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C+
The Last Mermaid

The Last Mermaid is a collection of three novellas about a family of sirens who inhabit a remote island off the coast of Scotland. Abé's writing is clear and fine, and her plotting can't be faulted, but, unfortunately, none of the stories truly pulled me in on an emotional level. The first novel ...

C-
Her Royal Bodyguard

Doesn't every girl, at least once, dream of what it would be like to be a princess? I know I did - usually when I was wearing my floor length, silky nightgown (the one that twirled). After reading Her Royal Bodyguard, though, I'm not quite sure if being a princess is a dream or a nightmare. Even tho ...

B
The Royal Treatment

The Royal Treatment is a book with a great deal of style and very little substance. That may not sound like much of a compliment, and for many readers it won't be. But anyone willing to accept the book for what it is - slick, goofy, occasionally bewildering, but mostly fun - should find it a good re ...

B-
The Pirate Prince

Gaelen Foley's debut is an old-school romance heavy on the fairy-tale aspect as it comes complete with a handsome prince, a fair maid whose esteem he must win, and a devastated kingdom requiring his noble touch to return it to its former glory. But if The Pirate Prince is a fairy tale, it's a dark o ...

B
Royally Jacked

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of reading Nicole Burnham's debut novel, Going to the Castle, and was pleasantly swept away into a modern day fairy tale. Since then I've felt that she was one of those great undiscovered treasures, and was excited to see her spreading her wings outside her S ...

A
A Princess of Mars

I love books. My favorite genres are science fiction and romance, and I have hundreds of keepers of both varities on the shelves of my personal library. But if I were to be stranded on a desert island and could have just one book, I know the one I'd choose. It's quite old (published in 1912, long be ...

D
The Princess-In-Training Manual

The Princess-in-Training Manual is very hard to synopsize. Why? For the simple reason that it's hard to write a synopsis when there is no plot. Our protagonist is Princess Jacqueline de Soignee. Princess of what, you ask? Well, the book never says for sure, but she appears to be the Princess of Manh ...

D+
A Thoroughly Modern Princess

Imaginary royals are not my characters of choice, and I hate the runaway bride plot. But I've read books featuring characters and plots that normally would send me running the other way that turned out to be keepers. And I do love romantic comedy. So I began A Thoroughly Modern Princess with my hope ...

B-
The Star Princess

The Star Princess is an excellent romance, the relationship between the hero and heroine a delightful sparring match similar to that of Gable and Colbert's in the movie It Happened One Night. But when the two are not center-stage, the action flags and attention wanders. Che Vedla is a ...

C-
The Princess and Her Pirate

It's more appropriate than most author raves to find a Christina Dodd quote on the back of this Regency-set historical romance. Like Dodd, Greiman's characterizations are lively and vivid, and her dialogue fairly sparkles. Unfortunately, Greiman's plot is minimal and the book's period setting seems ...