Title: Beauty’s Quest
Author: C.S. Johnson
Series: Once Upon A Princess #2
Pages: 222 pages
Source: Author via R&R Book Tours
My Rating: 4 stars
“You want to be free,” Theo told her. “But you don’t even allow yourself to dream of it, even with small things, like singing a song.”
A new wave of anger, both at him and at herself, washed over her. “If I am free, I am free to refuse,” she muttered.
“It’s not a matter of freedom, but fear.”
“I am not afraid!”
“Aren’t you?” Theo asked quietly.
Rose waited to hear Theo argue with her. But he said nothing.
In order to defeat the sorceress Magdalina, and free herself from her curse, Rose, the Princess of Rhone, has set out to find dragon’s blood. As she travels toward the Romani territory, where the Serpent’s Garden resides, she is accompanied by her faithful group of friends, including their newest member, Prince Philip of Einish.
But when the group ends up shipwrecked on the small island of Maltia, they find themselves trapped without supplies and a way off the island. With time, money, and new enemies working against them, Rose remains determined despite her despair to rise to each challenge. But can she face the growing fear—and longing—inside herself?
Sweet, suspenseful, and full of surprises, Beauty’s Quest is the second book in the Once Upon a Princess saga from C. S. Johnson. Enjoy Part II of this historical fantasy retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale!
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ecopy via R&R Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed book 1 a few months ago and you can read that review here.
In case you didn’t know this is a Sleeping Beauty retelling. The first book was like an introduction and this book was the start of the “Quest” Roses journey to breaking the curse. While a pretty good bit happens in this story it still feels like not a whole lot of progress was made toward the end goal.
I am still torn when it comes to Rose. I still find her to be annoying and childish but after the ending of this book I think she has seen the error in her ways and I am hoping that will show in the next book.
There was a little progress with the romance but I am not liking the potential love triangle. This is definitely going to be one of those slow burn romances where not much happens until the end.
This is another fast paced book that actually has a pretty good bit of action and a little bit of romance. I am looking forward to book 3.