Friday, July 22, 2011

Book Review: A Long, Long Sleep

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Source:  netGalley

Rating: 4/5

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for 62 years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically-induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose - hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire - is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes - or be left without any future at all.(Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
This story could be a retelling of the old Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, in that Rose is the daughter of a very powerful man who runs a vast business empire, so she could be the princess. And she is woken with a kiss by a handsome young "prince" (grandson of a powerful man in the same company). That puts a slightly different spin on the story, but there's no evil curse sending her into the enchanted sleep. The reason behind her long sleep is evil, but we only learn of it gradually, which made it a little more horrifying in my opinion.

Rose led a very sheltered life, as her parents wanted to protect her from the threat of kidnapping. As her father was the head of a huge business empire, this fear seemed reasonable to Rose. Her only friend was a little boy who lived in the same building, who grew up to become her boyfriend. Rose changed schools often, for reasons which are eventually explained, so didn't really have the chance to make other friends. But her friendship with Xavier always seemed to be enough.

Now Rose is alone, trying to deal with an unfamiliar future while recovering from being in stasis for over 60 years. Her parents are dead, the current head of her father's company would rather she had never been discovered, and her body is having a hard time adjusting after the long sleep. On top of everything else, she finds herself attracted to the boy who found her. She takes refuge in her art, which has always helped her figure things out in the past, and her new dog Zavier. The dog and her artwork help, when suddenly Rose must face an unexpected threat which forces her to grow up fast and face down past demons!

This story was fascinating! We first meet Rose when she's discovered in the sub-basement, and gradually learn her life story. I enjoyed how the author didn't hit you over the head with details, but took her time in revealing the horrifying reality of her past. What really struck me was how Rose didn't realize that her life wasn't normal. And I liked seeing her mature from the sheltered girl who couldn't even pick out her own clothes. Yea Rose!

Gave this one a 4/5 as it was very well written, had interesting characters, and left me wanting more. Anna Sheehan is an incredibly talented writer and I'm definitely a new fan!

This book is scheduled for publication on August 8th, 2011


  1. I just don't know about anymore YA. I think I'm floudering in a sea of so many new YA books that I just don't know where to start.

  2. since i am a teenager, i love YA books. the cover looks good and i enjoy fairytale retellings, so this one is on my to-read-list.