Publication Date: October 2012
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): Now that Annie has helped her sister Gwendolyn (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) wake up from the 100-year curse by finding her beloved prince, you would think that things would get back to normal. Think again! That beloved prince, Beldegard, is stuck in the body of a bear and the only way that Annie can be free of the two irritating lovebirds is to help-by finding the evil dwarf who cast the spell. Luckily, Annie has assistance from handsome prince Liam, and she has many tricks up her non-magical sleeve . . .
My Review: I had read the first in the series, The Wide Awake Princess, on the recommendation of another blogger, Small Review, and thought it was OK (my review here). I thought the story had ended, but when I saw this pop up in Netgalley I was pleasantly surprised and wanted to give it a try. I'm glad I did!
I actually ended up liking this story a lot more than the first. It was still Middle Grade, but at the higher end with more of a love story and better interaction between the characters. I thought that this one had a better storyline as well and really enjoyed how the different fairytales were interwoven together.
Annie was just as strong of a character in this one, but her 'head-strongeness' wasn't annoying as it slightly was in the first one. I love the awkwardness between her and Liam and how it all sorts out at the end (not a spoiler, because you know it's going to happen!). We get to know her sister Gwendolyn a lot more and she isn't half bad either. Beldegard hasn't had the easiest of lives and so you get to know him as a deeper character as well.
Overall, this was a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fairytale mix-ups, whether they are 10 years old or in their 60's.