Title: Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer

  Author: Maureen McGowan

 Genre: Young Adult,Paranormal Romance

 Publisher: Baker & Taylor Publishing Group

 Publication Date: April 2011

  Source: Netgalley

  Paperback: 320 Pages

  Stand Alone or Series: Second in Twisted Tales thought it can be                                                               read on its own.

  In this thrilling story full of adventure and romance, Sleeping Beauty  is more than just a  lonely princess waiting for her prince—she’s a  brave, tenacious girl who never backs down from a challenge. With  vampire-slaying talents that she practices in secret, Sleeping Beauty  puts her courage to the test in the dark of night, fighting evil as she  searches for a way to break the spell that has cut her off from her f  family. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key  decisions for Sleeping Beauty and decide where she goes next—but no  matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you’ve  ever read!
 Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is an entirely new type of fairy tale– one that will keep today’s kids guessing and offer them hours of magical fun.


Before I start the review, if you ever want to read this book,please do not read it in digital format.Please get yourself a paperback or hardcover.Reason: The book is divided in sections and at the end of each section the heroine of the book has to take a decision and each decision gives you a story in other sections.So in all you can read 8 different stories in a book of around 40o pages.

This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.And who on earth doesn’t like Sleeping Beauty.

Far far away,there are two kingdoms Xandra,a kingdom of humans and Sanguinia, a kingdom of Vampires. Stefan and Catia, king and queen of Xandra, did not invite Natasha,queen of Sanguinia, to their daughter’s naming ceremony.So Natasha curses the daughter.The day the princess of Xandra pricks her finger, she would fall asleep in day and wake up at night when people of Xandra would fall asleep leaving the princess to roaming vampires.And the curse would be broken only when the princess Lucette finds her true love.On plead by Stefan and Catia, faeries modify the curse but they cannot lift the curse.They could avoid it till she was sixteen.Once Lucette was sixteen and if she pricked her finger, the curse will fall on her.

Stefan and Catia have their ways to protect their daughter.Stefan being protective father while Catia’s way of protecting her daughter was to make her capable of defending herself in case if the curse is dawned.She trains her daughter to be a vampire slayer.Lucette grows watching her parents fighting and arguing and she could feel an air of cold between them.So we can see in the book how cautious she is to do something to hurt her parent’s relationship.But still she made a choice.Lucette learned to slay vampires.The story after this is simple.One fine day Lucette pricks her finger and she is cursed. And what happens next is for you to figure it…

I liked the concept of the book but it didn’t really impress me.Lucette is smart, courageous and kind but I don’t know she lacked something to impress me as a heroine.I liked Tristan, Lucette’s vampire slayer teacher, but i think it did need a lot of character development.

All the vampire stories have good and bad vampires.Bad vampires are usually wicked , handsome and playful.I found all the bad vampires in this book just blood thirsty and gory.Yes they are supposed to be like that but they really missed the bad vampire character.

Alex, prince of Sanguinia,  is a good vampire.I could not really follow what was he like.I think the author could have really worked on Alex because he had a potential to take the book to another level.

I liked Lucette’s parents and faeries who talk in riddles.

Now about Queen Natasha, the bad heroine vampire of the book.She just hired people to do something and get herself a teenage revenge.It would have been nice to have her in action and do something really vampirey.

The concept was nice but i think the story needed a lot of rearrangements and character development.

Also each section ended similarly.And although there are eight ways of reading the story but they really have same story to tell.I would have liked if there would have been like four ways of reading the story and you get four different stories. This is a personal thought so I would not really want this to come in my way to rate the book.

I think this would be a nice book for tweens and younger teens to read.For them I rate this book as 6/10, Well it was good.

But for older adults and young adult book fans,

I rate : 3/10 Awful. Sorry this didn’t work for me.

Now talking about vampires.I really love bad vampires with a standard. I love Tom cruise portraying a bad vampire and as a really bad vampire character, I am in love with  Damon Salvatore.

I leave you with this