What happened after the happily ever after?
You all know the story of your favorite fairy tale, but did you ever wonder what happened after the fairy-tale ending? Well, we know. Not all afters end up happily; sometimes the real adventure starts much later….
No one understands what it’s like when your mother is famous for her beauty and you are, at best, average. Actually I’m wrong. She wasn’t famous just for her beauty, but that’s how people tell the story, how people have always told the story. That was even her name for a while. No one remembered her real name. She was just the sleeping princess or Sleeping Beauty. Even all these years later, when the royals appear in the paper, my father, the king, barely gets a mention, and I’m only a footnote in my own life, destined to always be Sleeping Beauty’s daughter.
My name’s Princess Azia Rose of Draconis, and here is my story….
Following famous fairy-tale characters, 18 years after their happily ever after, the Kingdom of Fairytales offers an edge-of-the-seat thrill ride in an all-new and sensational way to listen to.
Mia Harper –
This was a fantastic tale of life after the fairytale, about sleeping beauty’s adopted daughter. The premice was exciting and the story engaging, which kept my interest to the end, the narration was excellent only enhancing the story, bringing it to life. Princess Azia’s just turned 18, and despite her parents fairy tale romance her father has arranged a marriage to an old friend who hints at secrets being kept,
the dragons are agitated, and there unrest in the kingdom. I really enjoyed this book, and can’t wait for the next one.
Tera Comer –
Such a great spin on the after story for Sleeping Beauty, we watch as Princess Azia, Sleeping Beauty’s daughter finds out that her parents plan to have her marry. We watch everything that transpires in a mirid of action and drama with a sprinkling of romance. Loved the narrator that was chosen for this book, they did so much better at giving life to the characters than my distracted mind did when I read the kindle edition. I can not wait to listen to more of the Kingdom of Fairytales series
Panagiotis Argyrou –
I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
The narration is good, mostly through first person perspective of the protagonist and the voice fits the character just fine. Just bump up the speed a little bit.
The story is about Princess Azia, the adopted daughter of the “Sleeping Beauty”, and is told thought her perspective after her 18th birthday. The pace of the story is good and there are several points of interest. However, rather than exploring those and focusing on the fantasy parts and world building, there is so much focus in the love interests of the princess, which was totally unanticipated since no romance is suggested by the genre tag (Sci-Fi & Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery), or the title, or even the provided summary.
Overall I think that this had more potential and would only read the followups if I knew they focus more on the suggested themes. As it is, I can only suggest this to kids and teenage girls.
I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own.
This story is not a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty but rather the story of Sleeping Beauty picks up when her daughter Azia is told that her parents have arranged her marriage – trouble is that Azia does not like her soon-to-be husband and wants to embark on her own adventures. So, she tells a white lie to keep the marriage at bay…
This is the first book in the series. It is not a standalone and does end on a cliffhanger. Having said that, the story about Azia trying to come into her own is very engaging but the undercurrent to Azia’s hope for independence is Sleeping Beauty’s curse and how Sleeping Beauty was actually rescued. I found the way the author deftly wove together Azia’s story and Sleeping Beauty’s story to be very interesting and at the end of this book, I found myself wanting to know more. This is great family fare.
The narrator, Melody Muzljakovich, is terrific. She makes these characters come alive through her narration. She provides distinct voices for all of the characters and made this a very enjoyable and entertaining listen.
Jessica Worthen –
I really liked the concept of what happens after the fairytale ends. Sleeping beauty ended so sweetly, and this just felt very realistic. I am excited to learn more about Asia’s powers and thr rest of the story.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request from audiobooks unleashed, and have voluntarily left this review.
Except for a few usages of inappropriate language I enjoyed listening to this book. The idea of the story is fun and the mixture of modern and historic ages was interesting. I don’t usually like retelling of any familiar story or fairytale, but this one wasn’t too bad. I don’t usually like continuing series that are not stand-alone either; however I do have the second book and hope it will not be continued as well.
I requested this audio book from Audiobooks Unleashed and have voluntarily left this review.
Laura Rose –
J. A. Armitage has combined components of the “Sleeping Beauty” Fairytale and elements of Fantasy to produce a new and creative story that enchants readers from the beginning. The only drawback is that this book ends on a cliffhanger. Melody Muzljakovich’s narration is good and her voice is expressive adding to the enjoyment of the story. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.
This is the first book of four in the Season One of the Kingdom of Fairytales Sleeping Beauty, an intricate and original Sleeping Beauty’s daughter story. Azia Rose is a wonderful character, strong, and determined. Her story is fast-paced and entertaining. The story ends with a cliffhanger, and I am looking forward to listen to Heiress of Embers, the next book in the Series. Melody Muzijakovich did an entertaining read of the story.