Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Wide-Awake Princess

The Wide-Awake Princess
by E.D. Baker
( The Frog Princess stories)
Annie (A.K.A. Anabelle)
is sister to the princess who had the evil
"Your going to die when you turn 16" spell
(A.K.A. Sleeping Beauty) which got turned
into sleeping for a 100 years.
So to protect her from magic her parents took
her to her Godmother (I think) and ask her to help
she puts a spell on her so that no
magic good or bad can effect her.
Thus,she is shunned by her family who all have
magic gifts to make them stay handsome or beautiful.
However on her sisters, Gwendolyn, 16th birthday
she foils one plan but can't stop when her sister opens
up a present to find a spindle she pricks her
finger and everyone falls asleep.
Since magic cannot touch/hurt Annie she gets orders
from her mother to find the guy Gwendolyn was going
to marry to come wake everybody up
(she can bring them out of sleep briefly when she touches them).
So she embarks on a mission to go get him.
Here E.D. Baker starts twisting in other fairy tales
(quite ingenious actually and intriguing)
It starts off when she finds a old house made out of candy materials.
There is an old forgetful woman there who has taken in 2 kids,
( Hansel And Gretel)
who happen to have been kidnapped when
they were younger and then escaped,
got lost and where taken in again.
Annie soon discovers that the woman puts
the children in cages at night and helps them escape.
Then she is separated from them and runs into
an enchanted prince (turned into a bear) while
she's talking to him a guard form her
castle who was sent away on an errand finds
her the bear/prince is asked to look out for the
children and Annie will be assisted by Liam to
find Digby,the man Gwendolyn was going to marry.
They find him send him on ahead to the castle
and Annie enters a contest to marry prince Andreas
( Gail Carson Levine's The Princess test...1/2 of it anyway )
she wins and asks him to join the quest then they meet
up with prince Clarence who says he thinks
they could enlist his brother who is missing
2 kids (wink wink) in their search
(because Annie is not really sure if Digby or
the other prince is Gwendolyn's true love).
They "rescue" Clarence's princess
(which turns out to be a Beauty and the Beast retelling)
and Annie's magic stopping comes in handy in several tight spots =)
I just realized that I should probably stop before I give
away the ending (which is happy).
So now...
Couple of kisses
(how else are you going to wake up Sleeping Beauty?)
and some thinking that someone (Liam) is cute.
Talk of getting married.
The usual fighting in a fairy tale,but defiantly not much.
In the test for marrying Andreas a couple girls are
kind of being mean to Annie.
Digby is drunk when they find him.
The fairy magic.
I can't remember if there is a witch,but I am pretty sure not.
I believe they were all fairies.
I'd rate it:
6 out of 5 stars
(I realize I went over last time I'll keep it under 7 now
I just need something to say it was an awesome book!).
Next up:
The sequel
(possibly,not sure if you'd call it that
but it would seem that is what it is)
to The Princess of the Midnight Ball,
The Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George.
It is a retelling of Cinderella and the first book
(6 out of 5) is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Sorry this took so long =(

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