Short & Sweet
I knew absolutely nothing about this book when I started it (other than the obvious, that it's a Sleeping Beauty retelling)... and I think that's the way you have to do it. I hadn't seen that one illustration that other reviews mention - or if I had, I'd forgotten it by the time I read the book - so I wasn't expecting LGBTQ+ rep or anything else. The only expectation I had was that it would be weird and great and have beautiful illustrations, because I love both Gaiman and Riddell.
And guess what? I was RIGHT. Weird, check; great, check; beautiful illustrations, supercheck.
This book was nice and short, but still managed to have fully-formed characters and a mostly-engaging plot (and a great plot twist). I found myself a little confused in parts; I think this is because the book was so short, and there wasn't much room for explanation. In general, though, I really enjoyed the story. It was fun, a quick read, not too emotional*, and an interesting twist on an old story.
*a big plus for me lately, since every single book seems to make me cry...