This novella (only about 90 pages) is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I was eager to read it because Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite fairy tales - largely because I love the art in the Disney version, and that has, over the years, prompted me to seek out other versions of the fairy tale.
This is a cute, quick story about the prince, Seth, and his best friend, Kira. They've been best friends since childhood, and as Kira gets older, her job is to act as bodyguard for the prince. Kira is a great character. I like that she's the protector of Prince Charming. As you might imagine, feelings beyond friendship develop between these two as they reach adulthood. However, the prince's father has already made arrangements for him to marry another princess - the princess who was cursed at birth.
The prince, because he's noble, accepts his fate and has every intention of honoring his obligation, despite being in love with Kira. After meeting the princess he's to marry - also known as Sleeping Beauty -- he feels protective of her, she doesn't have much of a life, hidden away in an effort to prevent the curse from happening. He promises to take care of her, and later feels it's his duty to marry her because he keeps his promises.
There's a journey and a few brief battle scenes and a bit of angst as Seth and Kira try to decide what to do with their feelings for each other as they also try to do what's right. Then there are some big secrets revealed.
There's an interesting twist in the end. I don't want to give it away. It's a very different take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. I respect that it was original, but didn't love it. After I finished reading this, I probably thought about it too much and a few things didn't seem to make sense to me.
But as long as you don't think too hard about it, it's a quick, enjoyable story.
Also - the cover is beautiful - that's what initially drew me to the book - I love castles, as well as the color purple.
I received a review copy of this via Netgalley.