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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

–Lisa

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Red Queen, Book Trailer

6 Feb

Dealing with Dragons, Review

29 Jan

WE WERE CLOSED YESTERDAY DUE TO BAD WEATHER, SO HERE IS THE USUAL MONDAY BOOK REVIEW!

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Plot: An unconventional princess sets out from her kingdom in hopes of finding a place where she will be allowed to pursue her own interests. She finds this place, in volunteering to be a dragon’s captive princess.

This book was delightfully done. Charming and funny, what drew me in was the way the heroine solved problems. Instead of complaining about her situations, she took charge and got things done with a sense of purpose and confidence in herself. A true 21st century girl in a medieval setting.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

5 stars

–Sarah

Falling Kingdoms, Book Trailer

28 Dec

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Review

13 Jun

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Plot: Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year get-a-life plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war and save Lucius’ soul from eternal destruction.

This was a really fun book to read. I had a really hard time putting it down and it was nice to find out that there is going to be a sequel coming out sometime this year.

4 stars

–Jill