Author: Aya Ling
Tittle: Princess of Athelia
Series: Unfinished Fairy Tales, book 1.5
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Retelling, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 80 pages, Ebook
Published: November 15th 2015
Source: I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Kat has now moved into the palace, determined to make the most of her time with her beloved prince. Being princess, however, is no bed of roses. She must learn how to behave like a royal, prepare for the upcoming engagement, and defend herself against hostile relatives. And knowing that her time with Edward is limited, Kat isn’t so certain that she wants to be princess anymore…
Time for a little recap: The Ugly Stepsister (book 1) is a unique retelling of Cinderella where Kat ends up in the story world as one of the ugly stepsister after accidentally tearing the pages of her book. She could only go back to her realm if the happily ever after occurs, so she plans a mission to make Cinderella and Prince Charming, i.e. Prince Edward fall in love but she falls in love with the prince instead. You can read my review for The Ugly Stepsister here.
This book takes place between the time when Kat moves to the castle as the to-be bride of Prince Edward till her departure from that realm after her marriage kiss in The Ugly Stepsister. This book was indeed short and sweet. We learn more about this realm, i.e. how the story world was actually created and how things function here. Kat had to face real difficulties here as she had to learn and be accustomed to the manners of a princess and be prepared for the royal wedding, it was pretty fun to read because she’s the total opposite instead of a princess material. As much as she wanted to be back to her mother and sister, she also didn’t want to leave Edward behind. It was a tough choice she had to make but she made it nonetheless.
This book reminded me why I loved Kat so much, she’s one of my favourite female protagonists. The social issues were present in this book as well and she continued to fight for them. And Edward, was as charming as ever, he was caring and so supportive of Kat. I loved their romance so much, it was just so sweet! I already knew how the first book ended, so I braced myself for the ending but I’m really very exited to see what happens in the next book!
Overall, Princess of Athelia was a short but a great read, it was fast paced and the writing was smooth and easy to read. Though I’ve already had a glimpse of the next book but I literally can’t wait to read the whole finished product! It’s going to be epic! 😀
If you loved The Ugly Stepsister, then definitely yes!
So how many of you have read this novella? Have you started this amazing series yet? If yes, how’s your experience and expectations for the next book? And if not, are you going to start it? Share your thoughts with me!