Aurora Abroad is very much a twisted fairy tale, or at least a load of fairy tales all in the one pot and linked seamlessly together.
Sleeping Beauty won’t sleep, she will die, The Emperor is having to run around naked due to a wish that went wrong thanks to a Genie and Prince Charming is really, REALLY vain.
It’s a pretty awesome book all round, the adventures Aurora gets into and Lyric (That’s the Emperor’s name) ends up meeting her and joining her is rather hilarious. The romance aspect is there, but it’s not so in your face, the adventure of the whole story really takes you in.
Of course the negative part to the book is that it’s rather predictable and you could see what was going to happen or what fairy tale would turn up next. Although I suppose that is to be expect, it would have been nicer to have made the reader a bit clueless about it until halfway through. As well as that, the ending seemed a bit anti-climatic, it was building up so much and then… well it didn’t happen.
I did enjoy reading this book though, it was nicely thought out and it had a lot of fairy tales all put into it and just twisted enough to revamp it, although the Genie was rather similar to Disney’s Aladdin’s Genie; although perhaps that was the point?
Everyone would enjoy reading it, there is a bit of violence in it, but it’s nothing too bad so this book would be really nice for Young Adults to read as well.