26 April 2012

Review: Prince Charming Must Die! by Isabella Fontaine

Prince Charming Must Die (The Grimm Chronicles #1) by Isabella Fontaine

Published: 16 April 2012

Pages: 91 (kindle)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: Author for review

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On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.

Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message:
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.

With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose's spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller's boy found true love.

Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.

Only a hero can save the day. Every generation for the past 200 years, a hero has been chosen to fight the Corrupted and rid the world of the Grimms’ fairy tales. To her horror, Alice has been chosen as the next hero. As her 18th birthday nears, she begins to realize life is never going back to normal. School will never be the same.

As for her boyfriend, Edward … well, he might be hiding a terrible secret.

My Thoughts

Prince Charming Must Die is a short book, but it packs a lot of action and character development into 91 pages. I love fairy-tales, and as an added bonus this book also includes some classic fairy-tales which I particularly enjoyed.

Alice is a strong, likeable main character, smart, savvy and sensible shes also has a wickedly sarcastic sense of humour which I particularly enjoyed.

The writing is clear and to the point, without over-simplifying the story, and I hold a particular fondness for the talking rabbit (I want one of my own!). The plot is simple - Alice finds out that she is the hero, chosen to save the world from the Corrupted and armed with only a pen (albeit a magical pen), she finds herself thrust into a strange world that is a cross between reality and fairy-tale with a boyfriend who just seems a little too perfect to be true.

Prince Charming Must Die is the first part of a series focusing on different fairy-tales and I'm really looking forward to the next installment, and seeing Alice develop along the way!

My one and only very minor disappointment was a slightly rushed feeling in one of the key scenes toward the end of the story - I can't tell you what it was without a spoiler, but a little more development would have made this a 5-star read!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great read...visiting from the A to Z Challenge...although I mostly write from my new blog all about my journey from cancer to becoming a runner at 40...you can visit that here http://runningsurvivor.blogspot.com



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