Review by Kayla
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (The Four Kingdoms Book 2) by Melanie Cellier
Princess Ava used to be a weapon – sharp, strong and beautiful. But when she fails at her most important task, she’s forced to flee from her own family.
Only her personal bodyguard, Hans, remains loyal. Hans claims to know the real Ava but she finds that hard to believe – after all, she’s been the villain so long that she can’t remember anything else.
But deep in exile, Ava learns her kingdom needs a hero and she might be the only one who can save it. The catch? She’ll have to ally herself with the very people she blames for her downfall.
But in a game of life and death where the stakes are an entire kingdom, winning over her enemies will only be the beginning. Can one fugitive save her people, her kingdom and, hardest of all, herself?
In this reimagining of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, the girl in the red hood has been swallowed up by the wolf and must decide if she’s willing to fight for her freedom, no matter the cost.
I have read a lot of retelling of fairy tales recently, but I can’t say that I remember reading any reimagining of a fairy tale until I read this book. (I have a review on the first book also, and will have upcoming reviews on all of the books in the series.)
Although this was a very good book, I have to say, it didn’t have a lot of parts from Little Red Riding Hood as I’d expected. But if you didn’t know that this was based on Little Red Riding Hood, it would definitely remind you of it and it is somewhat similar in certain ways.
Ava, the main character in the book, must fight for who she truly is and resist the “wolf” inside of herself that her father tried to make her become. She must also become allies with the Arcadians, her enemy and the kingdom that she wronged before she can become who she truly is; and fight for the throne over her brother who could endanger the whole kingdom.
She flees into the woods with her loyal personal guard, Hans, in search for a way to defeat her evil brother. She also makes a lot new friends and has a greater relationship with Hans and falls in love with him!
I think it was very interesting to see in book 1 who she originally was and now, in book 2, seeing who she truly is.
Age Recommendation: 12+
This whole series is clean.
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 Stars
Hans always stayed so loyal to Ava and supported her throughout everything. Since he is her personal guard, he has amazing skills that never fail and keep watch over Ava at ALL times! Even when he was hurt, (you will find out why once you read the book) he risked his life to save Ava with his potentially fatal injury.
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
This book did give me some butterflies so I would give this a ⅗ butterfly rating.
Note: If you read this I would definitely make sure you read the first book because it is crucial to the story. The books in this series should be read in this order:
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)