictable, I worked out what was going to happen very early on. There were a few clever moments that I didn’t expect, which made me smile.

Allard was a good character but didn’t seem all that princely to me. Definitely not like someone who would soon be King, he took too many risks for that in my opinion. But I did think he was a nice Prince Charming, a little weak but you gotta give the Prince a break every once in a while.

The three fairies were interesting characters. I did get the dynamic of them wrong at first, the one who I thought was in charge wasn’t, it was one of the ones who seemed less domineering. I know they were only trying to protect Apoline but they should have trusted her more by her 20th year.

Other than being a little predictable and a few inconsistencies, I really enjoyed this book and will be reading more from this author, especially in this series. I did love how the author tied lots of fairytales together, it was nicely done.

4 out of 5 stars

 

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