I recieved an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
King Winkle and Queen Periwinkle have a problem. They need a princess, and they need her fast. With the upcoming peace-keeping marriage between Prince Linus of Branninia and the princess of the fair Kingdom of Hoggenbottom, it’s a bit risky to admit they don’t have a princess.
Instead, they decide to host The Princess Games. Soon enough, the fairest maidens of the land are gathered in front of the castle, fairy-godmothers in tow! With a goofy king, an obsessive compulsive advisor, and a fairy godmother whose spells do whatever they want, these games are about to get interesting.
Even if Emma and her clumsy Fairy Louise can manage to do well in the competition, she’ll have to get past the expert spells of Fairy Faye and the beauty of Laralyn, who is intent on pleasing her ambitious mother at any cost.
The King has promised another kingdom that his daughter would marry their prince. There is only one problem; the King doesn’t have a daughter. So, naturally, he decides to hold a contest, the winner of which will be the kingdom’s new princess and will marry the foreign kingdom’s prince! And poor Karl Jurgermeier is put in charge of executing this plan, and he doesn’t even think that it is a very good one!
Fairy Louise had made a bit of a mistake in her directions while she was on her way to choose a girl to be her contestant. Because she has no time left to go to the village that she was assigned to, she chose Emma as her contestant, even though a girl from Emma’s town had already been chosen by Fairy Faye. This girl is name Laralyn, and she is as pretty as they come. With her ambitious Fairy Godmother, she is sure to win, right?
Join in and watch the Princess Games as Emma (who has no desire to be a silly princess) and her rather unproficient fairy godmother compete against beautiful, graceful Laralyn and her clever, skillful Fairy Faye.
It is true that nothing in these Games are predictable. For the first thing, the King hadn’t even decided on what the contests in the competition should be, so Karl has to figure it out as he goes along. He decided that some of the contests should judge the girls on princess-like qualities, while others involved a certain prince being locked in a tower. Sometimes the contestant have to work together, and sometimes it is every man, er, girl, for herself.
Fairy Louise tries to use her magic to help Emma during the games, but can never be quite sure how her spells will turn out, though you can be sure that they will be cause for some amusement!
Fairy Faye, on the other hand, seems quite sure that she and Laralyn will succeed. She is also quite sure that Laralyn’s charm and beauty will win her the games. ‘Charm the pants off the boy!’ She had said in reference to the prince, before informing Laralyn, with a bit of annoyance I may add, that she did not mean that literally. She and Laralyn don’t exactly get along.
If you are looking for a fun, humorous fairy tale, look no further. I would definitely recommend this for someone looking for a light-hearted story and lovers of fairy tales everywhere.