Wednesday, 23 November 2016

The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince

by Jenni James

3 out of 5

A prince disguises himself to find true love—

Prince Nolan has had enough of Princess Blythe—the woman to whom he has been betrothed since infancy—and her simpering letters. Does the princess truly not have a brain in her head? Never before has he communicated with someone who seemed so childish and spoiled. It was time he met her for himself, to decide if he could actually follow through with this marriage. But to do it right, she must not see how handsome he is. He needs a disguise—something that would show him her true nature.

Nolan asks an old herb woman to transform him into a creature that is disgusting to any female—a frog. The spell will last thirty days unless the princess does the impossible and kisses him. Now the true test begins. Will Blythe prove to be as monstrously annoying as he believes she is, or will he learn to see past his judgments and find a loving princess waiting for him?

Prince Nolan is ready to go to extreme lengths to find out if his betrothed can love him for the man he is, rather than his title and good looks.

This was a cute little story that I downloaded for free.
It's fun, shallow, and a little bit silly.

Prince Nolan has never met Princess Blythe, but from their letter correspondence, he is less than excited by his match with this spoiled girl. Being the incredibly clever sod that he is, Nolan decides to test his bride-to-be, by approaching her in a disguise to see the real her.
I really liked when it turned out that the things Nolan didn't like about Blythe where a mirror of his own flaws. The story brushes up against being meaningful, then opts for keeping it light.

The "royal" families annoyed me. They were like normal (with extra arrogance) people; they way they spoke, acted, interacted was all in a very common modern-family way. They just have titles shoved on top.
If you're going to the effort of making them royalty - make them bleeding royalty!
Some people may actually like this aspect, but as you can see, it's one of my pet peeves.

I think this will appeal to younger readers, and it's a nice enough distraction for anyone looking for a quick read.

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