High up in the tallest tower of the purplest castle in the Kingdom by the Sea, Princess Lavender awaits rescue. Desperate as she may be, only the most dashing, well-dressed, properly mannered prince will do. Oh, and he must stand exactly four and three-quarters inches taller than her. A princess has got to have standards, after all.I don't think I've reviewed a middle grade novel on this blog before (apart from my Homeschool Reading Corner). The Persnickety Princess by Falcon Storm was full of humor and was quite clever.
When, finally, one such prince comes to her castle--not to rescue her, but her younger sister--Lavender refuses to be ignored. Instead of waiting for the next suitor to come along, she devises a plan to put herself in danger, thus forcing the upstart prince to forget her sister and rescue her instead.
Well accustomed to getting her way, there is only one thing, unfortunately, that this princess can't control--her luck. When her plans go awry, putting her in very real danger, will she allow the prince to rescue her as he sees fit? Will he even want to try?
And will anyone be able to find a way to rescue Lavender from her persnickety ways once and for all? Find out in this comedic tale of princes, dragons, and dreams that just may come true.
It's narrated by Upon A. Time. He is actually being escorted to jail by two very serious guards, Reggie and Sir (he MUST call him Sir). When asked his explanation for the way he's charged in to town he tells the tale of The Persnickety Princess, Lavendar.
Holy cow you could tell she was a piece of work from the very beginning. So intent on everything being perfect and just so and by the book that she's missing out on actually LIVING while her sister Petunia is living enough for the both of them. Lavendar spends her days just waiting for the perfect prince to come and rescue her and whisk her away in to the perfect sunset. She doesn't quite get what she planned for, but sometimes that turns out to be a good thing.
Immediately, I disliked Lavendar. But then I figured... what girl DOESN'T imagine a prince coming to take her away. What girl doesn't have an idea about what he looks like or how she's going to be rescued from the proverbial tower she's been "locked" in. Lavendar just took it to the extreme a little. That's all. Kudos to her sister though for trying to get her to enjoy the little things in life though. I feel kind of bad that Lavendar has just let all the good things Petnuia has experienced just pass her by.
It was a cute book. It made me smile. If I saw this on a shelf I'd buy it for my oldest daughter to read in a heart beat. I'm glad there are going to be more books about the characters in this series. I'd love to read more Tales from Upon A. Time. He's a very amusing story teller. And I'd recommend this for anyone from the age of 9-14 maybe. It's a great read.
The Persnickety Princess is a lower grade chapter book intended for kids 6 to 9 years old (although kids of all ages are sure to enjoy it! Pick up your copy through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or Kobo Books.
About the author: I was born in the frozen wasteland of Alaska with the unfortunate stigma of being both a daydreamer and left-handed. Starting from an early age, I've filled my life with stories of every sort from my father's hunting trips to the Holy Trilogy (read: Star Wars). In the fourth grade, I became more interested in telling stories of my own than listening to those of others. Doctors—being doctors—attempted to medicate them out of me, but the best cure has always been a pen, a notebook, and my crazy, unrestrained imagination. I continue to whittle away at these stories in my endless search for the one that will finally bring me back to reality. All the while, I secretly hope such a story will never come along. I hear "reality" is far too boring. Connect with Falcon on his website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.
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