If You Like Retellings of “Sleeping Beauty”, Then Read…

If You Like, Then Read is a feature where we offer reading suggestions based on books you already like, scheduled once a month. If you have more suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comments! You can check out the rest of these lists here

If You Like Sleeping Beauty, Then Read

Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep by Gail Carson Levine

In this hilarious retelling of “Sleeping Beauty”, Princess Sonora is gifted at birth with Brilliance and spends all her time reading–after all, she can sleep later!  She fully intends to find the perfect time to prick her finger, but even the best plans go awry.  Will her knight in shining armor save her or will she be betrothed to one of the most boring princes ever?

Waking Rose by Regina Doman

The third book of Regina Doman’s “Snow White and Rose Red” trilogy follows Rose Brier as she heads off to college and begins investigating a mysterious episode in her family’s past.  A modern retelling feature a reluctant prince, a drug-induced coma, and some wise religious sisters.

Thornspell by Helen Lowe

Prince Sigismund longs for an adventure like the ones he hears about in stories.  Then he begins having dreams about a girl trapped by thorns and his destiny begins to unfold.  But does he have what it takes to be a true hero?  “Sleeping Beauty” as told from the perspective of the prince.

Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters by Diane Zahler

Princess Aurora and her sister Luna live in an isolated castle by the sea where all sharp objects are forbidden.  Like their mother, Aurora suffers under a curse cast when she was a baby: if she touches a sharp object, she will sleep for a hundred years.  When the curse takes hold despite all their precautions, Aurora and Luna set off on a quest to find their fairy godmother and change their fate.

The Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker

Annie is the younger sister of the princess whom the world will come to know as Sleeping Beauty, but thanks to the chaos caused by her sister’s christening, Annie received a unique gift–magic has no effect on her.  When the curse strikes and the castle falls asleep, Annie determines to break the spell and save the kingdom.  She travels through various kingdoms seeking her sister’s true love with the help of her faithful guard Liam, but may unexpectedly find love herself.  Read Briana’s review.


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