A princess, a pea, and a tower of mattresses. This is the sliver that survives of a story more nightmare than fairytale...
Maggie Rhodes, high school junior and semi-reformed stalker, learns the tale's true roots after a spying attempt goes awry and her best friend Kate ends up as the victim of an ancient curse. At the center of the curse lies an enchanted emerald that has been residing quietly in a museum for the past fifty years. Admirers of the gem have no idea that it feeds on life. Or that it's found its next victim in Kate.
Enter Lindy, a school acquaintance who knows more than she's letting on, and Garon, a handsome stranger claiming he knows how to help, and Maggie is left wondering who to trust and how to save her best friend before it's too late.
If only Maggie knew her connection to the fairy tale was rooted far deeper than an endangered best friend.
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(4.5 Stars) I love a good fairy tale retelling and I have my favorites, but it's so refreshing to have a story that isn't normally told. I thought the author did a great job of taking The Princess and the Pea and tweaking it to fit a contemporary YA story, while also taking the story back to the roots. The book waffles between modern times and the past, where the reader discovers some of the history of the emerald and the curse. Danger, romance, and time travel abound in this fun adventure. A game of Truth or Dare gone awry is what sets the stage for the Maggie and her friends. Maggie is so brave and determined to help her friends, both new and old. I love what resulted from her stubborn nature and was completely swept away in this book. I really enjoyed the secrets and mysteries. I was on the edge of my seat at times, wondering how in the world things would resolve. I'm so glad that I had the next book on hand because it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. So much creativity went into making this a fascinating tale! Content: mild romance, mild-moderate violence. *I received a copy, which didn't influence my opinion in any way.*
A way cool take on The Princess and the Pea (but with emeralds). Maggie’s dared by her to best friends to spy gorgeous Marshall from their high school only to wake up the next day with memories of one of her best friends being completely erased from everyone’s memory but Maggie’s. Determined to find out what happened that night, Maggie pairs up with Lindy, an eccentric girl from school, and Garon, a handsome stranger to uncover mysteries, an ancient curse, an enchanted emerald, and hopefully the answer of how to restore her world the way it’s supposed to be. I had a lot of fun reading Emerald Bound, and I’m glad to read a new twist on an old fairy tale that isn’t as popular as some of the retelling novels out there. I’ve definitely found a new author to follow.
I just finished a copy of this book last night, and I have to say...it was awesome!! If you enjoy fairy tales, young adult novels, magic, or books with a lot of action, I promise you will love Emerald Bound! Let's start with the story: Based on the fairly tale The Princess and the Pea, Maggie Rhodes finds herself tangled up in some crazy story about an enchanted emerald that feeds off life after her best friend goes missing. Determined to find her friend, she learns to believe the unbelievable and trust in the help of others while maximizing the full extent of her resources. This includes believing in magic and attempting to break in to the Smithsonian. Did I mention that Maggie is a perfectly ordinary 16-year-old? I loved how every section of the story connected with all the others. There are no superfluous chapters or scenes that should have been cut; everything from start to finish ties together in a beautiful and comprehensive way. Emerald Bound features some really great characters. Maggie and Lindy are the two main heroes. I love Maggie because she is a normal girl who is called upon to do things that are far beyond her comfort zone. She is presented with a seemingly hopeless situation, struggles and perseveres, and eventually does amazing things. I love how relatable she is. It is inspiring to read about someone I can connect with who overcomes her trials and comes out on top. I also really love Lindy. She is a girl who has had far more than her share of struggles in life. As Maggie puts it, she's a fighter who has lost too many rounds. When Lindy sees that Maggie and her friends are in trouble, some of her fire comes back and she puts her all into ending the evil and injustice that has surrounded her for 4 centuries. Another character I love is Garon, the love interest for Maggie. I don't need to go into details, but he's awesome. Overall, this book was a serious page-turner and so fascinating. I love fairy tales and their retellings, so naturally I was going to enjoy this one. The Princess and the Pea is not a common theme for stories and I love how cleverly this adventure was put together. The writing is strong, the story is exciting, and the characters are dynamic. Now go buy a copy and enjoy your next good tale! 5 stars For more of my reviews, please visit http://goodtales.novelblogs.com