In a Word/Phrase: Felt middle-grade
Publication Date: May 2010
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.
But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.
My review: Simply tons of my favorite books are MG....but this one felt too young for me. It was cute, and the heroine was fairly clever and not your average princess, but things felt a little rushed, and too many parts of fairy-tales felt crammed in. Nothing wrong with re-doing fairytales, I love it when people do it well, actually, but that doesn't mean every single secondary character has to be one either. Sometimes characters can naturally go against the grain but still feel realistic, but every single one of the secondary characters in this book was either supporting or up and up going against a classic cliche. Which is ok, but just wasn't super diverting.
I like me some romantical tension in the books I read. In MG, I don't expect a lot....cause it's usually kids that I'm reading about, but there was a bit in this one and it was cute.
It was a little tedious getting there...but the end felt right. Overall, not a bad book if you're up for something light, quick and easy, just don't drop anything else to do so.