Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: Aurora Abroad by Karen Kiefer

Posted by Wajiha Q at Friday, May 16, 2014
Title: Aurora Abroad
Author: Karen Kiefer
Rating: ★ ★ ★★ ★ 
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Format Read: Kindle, 283 pages

Description from Goodreads

Who hasn’t heard the story of the princess with an unfortunate tendency for coma-inducing finger pricks? And who could forget about the evil witch who wants to kill her by any means necessary, be it spindle or poisonous apple? Who hasn’t rolled his eyes at the thought of Prince Charming and his affinity for tights, tunics and baseless serenades? 

But the princess we know was never whisked away to a world of magic lamps and genies, and she most certainly didn’t go on a quest with the naked emperor from the Emperor’s New Clothes… until now. Big bad wolves, trolls, frog princes and pirates (among other things) come together in a madcap marriage of classic fairy tales. Hans Christian Andersen wouldn’t be proud!

At approximately 90,000 words, Aurora Abroad is a romantic comedy for all ages

My Review

This is a really fun and cute story that everyone will enjoy!

Since I was a little kid, I've never really liked princess Aurora, in fact I've always thought she was boring. But there are a lot of people on Goodreads who enjoyed this book, so I decided to give it a try. And it certainly didn't disappoint.

In this sweet fairy tale story, Aurora travels around the world to escape from her evil aunt Maleficient who, we all know, wants to kill her. As the story progresses she meets lots of people, some really weird creatures, and she also finds her true self. Yeah, I know it sounds just like an average and ordinary story, but I really liked it. I think it's a good YA adventure/fairy tale retelling book; it may not be one of those books that surprises you with twists and turns, but it has so many characters that you will easily get attached to. So, Aurora Abroad is definitely a character-driven book, and kudos to the author for creating such wonderful and enjoyable characters!

This book made me change my opinion about Aurora. She's not like the disney princess who falls in love at first sight. She is tough, and  not fond of romantic poems. I really like how she's completely oblivious to Lyric's feelings for her. The two constantly bicker and argue, and are just so cute together. Even though Lyric isn't really my type of fictional boyfriend (because he's too whiny), I think he's really perfect for Aurora. He's brave and kind. Well, not at first. 

I love how the author mixes tons of different fairy tale stories in this book: Rapunzel, Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, you name it! This book has it all! So, if you love fairy tales you should definitely pick up this book!


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