When Rose Wakes
by Christopher Golden
What is it about:
Her terrifying dreams are nothing compared to the all-too-real nightmare that awaits...
Ever since sixteen-year-old Rose DuBois woke up from months in a coma with absolutely no memories, she’s had to start from scratch. She knows she loves her two aunts who take care of her, and that they all used to live in France, but everything else from her life before is a blank.
Rose tries to push through the memory gaps and start her new life, attending high school and living in Boston with her aunts, who have seriously old world ideas. Especially when it comes to boys. But despite their seemingly irrational fears and odd superstitions, they insist Rose not worry about the eerie dreams she’s having, vivid nightmares that she comes to realize are strangely like the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The evil witch, the friendly fairies, a curse that puts an entire town to sleep—Rose relives the frightening story every night.
And when a mysterious raven-haired woman starts following her, Rose begins to wonder if she is the dormant princess. And now that she’s awake, she’s in terrible, terrible danger...
What did I think of it:
I have read several books by Christopher Golden that I really liked, so when I saw this retelling of Sleeping Beauty I had to read it.
And Golden delivers.
This is a really enjoyable book. Although not as creepy as I had expected after reading the blurb, there's still lots of suspense and mystery.
Golden's take on the Sleeping Beauty tale makes use of some familiar elements, but he adds his own spin on the original story as well, in a way that feel natural. I very much enjoyed puzzling Rose's background together.
Rose is very likable, although unthinking and rash at times. She also is a bit gullible, but that can probably be expected from someone who suffers from such extreme memory loss.
All in all this is a very entertaining story and you can bet I will read more books by Christopher Golden, as he hasn't disappointed me yet.
Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable YA retelling of Sleeping Beauty