The Wide-Awake Princess

The Wide-Awake Princess
by E.D. Baker

After Sleeping Beauty is cursed at her christening, her parents are taking no chances with her little sister.  They consult a fairy with a good reputation before Annabelle is very old at all and she is given a strange gift: magic cannot touch her, for good or for bad.

Of course, this has interesting consequences when Gwen's curse comes true, putting everyone (except Annie) in a deep sleep for 100 years.  Annie sets off to find Gwen's true love and happens to find her own as well.

This was a very fun book -- just what I needed when I picked it up.  It has an easy humor and likeable lead characters. Some of the other characters were a bit two-dimensional, but the book was very much plot-driven, so that doesn't stand in the way of a good time.  In general I prefer character-driven fiction, so in the midst of all the action I occasionally wondered "but what does she think of that?"  Still, a fast paced and fun read.

There's a scene near the beginning that I think is my favorite:  Annie's first encounter with a witch in the woods, who ends up chucking Annie's lunch into a bush.  Cracked me up.

Recommended to fans of fairy tale retellings -- the book touches on more than just the sleeping beauty story.


  1. That one does sound cute. I'll have to give E.D. Baker another chance. :)

  2. i haven't read her others, but i did like this one. the witch scene you refer to is really good.


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