Synopsis (via Amazon):
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?
First off, let me say I love a good fairy tale. I haven’t read a lot of fantasy in awhile, since a lot of the authors asking for reviews in my group are dystopian/post-apoc writers. But, I still love fantasy! Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite stories, so I was genuinely excited to delve into the world I (possibly) knew so well. Christy Sloat gives you pieces of the story you remember while recreating Aurora (Rory) and the entire world of Sleeping Beauty in an entirely new and amazing way. I am a fan of including insane asylums in books/movies. I’m not sure why, but there is something exciting and terrifying about not being able to control what you think is real. Rory starts out as a supposedly crazed murderer, but as the story progresses and she learns the truth a little at a time, she becomes a stronger person. I love love love when a novel has a character grow from a weak person to a strong person. It’s human nature to find hope in dismal situations and Rory gravitates towards this small glimmer of hope, even if she is resistant at first.
Even though Slumber is a (sort of) traditional fairy tale and I loved the original Sleeping Beauty, I appreciated the massive change to Aurora’s character. In Disney’s version, Aurora is…kind of an air-head. She seems a little spunky, but in the end lets everyone guide her where they need to go. Rory is no air head. She is a leader. Once she grabs onto that hope, she takes control of her destiny. She doesn’t need a prince charming to swoop in and save her! Like I said, I love a traditional fairy tale where a prince saves a damsel in distress, but it is wonderful when a fairytale breaks the mold a little (or a lot).
The evil in the book was great too. Dripping with self-entitlement and revenge plots, just how I like it. Raven was awesome as well. I liked the shapeshifter element too.
Cover design: As I’ve said in previous reviews, I usually don’t like covers when the character’s face is on it because it takes my imagination away from what it wants to see. That being said, I love this cover. I already have sleeping beauty’s visage in my brain from reading/watching stories about Aurora in the past. But even if I had no clue about the tale of Sleeping Beauty I would still love this cover! Gorgeous and whimsical. Just the sort of cover a fairy tale needs.
Thank you, Christy for the great Book Release party you hosted! I loved your videos and games. Slumber was a treat to read and I am excited for the next installment.