Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer: Maureen McGowan

Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer
by Maureen McGowan

Book Details:
Author: Maureen McGowan
Pages: Paperback, 320
Publish Date: April 1st 2011
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

Long ago in a faraway kingdom where humans co-exist with vampires, werewolves and fairies, a beautiful baby princess named Lucette is born. The king and queen host a celebration, but exclude the vampires because of tensions brewing between their previously peaceful kingdoms. Angry at the slight, the Vampire Queen crashes the party and puts a curse on the baby: when Lucette reaches adulthood, she will cut herself, and the instant her blood falls upon the ground, she will never wake again while the sun is in the sky. When night falls, she will awaken while everyone else in the kingdom will fall asleep, leaving Lucette alone in the darkness.

The royal wizard can’t reverse the spell, but alters it so that the curse can be lifted if Lucette proves she has found true love. But falling in love seems impossible if all the eligible bachelors are sleeping. Furious at the curse tampering, the Vampire Queen breaks the peace treaty that forbids vampires from attacking the people of Lucette’s kingdom. An army of vampire slayers is created to defend the kingdom from the nightly rampaging bloodsuckers.

Lucette secretly trains with the army, knowing that if her parents’ attempts to protect her fail and the curse comes true, one day—well, technically one night—she’ll be the only one in her kingdom awake to fight back.

And here’s the twist – you’re in control. At three points during the story, you get to decide what Lucette would do next. Depending on your choice, you flip to that relevant tab for the continuation of the story. Based on your choices, Lucette’s adventures unfold. And the extra fun part? After reaching one outcome, the reader can re-read the book, choose different options, and read an entirely different story!

First Line(s): Sun streamed through the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the western-facing of the palace's reception room.

My Review:
Do you all remember those books where there were different options you could choose from, several paths throughout the novel and alternative endings? I loved these books when I was younger, so I was happily when I discovered this novel fits into that category! There are three or four times throughout the novel where you get to pick the path of the heroine. The only bad thing about this is that, no matter which path you pick, the ending still remains the same. That was a real bummer for me.

The main character, Lucette, is well-written. She has depth, a multi-layered personality and boy is she witty. I would have liked to know more about Alex and Tristan, the two possible love interests of Lucette. The King and Queen were much better developed, with interesting personalities.

Over all I loved the story! This novel is not the best piece of fiction ever written, but it is a fun and is a fast read for sure!

My Rating: 4 stars

I would like to thank Net Galley for the chance to read and review this book. I was given this book to read in exchange for a honest review.

Until next time...
Happy Reading!


Gaming Gabby said...

Great review! I was also a little disappointed that the ending was the same no matter which path you chose. It would have been fun to have different endings.

Sharon said...

What a fun read! I looked it up and found that there was also a Cinderella, Ninja Warrior.

Alexia561 said...

Great review! I didn't realize that this was like the old CYOA books. Awesome!

Maureen McGowan said...

Thanks for the review!

Candace said...

I remember those books where we got to choose the path! But its too bad that in this one the end is still the same :( Otherwise it sounds great though!

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