Monday, 12 April 2010

The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison

The Princess and the Hound
Mette Ivie Harrison

He is a prince and heir to a kingdom threatened on all sides, possessor of the forbidden animal magic.

She is a princess from a rival kingdom, the daughter her father never wanted, isolated from all except her hound.

In this lush and beautifully written fairy-tale romance, a prince, a princess, and two kingdoms are joined in the aftermath of a war. Proud, stubborn, and bound to marry for duty, George and Beatrice will steal your heart—but will they fall in love?

I've made no secret of my fairytale retelling love. It took me a while, but I finally and happily got my hands on this book.

The Princess and the Hound was, I admit, slightly hard to get into at first. The beginning was all about the secrets and the hush, hush, and the what will happen next! Kind of thing. You didn't really learn much except the beginnings to several mysteries.

Then the story begins to unfold and it's complicated and messy but it all makes sense. Mette wrote a beautiful story here, a fairy tale all its own. In a way, it's a reversed Beauty and the Beast, but at the same time it's something so much more. You don't really see it while reading and it seems like something you might've read as a kid but can't place it.

For anyone who loves historical fiction or fairy tale retellings (though, I think generally if you like one, you like both) this is a MUST. A MUST I say.

Side Note: I fail. At life. And reviewing timely. BUT I have some exciting stuff for you guys that I'll post next week and today I got four books in the mail and four egalleys. So, I'll be stepping up my game. Promise ;)


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