Sleeping Beauties by Mavis Cheek {Book Review}

Happy Thursday!

Isn’t great that we have another long weekend coming up?

Sleeping Beauties caught my eye at a second-hand book store a few years ago, and this is one of those times where judging the book by it’s cover didn’t turn out to be a good approach.

I still felt it needed a review since I did complete the book, and it did receive enough stars with my rating to get a place here.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Tabitha runs a Beauty Parlour. She takes pride in the work that she does and makes sure that every women that enters the portal is taken care of to their liking, never a hard note said to them and a note to never get too personal.

She has to find a successor to her Beauty Parlour, and her trainee, Chloe, doesn’t think along the same terms as Tabitha does. While Tabitha does remind her about the correct dialogs and behaviour towards their clients, Chloe seems to have a different outlook on beauty and what it means.

She takes on the task to transform three women to prove to Tabitha that she has what it takes to take her place, they are faced with a couple of hysterical consequences.

My Opinion: Positive Thoughts

There were a couple moments in the book that produced a couple of light chucks, even though the jokes and remarks are a bit outdated.

My Opinion: Negative Thoughts

I really found it difficult to follow the prose as it’s written in a couple of twisted ways, where some metaphors and explanations went completely over my head. It’s some of the confusing writing I’ve ever come across, and it felt like it was overly complicated with certain words that were highlighted throughout the book, and their significance to me were lost in the confusion.

The descriptions were very detail-orientated, but completely lost on me because of the complicated writing.

There is also no divide between the descriptive parts and the thoughts of the characters, so it took slowed reading to figure out when one part ended and the next began.


While beauty is an important aspect in life (to some), I feel the book focused too much on bringing value to it over many other important aspects in life, and depicted it as the only true path to happiness. I feel that it doesn’t really hold a good message to women reading it and thinking that without beauty, they are and have nothing.

The ending was a bit of a slap in the face to everything that occured leading up to it, and was anti-climatic and a little strange.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 2.86 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3, although it deserves more of a 2.5. While it is a satire, I feel it should be mentioned somewhere on the book to give readers a head ups on what to expect before getting into the book.

Not a favourite of mine, and I doubt I’ll be reading it again.

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