The Seventh Blessing

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Unlike most royal eighteen-year-old girls, Samantha finds it difficult to be a prim and proper princess. When she discovers her seven fairy blessings that were bestowed at her birth are a lie, her entire world is turned upside down. Although she can forgive the feuding fairies who made this large error on her behalf, she must find a way to control her real blessings--which may be more trouble than its worth.

Things start to become complicated when her best friend's brother ...

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Overview

Unlike most royal eighteen-year-old girls, Samantha finds it difficult to be a prim and proper princess. When she discovers her seven fairy blessings that were bestowed at her birth are a lie, her entire world is turned upside down. Although she can forgive the feuding fairies who made this large error on her behalf, she must find a way to control her real blessings--which may be more trouble than its worth.

Things start to become complicated when her best friend's brother becomes seriously injured just weeks before the annual knight competition. Samantha realizes the only way to help him and his family is to enter the competition by disguising her true identity. Balancing her mandatory princess lessons while hiding her secret blessings on top of this becomes difficult, but things begin to get challenging when Prince Nolan, a childhood friend, reenters her life. Samantha, bitter about their constant bickering relationship, suddenly begins to see Nolan in a new, and often confusing, light.

But when she finds out her seventh blessing has yet to be decoded from the ancient tongue, Samantha's most dangerous quest of all is discovering the true power her real blessings hold. Now, the fate of herself, her future, and her kingdom lie in her hands.

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Editorial Reviews

Emily Thomas
I really like Melissa's writing. Assured and affectionate, and her characters are brimming with...character! There is a lovely humour to the writing and I can see this would have real appeal to to the age group I feel is intended for. Strong commercial appeal - having a princess as your protagonist is a sure-fire winner when it comes to the readership. Yet there is a sophistication in her sentence structure and her use of language that will appeal to the vanity of the reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984401352
  • Publisher: TLT Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 1,390,981
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Buell holds a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton. She enjoys reading, writing, taking photographs, and spending time with her family.
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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    Best Book Ever!

    I am almost done reading this for the second time! I love it so much. It is totally awesome how Sam is not your normal girlie princess. I like how she really has to find herself and find out who she wants to be, not who her family wants her to be. Love Noland, as always :-)
    Can't wait for the next one!!!
    Sofia Alexandria

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This book is cute and charming. It is a good read, especially if you are looking for a clean teen novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    I really like this book!

    The Seventh Blessing by Melissa Buell is a charming story about a princess named Samantha. Samantha longs to do what is expected of her as a princess but the seven blessings she received as a baby keep getting in her way. She must learn to be true to herself while becoming the princess she is meant to be.
    There are many things that I like about this book and the main character Samantha is definitely one of them. Samantha is a funny, smart and courageous character. She is wildly independent and also fiercely loyal. I loved reading about her journey of self discovery. Her gifts, unusual for a princess, make her a unique character. Her parents, King Bennett and Queen Adelaide are anxious for her to settle down. Samantha doesn't share her parents opinion nor does she like her suitors, Prince Nolan and Prince Linden. I had so much fun reading the banter between Nolan and Samantha. They have a tumultuous history that makes their relationship complicated.
    The story line in The Seventh Blessing is good. The story begins with Samantha receiving her blessings as a young infant, then we get to see certain periods in her childhood and how her 'blessings' affect her and those around her. Most of the story takes place when Samantha is a teenager. There are several themes in this book including being true to who you are, standing up for yourself, forgiveness and love.
    Overall this is a great story. This would be the perfect fantasy book for middle grade and up. This book is full of action, adventure and a little romance. I really enjoyed this novel and I look forward to reading more about the Tales of Gymandrol.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    A head strong princess, a charming prince and fairy magic. How could it possibly be better?

    The Seventh Blessing is very well paced. It starts when Samantha is born and steadies at the age of 18. I was able to see how Samantha grew to be the adult she'd soon become. While other girls are giggling softly and having long fingernails, Samantha is learning self-defense and becoming a knight. She's not afraid to speak her mind and make sacrifices for others. The person she becomes is actually based off of accidental gifts. Each child is given an amount of fairy blessings based on the month they were born. Samantha was born in July which equals to seven blessings, but the blessings she received weren't meant for a princess. The blessings were meant for a prince who would one day become a king.  When the power of fairies are scattered across different kingdoms there most likely be  chances of power abuse. With an unknown evil causing trouble no one is aware of but Nolan and his family.  Once upon a time, Samantha hated Nolan for all the times he got her in trouble and scold at for not acting lady-like. When that little boy grows up he learns a few things about smooth talking, which is somewhat close to his gift. Nolan and Samantha's relationship was rough, really rough. At times I had a hard time figuring out how Samantha felt about Nolan, but I never doubted Nolan. I did find myself liking Nolan's character, but I wanted just a little bit more from him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Definitely a must-read!

    This is one of those books that you don't want to put down, because you've got to see what's going to happen next, what's going to be said next. I found myself alternately chuckling and cringing at the characters' antics - one minute things would be going so well, then, whoops! slip-up and it's all a muddle again. Not to mention the fact there's a lot of action going on! Why did I like this book so much? The characters and the backstory. Both added great depth and detail to a deceptively simple story. Sam is real - she gets confused, she gets her feelings hurt, she's just like any other 18 year old girl. Well, you know, if every girl could have really awesome fairy gifts and be a princess. And the other characters are just as life-like -- you're definitely going to recognize someone in at least one of them! And Nolan...Oh, Nolan. He's wonderful. I laughed at him, I cringed for him, I fell for him and cheered for him. So the characters are awesome. And the backstory? Equally so: Buell actually took the time to create a whole history that would explain the current situation/scenario. I love it when authors take the time to really 'flesh out' their worlds. It adds so much more depth and even a little mystery. Review originally published at my blog (A Word's Worth); I received a copy for review from the publisher.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    You won't regret it!

    This is definitely a book that you won't be able to put down until you finish it. It had a very captivating and exciting plot line. I am looking forward to a sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    So Much More Than a Princess Story

    Right from the beginning this story peaked my interest. It reads like an epic historical fantasy without all of the confusing and hard to remember names. Yes, there are a lot of characters in the book, but not too many where you lose track of who's who and no one is introduced as filler or fluff, they are all there for a purpose in the storyline. I don't read many princess tales because usually the princess is annoying, too prim, too proper, too much for me. Princess Samantha is none of those things - she is more Joan of Arc than princess and more realistic because of this. The story has a bit of A Knight's Tale feel to it since she's posing as someone she isn't in order to enter competition, but her reasonings are always honorable. The love story isn't overwhelming or one that I would roll my eyes at either, everything unfolds perfectly. I look forward to seeing where this story goes and who Princess Samantha becomes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    A great fantasy read. Lots of adventure and suspense. Samantha and Nolan are great characters. I enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    I loved this book because Samantha is a wonderful heroine and re

    I loved this book because Samantha is a wonderful heroine and reminds me of what I would want to be if I was a fairy tale princess. Nolan is hot, so read this book. A great read for younger readers, too. No bad language or promiscuous situations. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Innocent romance and mud-slinging fun await

    Review of The Seventh Blessing It is very easy to be turned off by the somewhat generic-looking cover of The Seventh Blessing. There are no shortage of novels that use basic foliage photography as their face. This is unfortunate, since Seventh Blessing has a lot to offer a prospective reader. Samantha is the princess of Mittra, a land where newborns are blessed by the resident fairies with various life-long gifts as a custom. By somewhat foolish luck, Samantha is granted six talents that are not generally considered becoming for someone of her gender and status. She is also covertly granted a seventh blessing, a gift that becomes central to the overall story. Although the first few chapters cover a bit of backstory and earlier years of Samantha's life, the vast majority of the book takes place after her 18th birthday. Throughout the book, we are offered a number of chances to explore the ways that fairy blessings grant special boons to those gifted and also the ways that those same blessings can also compel the recipient into impulsive or even dangerous actions. The princess often finds herself trapped between the conduct expected of her as a member of the royal court and her own need to fulfill her ethical obligations to her friends. During Sam's travels, we get many opportunities for innocent romance and friendship. I felt that Samantha's own romantic prospects were somewhat pat, but may be less obvious to the younger readers for which this book is intended. Her primary love triangle consists of two men and the allegiance and intentions of each is quite clear from the beginning. Although the dialogue is in a relatively 'universal' English, characters will occasionally use phrases or words that are a part of contemporary language. This doesn't make the book difficult to understand, but it sometimes breaks the atmosphere of a fantasy setting. In terms of formatting, Seventh Blessing has a full table of contents, something not every author manages to include in their ebook volumes. There are occasional and unexplained changes in text size, mostly in the very beginning and end, but these do not detract from the overall quality of the work. There are no overt spelling or grammatical errors that take away from the novel's enjoyment.

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