Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker

Synopsis (from goodreads.com):
In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.

But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.

Jillian’s Review:
Cute but predictable. Annie is a fun, energetic, and determined main character and was enjoyable to read about. I wasn’t a fan of what a negative image Baker gave Princess Gwennie (AKA Princess Aurora from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty), but I understand this isn’t Disney and Baker wanted to put a little twist to the storyline.

There were lots of little adventures that Annie encountered with her trusty Knight. Unfortunately everything was so predictable that it became almost mundane to read. If you have to choose between reading this or Tuesday at the Castle pick the Castle, it’s much better written and not nearly as predictable. Plus, the romance isn’t mushy and out of place like in Wide-Awake Princess.
I think this book is perfect for the younger reader, probably age 8-12.



Heather said...

My nine-year-old picked this book at the book fair and has been trying to get me to read it ever since! She has LOVED it. (But then again, she is right in the target audience!) Thanks for the review. I'll probably have to read it soon. :) (And I LOVED Tuesday At The Castle! Such a fun, fun idea! Maybe I'll have to suggest that one to her!)

Misty Moncur said...

Looks really cute! Sometimes nice and predictible can be what you want. Love your review too!

Jillian said...

I'm glad I wasn't off on my age guess for this one. :) YES< you really should have her read Tuesday! I can't wait until the next one comes out in the series.

Thanks Misty... I unfortunately like surprises and you can't get that with a predictable book. Still, it WAS cute. :)

Rosenbalm Photography said...

Great review. I loved Tuesdays at the Castle and am also excited for the next one! :)

Jillian said...

Thanks, Jennifer. :) I'm SO glad you loved Tuesday at the Castle. Did your daughter I gave it to as a b-day present like it?? I sure hope so!

Rosenbalm Photography said...

She was loving it but when I read ahead and finished it she stopped reading. This summer we'll pick it up and get it finished! :)