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Saturday, February 23, 2013

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Review: Beauty Never Dies by Cameron Jace

The Grimm Diaries Prequels #3
Author: Cameron Jace
Released Date: June 20, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

Peter Pan has a plan. Since it's been hundred years since his friends were all cursed by the Brothers Grimm, he is about to wake up Sleeping Beauty, his eternal lover. Oops, you didn't know that. Blame it on the Grimms.

But in the middle of the ceremony, he is visited by the Evil Queen who manipulates him into helping her with information about Snow White. This or she will expose him as he has been secretly kidnapping kids to help him rebuild Neverland in the Dreamworld.

After the deal is made, Peter continues with the ceremony, bringing Sleeping Beauty back into life. What Sleeping Beauty is capable of and who she really is are like nothing ever written in the books.
Disclaimer: I received this copy from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my review in any way.

     I personally found this prequel a tad confusing. I love how it's altered and twisted (hence the fact I never saw who Sleeping Beauty really is until it came hurtling towards me), as well as the author keeping us in the know for the previous 2 prequels, but it was just confusing. There were too many fairy tales mixed into one: Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Dracula, etc. There were also modern stories (not modern) mixed in as well. I wasn't really confused with the modern stories mixed in, but the amount of fairy tales threw me out of orbit (figuratively speaking. I'm not Mars, you know :p).
     Of course... Draco Malfoy isn't exactly as famous Dracula. Draco Malfoy may be famous in present day with movie terms, but in the overall ground, Dracula is more famous (and I believe he was famous longer than Draco as well).
     While I like the idea and creativity behind the story, it just didn't stick as well as the first two. It just left me with a "Huh?" kind of view.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Owls

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