Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s talents for storytelling and creating strong female characters take a fresh turn in this spirited and sophisticated fairy tale.Benevolence is not your typical princess. With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen... show more
Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s talents for storytelling and creating strong female characters take a fresh turn in this spirited and sophisticated fairy tale.Benevolence is not your typical princess. With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia. 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 to her kingdom. Can Ben save the country and herself from foul tyranny?*[A] deliciously frothy fairy tale.”Horn Book Magazine, starred review*The wild adventure, intricately imagined setting, memorable characters, and romance will charm readers, especially fans of Gail Carson Levine’s Fairest.”Booklist, starred review
Publish date: May 4th 2009
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
A charming and quick read. Started off a little boring, but picked up speed. Sadly, the end wasn't as enjoyable as I had hoped.
First of all I didn't finish this book.Reading the blurb I thought it might be interesting, but the writing was too hard to follow and the whole diary thing got a bit tiring too.The idea was there, the problem was with the execution.It just didn't click for me and that's too bad.
Wow, I have never ever read a story in which the growth of character is so terribly credible. The change is very gradual and real, and well, fun!
I debated for a while what I would rate this book. I've tried reading it before, but put it down because I grew disinterested. This time I was determined to read it all the way through because I had heard such good things about it. I really liked the last section of the book, but the first few secti...
2.5 stars. It was decent enough but certainly not any thing special. The plot was okay.There wasn't much action especially in the first half. Ben came across as a spoiled brat most of the time. The romance was dealt with poorly. There was barely any thing there. I did like the author's style of writ...