Listening Library. (Sisters Ever After: Bk. 1). Apr. 2022. 542p. $45. ISBN 9780593510339.
Gr 4-7–Cypess debuted her middle grade “Sisters Ever After” series in 2021 with this enchanting retelling of Sleeping Beauty with maybe a bit of Rumpelstiltskin mixed in. The audiobook follows a year later, releasing simultaneously with the series’ second installment, Glass Slippers. Prolific, versatile Jessica Almasy animates the castle cast, starring Briony, the never-mentioned sister to the soporific beauty “with her gorgeous hair and her lovely eyes blah blah blah.” Such spunky attitude! Move over, ever-famous Rosalin—11-year-old Briony is “going to tell you what really happened.” She’ll prove herself the undisputed hero, fighting evil faeries, unmasking imposters, taking no one for granted, and eventually—of course—rescuing them all.
VERDICT Almasy skillfully ensures each of Cypess’s characters gets distinctly heard in a rousing celebration of empowering sisterhood.

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