Saturday, January 18, 2014

MINI REVIEW: THE PRINCESS SISTERS (The Princess Sisters, #1) by Stacy Lynn Carroll

Title: The Princess Sisters
Series: The Princess Sisters, #1
Author: Stacy Lynn Carroll
Publisher: Pink Frog Press
Publication Date: July 15, 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
My rating: 3/5


The only thing she stands to lose are her shoes.
Cinderella is an ordinary teenage girl, with an extraordinary name. But because of that name, she and her cousins, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, and Snow White suffer years of torment from their peers. Then as the girls enter high school and the enticing world of dating, a life-altering decision must be made. Is it finally time to stop fighting, and surrender to the fairy tale clich├ęs that have been holding them back? By embracing their names, the girls discover an inner-strength they never knew existed. And by putting everything they have on the line, maybe, just maybe they will discover there really is such a thing as ‘happily ever after’.


I’ll be frank: the first half of this book grated on my nerves. Begrudgingly I’ll also admit that by the second half the characters sort of grew on me and I had to admit to myself that there were several aspects of this story I enjoyed. Not many, but there were some.

The biggest hurdle for me was to get used to the tone of the narrative. I think the author meant for it to read like a fairy tale, but she didn’t quite pull it off and instead it ended up sounding rather amateurish. Once I got past this snag, though, I was already past the 50% mark on my kindle, and the characters were gradually growing on me. Of the few things I enjoyed about this modern fairy tale, the close relationship between the five girls is what drew me into the story. I thought it ridiculous that four sisters would all decide to name their daughters after Disney characters, and that all five these girls would be in the same age group and live in four houses next to each other in the same street; not to mention all four mothers being single and changing their last names back to their maiden name, Princess. But I tried to read it in the spirit in which it was meant to be read, which helped make it easier for me to actually see it through and finish it. Fairy tales aren’t meant to be realistic or believable, right?

Anyway, what appealed to me most was how each of these characters had a fear that matched a particular detail of each of their fairy tale namesakes. For instance, Ariel is afraid of water, and Belle is dyslexic, even though she loves to read. I don’t know what Dave’s part was supposed to be in this story (and his last name just happens to be...ahem...Prince) other than deceiving the girls and helping them to conquer their fears. But whatever it was, I loved seeing how these five girls took charge dealing with their fears and hopefully no longer be ridiculed at school.

Overall, I found The Princess Sisters to be a typical candy fluff light read. I think readers between the ages of nine and twelve will find this a delightful read. I appreciated the idea behind this story and also that it sends a positive message to young girls. What I didn’t enjoy is that most of the narrative details events that don’t really move the plot along such as movie nights and sleepovers, shopping sprees, their antics at the mall, what dresses they’re wearing, what shoes they’re wearing, what they’re having for breakfast, lunch, dinner, what each of them and their mother ordered to eat at the restaurant, etc. I enjoy my candy floss reads with all the bells and whistles, but there were times I couldn’t help rolling my eyes at the incredible cheesiness of some of the events in this book.

Not a bad story, but I’ll only recommend it to readers who still have imaginary tea parties with their Barbie dolls. 



Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to western swing, and watched as many of her fellow students became ‘True Aggies’. She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.

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