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Posted January 18, 2014
I’ll be frank: the first half of this book grated on my nerves. Begrudgingly I’ll also admit that by the second half the characters sort of grew on me and I had to admit to myself that there were several aspects of this story I enjoyed. Not many, but there were some.
The biggest hurdle for me was to get used to the tone of the narrative. I think the author meant for it to read like a fairy tale, but she didn’t quite pull it off and instead it ended up sounding rather amateurish. Once I got past this snag, though, I was already past the 50% mark on my kindle, and the characters were gradually growing on me. Of the few things I enjoyed about this modern fairy tale, the close relationship between the five girls is what drew me into the story. I thought it ridiculous that four sisters would all decide to name their daughters after Disney characters, and that all five these girls would be in the same age group and live in four houses next to each other in the same street; not to mention all four mothers being single and changing their last names back to their maiden name, Princess. But I tried to read it in the spirit in which it was meant to be read, which helped make it easier for me to actually see it through and finish it. Fairy tales aren’t meant to be realistic or believable, right?
Anyway, what appealed to me most was how each of these characters had a fear that matched a particular detail of each of their fairy tale namesakes. For instance, Ariel is afraid of water, and Belle is dyslexic, even though she loves to read. I don’t know what Dave’s part was supposed to be in this story (and his last name just happens to be...ahem...Prince) other than deceiving the girls and helping them to conquer their fears. But whatever it was, I loved seeing how these five girls took charge dealing with their fears and hopefully no longer be ridiculed at school.
Overall, I found The Princess Sisters to be a typical candy fluff light read. I think readers between the ages of nine and twelve will find this a delightful read. I appreciated the idea behind this story and also that it sends a positive message to young girls. What I didn’t enjoy is that most of the narrative details events that don’t really move the plot along such as movie nights and sleepovers, shopping sprees, their antics at the mall, what dresses they’re wearing, what shoes they’re wearing, what they’re having for breakfast, lunch, dinner, what each of them and their mother ordered to eat at the restaurant, etc. I enjoy my candy floss reads with all the bells and whistles, but there were times I couldn’t help rolling my eyes at the incredible cheesiness of some of the events in this book.
Not a bad story, but I’ll only recommend it to readers who still have imaginary tea parties with their Barbie dolls.
Posted August 16, 2011
The Princess Sister is a fun fresh idea. The poor girls were named after... well, Disney princess by there collective mothers(who were sisters). As you can imagine, while the girls were growing up, every cliche was thrown at them from poison apples to lost slippers. They tried their best to distance themselves from the Disney character, however the other kids at school never let them forget!
Thankfully, the girls had each other! The story begins as the enter the dreaded High school! The girls must now pull together even more to make it through... as if High school wasn't bad enough, try surviving it with a name like Snow White!
There are also several fun fairytale "ideas" throughout, such as kissing toads!!! This novel is a real charmer and worth a read for the young and the young at heart!! Well done new author Stacy Lynn Carrol!
My daughter loved it also!
Posted July 9, 2011
The Princess Sisters is Stacy Lynn Carroll's first published novel. It is a fun story about 4 sister's by the last name of Princess who are all about to become single mothers. On the night of their Mother's funeral they decide to name their babies after the Disney Princesses. The girls are best friends, they are of course different in personality, and competitive, especially when a cute older boy moves in across the street. Each girl has a phobia based on her princess character name that they have to deal with, like being a teen, and entering High School isn't hard enough. The girls learned through hard experience how to tell a frog from a toad, and they learned how to help each other try and conquer their fears, in an effort to best their tormentors. I thoroughly enjoyed The Princess Sisters. Stacy did a good job helping the reader feel the emotion and humor of the story. This book is geared to preteens (My 7 year old Niece already wants to read it) and teens, but adults will enjoy it too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2010
I would recommend this book to any woman, old or young, who has ever questioned their identity, had a best friend, gone to high school, or had a crush on a boy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2010
I really enjoyed this book! It was well written and funny. I related to the Princesses and rooted for their success. I finished the book in two days because I could not put it down. I wanted to see what would happen. Positive message for teenage and adult women!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2013
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