Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Book Review: Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Description of Princess Benfrom Amazon:
"Benevolence is not your typical princess and Princess Ben is certainly not your typical fairy tale. With her parents lost to unknown assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia, who is intent on marrying her off to the first available “specimen of imbecilic manhood.” Starved and miserable, locked in the castle’s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Ben’s private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat facing the castle and indeed the entire country. Can Princess Ben save her kingdom from annihilation and herself from permanent enslavement?"

This was such a delightfully fun story, I couldn't stop reading it! Ben is not your typical fairy tale princess and her story follows no such form. I love the humor sprinkled throughout and the quirky characters and story. I also loved the slight resemblance it has to several different fairy tales. A sweet and funny twisted fairy tale. Watch for a post of my favorite quote from this book (a laugh out loud moment).

s-factor: none

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->

A little violence.

Overall rating: ****

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