In this stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie-blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic - can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake. But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family - and perhaps even find a true love of her own.
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I am a linguist fascinated by anything and everything, especially things that are a bit German or Indian or have something to do with a cat!
Magical, wonderful, entertaining!
The story is based loosley around traditional fairy tales, such as sleeping beauty and hansel and grettel. However, the story has a unique take on all of these, as the writer has cleverly adapted them to fit into a much bigger story, the quest of Annie (the wide awake princess). Also the heroine, Annie, is unique from any other fantasy story I have read, in that she is unaffected by magic. I really liked this aspect as it made the story all the more unique and interesting.
I really enjoyed Emily Bauer's performance. Her voice remained engaging, and animated throughout.
No real emotional reaction, there were points which were amusing although I wouldn't say it say it was hilarious, but I don't think it needed to be either.
I thououghly enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to adding the other two books in the series to my library collection sometime soon. If you enjoy fantasy/adventure stories I would certainly recommend this book!
"review by 10 year old AWESOME"
I liked how she kept on pushing to wake up everybody and didn't turn into a toad.
How magic doesn't effect her .
I have not listened to Emily Bauer's other performances.
The wide awake princess is funny , creative , witty and more. I suggest this book to sleeping beauty fans .
"wow. this was a fun read for my kids and ME!"
I am looking forward to the next book in the series. there are probably a lot of nuances to other story fairy tales my kids are not catching but I have enjoyed every one of them.
"Better Than Expected"
I would have to say that the printed version doesn't do the book enough justice. When I listened to the novel I felt so moved.
I would compare this novel to other princess related fairy tale mess ups like the Princess Academy Series (not on audiobooks). I have to say I love it when authors put their own twist on novels.
I have to say this is just as good as the next book in the series, which I listened to as well. She is simply amazing.
I though it was absolutely amazing. As soon as it ended I bought the second book and I kept on with the series. I absolutely love the series.
I would give this a 10 out of 10.
"Smart and fun take on fairy tales"
My 5 and 7 year old girls were both riveted by this story. Lots of good adventure and a practical princess heroine to appreciate. We are now going on to listen to it a second time.
"A story that made me happy."
at the very end this story pulled together suspense and yanked a smile out of tears but I guess I may just be an emotional person.
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