Monday, June 6, 2016

The Princess Companion by Melanie Collier {Review}

The Princess Companion by Melanie Cellier
Kindle Edition, 335 pages
Published January 2nd 2016 by Luminant Publications
One dark and stormy night, lost and alone, Alyssa finds herself knocking on the door of a castle.

After a lifetime spent in the deep forest, Alyssa has no idea what to expect on the other side.

What she finds is two unruly young princesses and one very handsome prince. When Alyssa accepts the job of Princess Companion she knows her life will change. What she doesn’t know is that the royal family is about to be swept up in unexpected danger and intrigue and that she just might be the only thing standing between her kingdom and destruction.

This retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, reimagines the risks and rewards that come when one royal family goes searching for a true princess.

Danger and romance await a woodcutter’s daughter in a royal palace.
My Review: 4 Stars
The story begins with a woodcutter's daughter, Alyssa, seeking shelter and finding a castle. The Winter Castle is the home of a royal family...for four months out of the year. She becomes the companion to the young twin princesses, also befriending their older brother, Max. Alyssa quickly becomes beloved of this royal people.
There is a definite Princess and the Pea vibe for the first part of the book, but then that feeling all but disappears. While still entertaining, another story emerges and at times, moves a little slowly. Alyssa is caught up in a hazardous situation with a dangerous conspiracy underfoot. Alyssa is a very competant and likable character. She fits right in very quickly, but given the assumed time period, the relationships with the royals feels a little too casual. I did enjoy the way she entertained and handled her spunky charges.
Things wrap back up with the Princess and the Pea, but I was hopeful that it would have threaded throughout the story. This is a good read for those who love fairy tale re-tellings, risky adventure, a dash of clean romance, and a strong female lead. 
Content: very mild romance; mild violence. Clean!
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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About the Author:

Melanie CellierMelanie Cellier grew up on a staple diet of books, books and more books. And although she got older she never stopped loving children's and young adult novels. She always wanted to write one herself but it took three careers and three different continents before she actually managed it.

She now feels incredibly fortunate to spend her time writing from her home in Canberra, Australia where they don't have a beach but they do have kangaroos hopping down the streets. Her staple diet hasn't changed much, although she's added choc mint Rooibos tea and Chicken Crimpies to the list.

She is currently working on The Four Kingdoms, a series of young adult fairy tale retellings.

Visit Melanie at her website: or follow her on Facebook: for all the latest news on The Princess Companion and other upcoming Four Kingdoms stories.

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