Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: The Wide Awake Princess

The Wide-Awake Princess (Wide-Awake Princess, #1)

The Wide Awake Princess

By E.D. Baker

Blurb:
In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.


But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.
 
Genres: Juvenile/YA, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance
 
Published: May 11, 2010
 
Similar: The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
 
Series: Wide Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
 
My Rating: 4 stars
 
This book was just adorable! I loved every minute of it.

Annie is such a likeable character. At first, I felt bad for her because no one wanted to be around her, since she took away people's magic abilities. It ended up coming in handy though, and then I was cheering her on.

Liam! I absolutely loved him. He was so mysterious! He may possibly be my favorite fictional male of 2013. And there was no insta-love at all. That alone was a breath of fresh air.

Another thing I loved was how E.D. Baker manages to keep this story a bit silly, but not stupid. A lot of times, an author tries to be so humorous that the story becomes idiotic, but not in this book. I giggled, but I never groaned.

This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but there is also Hansel and Gretel, the Princess and the Frog, Rapunzel, and many more. It's perfect for fairy tale lovers. I am pretty sure there are a few obscure fairy tales in here that went over my head, too, so that will be a bonus for people who know which ones the author is alluding to.

I loved this book. It is perfect for younger children, for teens, and even adults.

 


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