Imatge de l'autor

Liz Braswell

Autor/a de As Old as Time

31+ obres 10,251 Membres 135 Ressenyes 3 preferits

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Nota de desambiguació:

(eng) Tracy Lynn, Celia Thomson, and J. B. Stephens are pen names of Liz Braswell.

Crèdit de la imatge: ABC Family


Obres de Liz Braswell

As Old as Time (2016) 2,015 exemplars
A Whole New World (2015) 1,636 exemplars
Once Upon a Dream (2016) 1,374 exemplars
Part of Your World (2018) — Autor — 946 exemplars
Snow (2003) 705 exemplars
Unbirthday (2020) 612 exemplars
The Nine Lives of Chloe King: The Fallen; The Stolen; The Chosen (2004) — Autor, algunes edicions606 exemplars
Rx (2006) 223 exemplars
The Fallen (2004)algunes edicions178 exemplars
The Big Empty (2004) 156 exemplars
Once Again: Snow; Beauty Sleep (2015) — Autor — 117 exemplars
The Stolen (2004) 111 exemplars

Obres associades

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (2009) — Col·laborador — 1,129 exemplars
Who Done It? (2013) — Col·laborador — 133 exemplars
Amazing Stories Vol. 71, No. 4 [Winter 2000] (2000) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Braswell, Liz
Nom oficial
Braswell, Elizabeth J.
Altres noms
Thomson, Celia
Stephens, J.B.
Lynn, Tracy
Braswell, Liz
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Llocs de residència
Storrs, Connecticut, USA
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Brown University (Egyptology)
Nota de desambiguació
Tracy Lynn, Celia Thomson, and J. B. Stephens are pen names of Liz Braswell.



James Patrick Cronin (Narrator)
This one was great. I love the series and this one was one of the best.
cfulton20 | Hi ha 12 ressenyes més | Nov 13, 2023 |
James Patrick Cronin (Narrator)
cfulton20 | Hi ha 14 ressenyes més | Nov 13, 2023 |
James Patrick Cronin (Narrator)
Love a new twist on an old story.
Very enjoyable
cfulton20 | Hi ha 29 ressenyes més | Nov 13, 2023 |
I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

I approached this book with incredibly low expectations. After reading book 1 in the series, A Whole New World, I actually thought I wouldn't even give this a try. But then curiosity won me over, and I decided to see if this Sleeping Beauty retelling could be any better than the Aladdin one. And, surprisingly, it was!

For starters, this time round the book didn't just copy-paste the original film dialogue, which was one of the main issues in the first one. The story actually kicks off right towards the end of the original film, right around the time when Aurora should wake up from eternal slumber, along with everyone else in the castle... except she doesn't.

This is the beginning of the actual reimagining of the fairy tale, which I have to say, was actually quite original. I particularly enjoyed the personal growth that Aurora undertook throughout the book. Now, apart from her beauty and kindness, Aurora never did display a lot of other qualities in the original film: true, she is entirely a product of her time, but she essentially just passively accepts whatever other people decide for her and waits for the dashing prince to save her. And that is just plain annoying.

In the book, Aurora didn't start out too great. For more or less the first half of the book, her main feature was the ability to whine and cry a lot. I don't like to repeat myself, but she was really annoying. And then, just when I was losing all hope, she changed! After venturing outside the castle where she was trapped and meeting Phillip, Aurora started showing some character and working actively towards saving herself and her kingdom. While she still cannot be defined a "bad-ass" woman, she is miles ahead of her old movie self.

The most interesting character, however, is always Maleficient. One of the best villains ever, Maleficient somehow always manages to steal the scene. She is evil, ruthless and incredibly smart, coming up with unforeseeable ways to destroy her enemies.

Unfortunately, she didn't get quite as much space as she would deserve. She did feature consistently throughout the book, but her character always remains at the margins, never being fully explored. Towards the end of the book, some of the biggest unanswered questions of ever are touched upon (like, why on earth would you curse a baby because her parents didn't invite you to a party???), but there is no satisfactory answer to any of them. Essentially, this was an opportunity wasted to delve deep into the mind of one of the most interesting evil characters in the history of Disney fairytales...

Overall, this book was essentially a whole lot better than its predecessor, but still left me wanting. The story is far more original than I was expecting, but the execution comes up short, displaying underdeveloped characters coupled with a less-than-satisfactory writing style. Light read, better enjoyed if approached with low expectations.

For this and more reviews, visit Book for Thought.
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bookforthought | Hi ha 12 ressenyes més | Nov 7, 2023 |



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