Length: 54 pages
Synopsis: Awakening is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with some twists. Princess Keira of Alventia grew up hearing about a princess who was doomed to sleep for 100 years when she turns eighteen. She never really believed in it until it happened to her. She pricks her finger on a spindle and falls into a ‘waking’ sleep, where she knows what is going on around her. As the decades pass, fewer and fewer people come to visit. And somehow, she turns into a vampire. We don’t know for sure if this is part of the original curse or not. With not many years left of her curse, she is kissed awake by Phillip, the son of the Dark King, the one who made the original deal with the Queen who desperately wanted a child. Her castle became desolate while she was sleeping, but this is okay because she goes with Phillip to his. The rest of the story has her interacting with the Dark King and Hansel and Gretel and learning more about her curse and what she has become.
Cover Art: I like how the rose in the foreground draws your attention. It really stands out against the neutral colors in the background. It would have been interesting to see a petal falling off the rose or even a drop of blood (since she does become a vampire). The whole scene reminds me of the Disney movie where the prince is trying to get through all the brambles.
My Thoughts: This novella has potential. Unfortunately, there were mistakes not caught during editing, and the sentence structure doesn’t always flow very well. I hope the author gets some guidance or a good editor so her stories get better. I also enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first. That’s when the writing seemed more fluid.
One reviewer said this story is erotica. I have read erotica, and based on those stories, this one is not. There is one scene with explicit sex, but the rest of the sexual content is implied or referenced.
Notes: There is mature content in this book. Also, there are British spellings used (which I get a kick out of).
Rating: 2.5 stars (I did deduct for the spelling and awkward sentences because there were so many, but I added a little back because I can see how someone could enjoy this book)
disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review