The Escape of Princess Madeline

The Escape of Princess Madeline

by Kirstin Pulioff


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ISBN-13: 9781493594863
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/14/2014
Pages: 142
Sales rank: 426,524
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in the foothills of Colorado, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she's not writing an adventure, she is busy living one.

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Twitter: @KirstinPulioff

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The Escape of Princess Madeline 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
kathyst More than 1 year ago
An inspiring thought provoking, and wonderfully written fairy tale by an author who transports us to a time in our imagination where everything is magical and possibilities are real. The feelings are so vivid. You experience empathy with the anguish King Theodore feels over losing his beloved wife and his concern having sole responsibility of raising Madeline and her twin brother. You are enthralled as tradition and duty seem to triumph when King Theodore sets out to find a husband for Madeline on her sixteenth birthday. Madeline for the first time has to think about her future. She begins to develop and test her own values. Confident and trusting her best judgment she makes a decision she will not be hard-pressed by the imposed duty to marry someone she did not know or love. Feelings of betrayal, losing control of her dreams of adventure and freedom, and having her life decided for her was too much for Princess Madeline. She leaves a ball of suitors, the tournaments of the champion knights, and hastily makes a final decision to escape and leave everything she knows behind. Adventures on her own ensue as she is captured, experiences a battle of bandits, and feels the pain of choices made. Being free, having independence but having no one to share it with made her feel lonely and unhappy. Her home was not perfect but Madeline knew it was worth being part of. She made the decision to return to her family. King Theodore, whose patience was one of the foundations of being a respectable and well-liked ruler, was overwhelmed with joy when Madeline returned both alive and well. After a time of reconciliation both understood that nothing would ever be the same. Madeline developed a belief that she would not settle for what she was given but would strive to achieve what she knew she could and would be what she chose to be. This was her journey, her truth. This is a must read for all princesses and a story that rings true today. Madeline’s journey shows us her emerging sense of self, her ability to take responsibility for decisions, actions, behaviors, and define personal values. As parents it reminds us that it is a challenging time as princesses become more independent. Parents must wisely and gently guide and temper their instinct for control. The ability to listen, hear both sides of a situation, and work together is paramount to a good relationship. It’s a thought-provoking journey for all on growing up, love, tolerance, forgiveness, and the strength and support of a family. Many excellent life lessons and teachable moments are in this beautifully written story of Princess Madeline.
LCTerry More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading this adventure back in time when life was not filled with the confusion and complexities of modern life. However, the problems faced by Madeline are timeless. Coming of age, having strong convictions, yet loyal to her station in life. Decisions right or wrong are hers, along with the consequences. Kirstin's detailed description of the events and environment gave me the feelings of being there. As with all good books, at the end of a chapter, I just had to read one more, and more. I would strongly recommend this book, and hopefully more to come, to all the young princesses of the world as they struggle with growing in this modern world. This is more than just a fantasy. It also inspires a strong message of confidence for the young at heart.
pamcam27 More than 1 year ago
I finished reading this book in one day. Amazingly talented writer! I am in awe how she pulled me into the story and I don't read fantasy, seriously. But this was more than fantasy, it was a coming of age story where a complicated, yet sweet bond is proven with the King, her dad, a man who lost his wife early on and still grieves for her. We don't know exactly how and that pulls you into the story leading you to believe this is going to be more than one book right there. I don't think the author has ever been to writing workshops, but she has OBVIOUSLY honed her craft and/or just has some sheer GENIUS ability to have developed her characters so well, and her plot line, her ability to describe things so it was as if you right were there with Madeline and in a way wish you were her. Not to mention the author's sheer ability to keep us reading to find out what comes next..outstanding!. I sat in the car after work, nature calling and stomach growling in hunger, just to keep reading-- it was that good! I did get "a bit lost" in the forest, and in the few fantasy elements: so there was a slight difficulty for me at connecting the dots in those couple of chapters, but then again...I do have ADD. Some of the scenes made me worried for her life and well-being and not sure she ever tells anyone what she dealt with there, maybe in the future. There is an intense scene or two in the book with the team of bandits, so therefore I would recommend 10 and above as a general rule. Not that is graphic, but the implication makes you wince in pain for her. The author was able to pull it all together in the end and left us wanting to know either go back and reread certain parts or to more about the wizards, green-robed dudes. Back to the King for a moment, I saw in this story see the depth of emotion fathers can feel as they struggle to do and what is best for their daughter, and daughters struggling to define that for themselves. That I really liked, it was a father-daughter story as much as a coming of age story. And the author is not done with this story, I can't wait to see where she takes it. Kudos to the author, she's going to go far with this ability! The fact that it will be coming out in print next month says that others side with me on this point. I love Barnes and Noble, there is something about sitting down in a book store and browse through books, have local authors visit and what not. I look forward to seeing this author at our local bookstore, signing her books this holiday season, if it can be worked out and am so glad they have her book online until then. However, I just want copies of the book in print so that I can give as gifts this holiday season as not everyone has e-readers and am anxiously looking forward to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Escape of Princess Madeline is a fun, delightful read that will enchant both younger and older audiences with its quirky characters, careless adventure and fantastical, magical setting. A new fairytale, with a fiery princess, dynamic characters, and a fast pace. Perfect middle grade story for the younger tween readers.
KittyMuseBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Born into royalty, Princess Madeline is pampered and loved by her dad, King Theodore; all the more so because she and her twin brother, Braden, survived their birth while their mother did not. Madeline grows up with all the pomp and splendor of her position, plus the education needed for her to take her role as queen some day. Unfortunately for Madeline, that “someday” is upon her without her notice or her approval. On her sixteenth birthday, she is informed by her father that she must choose a husband from the invitees to her birthday ball and the next day’s tournament. As stubborn as her dad, and as adventurous as her brother, she rebels against what she considers restraints on her freedom. Braden and his sweetheart, Sophia–who is also Madeline’s best friend–try to get her to see that this betrothal to a complete stranger is a really good thing, but she will have none of it. With no other recourse, she slips away from the festivities, trades clothes with a peasant girl in the village, and heads out on her own. And it isn’t too much longer before she is captured by bandits. Resourceful and daring, she escapes from them, only to be recaptured. Meanwhile, back at the castle, Daniel (Madeline’s newly-dubbed knight) is as alarmed as everyone else at the news of Madeline’s disappearance. For years, he has adored her from afar, and he joins in the hunt immediately. His journey takes him to the mysterious land of the eastern kingdom, where he encounters wizards. These are the same ones who have been banished from the castle for what Theodore believes were lies surrounding his queen’s health, and thus her demise. They tell him of a way to find her, but it takes a long time to accomplish this quest. And when he does finally ride back to the castle, bad news greets him: Madeline’s bloodstained gown has been found. Daniel mourns his loss and berates himself for not being fast enough to find his princess, until he realizes that something about the discovery is amiss. Out of the gates he pounds again, and this time he is able to find clues that no one else has discovered. Reunited with her knight and happy to be home again, Madeline finally has made her point to her father. This time she gets her way–just like the daughter of a doting father should. I absolutely love headstrong, resourceful young protagonists who stand up for what they believe. In that regard, Madeline is a lot like the girl in the movie “Brave”. I cheered when she made her decision to strike out on her own, but I was also very happy when Daniel was able to fetch her home. Everyone learns a lesson about rights and responsibilities in this tale, a book suitable for anyone who loves a happy ending. The emotions of all the characters were very real, and Ms. Pulioff did a splendid job of weaving their relationships together. Small gestures as well as great were all written in a touching way that really showed that the characters cared for each other. I would definitely recommend this book for readers from 12 to adulthood. It was a great read.
ksen More than 1 year ago
How many of us grew up with parents who knew what was best for us? And how many of us didn't believe that what our parents thought was best for us? Like so many of us, this is the same situation that Princess Madeline, a headstrong princess, and King Theodore, her father who wants her to marry, face. And like so many of us, Princess Madeline is determined to show that she is in control of her life. I found this book to be refreshing and well written, and I couldn't help but pull for the princess, who was not only headstrong but smart, determined, and resourceful, and who you watch "grow up" as you read the story. Descriptions were so clear that you could place yourself in the time and place with the characters. I enjoyed this book so much that I cannot wait for Kirstin Pulioff's next book; I hope there is more about Princess Madeline for us to read!
lovelysheild More than 1 year ago
This is a cute, good, and quick story. Madeline is a princess who just turned 16.  She had just been given this amazing dress that fits her so perfectly. She steps out of the room to show the King just how she looks. He tells her she will look wonderful for the ball, which happens to be set up as her ball. In which there will be men that will be her husband. Madeline isn't thrilled at this news, she doesn't want to do it, but she must as Princess it is her duty. Then it hits her, Sophie her best friend would know what to do. Madeline goes to find Sophie and she just tells her it's her duty and doesn't really help her much. So when it came time for the party Madeline was in a different dress and wasn't so into the whole pick a husband thing which made the King angry. All night he kept bringing men to her and each time she just tried to get away, which she finally does and runs to her room to escape the party. The King says she is ill and he has the men stay the night so that the next day the games can begin. These games is where she will crown a knight to protect her when she moves out of the kingdom. Madeline however does not like anything that is happening around her. She doesn't know any of the men, nor does she love them. So she goes and leaves the kingdom. I don't blame her, the King is just trying to marry her off to someone HE deems suitable, not a person Madeline would want. Not to mention that her twin brother is just doing his own thing in the story. He is the same age and yet he isn't being married off or forced to do anything. So now that Madeline if away from the kingdom she is off on her own journey. In the story we get to meet Daniel, who is pretty sweet and cute in this story. When he showed up I wanted him to be with Madeline, he just seems right for her. This book is just filled with cute romance and it is the type of book that you read to yourself or with your child. Its a really cute, fun, adventure that is fit forever and maybe getting you to dream of your prince. Also the details is really great for such a short read, but its the detail that helps bring out the fairy tale to life. I would give this book a 4.5/5 stars.
BurgandyIce More than 1 year ago
 What a fun story!  Ever wonder what it would be like to have a dream room in a castle filled with pink-pink-pink?! Lol. And dances and princes and beautiful dresses... and brave knights and stern fathers who have more heart than they want to admit. This story is full of all the delightful dreams that would make a beautiful wallpaper. Even the danger didn't feel dangerous to me. Rather it was exciting and different. Madeline might have been uncomfortable, maybe hungry, but she was discovering life in the woods full of bandits. Danger involves some uncomfy moments. Maybe a rolling-down-the-hill-helplessly moment, too. For good measure. The romance is cute. Reminded me of a Disney movie with all the heart-swelling moments anyone could wish for. The mysterious monks... and the mysterious dreams... remain mysterious to me. The father is wonderful despite his gruff beginning. Madeline learns and grows a lot. This is a very fun story for young girls who think they are ready for a little more adventure, but still sleep with their special pillows. (I have a special pillow, so I can say that.) I think this would be a fun story to read aloud, mother and daughter, too. Pretty much anyone who likes Disney movies and maybe even watches 'em over and over 'cause there's just not enough of 'em... anyone like that should definitely pick up this book!!
TinaSerenity More than 1 year ago
 The escape of Princess Madeline is a whimsical fairy tale with a very important message. A princess does not have to be all fluff, beauty, and obedient. She can be strong, have dreams, crave and experience adventure and when she gets into trouble, she is self reliant, not needing the protection of a knight and can fall in love with who she chooses, not who she is told to love.This story is in the setting of midieval times, a magical time of kings and queens, prince and princesses, a time when princess had to be obedient and proper but it has a very strong, independent, free thinking character, Princess Madeline who always craved adventure, to see beyond the castle walls. When she is told that she is to be bethrothed to the highest bidder, she escapes the castle and into a world were she is forced to become self reliant and where she finds her one true love. I highly recommend this book to every man, woman and child because it portrays a character that is timeless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for both the young and the young at heart.  The writer does a wonderful job of engaging the reader.  Through vivd detail of the adventures, the environment and the characters thoughts, you feel as if you are part of the story.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! Can't wait for the sequel!
jnicholasadams More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this story by Kirstin Pulioff. It is a fun, quick read. Kirstin does well in painting a picture of the scenes to help the reader feel that they are a part of the world. She does well in getting you interested in the characters lives. Madeline was so entertaining in her rebellion and later finding herself torn if she really wanted the freedom she achieved. I found myself rooting for Daniel and Madeline as the story progressed and was glad to see their relationship reach fruition. I hope to read more from Kristin in the future.
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
Princess Madeline is a refreshing coming-of-age story about a Princess who is not your ordinary sit down, shut up and do what I tell you kind of girl. Her father King Theodore is grieving over the loss of Madelines mother and needs to find a protector for his only precious daughter. The problem is that Madeline doesn't realize that what her father is REALLY doing is finding her the worthiest husband and protector - she believes that he just wants her married off. So she struggles against the machine and runs off, forcing her father to send her winning Knight on a search to find her. But little do they know that Madeline has been captured by a band of men and is fighting for her life. Madeline is a strong-willed and amazing protagonist and heroine and I think the book really shows young girls that they don't always need a man to save them. The story being written from the point of view of all the characters in their own stories makes it that much more thrilling, especially when the search and rescue takes a turn for the worse. Will Madeline find her way home and be able to live her own life on her own terms? Will she reconcile with her father and who will she end up marrying ... if she marries at all? I only got to the first book of the trilogy but I can't wait to read the other 2 books because I absolutely fell in love with Madeline! I received a complimentary ebook to review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff is an enthralling adventure story that will leave readers captivated and amused. Princess Madeline celebrates her 16th birthday knowing the inevitable. Her future has already been mapped out. It is going to be boring, a life of royalty and then getting married to a knight. The story takes a turn when the princess is kidnapped by a group of bandits. There she finds her freedom and love. The story is captivating. It is an absolute fantasy story where the characters, plot, sub plots, twists and turns are woven intricately and skillfully and they take you on an adventure trip with all the magical characters. The story is fast paced. The princess portrayed here is not a dumb princess but a girl who dares to dream. She is strong willed and wishes to do more than just be a princess. Madeline's abduction and her journey is also a journey away from her cocooned existence where she emerges to be self-sufficient and responsible for her actions and behavior. The Escape of Princess Madeline is not only an adventure story; it is also a thought provoking book which leaves the reader with many thought provoking lessons and moments. The underlying message is very subtle and the author's writing skill should be appreciated for that. All supporting characters do full justice in making the story fast paced and captivating. An enthralling and magical fairy tale with lots of action and adventure.