Review: The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder

Posted July 21, 2016 by Samantha in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Rat Prince by Bridget HodderThe Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on August 23rd 2016
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Royalty
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Rating: three-starsthree-starsthree-stars

Before Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters moved into Lancastyr Manor, she was known as the beautiful Lady Rose de Lancastyr. Then her stepmother forced her to become a kitchen maid and renamed her. At first the rats of the manor figure her for a lack-wit and take pity on her by bringing her food and a special family heirloom. But when Cinderella's stepmother finds a way to prevent her from attending the ball, the rats join forces to help her. The night of the ball is filled with magic and secrets - not least of all who Lady Rose will choose as her Prince Charming. A Margaret Ferguson Book

Review

The Rat Prince is a Cinderella retelling following the perspectives of Cinderella and the Rat Prince Char. Prince Char has watched Cinderella get bullied by her stepmother, and Cinderella enjoys Char’s friendship, even if he’s a rat. She plans to defy her stepmother as soon as possible, but she can’t leave her memory-addled father behind. Together, through a series of mishaps, they just might be able to save the kingdom.

The unique take on the Cinderella story is super fun, and the imagery is excellent. The rats are hilarious, and Char makes a very charming prince. :) I like how Cinderella is brave and compassionate. Her backbone is clear, and it’s easy to feel sympathy for her situation. The twists at the end are a little predictable, but still very exciting.

While I enjoy the characterization in the first part of the book, the dialogue gets a little over the top towards the second half, once everyone is at the ball. While Char’s love for Cinderella has been there from the beginning, Cinderella’s sudden romantic love for him (while he’s turned into a human) escalates really quickly, and it feels just a bit too dramatic. However, those who love the quick romance in the original Cinderella will likely appreciate this and enjoy the sweetness.

Overall, The Rat Prince is a hilarious take on the Cinderella tale with adventure, romance, magic, and more.

 

Samantha

Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Posted July 18, 2016 by Samantha in Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

This review is for a feature that Read Diverse Books has going, called Read Diverse Books Year Round. The goal is to read and review books from marginalized voices, #ownvoices, etc., which can include themes such as race, LGBTQA+, and disabilities. If you want to join in on this feature, check out the Read Diverse […]

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Disney Princess Book Tag

Posted July 15, 2016 by Samantha in Book Tag / 2 Comments
Disney Princess Book Tag

I’m not sure I’ve done any book tags before, but I’ve started seeing more around, and they seem so fun. Plus, I love Disney princesses, so this seemed like a great tag to start with. I found it at Ashley’s Must Love Books blog, and the original creator is Soudha at Of Stacks and Cups!My […]

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WOW: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Posted July 13, 2016 by Samantha in Uncategorized / 3 Comments
WOW: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine .This week, I’m waiting on IRON CAST by Destiny Soria, releasing this October! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this, and it’s so good. I know I’m going to need a finished copy to put on my shelf.“It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron […]

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TTT: Ten Facts About Me

Posted July 12, 2016 by Samantha in Top Ten Tuesday / 2 Comments
TTT: Ten Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and Bookish. I’m so excited to read everyone’s responses to this week’s top ten! I love hearing more about bloggers beyond their reading habits (or more about those!).1.) I turn 22 towards the end of this month. When I was younger*, I would celebrate my birthday (29th), […]

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Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

Posted July 11, 2016 by Samantha in Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

This review is for a feature that Read Diverse Books has going, called Read Diverse Books Year Round. The goal is to read and review books from marginalized voices, #ownvoices, etc., which can include themes such as race, LGBTQA+, and disabilities. If you want to join in on this feature, check out the Read Diverse […]

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Review: Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard

Posted July 5, 2016 by Samantha in Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard

ReviewShort and Sweet:Excellent Southern representation + resilient protagonist + family feels rivaling those in Lilo & Stitch= 5 shining starsTo Elaborate…When Amelia’s mother dies, Amelia is left alone in charge of her little sister and brother. The three of them aim to continue running their small, family gas station, but without a parent, the foster […]

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Mystery Box of Books Giveaway! (US Only)

Posted July 2, 2016 by Samantha in Giveaways / 2 Comments
Mystery Box of Books Giveaway! (US Only)

Hi everyone! I decided to do a big giveaway for two reasons: 1) my birthday is this month, so that’s something nice to celebrate, and 2) I’m moving at the beginning of August, so I need to get rid of some books. What I’m giving away: A WHOLE MYSTERY BOX FULL OF BOOKS! There will […]

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Review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Posted July 1, 2016 by Samantha in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

This review is for a feature that Read Diverse Books has going, called Read Diverse Books Year Round. The goal is to read and review books from marginalized voices, #ownvoices, etc., which can include themes such as race, LGBTQA+, and disabilities. If you want to join in on this feature, check out the Read Diverse […]

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