Review – Maleficent

Mistress of Evil

“It really would be so much better if this were a nightmare and she could simply open her eyes and wake up.”

Elizabeth Rudnick

I received a copy of Maleficent Mistress of Evil from @scholastic_au for review.

This book tells the story of the events that took place in the Disney film of the same name. It was a great experience to read it as a story, especially since I also watched the movie while reading.

As far as Disney fairy tales go, this sequel (and Maleficent in general) is particularly interesting as it humanises the characters in such a way that Sleeping Beauty did not.

I particularly enjoy the dynamic between Princess Aurora and Maleficent as a mother-daughter duo. This story has great character arcs I felt satisfied by all of the relationships that were developed in this book.

The atmosphere of this story is so magical and I loved how much the faeries looked out for each other. The book didn’t offer more than the movie, but the direct adaptation from script to book still resulted in a refreshing take on the story.

This would be a great alternative for young readers out there that don’t connect to the big screen as much as reading.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.


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