Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

This was my Random Read for September and it was very funny.

The story revolves around the Princes Charming, the nameless heroes or not so heroic princes in the stories of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Frederica, Cinderella's prince, is a pampered, protected prince who wants nothing more than to live his life with Ella, enjoying quiet picnics and doing nothing dangerous. Ella, however, is a free spirit and now that she is no longer under the control of her stepmother and stepsisters, she wants to travel the world having adventures. Ella, although she cares about Frederic, leaves to have an adventure, and Frederic follows to try to convince her to come back. Along the way he meets Gustav, Rapunzel's prince, who has had a fight with Rapunzel. Gustav agrees to help Frederic and the two travel on, learning that Ella has been captured by Zaubera, the witch from the Rapunzel story. Zaubera has kidnapped all the bards, the ones who basically made the princes into the generic Prince Charming. Her plan is to take over all the kingdoms by destroying the armies who come to save the bards. Ella manages to escape, but Gustav and Frederic still think they need to save her. They team up with Liam, who is on the run from the mean Briar Rose aka Sleeping Beauty, and Duncan, Snow White's prince. Along the way the four princes learn what it is like to be despised, adored, and ignored. Even though the four dislike the bards they join forces to try to save the day and make themselves into the League of Princes. Can they save the day or will they prove they are only worthy of the title Prince Charming?

This was a humorous look at the fairy tales and it was interesting to see the flaws of each of the princes and princesses. Healy has a ten year old villian who flicks spitballs at his enemy, a giant who knows his manners, and a Prince scared of everything. This is a great first book in the series and this will be a series I want to keep reading.

Favorite Character: I think Frederic and Ella were my favorites, although I am not for sure if they will stay together by the end of the series. Ella is brave and loving. Frederic knows his limitations and despite his flaws, he becomes brave.

Favorite Quote: "Some of you may not even realize that there's more than one Prince Charming. And that none of them are actually named Charming. No one is. Charming isn't a name; it's an adjective."

Reading a junior fiction book was a nice change of pace from all of the young adult books. The story was light and funny. 4.5 bars of chocolate for this one and I will definitely want to read the other books when they are released.

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