Book Reviews, Middle Grade Book Reviews

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil by Elizabeth Rudnick – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  8 October 2019

Format: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Scholastic Australia




This visually stunning live action film continues the fantasy adventure started in the “origin” story of Maleficent. This sequel explores the complex relationship between the horned fairy and Princess Aurora, as they face new threats to the magical land of the Fair Folk.




Thank you so much to Scholastic Australia for sending me a copy of Maleficent, in exchange for an honest review!

I know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but I haven’t actually got around to watching Maleficent yet, however that didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book.  I absolutely love fairytales focusing on the villains side of things, especially when we get to experience the glimpses behind why they are the way they are.  As an aside, the stunning cover, with the spot gloss damask background, is also a beautiful edition to my shelf!

In this book, Queen Ingrith is a cold character, prejudiced against the folk of the Moor in all their forms and unwilling to entertain the idea of them living in peace.  She is not at all impressed by the news her son intends to marry Aurora and sets out to use their pending marriage as a way to pull off her own plans. Maleficent just as unhappy about the upcoming nuptials, but is willing to try her hardest for the sake of Aurora’s happiness.

The story unfolded so well as a standalone book, making this a fun fairytale read, whether you’ve seen the movie or not.  I especially enjoyed Diaval’s character and the magical descriptions of the Moors.   I’m looking forward to watching the movie now, to round out the experience!




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