Publishers Weekly Review
Allen (Beauty and the Clockwork Beast) delivers pure reading joy in a steampunk riff on "Sleeping Beauty" that is equal parts race-against-the-clock adventure, social comedy of errors, sweet romance, and clever alternate history, with a strong moral compass befitting its fairytale heritage. Isla Cooper, a kind and empathetic physician and advocate for peaceful shape-shifters (and a hunter of criminal ones), negotiates passage on the private airship of wealthy, dashing Capt. Daniel Pickett, who smuggles shifters to the Caribbean. She has a sleeping sickness that plagues her for six hours a day; the voyage is her last hope of obtaining a cure before she falls permanently asleep. The charismatic and delightfully developed other passengers-the automaton servant who's part Data and part Jeeves, the shape-shifting older English intellectuals sadly leaving home, the antagonistic government official with an awkward secret-come together to support Isla in the tricky work of solving her problem, while Daniel starts looking like a good candidate to deliver the fabled curative kiss. Allen turns Sleeping Beauty's passive story upside down with Isla's active competence and frustration with how the curse interferes with her work; fans of strong heroines will be deeply satisfied. Agents: Bob DiForio and Pam Victorio, D4EO Literary. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
No matter how hard Doctor Isla Cooper tries, she cannot stop herself from falling into a death-like sleep at midnight. When she realizes her condition will develop into a permanent coma within weeks, she blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett's Caribbean-bound airship to hunt down the witch who cursed her. An empath who specializes in supporting shifters (people who transform into animals during the full moon), Isla realizes Daniel is illegally carting three such shifters out of the country. Vivacious and charming, she befriends them easily, and the handsome, reserved Daniel though miffed at the way Isla bullied herself onboard also finds himself drawn to her warmth and spirit. In Allen's imaginative adaptation of the famed fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, tensions fly as high as the airship itself as Isla and Daniel explore their attraction while protecting the shifters' secrets, and their own. As in Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (2016), Allen crafts a witty romance set against an exciting steampunk backdrop, capitalizing on both the sweet appeal of a Victorian romance and the adventure of a light fantasy.--Hyzy, Biz Copyright 2018 Booklist