Princess Ben, Review

27 Oct

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Plot: Princess Ben is a delightful story of a young princess and her coming of age. Princess Ben (who is a princess because her uncle is the king, and he and Queen Sophia have not produced an heir of their own) becomes a royal orphan after her parents and her uncle are killed during a voyage. The widowed Queen Sophia sets about grooming Ben into Princess Benevolence, which is not an easy task at all. Ben is required to move into the castle, where she is forced to dress, act, and eat like a princess – which is not what she wants to be doing at all. What ensues is classic fairy tale mayhem! The reluctant princess is groomed by the widowed (and possibly wicked) Queen, but this is not just a story about that. Ben discovers a secret magic room where she learns spells and how to fly, but this is not a Harry Potter-esque tale either. Of course, there’s a sworn enemy to the kingdom who is a constant threat, but that doesn’t give us the whole story either. There are dragons! There is romance! There’s a girl disguised as a boy! There are several really funny references to classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk, Sleeping
Beauty, and Rapunzel. But really, Princess Ben is a coming-of-age story in which a young girl needs to grow up and acknowledge the mistakes she is making, and change her behaviors for the better.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars



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