Review Detail

Young Adult Fiction 2502
The after story
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
One hundred years ago, Aurora pricked her finger and became known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Now, she’s awake and discovering how much has changed. Her life is nothing like the fairy tale, her family is dead, her supposed true love is a complete stranger, and Aurora has no idea who she can trust. There’s so many people telling her what to do, pretending they want her safe, pretending they care, but only Aurora can make the final decision on how she can best help her kingdom. Marry or run.

The concept of this book really intrigued me. I admit, I’d never given much thought to what would happen after Sleeping Beauty woke up until I found out about this book. To her, it was like she was thrust a hundred years in the future to find out everyone she knew was dead, she has a stranger for a fiance, and she’s pretty much a celebrity.

I liked Aurora and I found myself empathizing with her. She wasn’t the strongest person, she was actually really meek and obedient even when she did speak her mind. She did manage to find small acts of rebelling against the queen and I liked the times we got to see her have a backbone. I loved that she felt for her kingdom, and that she still thought of it as her kingdom even though it was so changed. She was very kindhearted.

There were a lot of interesting characters in the book. I particularly ended up liking Rodric, the prince who woke up Aurora, and his little sister Isabelle. I loved the bond they shared. Isabelle was just adorable and Rodric was thoughtful and kind. I ended up feeling for Rodric as well as Aurora. He had a lot of pressure on him for being the prince who broke the spell. There were two other boys vying for Aurora’s attentions, Tristan and Finnegan. Of the two, I preferred the flirty Finnegan who could bring out a fire in Aurora to the charming Tristan who offered her an escape from castle life.

The author did a really good job in keeping everyone’s motives a bit of a mystery. Everyone had something to gain from earning Aurora’s favor or her obedience so when they were kind to her, was it sincere or was it an act? The writing was beautiful, it was really well-suited for a fairy tale.

The pacing, at first, was a little slow. At times it felt like it was going over the same thing, the same realization, so it felt like nothing was happening. Then so much started happening near the end, it was a little too fast. But it was exciting. The set-up was interesting, full of political manipulation, kingdoms at war, tensions between the royals and the civilians, magic outlawed. It showed just how cruel and desperate people can be to get a throne and keep it.

The book definitely can give a reader some things to think about while re-watching the Disney version.
Report this review Was this review helpful to you? 1 0

Comments

Already have an account? or Create an account
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sixteen-year-old Faith has always known she was different and her...
The Mall
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
The year is 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes and 90210 are, like,...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, political...
The Claires
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Four beautiful girls. Quadruplets. They are not identical.But each is...
The Life Below
 
4.0
 
4.0 (1)
It was hard enough for Naomi to leave Leo,...
What He Hides
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
She wants the truth... or does she? They say...
The Shadows Between Us
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King,...
Devil Darling Spy
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
It's 1940, and Sarah Goldstein is hiding in plain...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
"more forgetting time. more midnight dances with yourself."...
The Upside of Falling
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
It’s been years since eighteen-year-old Becca Hart believed in...
More Than His Best Friend
 
3.8
 
0.0 (0)
She’s got a strict rule against dating. Could her...
Salty, Bitter, Sweet
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
A slow-burn romance in a cutthroat kitchen! There’s more to...
The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie, #1)
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s...
The Winter Duke
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
She survived the curse. Now she must survive the throne....
Most Likely (Most Likely, #1)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
From the creator of the hit TV series The Bold...
Look Both Ways
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
This story was going to begin like all the best...

Latest Member Reviews

The Mall
 
3.7
"Cassie Worthy won't let a little thing like Mono hold her back from completing the Plan. It's the summer of..."
Salty, Bitter, Sweet
 
4.3
"SALTY, BITTER, SWEET is a book about family, forgiveness, grief, and following your passion. Isabella dreams of being a world-class..."
 
4.0
"break your glass slippers is the first book in the poetry series, “you are your own fairy tale,” by award-winning..."
The Upside of Falling
 
3.3
"THE UPSIDE OF FALLING is a YA contemporary romance by Wattpad author Alex Light. The story follows Becca Hart, an..."
The Winter Duke
 
5.0
"THE WINTER DUKE is a thrilling YA fantasy that takes place in a world where magic is controlled by a..."
Most Likely (Most Likely, #1)
 
5.0
"MOST LIKELY is a fantastic YA contemporary about friendship. The book starts with a woman becoming president and reflecting back..."
The Life Below
 
4.0
"After our mindbending landing on the moon back in 1969, we’ve faltered in our quest to explore space. Mars seems..."
The Twin
 
3.7
"Ivy and her twin sister Iris parents divorced when they were ten. Ivy got to live with their father and..."
Devil Darling Spy
 
4.7
"Sarah Goldstein, alias Ursulla Haller, is living right under Nazi rule in 1940 Germany. She's the Shirley Temple of the..."
The Life Below
 
4.0
"Naomi can't help but wonder if there was an ulterior motive behind the decision to kick Leo out of the..."
The Stars We Steal
 
3.7
"Jane Austen in space….yes please! The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne is a futuristic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion...."
Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things
 
4.0
" The story: After living in foster care since the death of her mother, Edie finally..."
Seven Deadly Shadows
 
4.0
"Sixteen-year-old Kira Fujikawa loves helping at her family shrine. She also has a paranormal ability. She sees the not only..."
The Shadows Between Us
 
5.0
"THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US is the highly devourable YA fantasy I have been searching for! This is an enthralling story..."
 
3.3
"The Betrothed is a brand new YA-novel set in the 15th century by Kiera Cass, whom we all know from..."
Remember Me
 
4.0
"‘First rule of storytelling,’ he says, a glint in his eyes.’ Everything is possible.’ Nell is..."
Lobizona
 
5.0
"Sixteen-year-old Manuela, 'Manu' is in hiding from her father's Argentinian crime family. She also runs the risk of being deported..."
A Very Large Expanse of Sea
 
4.7
"Reviewed for YA Books Central A book that should be on every teen's shelf. ..."
Serious Moonlight
 
5.0
"Birdie and Daniel has the most awkward first encounter. So when Birdie started her job in a historic hotel, she..."
Long Way Down
 
5.0
"I feel like I've been asleep for the last 31 years and I just woke up. I am woke. ..."