Review by Kayla
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
A Princess Companion: A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea (The Four Kingdoms Book 1) by Melanie Cellier
Synopsis from Goodreads | Full book details here
One dark and stormy night, lost and alone, Alyssa finds herself knocking on the door of a castle.
After a lifetime spent in the deep forest, Alyssa has no idea what to expect on the other side.
What she finds is two unruly young princesses and one very handsome prince. When Alyssa accepts the job of Princess Companion she knows her life will change. What she doesn’t know is that the royal family is about to be swept up in unexpected danger and intrigue and that she just might be the only thing standing between her kingdom and destruction.
This retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, reimagines the risks and rewards that come when one royal family goes searching for a true princess.
Danger and romance await a woodcutter’s daughter in a royal palace.
Currently, I’m really loving the retelling of fairy tales! I think it is so interesting to look at fairy tales with a different point of view. Now that I’m older I can still really enjoy fairy tales (it’s almost like they age with me!) And because I’m a romance book fan I love the retelling of fairy tales, even more, when the book includes a love story.
A Princess Companion was really good.
Alyssa, the main character, gets lost in the wood and tries to find shelter because there is a storm coming. She comes across the Winter castle, which belongs to King Henry, Queen Eleanor, Princess Max, and the twin princesses Lilly and Sophie.
Alyssa is welcomed into the castle and stays in the guest room, which she thinks for a woodcutter’s daughter like herself, is much too fancy. After a restless night and breakfast with the royal family, she accepts a job as a princess companion for the twins.
Alyssa later falls in love with the prince, but there are many obstacles in their path to happiness.
I think it’s really important when it comes to books that retell original stories that they don’t follow too much of the original story but just enough and I think that the book did just that, it gave its own twist to the story but also if you didn’t know it was a retelling of the princess and the pea it would remind you of it, and to me that is very crucial.
This is the first book in the Four Kingdoms series. The books should be read in order. (I will have more reviews on all of the books in the series)
The Four Kingdoms Reading Order
- The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea (Book One)
- The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (Book Two)
- Happily Ever Afters: A Four Kingdoms Novella
- The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin (Book Three)
- A Midwinter’s Wedding: A Four Kingdoms Novella
- The Princess Game: A Reimagining of Sleeping Beauty (Book Four)
Kayla’s Age recommendation: 12+
Although this book did not have any age recommendations, I would recommend ages 12+ (This is a clean story). I think anyone would like this book if they like the retelling of fairy tales with a nice little love story (like most fairy tales have).
Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars
This book really didn’t give me many butterflies at all. If you currently like romance books that give you butterflies, this probably won’t be the book for you unless you like the retelling of fairy tales no matter what.
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 Stars
I think Max, the Prince of Arcadia was better for Alyssa, the woodcutter’s daughter, than me Although he had some amazing features and actions in the story I don’t think I would have 5/5 rating for my liking even though he was really good in the story.