Monday, March 25, 2013

Persnickety Princess Review + #Giveaway Amazon Gift Cards and More

About the book: 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. 

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. 

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.

My Review:
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

This was a fantastically adorable tale. It brought me back to my childhood a bit by having a moral at the end. You don't see that a whole lot anymore, not unless you specifically go looking for kids books that teach values (like the Princess Manners pack Disney put out).
If you have a boy you're screwed. 
Anyhow, it made me think of the old Aesop's Fables cartoons I used to watch, except this is happy. Some of those Aesop's Fables were just screwed up.

Yeah, I was a jerk. You were totally
justified in eating my babies.
That's so off topic.

OK, bullet points time:

  • The characters were likable. I especially loved the books "wicked witch" Natalie. Apparently she's getting her own book and I've very excited about this.
  • The book is clean. There isn't any content in there that I have to worry about when handing over to my nieces to read (nieces ages are 12, 9 and 7).
  • The story is intriguing and well paced. I was able to read it one night, though it'll probably take your middle reader a bit longer to get through it. It's a good length to convey the story without being frustratingly long.
  • It has a dragon. Anything with a dragon gets extra points in my world.

I give this book: 

One chill pill (to be feed to Princess Lavender)

A bucket of paint (any color but purple)

   And one copy of The Alphabet of Manliness

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 websiteFacebookGoodReads, or Twitter.

About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win (1) a $25 Amazon gift card, (2) a $50 Amazon gift card, or (3) a Princess Prize Pack, which includes a plush purple dragon, necklace with lavender pendant, The Fairy Godmother's Guide to Being a Princess, tiara and wand party set, and a DVD of The Princess Bride. Here's what you need to do...
  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.
That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win the $50 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other two prizes (including the awesome Princess Prize Pack) will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Persnickety Princess tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!   
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