{Review/Giveaway} REBEL PRINCESS by Janice Sperry

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    I CREPT BEHIND THE BLACK SUIT of armor and slid the diamond necklace inside its hollow leg. It landed on the growing pile of jewelry with a clink. A section of the wall behind me groaned and rolled forward, pushing me out from behind the armor.
    "Stupid house," I whispered. "Why can't you ever be on my side?" The floor rumbled. Calling the house stupid probably wasn't a great idea. I scrambled for more solid ground and bumped the spiked mace leaning against the armor. It crashed onto the hardwood floor. Oops.
(Page 1, US paperback edition)

REBEL PRINCESS was a fun, sweet read. I really enjoyed it and blew through the book in one sitting. It reminds me of a fairy tale, but it's also original and new. Janice Sperry references fairy tales and twines them together the way Alethea Kontis does in ENCHANTED. She spins things away from the tales we all know the way E.D. Baker does in THE WIDE-AWAKE PRINCESS. I would read another novel set in this world in a heartbeat.

Raven Perilous and her twin brother Edgar are the children of an evil sorcerer and a fair, golden-hearted princess. Their mother was destined to marry Prince Charming, but something went wrong and the prince never came. Instead, an evil sorcerer came along, and the two fell in love and got married. Who said opposites don't attract? Edgar is skilled at magic and following in his father's footsteps. Raven, on the other hand, really wants to be evil. She scoffs at everything good and nice. A family curse makes it so that she'll either spit out slugs and toads when she talks or precious gemstones, depending on if she's being nice or mean. Raven spits out more slugs than she does jewels, that's for sure. When Eric Charming shows up in Raven's class, everything she thought she knew is turned upside down, and Raven finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. Maybe she can find out her destiny once and for all!

I really loved the way Sperry invented a new world while still retaining so many familiar elements. The book is good, clean fun, perfect for all ages. As an older reader, I never felt bored reading a "kid's book." Instead, it reminded me of of the middle-grade novels I love the best, and also the ones I would have read a million times growing up. I don't want to spoil plot elements by giving away characters and scenarios that reveal various plot points, because to me,, that takes the fun out of it. I will say, however, that I loved Raven's feisty attitude, and seeing the way she rebelled against her two personas. She was a lot of fun to journey with, and I was sad when her story was over. I'm hoping that Sperry turns Raven's adventures into a series. I also really like the way traditional tales were twisted and turned into something new. This isn't a fairy tale, but it feels like one. It will appeal to readers of original novels and fairy tale retellings both. If you want something fun and light and entertaining, definitely check out REBEL PRINCESS this summer!

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: G 
Language: G
Violence: G
Other: --
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I just adore her expression! She's like, "What is this shiny gold thing, and why is it anywhere NEAR me!?"

That expression makes it. So cute...just like the interior!
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Author: Janice Sperry
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Received: For Review

Meet the upside-down fairy-tale princess! Raven Perilous is not nice because nice princesses get locked in towers. When Prince Charming shows up, Raven—who is not in distress—decides to show him who’s boss. This enchanting adventure, filled with magic forests and mystical creatures, will captivate fans of fairy tales everywhere!

Janice Sperry is a writer, a mother, a wife, and a soldier in the war against gophers.

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  1. Fun and sweet are both things I like in my reads, so thanks for the book intro.


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