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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Princesses Part II

Yesterday was the anniversary of Grace Kelly's death. We continue our coverage with more books about princesses.

    

Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel by Micaela MacColl. The year before Victoria became Queen, she was more or less under house arrest as her mother and her lover schemed to control the soon-to-be queen. When Liza comes to be her new lady's maid, she must find a way to let Victoria be her own queen--one that will define an Empire.

Fox and Phoenix by Beth Bernobich. Princess Lian is studying politics at university and not answering the dying king's messages. Kai and his friends are sent to go get her, but something doesn't want them to reach her-- or for her to leave. Magic + steampunk + court intrigue + a Chinese fantasy setting = a great read. Be sure to check out Pig, Crane, Fox, the short-story prequel.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Princess Elisa wears the godstone that marks her as chosen by God. When she's married off to a neighboring king, she is thrust into a world of politics and intrigue that she doesn't understand. When she is kidnapped by rebels and sees the truth of the situation on her borders, she must face her destiny. The first in a trilogy, follow it with The Crown of Embers.

    

Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbottson. Tessa is the under-wardrobe mistress of an opera company in Vienna. She also happens to be a Princess and heiress to Austria's most stunning castle, but it's post-WWI and Austria's nobility is crumbling. Luckily, the castle has a buyer and Tessa can devote herself to the music she loves so much. Also published as The Reluctant Heiress.

Kiki Strike:Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller. Underneath New York, there is an abandoned underground city. Kiki Strike gathers a group of girls, each with their own special talents, to explore and fight crime. But then Kiki disappears and her new friends start to wonder, who, exactly, Kiki Strike is. The fact that it's on this list is a total spoiler, but it's a wonderful book. Follow it with The Empress's Tomb.

Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities by Chris Barton. Barton looks at several people throughout history who have lied about who they are for various reasons and with various results. One of the stories he discusses is a poor woman who managed to convince British society that she was a princess.

    

Entwined by Heather Dixon. After Azalea's mother dies, there is no dancing, there is no music, and the castle is in deep morning. The Keeper has a place where Azalea and her 11 sisters can laugh and dance, but once they start, they may never be able to stop.

The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison. George is a prince raised in duty, terrified that it will be discovered his posses the illegal and feared animal magic. Beatrice is a princess trapped by her father and circumstance, resigned to marry for the sake of her kingdom. More alike than they know, or will let themselves find out, they have to learn to trust each other to save each other. Follow it with The Princess and the Bear.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. Don't think you know this story just because you've seen the movie. It's bad enough that Mia has a hard time with math-- now her mom is dating her math teacher. AND THEN, she finds out that she's a princess, and needs to start acting like one. But what's a girl with Princess Amadala underwear and hair that looks like an upside-down yield sign to do? Take Princess lessons from Grandmere. The first one is how to mix a proper sidecar and to keep them coming. Mia's work is cut out of for her. The first in a series, follow it with Princess in the Spotlight.

What are your favorite books about princesses?

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