The Ordinary Princess (Fantasy Love Feb. Challenge 4)

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And now for the 4th and final blog mini challenge for the Fantasy Love February Reading Challenge, which is to reread or rewatch a fantasy favorite movie or book, and share in a blog post what’s so fantastic about it that made you want to re-adventure with it.

I picked . . .

The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye

“You shall be ordinary.” So proclaimed the fairy Crustacea at the christening of Her Serene Royal Highness, Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne. And ordinary she was. With mousy brown hair, a turned-up nose and freckles, Princess Amy was nothing like her six blond, beautiful princess sisters. She was so ordinary, in fact, that no prince could be found to marry her. But that didn’t bother Amy. Who wanted to marry a stuffy old prince, anyway? Amy had other ideas about how to spend her life. Like running off to the forest . . . and an enchanting adventure all her own.

–Summary from the back

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I first read The Ordinary Princess in April last year, and fell in love with it instantly. ❀ I was so tempted to reread it the moment I finished it, but refrained… and now this was a perfect chance to pick it up again.

So last night I did, and devoured it all over again in an hour and a half. It’s a short read, but oh so lovely!

How can I even DESCRIBE it? It’s probably my favorite little fairytale-esque story ever. Yes, it’s THAT good.

It just has this perfect fairytale feel — it’s like an original fairytale with some nods to a few classic ones, such as starting out with a Sleeping Beauty-esque christening with fairy gifts etc. (The king even makes a reference to his great-great-something-grandmother, who evidently WAS Sleeping Beauty! Isn’t that perfect? <3) And something like the song Cinderella sings in the new Cinderella movie, and a few other things.

It has all the classic fairytale feel, and yet it’s a totally original fairytale, turning many of the old plot devices on their heads! To say much more would be to spoil the marvelous tale, but be assured that whether you like new or old tales, it will satisfy you either way.

In the author’s note, she says she wrote it one spring in an apple orchard in blossom in Kent, England, and that it practically wrote itself. All of this makes perfect sense. It’s exactly the sort of beautiful little tale that would be perfect to be made in a blooming apple orchard in England! It just FEELS like that.

It has this fabulous writing style, like many old fairytales and yet even better somehow, which is simultaneously beautiful and hilarious (don’t ask how. It just is). I don’t even know how the author did it, but it just has this perfect FEEL. There’s not a single thing I dislike about it.

And the illustrations!! It was also illustrated by the author, and they’re just the most darling, beautiful, yet simplistic and perfect drawings ever! ❀ They perfectly capture these lovely medieval fairytale kingdoms and characters. (It’s just the sort of setting I love the most in books!)

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Then the characters, all of whom are fabulous. Even the side characters have a lot of spirit to them, from the myriad councilors and ministers of two different kingdoms, to the king and queen, to the adorable animal friends of Amy, a red squirrel (one Mr Pemberthy) and a crow (Peter Aurelious), to the fairy Crustacea, the old fairy of the waters with hornrimmed spectacles who tends to drip and be somewhat cranky when she’s held up in traffic trying to reach the christening. (Seriously, the whole thing is fabulous like that.)

The heroine, (Princess Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne; a.k.a. “Amy”), the Ordinary Princess herself, is quite fun, and then the eventual hero, Peregrine! Oh my goodness, Peregrine was so wonderful! His lines, so British and fantastic, and only he would be met eating ice cream in the middle of the night in the midst of the leftovers of a banquet! So much wonderful. And they two of them together are just perfect and sweet and funny. I love them so much. ❀

The story itself is simply a rollick. The perfect fairytale mix of whimsical, fun, lovely, and slightly worried hoping everything will turn out all right, but being fairly sure it will, with a few twists which are absolutely perfect. (I know I keep using that word, but I will not apologize — I can’t think of a better one.)

The writing, style, setting, humor, sweetness, illustrations, characters, story, dialog — it’s just all so fantabulous, I can’t get over it!! *flails around*

I simply can’t describe how perfect it is, and the only thing for it is for you to read it yourself.

If you love fairytales new and old, fun little books, a touch of adorable sweet romance, a bit of “English” feeling and wonderful dialog and humor, and just an all around lovely read, you simply MUST read The Ordinary Princess! It’s sweet, adorable, lovely, gorgeous, hilarious, and just all-around PERFECT.

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…There is my fangirl gushing for the day. πŸ˜‰

It was just the perfect thing to read for this reading challenge, and February Fantasy Month and all! ^_^

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I must say, I’ve been very much enjoying the Fantasy Love February Reading Challenge, and all the little challenges, and everything, and will be sad to see its end. But enormous thanks to Grace @ Fictionally for hosting it! I’ve been having a blast! πŸ™‚

And although I sadly did not read all of the fantasy books I’d PLANNED to read, due to acquiring some different fantasy-ish books and reading them instead, I still have a few reviews to come in the next day or two! Since I did read The Castle Corona, Wolf Tower, and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, hopefully I’ll review those soon!

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So how about you? Have you read The Ordinary Princess? What did you think? If not, then what are you waiting for, my good bookworms? Do not delay!

(But seriously though, READ THE ORDINARY PRINCESS. It’s so good. <3)

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17 thoughts on “The Ordinary Princess (Fantasy Love Feb. Challenge 4)

  1. WHY do I not have this book??? It sounds, well, perfect!

    I totally know what you mean about it having that beautiful but hilarious fairytale feel. That is the BEST kind. I don’t know how fairytale books like this manage it. Both so funny and yet gorgeously written. Just yes!

    And those illustrations look amazing. *drools*

    I need this!! So many books, so little tiiiime. D: And money. I need to peruse my library for things, methinks.

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    • You would adore it. πŸ˜€

      And yes, they’re just the right type! I wish more things were written in that way! πŸ™‚

      I know, so little time/money. o.o It’s the bookworm’s curse. πŸ˜‰ Ooh, yes, you should go to your library more! πŸ˜€

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  2. I’m convinced and have added it to my TBR. I’ve seen this book around, but your review is the first to make me wish I had it!

    Thank you for participating, Deborah! It has been a pleasure meeting you and reading your posts. And if it makes you feel any better, I did not get to all the books on my list, either. πŸ˜€

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    • Oh really? Well that’s awesome! πŸ˜€ I hope you’ll like it if you get a chance to read it! πŸ™‚

      It was so lovely meeting you too! Haha, sorry you didn’t get them all ready, but nice to know I’m not alone. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Normally I’m a harmless sort of stalker, and I don’t comment much, if any, but this time I had to. The Ordinary Princess! It really is a perfect fairytale. I’ve had it forever, and read it more times than I can count. My sister and I read it aloud by turns in the wintertime. Peregrine is. . . well. . . Peregrine. I think he’s been one of my favourite characters since the first time I read it. And the book itself is so very quotable. My sister and I are always swapping quotes. I have so many I can’t even think of one to put here. . . basically the entire book.
    “I say,” said the nice young man, getting rather pink, “when did you say your next afternoon off was?”
    “I didn’t,” said the Ordinary Princess, “but it’s Thursday.”
    “Then could I — may I come too?” asked the nice young man, getting pinker than ever. “To the picnic, I mean. I’d very much like to meet Mr Pemberthy and Peter Aurelious.”
    And that part where he’s talking about how he hardly ever gets a day off ;).

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    • Well hi there! I’m pleased to know you read along at least, and I’m thrilled you should step briefly from mere stalker-dom to commenting! πŸ˜€

      I totally agree! Peregrine is just WONDERFUL, and I love those lines, yes, and you’re so right that the entire thing is just so QUOTABLE! I always quote bits of it to my sister too, when I read it! πŸ™‚ That’s so awesome you read it so often with your sister! πŸ˜€

      Wonderful to “meet” another Peregrine fan, and thanks for commenting! ^_^

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