by Dian Curtis Regan
I liked the basic plot of this story, and the characters are fairly good with some depth and development. It’s not amazing, but it kept me entertained. The writing is engaging and fairly imaginative, and I liked the clear and tidy style of the narrative. The characters aren’t particularly deep or complex, but they are amusing for awhile.
There is also insta-love that I found annoying, but it IS a fairy tale, so I sort of expected that.
I had one major problem with this book. At one point Princess Quinn is in a situation with a nasty guy that she hates. He is verbally abusive. He drinks and drives. He is the villain. But because of her proper court manners, Quinn feels obligated to spend the entire evening with him, even going in the car with him while he is drinking. I hated this. Despite her proper court manners, she should have chucked this guy to the curb at the first chance!
There have been many times in my life when I let people take advantage, or verbally abuse, or just keep me in a bad situation that I wanted to leave, but I felt obligated to stay for some reason like having good manners, or I owe them something for that favor they did me before. You don’t owe anybody anything when they treat you badly! No amount of good manners should keep you in a bad situation where you are in danger or uncomfortable. Fear of being called a “jerk” for hanging up the phone or slamming the door kept me in nasty conversations and hanging around awful people, and looking back, I wish someone had told me, “Don’t be so polite! Just hang up! Just walk away from them! Slam the door in their face! Just get out of the car! Go ahead and be rude to them, because they are being rude to you and you need to protect yourself.”
So I really hated that bad message in this book. I can see why this was necessary to the plot so that the villain has his chance to be the bad guy, but it could have been better handled.