Guest Review by Iona McGraw: Miss Prince by Alicia L. Wright

So I know its been a while since my first review for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, due to Christmas, homework, mock exams and (the real reason) Netflix. But I finally got pestered enough from my mother to do it, so my next review is here. At the start of December I went to a Christmas Fair where I picked up and offered to do a review for Alicia L. Wright’s book, Miss Prince. I agreed, thinking it would be a good book with lots of similarities to many of today’s popular young adult novels. Apparently I was wrong. Wright managed to come up with an entirely new concept and outlook on the traditional fairytale, adding lots of references that would appeal to a typical teenage audience of 2016. With references to social media, animé and internet friends, ‘geeky is the new cool’ really comes through in her writing.
Miss Prince is all about a young girl called Lucinda who would like to travel to America to meet up with her internet friends and create an amazing video to win a competition. The only problem is, she lives in England and her awful parents refuse to cover the fund. (They aren’t really that bad but I’m trying to stick with the teenager theme here) They agree that if Lucinda can come up with the funds herself she will be allowed to go. This means she has to do the thing every young adult fears; to become an actual adult and find a job. After seeing an advert in a corner shop window she applies to ‘Rent-a-Prince’. It turns out that this organization needs an actual prince but one that won’t run off and get married to the first princess they rescue and stop doing their princely duties. (I was unaware that this was a problem in the fairy tale world but now I think about it, it makes perfect sense…) As the novel carries on, we follow Lucinda on the path to her plane ticket and all the trials and tribulations she faces on the way. We meet good vampires, sassy unicorns and move through lots of doubt about whether or not she can do it.
On the whole I liked the book. It was an unusual, original concept and I honestly had no idea what was going to happen next for the majority of the book. The writing was good and the story mostly flowed smoothly with only a few small ripples of confusion. Also after meeting the author, I found that she was a lovely person who clearly loves what she does. I look forward to reading her other novel Eggs, Butter, Sugar and Disaster’ soon. Anyway, that’s it from me, the internet beckons, so i’ll try to write another review but I won’t make any promises. Bye!

 

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