The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin by Melanie Cellier

book review

Review by Kayla

Overall Rating: 5 Stars


The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin (The Four Kingdoms Book 3) by Melanie Cellier


Goodreads Synopsis:

Marie, the dutiful princess of Northhelm, chafes under the rigid protocol that governs her life. Then a growing darkness threatens the kingdom and uncovers the lie at the centre of her whole life – a single pact that changes everything.

Throwing off convention, she joins Rafe, a handsome, charming newcomer, on a quest to save her kingdom. Except he doesn’t know she has a mission of her own – to discover the truth about her identity. Increasingly drawn to Rafe’s strength and good humour, Marie is torn by her double purpose. With time running out and death and destruction looming, Marie will have to unravel the bargains that surround her and choose where her true allegiance lies.

In this twist on the classic fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin, a hidden identity is just one of the things Marie will have to unravel.

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The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin is one of the best books in the series so far! I really enjoyed reading this! I always thought that the story of Rumpelstiltskin was so interesting but this was so much more so!

I also love how it contributed to the other books. One thing I love about this series is it is a bunch of retelling of fairy tales, but is, in a way, combined into one amazing story.

Elements such as characters, the setting, and objects, all play along in each of the books following one another. But what’s really cool is that each book has a happy ending but then when you read the next book it will mention things from the past books!

This book was just so interesting and I loved how the story was told. It was a classic Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, but with a twist like the title claimed, and it gets you thinking, “Why didn’t the original fairy tale play out like that?”

Marie, the main character, also who we met in the very first book of the series, is a princess who carries herself like one, but doesn’t look like one. She soon is revealed to the hurtful truth: why she doesn’t look like a royal; which leads her into a dangerous task with many decisions to make that could possibly risk the lives of her people and the whole kingdom.

I think the author Melanie Cellier, is very creative in her writing and I’m excited for the rest of the series I’m yet to read!

Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 12+

This is a clean novel.

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

This book didn’t give me too, too, many butterflies.

New Book Boyfriend: 5 Stars

Not only does Rafe have unexpected fighting skills and charm, but he also has a great sense of humor!

The Four Kingdoms series should be read in this order:

  1. The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea (Book One)
  2. The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (Book Two)
  3. Happily Ever Afters: A Four Kingdoms Novella
  4. The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin (Book Three)
  5. A Midwinter’s Wedding: A Four Kingdoms Novella
  6. The Princess Game: A Reimagining of Sleeping Beauty (Book Four)

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What is your favorite fairytale and/or fairytale retelling?

4 thoughts on “The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin by Melanie Cellier

  1. ooooh! gotta love ’em good retellings! i think i might check this out, cuz i’ll be looking for a lighter read after The Handmaid’s Tale ahaha. thnx for sharing Bree!


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