*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
First Impression: What a beautiful cover, and I adore fairy tale re-tellings!
Characters: Rose and Theo, Rose and Phillip, Rose and her many friends / subjects in the kingdom...so many winning combinations with appropriate complexity to each relationship.
World Building: Not much is shared about the world itself, but the characters and backstory drive the scene thus far.
Writing Style: Johnson has a wistful grace to her sentences that swept me off my feet. Very fairy tale approved.
What I Enjoyed: I like this better than the Disney version, and that means it's a great story! Admittedly, I pictured many of the characters as they appeared in the cartoon adaptation - while trying to imagine them as real people haha. I adore Rose's character, full of confidence and pride yet soft and humble. She takes the curse as a challenge to life instead of a reason to acquiesce.
Deal Benders: I'm a bit greedy, and would like more imagery to go with the wonderful plot and character development.
Overall Rating: 4 stars for a well done reimagined favorite. I can't wait to read the sequel, "Beauty's Quest"!
For Fans Of: Sleeping Beauty or any other Disney story, re-imagined with a feminist twist!