Challenges: Debut Author Challenge
Publication Date: August 9th, 2011
Short synopsis (Goodreads): Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss.
Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose -- hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire -- is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat.
Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existance, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes -- or be left without any future at all.
My Review: Without a doubt this is one of the best fairy tale retellings that I have EVER read. I do not throw that out glibly either. Rose’s voice was easy to follow and easy to get lost in. The world was futuristic and only in the barest hints was the storyline similar to Sleeping Beauty but I liked it so much better that way. It took something familiar and made it better and its own.
Reading this I actually sobbed, hard core, at a few parts. True, I kind of had a long day and need a good cathartic cry, but it was amazing how with just a few flashbacks I was able to understand a relationship so completely that when it was torn away my heart ached. Anna Sheehan did an amazing job and I will keep a look out for her books in the future, to be sure!
The last few pages felt a little rushed, and the epilogue was unfulfilling. Not sure if this means that there will be more. I did really like the last line, though, and it teaches a good lesson. The was an complex yet easy to understand world and the magic I felt reading this story had nothing to do with fairy godmothers and everything to do with a strong main character who my heart was tied to within the first chapter. Recommended wholeheartedly!