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Danger and romance await a woodcutter's daughter in a royal palace.  

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.

©2016 Melanie Cellier (P)2020 Tantor

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CHAMPION OF THE PRINCE

THIS IS A WONDERFUL RETELLING OF THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA.
THIS IS WHERE YOU MEET PRINCESSES LILLY AND SOPHIE WHEN THEY ARE YOUNG GIRLS AND THE ADVENTURE THEIR BROTHER GETS TO HAVE, AS A PRINCE IN DISTRESS!
ESTHER WANE IS DYNAMIC IN THE NARRATING OF THIS STORY AND SO MANY OTHERS. I CANNOT WAIT FOR MORE FROM BOTH THE AUTHOR AND THE NARRATOR!

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Ok

The story had a lot of potential however I couldn’t really get behind the characters. Allisa was portrayed as a strong, independent person but always seemed irritated or like a know it all. Her flaw was her pride but her character growth wasn’t that significant from beginning to end to be a solid development. I also felt that Max, the prince, could have done more—especially as the male lead—but he felt more like a trophy love interest. He just seemed to let things happen around him instead of taking the lead or fully supporting the female lead.

In conclusion, the story was ok but not extraordinary. The only interesting part of the story was the marriage between the queen and King. I like how it gave a realistic view of what happens after a supposed happily ever after/love match.

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Loved This!

A fun version of The Princess and the Pea, but in the form of a romantic mystery novel. Very well written, an easy listen and kept my interest the entire time.

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one of the best fairy tale retellings

I love this book and whole series. the author does amazing at taking the tale and adding a new spin that is unpredictable who you will get to the outcome that you know from the fairy tale. it's extremely entertaining and I love the whole series and how cohesive it is with the characters!

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Much Ado About Nothing

This story was far too simple to take so long to tell. I ended up having to listen to it at 1.5 times the speed to get through the monotony of it. Very little excitement, the scenes are almost all in the castle or castle library which made me feel stuck in a rut and have cabin fever which is never good when the book itself is supposed to be my way of escaping the cubicle castle I sit in each day.

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Absolutely love.

I've listened to this recording multiple times and will be doing so again. Recommend to anyone needing a light-hearted and happy story.

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Creative and robust retelling with new ideas

Fairy tales have always been partially for enjoyment but also ways to get values delivered to the young about right and wrong, how to be happy and what ways lead to ruin. The author obviously understands this and whether through wisdom or cheekiness, has rewritten for a modern audience.
I’m an adult and enjoyed this book very much. It is truly a book teens and young adults can read, there’s love and romance but it’s clean. The depth of the romance though is what touches the heart in the end and I hope it doesn’t put off young adults! Many lovely insightful ideas. Felt a bit like the TV series Once Upon A Time of 2000s that retold all the fairy tales in a completely new way.

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Lovely from statt to finish

Excellent in every way! The narration, the story, the sweet romance, twists and turns... so great! I had a hard time putting it down!

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Best Book of the Summer! I loved it. 😊

Best Book of the Summer! I loved it. 😊 I'm glad that she wrote a retelling of The Princess and the Pea.

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expect the best

I love retellings, and I've learned to expect amazing ones from Cellier. She has rapidly become one of my favorite authors. This one, like the others, is creative, tense, and has truly good characters worth rooting for.

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Loved it.

I purchased this book in a hurry and didn't realise it was a retelling of Princess and the pea. I was disappointed when I realised but decided to give it a go. Thank god, because I loved this story. I just finished it and I am feeling sad. The story was captivating from the start to the end. Love Alyssa and all the other characters. There were no typical cringe parts you find in most of these YA type stories. Highly recommend it.