Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review: The Frog Prince

Title: The Frog Prince
Author: Jenni James
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication Date: December 6th 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 5 Starfish

A prince disguises himself to find true love—

Prince Nolan has had enough of Princess Blythe—the woman to whom he has been betrothed since infancy—and her simpering letters. Does the princess truly not have a brain in her head? Never before has he communicated with someone who seemed so childish and spoiled. It was time he met her for himself, to decide if he could actually follow through with this marriage. But to do it right, she must not see how handsome he is. He needs a disguise—something that would show him her true nature.

Nolan asks an old herb woman to transform him into a creature that is disgusting to any female—a frog. The spell will last thirty days unless the princess does the impossible and kisses him. Now the true test begins. Will Blythe prove to be as monstrously annoying as he believes she is, or will he learn to see past his judgments and find a loving princess waiting for him?
- Summary and cover image from Goodreads

I absolutely loved this book! The Frog Prince is one of my favorite fairytales. So naturally, I was really looking forward to this retelling, and it did not disappoint!

Plot: The plot is really close to the original, but there were a few interesting twists that made it seem more like it's own story instead of just another version of it. It wasn't fast-paced. It was more mellow and steady, which I liked a lot. It's also short, so it didn't take very long to read.

Setting: The story mainly takes place in a castle, and if you're like me and you love fairytales that have a medieval feel to them, then this is just another reason for you to read the book. 

Blythe: At first, Blythe seems like your average, spoiled princess. The Prince wrote a bunch of letters to her and she always sounded obnoxious. But as the story starts to unfold, you realize that she is actually sweet and compassionate. She acted the way she did towards the Prince because she didn't want an arranged marriage (What girl does?). I thought she was a perfect heroine, and I really loved her personality.

Nolan: He's actually really terrible starting out. He was self-centered and arrogant, but after a while, he began to realize this, and then he changed for the better. I really liked him, and I loved his relationship with Blythe. Even though he spent the majority of the book as a frog, I thought their romance was sweet and genuine. He still had a hint of arrogance at the end of the book, but it was done in a I-can't-help-but-laugh-at-your-ridiculousness kind of way.

Secondary Characters: Blythe's mother was very charming and witty. The banter between her and the Prince was always very amusing. She was a likeable, secondary character and the only one to have a fairly big part in the story.

Strengths: There are so many books out there where the hero or heroine gets under my skin, and then the book is a chore to get through. But I was extremely happy when I read The Frog Prince, and both main characters were easy to fall in love with. I thought the book was fantastic and well done.

Weaknesses: I don't think it has any.... unless you count the fact that it doesn't have a sequel. I guess, at times, the dialogue was a bit cheesy, but I really didn't mind it because the romance was just so cute!

I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy and fairytale lovers, and I know that there are a lot of you out there. So go ahead and give it a try! Ps. It's really cheap to download!

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