Sleeping Beauty Retellings


I haven't done a list of fairy tale retellings in forever. Not only that, but I haven't even read a retelling in forever (what have I been doing?!). If you knew me, you would know this is beyond phenomenal. I love retellings, but most especially of fairy tales. 

There are many, many versions of fairy tales that exist. I love to find and experience a new one! I think it's so much fun to see the same story in a new way. I also really love the trend in recent YA that has been to scifi up the fairy tale genre. No complaints from me! Bring it on!

Sleeping Beauty was not my favorite fairy tale. As a princess, I thought she was pretty lame. I mean, she had one job. Don't touch anything sharp Aurora, and you save yourself and your kingdom. Boom, bam, problem solved. Her parents even got rid of spindles! (Fun fact: baby me didn't know what a spindle was). She still pricked her finger and spent the rest of the story asleep zzzzz. 

However, I have read versions of this fairy tale that have made me love it. Some of them are from the prince/love interest point of view as he (naturally) has the most conscious thinking time. But not all of them, I mean just because Aurora is asleep does not put her down for the count in some of these, and I learned to appreciate that!

The Wide-Awake Princess by ED Baker


Published Year: 2010
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Subtitle: Great

Annie is the younger sister of Gwen, who is the Princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. Annie is cursed with being impervious to magic so when Gwen pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie can break the curse. I really enjoyed this read on Sleeping Beauty. The younger sister to the fated SB was a new perspective, and how her parents would've handled her christening...well I think impervious to magic is totally plausible! 

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross


Published Year: 2012
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Subtitle: Good

Mirabelle's past is unknown, but she discovers she's from Beau Rivage -- a place where fairy tales are real. But they aren't pretty and they aren't fun, they don't end well and you don't get to choose. Mirabelle's Sleeping Beauty is intertwined with other fairy tales with dark turns and sharp edges, but that doesn't mean no one gets a happy ending. Some can and some do, but it's not an easy route. I enjoyed the concept of this town and was definitely embroiled in Mirabelle's mystery. while reading.

Thornspell by Helen Lowe


Published Year: 2008
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Subtitle: Great

Prince Sigismund would love to believe in enchantments and sleeping princesses, but nobody has ever actually seen one. But he starts seeing this girl in his dreams... and the rest is sort of history. I really, really liked this version! In the original story, Aurora sleeps for 100 years, and if she slept for 100 years, how in the world did the prince know to look for her? This story acknowledges this!

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn


Published Year: 2009
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Subtitle: Okay

What if Sleeping Beauty slept for hundreds of years and was woken up in modern day...? Well that's what happens here. And then when her dad the king is (understandably) a little pissed about adjusted to life 300 years later, she runs away with the said modern boy. I was amused by watching the prissy girl and the modern boy adjust to one another and overall enjoyed this one.

Spindle's End by Robin McKinley


Published Year: 2000
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Subtitle: TBR

Rosie despises her golden hair, prefers leather breeches to ball gowns, and can communicate with animals. On her fateful birthday, with no help from a prince, Rosie saves herself and her entire sleeping village from destruction, although she pays a realistic price... I haven't had a chance to read this one yet, but I can definitely say I'm intrigued!