Reviews by Tag: princesses

Teen Review
The Crown book cover

The Crown

By Kiera Cass
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mia M.
Mar 1, 2024

The Crown is the final book in The Selection series. It follows Princess Eadlyn through the final stages of her Selection process. Although picking a husband might sound fairly easy, for Eadlyn, it's not. She can’t date privately and she has a timeline at which the Selection must progress. This, on top of other factors, including her mother’s health, makes her feel like she isn't fit to be royal.

Teen Review
The Glass Queen book cover

The Glass Queen

By Gena Showalter
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
I Read for Fun
Mar 1, 2024

The Glass Queen is a wonderful book. It is an interesting retelling of Cinderella but a bit complex as the world it takes place in has fairytales, a well-known phenomenon, fairytales are complex with the participants never knowing what roles or roles they will play at any given time. The premise of this specific book is interesting, but the characters are really the catch. Ashleigh is a strong and caring person, really in the most perfect mix.

Teen Review
Red Queen book cover

Red Queen

By Victoria Aveyard
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
DC
Feb 19, 2024

Red Queen introduces readers to Mare Barrow, a young girl living in a world divided by blood; Reds, commoners with red blood, and Silvers, elite individuals with silver blood who possess extraordinary abilities. Mare, a Red, finds herself thrust into the midst of Silver royalty after discovering she possesses a unique power of her own.

Staff Review
The back of Helen of Troy with a short sword hanging off of her belt

Nobody's Princess

By Esther M. Friesner
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by Anne G
Jun 26, 2023

Nobody's Princess is a great historical fiction story about Helen of Troy. It does not support history but tells a mythological fiction story about her based on what we know. This was such a great girls disguised as boys themed book. I am looking forward to reading the sequel about our main woman of steel Helen. It is a very good book but it drops off at the end so you need the sequel about Helen's adventures in the Mediterranean Region.

Staff Review
Princess Aurore asleep under a tree

Beauty Sleep

By Cameron Dokey
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by Anne G
Jun 26, 2023

So you know the basic idea of the fairy-tale and folklore-inspired fiction: Princess Aurore had a christening party which was interrupted by a slighted uninvited guest who casts a curse over the poor child. In the fantasy fiction curse when she turns 16 she will prick her finger and one drop of blood will fall and Aurore will die. Another guest utters a counterspell in the suspenseful tale, and the guest at least is not a fairy in this book.

Staff Review
The left hand with a dragon's talon growing in place of the ring finger, the background showing a very muted face of a dragon staring at the reader

Dragon's Keep

By Janet Lee Carey
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by Anne G
May 31, 2023

“The real dragon haunted my head and heart.”

What makes Dragon's Keep work for me is its approach: a medieval fantasy written more like historical fantasy than high fantasy.  Yet it has that sliver of magic and magical creatures (dragons, of course) to spice up the lyrical story.   In other words, the author avoids over-doing the chosen one approach, and instead creates very believable characters in a believable world.

Teen Review
Princess in a white dress holding a mask

Aurelia

By Osterlund, Anne
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by Anne G
Oct 3, 2022

I can't believe I waited so long to read this teenage romance. This is a fantastic high fantasy about a teenage girl, but you can tell this is the author's debut book. I have confidence Osterlund will do wonderful things with the rest of this trilogy. I had a great time reading the fast-paced story. I want to see what she can do with the romantic tone when she has a little time under her belt.

I adore the character Aurelia. She is the type of woman of steel I always imagined a princess would be. Her blended family situation came across cleanly, with just a little violence.

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