~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~
Once Upon a Dream is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a twist. When the prince kisses Aurora, he falls asleep and joins Aurora, who is stuck in a dream state, and must navigate her dream landscape in order to escape the influence of Maleficent.
As you can tell with my review of the first book, A Whole New World, I had a rocky start to this series. It may not have been as messy as A Whole New World was, but it was still a huge bore.
Firstly, I’ll start with the good, the premise was alright, but not great. I liked the idea of her stuck in her dream state and she has to figure out her way out. And the ending was nice though a bit too nice, in my opinion.(But don’t get me started on how painfully obvious it was from the very start)
As I mentioned before, everything else was a bore. It was so boring. The plot moved way too slowly and was just one big mess. In the movie, I liked Aurora but here, she’s extremely childish. There were an essence of the author attempting to show her growth throughout the novel, but it didn’t work. The style of writing also made it harder to like her. It felt inconsistent and dragged the whole book down. It’s a shame because the writing in A Whole New World was what kept me going, but in this book, it was just so poor. I could rant about Prince Philip and the piss-poor excuse for a romance in this book for days. The story relies too heavily on insta-love that happened previously,unknowingly to Aurora. She has no recollection of it, and technically doesn’t know this man at all,but agrees to kiss him?
Overall, it had some good scenes but wasn’t executed properly. This novel needs a couple of revisions (and maybe a better plot) because I just felt like it wasn’t good enough.
Kindle Edition, 448 pagesExpected publication: April 5th 2016 by Disney PressASIN: B015PTW43G