Title: Finding Aurora
Author: Rebecca Langham
Target audience: YA/Adult? (I’m honestly not sure)
Date Read: 02/02/18
This will be a fairly short review, as the story itself was also quite short! It was originally published in the anthology Once Upon a Rainbow (Volume 2). I wasn’t aware of that until after, so I did get a bit of a surprise when I got through it so quickly.
And that was my main thing about this book. I wanted more! I wanted to know about Amir and Talia growing up together, and more about how Talia first met Red, and more about the legend of the Sleeping Princess.
I know. I’m greedy.
None of this is to say that I didn’t enjoy the story. It’s a well done Sleeping Beauty re-telling, without a lot of the questionable bits from the original story. And it even addresses the fact that it’s weird to kiss a sleeping stranger (don’t worry – there is actually consent in this version). I already knew from following the author on Twitter than this had at least a bisexual character and an asexual character, and I loved how this tied in with the story and the character dynamics.
I did predict the twist but I don’t think that it is an issue of predictability. I think it rounded out the story nicely.
This review is part of my 2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge. Click here for more information.