*I received this book as an eARC from NPC Books on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Author: Elizabeth Darcy
Year Published: 2013
Synopsis: **Note: This book contains some mature content**
A reimagining of the sleeping beauty tale.
When her beloved Prince Devaran is abducted from her parents’ castle during their engagement announcement ceremony, Princess Jessmyn vows that nothing will stop her from bringing his abductors to justice. Rescuing Dev won't be easy, and Jess will have to form an alliance with the other Realms if she's to win the most important battle of her life.
Imprisoned in a forbidding tower, Dev tries to find a way to warn Jess of the perils she’ll face. Weakened by deprivation and by the drugs administered by the madwoman who kidnapped him, Dev drifts between sleep and consciousness. As he relives cherished moments spent with Jess, Dev wonders if he’ll ever again be with the woman he loves.
Why?: I love a good fairytale reimagining! I haven't seen many out there for Sleeping Beauty, so I'm curious to see how this story gets an update. Or has a new spin. It looks like the Prince is the "damsel in distress" in this story, so it ought to be interesting to see how Darcy handles that. Also, it looks like this is a second book in a series but has no relation to the first one... so I hope I don't get really confused.
Expectations: I expect something pretty different from the original. A strong heroine who has to go on an adventure to rescue her prince, some romance, maybe a dragon or two. I'm kind of hoping the "mature content" warning doesn't cover the whole book, but who knows. I hope it's just a couple of scenes or something minor like that, because I'm not really looking for an explicit book.
Judging a book by its cover: The cover isn't really anything special to me. I mean, it looks like a fairy tale book. I'm not sure I would pick it up if I saw it somewhere on a shelf. I don't think it would stand out enough to warrant my attention.