Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Allard: “I’ll tell you a secret.”
Apolline: “Nope, you’re fine.”
Oh, Apolline, you made me laugh with your bluntness.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was entertaining, well written (and not overdone), creative, and refreshing. It followed the story line of the original Sleeping Beauty without changing its vital points and, in my opinion, gave the story a face-lift. Combined with the traditional tale were aspects of interstellar space travel, modern technology, fairies and magical creatures.
Apolline grew up an orphan, memorizing (very real) fairy tale stories told by her fairy foster parents. She didn’t know her parents, or why she they had abandoned her. From birth, she was betrothed to someone she had never met—which hadn’t been an issue until she met Allard.
The charming, yet persistent Allard, happened across the huntress Apolline at a shop, and immediately took a liking to her. It just so happens that Allard is also betrothed—to the lost Princess of Tyrone. No one knows who she is, what she looks like, and where she’s been since birth. Her parents sent her way for her protection against the evil and jealous Bryanna, who placed a curse on her at birth.
Little did Apolline and Allard know, that they are betrothed to each other.
Besides the insta-love (which every fairy tale and fairy tale retelling has a bout of,) I had very few issues with this book. I truly enjoyed it, and wanted more. I found Apolline’s unassuming, self-sustaining qualities to be appropriate to her role. Allard’s charm and persistence to woo Apolline was sweet, to say the least. However, the one issue I had with their romance was the fact that I as the reader, knew of their betrothal before they did. We must wait in stress until they finally discover this fact.
Overall, this was a great read and my favorite retelling yet. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fairy tale retellings, or science fiction-lite books.
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