Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: Princess Callie and the Totally Amazing Talking Tiara by Daisy Piper


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS.COM:


Despite her highly abnormal name, Calandria Arabella Philomena Louisa Anastasia Richards tries very hard to fly under the radar. So she knows her life has gone crazy when she passes a note to her best friend:
“Lewis—something strange happened to me this morning. I got a message in my Alpha Bits that said I was a princess and I had to help this place called Albion in their fight against an evil queen.
C.
P.S. Dad says you can come for pizza tonight."
On her quest to stop a bloodthirsty queen, Callie will have to steer a near-sighted dragon, decipher an ancient riddle, and learn to command a tiara that talks back! And to save this magical world she only just discovered, Callie must risk more than she ever thought possible.


MY TAKE:


This isn't the best princess book I've ever read, but it's still pretty good.

Princess Callie and the Totally Amazing Talking Tiara focuses on Callie, a normal girl until she discovers that she's actually a princess.

Callie is an interesting character and so is Lewis, her best friend. However, except for Callie's dragon, I'm not a big fan of the other characters. They just didn't seem particularly noteworthy to me. I particularly did not like Callie and Lewis' classmate. She's annoying and mean. There's a reason given for her behavior but it seemed cliche to me. Of course, given that this is a children's book, this isn't that important.

This book had plenty of interesting elements, though, and there were enough open questions and seeds planted to make you want to read the next book.

THE GOOD:

  1. It brings to mind The Chronicles of Narnia, although not because there are any religious elements.
  2. The world building is pretty good for a children's book.
  3. Lewis is one of the more interesting supporting characters I've read in awhile.

THE BAD:

  1. There are a lot of plot points that were brought up that will obviously only come to fore in the second book.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
It was full of littly round morsels of something that smelled pretty delicious.
READ IT IF:

  1. You like princess books.
  2. Your daughter likes princess books.
  3. You like adventure books for younger audiences.

RATING:
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