Book Review – Aurora and the Thief by Becky Bird

Title: Aurora and the Thief

Author: Becky Bird

Publication Date: 25 May 2020

Genre: Middle-Grade Fairy Tale

Number of Pages: 180

Aurora and the Thief CoverSummary: From Goodreads: Aurora isn’t the well-mannered, picture-perfect princess her fairy tale paints her out to be. She never bothered to brush her hair, got dirt on her dresses, and was always in fights. She also loved sword fighting, much to her father’s dismay.

When Aurora’s evil stepmother Elspeth kills her, Aurora’s servant casts a spell to bring her back from the dead and keep her safe until love’s true kiss wakes her from her sleep.

Love’s true kiss comes in the form of Phillip, an immature thieving commoner on the run from the dashingly handsome Prince Adam. Masquerading as Prince Adam, Phillip agrees to help Aurora find her kingdom so that he can steal from it.

But Aurora is in possession of a magical stone. A magical stone that Elspeth wants so desperately that she will stop at nothing to get it, including killing whoever stands in her way.

A middle-grade retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Aurora and the Thief is a fun-filled adventure packed with witty banter, robbing kingdoms, magical battles, defeating evil enchantresses, and finding true love.”

Review: Thank you, Book Sirens, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Aurora and the Thief is a fun, middle-grade retelling of Sleeping Beauty. This book features an unconventional princess who will not conform to what people think a princess should be, an evil stepmother who is actually a witch, an arrogant prince, and a thieving commoner who really wants some silk robes.

My favourite thing about this book was Princess Aurora and how unconventional she was. I like princesses who are skilled at sword fighting and aren’t afraid to punch someone in the nose when they deserve it. I liked how she narrated this book, and I thought some of her comments and internal dialogue was quite amusing.

The action scenes in this book were fun to read. I liked the sword fighting and the shenanigans used to escape from almost certain death. I also liked the magical elements of this story, and I thought it added a nice layer to the adventure in this book.

Even though Phillip annoyed me in this book, I enjoyed the bickering between him and Princess Aurora. The romance element in this book was there because it’s part of the story of Sleeping Beauty, but it’s not the main focus of the story. I thought that Phillip, Miles, and Aurora made a great duo for adventuring through the forest, even if Phillip and Miles were kind of useless with a sword.

Overall, this was a fun, quick read. I think it falls very solidly into the middle-grade category, and the characters are clearly young. If you like unconventional princesses and sword-fighting, this might be the book for you!

Rating: 3.5 Stars!


  1. Lovely review! If you’re looking for more books about unconventional princesses, I suggest Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. I think it’s middle grade too, and it’s a wonderful fairytale-inspired story.

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