The Princess Game by Melanie Cellier

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Review by Kayla

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

The Princess Game: A Reimagining of Sleeping Beauty (The Four Kingdoms Book 4) by Melanie Cellier

The Princess Game

Goodreads synopsis

They call her the Sleeping Princess, but Celeste is far from asleep…

Celeste has been cursed since her sixteenth birthday–just not in the way the rest of the kingdom thinks. All they see is her breath-taking beauty, marred by her foolishness. Only she knows that she retains her brilliant mind. And it’s a secret she must keep at all costs.

Over the years she’s grown accustomed to the necessary deception. After all, her life depends on it. And she’s even found a way to protect her kingdom, working from the shadows. But now a dangerous new threat has emerged, one that Celeste can’t defeat alone. She needs the help of a newly-arrived prince. One who’s altogether too handsome and too charming. Somehow she needs to keep her secret, save her kingdom and find a way to free herself from the curse. The last thing she has time to do is sleep.

In this reimagining of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, it’s only the princess’ mind that is asleep. And sometimes appearances can be deceiving.

 

Review

The Princess Game is the last book in The Four Kingdoms series, and let me tell you how pleased I am! I thought the whole series was so intriguing and so creative! This book is my favorite out of the whole series.

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A Midwinter’s Wedding by Melanie Cellier

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Review by Kayla

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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A Midwinter’s Wedding: A Four Kingdoms novella by Melanie Cellier

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Goodreads synopsis:

Princess Cordelia is used to being overshadowed by her many brothers and sisters. So when she’s offered the chance to attend her brother’s wedding in a faraway kingdom, she leaps at it. In Northhelm, she’ll finally have the chance to stand out. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll even find romance.

But not everything in the Northhelmian court is as it appears. With her brother distracted by the wedding, only Ferdinand, the ugliest man at court, will listen to Cordelia’s concerns. An observant princess and a strangely amphibious soldier may be the only thing standing between all Four Kingdoms and disaster.

Cordelia will have to overcome prejudice, deceit and danger if she wants to save the day and find romance at A Midwinter’s Wedding.

Review

A Midwinter’s Wedding is a retelling of The Frog Prince, which is yet another interesting story. Although this fairy tale isn’t as popular as some others, it’s so unique in comparison. This retelling was put into an amazing, somewhat original perspective.

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The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin by Melanie Cellier

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Review by Kayla

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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

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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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Review

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!

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Happily Ever Afters: A Four Kingdoms Novella by Melanie Cellier

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Overall Rating: 4 Stars
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Happily Ever Afters: A Four Kingdoms Novella by Melanie Cellier

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Goodreads synopsis:

Sometimes a fairy tale ending is only the beginning…

Sarah and Evelyn have already risked everything to help Ava win a crown. But they soon learn that a coronation is a beginning, not an ending. Not everyone in Rangmere is happy to see the young queen on the throne, and intrigue and danger lurk all around.

The cousins find themselves fighting not only for their new kingdom but also for their own survival in the royal court. When a new threat emerges, the two girls must defeat it to both save the crown and secure their own Happily Ever Afters.

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Review

Let me just say how surprised I was when I found out that Happily Ever Afters: A Four Kingdoms Novella was told in Sarah and Evelyn’s point of view! I thought it was so amazing that it was told like that because I was expecting it to be in Ava’s point of view! (Just saying now if you don’t read this series in order you are going to be a little confused! It’s a MUST to read them in order! I also have reviews here and here on the past books in the series and will have upcoming reviews in the later books in The Four Kingdoms series.)

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The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (The Four Kingdoms Book 2) by Melanie Cellier

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Review by Kayla

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (The Four Kingdoms Book 2) by Melanie Cellier

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The Princess Fugitive

Goodreads synopsis:

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.

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Review

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.)

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A Princess Companion: A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea (The Four Kingdoms Book 1) by Melanie Cellier

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Review by Kayla

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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A Princess Companion: A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea (The Four Kingdoms Book 1) by Melanie Cellier

The Princess Companion

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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.

 

Review

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.

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