Sunday, August 19, 2012
A Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Because of the thousands of books authors have written over time, and the hundreds (literally) of books I've read, it seems to me that stories seem to repeat themselves. Somehow, I've never read a book quite like this one. Now, I'm sure somebody read that and thought 'You've never read a re-written fairy tale!' Well I have. I've read lost of those. This one is different. For starters, most 'new' fairy tales focus on the girl. They sometimes even make her the hero! This does quite the opposite. The storyline starts out soon after the Cinderella story ends. Because Ella has spent her life cooking and cleaning, she wants to discover the world, unfortunately, her groom-to-be, Prince Fredric (commonly known as Prince Charming), is afraid of his own shadow. So she runs away. Naturally, Fredric runs after her. While Ella is getting caught by a witch and escaping from the same witch, Fredric meets Prince Gustav, another Prince Charming. In order to convince people of his hero qualities he agrees to help Fredric. Long story short, Gustav (who is from the Rapunzel story) and Fredric meet the Princes Charming from the Sleeping Beauty and Snow White stories and the 'League of Princes' is formed. The princes soon encounter the witch and well, I won't spoil it for you. However, I will say it's worth reading. Even though the book is an impressive 448 pages, I was always on the edge of my seat. I recommend this for boys or girls ages 12-15. If you liked it, You should try out the Sisters Grimm Series. Happy Reading, NNYer!