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review 2017-06-28 02:03
Three Weeks with a Princess - Vanessa Kelly

I just adore this series!  How can you not love Improper Princesses!  

In this story, Lia Kincaid is the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York.  The females in her family also tend to be on the notorious side.  Lia's grandmother, a former courtesan, was the mistress to the Marquess of Lendale until his death and had raised her while living on the Marquess' property.  From an early age, Lia was befriended by Jack Easton, nephew to the Marquess, who will now become the next Marquess since Jack's father has passed away.  Lia has always been in love with Jack even though she knows they could never be together because of her family's notorious history.

When Jack becomes the Marquess, he realizes that between his father and uncle, they have left the estate with financial issues.  Jack sees Lia for the first time since being back and he can't believe how much she has changed....no longer is she a young girl...she's now a full woman!  As Jack begins to tell Lia and her grandmother that he plans to still take care of them, Lia starts to realize that her and her grandmother must leave and she will now have to find some way to provide for them.

Lia either needs to find a protector, become a courtesan, or be an actress like her mother.  It was rather enjoyable watching Lia try to reconcile these options while Jack was around.  Lia kept trying to explain to Jack that he needed to find a wealthy woman to marry who would help with the money problems.  Too bad Jack was starting to realize he really wanted Lia instead.

I just loved the story these two went through until they realized that they truly belonged together.  I really enjoyed the new family members that were now in Lia's world, especially Gillian...she is such a hoot!  Glad to see she hasn't lost any of her spunk since her story!  This wonderful story has some great emotions throughout it as well as some great romantic scenes between Lia and Jack.  Overall, this is a wonderful book that I highly recommend!

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review 2017-06-24 03:01
[REVIEW] The Princess of Cleves by Madame de La Fayette
The Princess of Cleves - Madame de La Fayette

God, what a heartbreaking novel. Even while I suspected where it would go, I held on to the hope that maybe it wouldn't go there. Ultimately it did and my poor heart could not take it. Move over Romeo and Juliet, the Duke of Nemours and the Princess of Clèves are the patron saints of star-crossed lovers.

 

The beginning is a chore to get through. The name dropping of the everyone in the French Court is supposed to give you a sense of place along with a cast of characters but it just ended up confusing me even more. Nonetheless, I kept reading.

 

The Princess of Clèves and the Duke of Nemours are a delight to read about it, mostly because we get to see their character evolution. Their story is nothing short of gut-wrenching; their love so true and genuine. But, by all means, this novel isn't perfect. It suffers a lot from frequent visits of the Goddess of Exposition™ which I believe take away from the main story. Sure I want some backstory on the situation but not pages upon pages upon pages of it.

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review 2017-06-18 01:00
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch,Michael Martchenko

Genre:  Comedy / Royalty / Dragons / Feminism / Fantasy


Year Published: 1980


Year Read:  1994

Publisher:  Annick Press

 

 

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I have been reading most of Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko’s works ever since I was a child and I have enjoyed most of their works! I have recently re-read a book from the popular duo that I had enjoyed during my childhood called “The Paper Bag Princess” and it is about how a princess is stripped down to wearing a plain paper bag when a dragon attacks her castle and she has to go rescue Prince Ronald, who has been kidnapped by the dragon. “The Paper Bag Princess” is definitely one of Robert Munsch’s and Michael Martchenko’s most hilarious books ever written!

Elizabeth was a beautiful princess who was going to marry Prince Ronald. One day, however, a dragon comes by and burns her castle to the ground and kidnaps Prince Ronald. With nothing left to wear except for a paper bag, Elizabeth decides to go after the dragon and save Ronald.

If you think that “Stephanie’s Ponytail” was one hilarious and creative book, you should really check this book out! Robert Munsch has truly done an awesome job at writing this story about how a princess loses everything but still wanted to save the love of her life. Robert Munsch’s writing is simple yet sassy and hilarious at the same time and what I really loved about this book was that Robert Munsch made the heroine, Elizabeth into a clever and brave girl and I loved the way that she tries to go and rescue the prince by herself even though she lost everything that she owned and the way that she beats the dragon at its own game is just truly hilarious! Michael Martchenko’s illustrations are creative and hilarious in this book, especially of the images of Elizabeth being in a paper bag throughout the book. The images in this book are a bit more simplistic in this book than in Robert Munsch’s and Michael Martchenko’s later books as the black outlines of the characters make the characters stand out much more. I also loved the images of the dragon itself as it is green, have red spikes down its back and always look more suave than terrifying to the readers.

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All in all, “The Paper Bag Princess” is a brilliant book from the famous Munsch/Martchenko duo as it shows that true courage will always win the day. Although I would have preferred the ending to be a little longer so that way it would be more satisfying just knowing what happened to each character after the adventure is over, this was not a major con for me, so I would still recommend this book to children ages four and up, but because of the dragon scenes, I think children ages five and older might stand those scenes better and the children ages four and up will like the simplistic writing of this book.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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photo 2017-06-17 02:52
Princess Princess Ever After - Katie O'Neill

I forgot I had this screenshot on my phone. I think I had planned to do a status update using it but never got around to it. Anyway, enjoy Amira laughing at the idea of getting married to a random prince.

 

ETA - Oh, and here are those same panels in the webcomic. Granted, my lighting was bad and my phone camera is crap, but I think it's still a nice example of the muddiness I was talking about. And this bit actually isn't all that bad compared to the example I mentioned in my review. ::sigh::

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review 2017-06-15 10:44
Book Review For: Eloping with the Princess Robyn DeHart
Eloping With The Princess (Brotherhood of the Sword) - Robyn DeHart

'Eloping with the Princess' by Robyn DeHart is book three in the "Brotherhood of the Sword" series. This is the story of Viscount Jason Ellis and Isabel Crisp. I have read the other book but this book can be a standalone book. In the previous book we meet Lilith Crisp, Lady Thornton and Gabriel Campbell, Duke of Lynford. Lilith is Isabel's aunt my marriage who was also kept on a stronghold by Isabel's Uncle Thornton. Isabel's only had her Uncle to be her family and he always kept her in school and she had to call him by his title. Now he has past and Lilith has come to take her away from school but not before someone tries to take her. Luckily Gabriel was there and suggested that she stay with his friend Jason Ellis. Jason is a fellow member of the Brotherhood of the Sword, and could keep her safe while they look into who is trying to take her. Its later learned that Isabel is the last royal family member from the island nation of Saldania. To keep her safe Jason agrees to marry Isabel but since he learned early in his youth that he is actually a bastard and his father was the stable master. With that in mind, Jason planned on never having children so his nephew would inherit the Title. So Jason only agrees to a 'Name Only' marriage with Isabel. But it hard to fight their growing attraction!
Series Order:
Book #1 Undercover with the Earl
Book #2 Dueling With the Duke
Book #3 Eloping With The Princess
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