|Review: Sleeping Helena, Erzebet YellowBoy
||[Mar. 16th, 2011|02:07 pm]
"Gifted in her infancy with beauty, talent, grace, and various skills by her eight elderly aunts, the orphan Helena grows up strangely lacking in virtues such as compassion. She’s also fascinated with discovering the meaning of the ambiguous gift of her eldest aunt Kitty, a gift that has something to do with death. Raised in a secluded house in the forest, prevented from encountering sharp objects, mirrors, or anything that could be shattered, Helena discovers the true family heritage and the terrible choice she is called on to make. The author of The Bone Whistle (writing as Eva Swan) gives the tale of Sleeping Beauty a fresh spin that retains classic overtones while introducing a new element to the timeless story.
VERDICT: YellowBoy’s interest in myths and fairy tales shines in this deceptively simple story that resonates with multiple levels of meaning."—Library Journal