Author: Christy Sloat
Genre: YA Fantasy
Number of Pages: 170
My Rating: Four out of five stars.
“Not all princesses get their happily ever after…
They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane. I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend. I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under. I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real. I’m crazy. I’m not a princess. They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right? They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am. When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.
Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth?”
My Review: When I first heard about this book over at The MissPhyre Library, I was intrigued. I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings, and I’ve yet to read a really good Sleeping Beauty one. The MissPhyre Library had just done a whole month dedicated to Christy Sloat and her books, and I was REALLY wanting to check this title out in particular. I picked it up on release day, and finally got to start reading it the other day.
First of all, the cover is freaking gorgeous. I mean, look at it:
I really loved it. The plot was unique, not to mention dark. This was a VERY dark fairytale retelling, and I loved every minute of it. The asylum setting was dark and creepy, and I thought Christy Sloat did a great job explaining the layout, and making me able to picture it in my head.
Rory’s character had such great development throughout the book, and I can’t wait to see her grow even more in the next book in the duology. Sawyer was great also. He was loyal and loving, and stuck by Rory even when things got tough. I really liked a lot of the supporting characters too. It was pretty easy to see their parallels with the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, and I appreciated that.
I would highly recommend this title to anyone who likes fairy tale retellings, especially ones that tend to be a little darker than your average Disney story. I give it four out of five stars.