Merry Christmas Book lovers!
Book 1 in a series of Stand Alone books based on classic fairy tales. This is a YA reimagining of The Princess And The Pea.
Published in 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Page Count: 319
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
One dark and stormy night, lost and alone, Alyssa finds herself knocking on the door of a castle.
After a lifetime spent in the deep forest, Alyssa has no idea what to expect on the other side.
What she finds is two unruly young princesses and one very handsome prince. When Alyssa accepts the job of Princess Companion she knows her life will change. What she doesn’t know is that the royal family is about to be swept up in unexpected danger and intrigue and that she just might be the only thing standing between her kingdom and destruction.
This retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, reimagines the risks and rewards that come when one royal family goes searching for a true princess.
Danger and romance await a woodcutter’s daughter in a royal palace.
I received a copy of this book from the author’s husband with me saying I would give it an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
I was instantly excited and intrigued by this, not knowing much about The Princess And The Pea, but curious to see what Adelaide born author Melanie Cellier would bring to the tale.
It was so refreshing and fun, the writing felt so effortless and the characters so natural! We have our main character, Alyssa, who finds herself to be the Companion to the young Royal Princesses, Lily and Sophie. Now these two twins were just full of so much energy and sass, which I loved, and I equally love how Alyssa wasn’t afraid to give them her own attitude, yet she interacted with them like a big sister, I feel! She didn’t talk down to the girls, which I found refreshing! She could see that the twins didn’t have many friends at Court, and they missed their affection of their mother, who didn’t interact with her daughters as much as they’d like, yet Alyssa found she could easily talk to the Queen and confide in her regarding the Royal Princesses, and was easily trusted by the King to find out about any threats against the crown.
For me, I found this was all about the characters more so than plot, and this was great! I felt like I was Alyssa as I was reading, and those sparking interactions with Prince Max were giving me life! I love how protective he was early on towards her, it was like they had a pull to one another and just had such fabulous chemistry and banter! Their scenes and Max’s friends’ interactions with Alyssa just made me smile like a goof!
The plot itself flew along at a pretty flowy pace, I felt like I could vividly picture everything I was reading and feel the lushness of court life and see every detail in the palace as I was reading! But for me, the real highlight of the book was Alyssa, such a natural and fabulous heroine! Utterly memorable!
You can find Melaine Cellier’s books on Amazon Kindle, and I know I’ll be checking them out ASAP!
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas!