Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler

Like all good fairy tales, this one begins with a stepmother and a curse. The new queen wants her future children to inherit the throne not one of her five stepsons. She turns them into swans and it's up their younger sister Meriel to rescue them.

What I thought: This is a fairy tale I'm less familiar with, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Meriel is a strong character. I don't know which would be worse--stinging nettles or not speaking. Her friendship with Riona and Liam is nice. Middle Grade retellings are starting to grow on me. I liked Princess of the Wild Swans almost as much as The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell. I can't wait to see what Zahler writes next.

(Harper, 2012)

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