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Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anita Valle
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Book Description

Is Maelyn a real princess? Or a royal mistake?

Maelyn was not born a princess. The king found her as a child, the lone survivor of a poor village slaughtered by the Red Fever. Suddenly she became a princess of Runa Realm, the first of nine orphans adopted by the king.

By her eighteenth year, Maelyn rules over Runa and a family of nine sisters. But some call the princesses frauds and imposters, a handful of urchins raised into royalty. Even Uncle Jarrod, the High King of Grunwold, seems determined to prove that Maelyn no longer deserves to be a princess. With a family losing faith in her, and a kingdom growing dangerously hostile, even Maelyn begins to wonder if she is truly a real princess. And if her riches will turn to rags once again….

The Nine Princesses Novellas is a series that chronicles the adventures of an unconventional family of princesses, the struggles they face in a kingdom often hostile to their humble origins, and the day-to-day dramas of nine young women whose personalities often clash like swords. Fans of Gale Carson Levine and Shannon Hale would enjoy this young-adult series. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Maelyn returned her father’s journal to the drawer. She’d been the oldest baby in that row of cradles – about three years of age when Father found her by the road. Arialain had been less than a week, frail and born too early. Nine girls from nine kingdoms, orphaned by nameless strangers. Suddenly they became sisters, bound not by blood, but by their parents’ love.

Maelyn slid out of bed, shivering as her feet touched the floorboards. She wrapped a heavy shawl over her nightdress and padded to the window. The kingdom nestled in darkness thick as a wool blanket but the first smudges of sunlight colored the horizon.

She remembered only fragments of that distant day. Mama’s dead face. The long road that blistered her feet. Her terror when Dorian, the king’s manservant, lifted her off the ground. How good the bread tasted….

“You never saw us as orphans,” she said, addressing her unseen father. “You called us ‘hidden princesses’. Born in other lands, waiting for you to find us.” Maelyn smiled weakly. “But Father, many do not see us this way. I never knew how many… until you were gone.”

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Novella length: 16,000 words

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Mood: Heartwarming/Romantic/Funny

Content: No violence. No sex. Mild romance.

Audience: For teenagers and anyone who enjoys fairy tales, princess stories, and young adult romance.

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About the Author

Anita Valle spent ten years developing The Nine Princesses while searching for a book format that would work for so many characters. The stories began as children’s picture books, evolved into chapter books, became lumped together in one huge novel, and were finally broken down into a series of novellas. Anita lives in upstate New York with her husband and three boys who don’t like princesses. She enjoys reading literary novels, creating graphic designs for her online shops, and painting piggy banks. You can reach Anita by e-mail at or visit her website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 322 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1438283911
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GGB8OW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,459 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED it: A Delightful, Tantalizing, Inspiriting Debut! September 1, 2012
By M. Lee
Format:Kindle Edition
As a mother who screens - or tries to anymore - everything her 13-year-old daughter reads, I've read more than my share of Princess novels - and series - and tend to judge those a little more critically than I do some other genre. I am particularly cautious when it comes to recommending free or cheap Kindle reads - because I am just so tired of the sloppy editing that comes with a lot of those offerings. Happily and totally unexpectedly, Anita Valle's "Maelyn: the Nine Princesses Novellas" was a right refreshing turn, and the first book in a series I am looking forward to continuing. No, wait - I am *dying* to continue reading!! In fact, that is my only complaint: that this first book seems to be such a teaser!

Anyone who enjoyed Heather Dixon's "Entwined" would *adore* "Maelyn." (Personally, I think when it comes to having more than four princesses at one time in a kingdom, it makes more sense that they all be adopted or cousins than born from the same mother ... That way they can all be about the same age, no questions necessary!) Like another reviewer here, I, too, would love to read "The Finicky Fairy" and other books Maelyn enjoyed. I only hope Ms. Valle is being kept quite busy now and in the near future, churning out more gems in the "Nine Princesses Novellas" series! Said daughter's review follows:

"'Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas)' by Anita Valle was an awesome fairy tale.

"Everyone in the kingdom knows Maelyn and her sisters' tale - how the king, when the Red Fever broke out, adopted nine little girls he came across while travelling through his kingdom. Nine princesses in all - and Maelyn is the oldest - and the next in line for the throne, when the king and queen die.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Diversion From An Imaginative Author July 24, 2012
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I read this short novella in between reading other, much darker books (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, among others) and found it to be a very pleasant diversion. The author's story is both quite imaginative and different than most of your typical "princess stories." At times, I found it difficult to determine the time period -- is it supposed to be set in modern times, or long ago and far away? Is it set on our world, or another? I was never too sure. Another problem I had with the book was trying to determine its intended audience. At times it felt like a book for young kids, at others it seemed to be intended for teens (the most appropriate audience, I think), and at others it seemed like it was targeted at adults. Despite the muddled audience and setting, I really enjoyed the book. I was impressed by its smart, independent heroine, the realistically drawn characters (not just cardboard cutouts or stereotypes),and the twisty plot. I'm not sure what direction the author will take in what promises to be a 9-book series, but I'm interested in finding out. Another plus for grammar sticklers like myself: The book is well-edited, whether by the author or someone else. I only found a couple of instances where an incorrect word was used ("you're" instead of "your" and "confidant" instead of "confident") -- but that's practically perfect, considering the mess of grammar/spelling errors that are found in many independently published e-books these days. All in all, this was an enjoyable read for young and old with only minor issues that can easily be overlooked.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Next, please! July 21, 2012
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This was a free download today, and usually it takes me a while to read a free download. However, I was really impressed with the reviewers' words, so I read it today.
I'm so glad that I did! It was a sweet, refreshing story, and the only negative was its length. I would love to know more about Maelyn.
When will the rest of the sisters be featured?
The writer is truly talented - weaving realism and fantasy effortlessly. I will be on the lookout for anything by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise! September 11, 2013
By Lan
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I downloaded this book to my kindle because it was free and it came up as a suggestion because I read Ella Enchanted. I wasn't expecting too much from this book, but I was really pleasantly surprised. It could be considered a children's book, but I found the writing to be better and more concise than some of the books I've read for adults lately. The story was very well laid out, and I felt invested in the characters. I'm on my way to buy the second book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Done July 8, 2012
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What a joy to read. I read the whole book in one setting just like Maelyn would do. For such a young girl she has a lot of responsibility. Taking care of 8 other sisters and a kingdom. Dealing with a devious uncle and maybe falling in love. A wonderful read. A must for every princess or wanabe. Because all girls and women are real princess'.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, terrible main character April 10, 2014
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The author's style is very enjoyable and catching. The character's emotions and reactions seemed true to life and not forced (like many books tend to be nowadays). The dialogue and scenes moved things forward. As a whole, the book was interesting and kept me flipping pages to find out what was going to happen next.

However, I did not care for the main character, Maelyn. She was not thoughtful of her sisters (usually taking the best for herself) with one exception, she was bossy, unwilling to lower herself to explain things to others, she was proud and looked down on other poorer people (just like the nobles looked down on her), she is deceitful, and all-in-all quite a rude selfish girl. The only way she let up on a relationship she had manipulated one sisters out of was because she got into a similar relationship and wanted to keep it up. UGH! And it's not like she really changed by the end of the book so that one could feel better about it... mean to nice type story. Anyway... so, I enjoyed the story while really disliking the main character. If I am supposed to like her, the author didn't succeed with making her likable. If I'm not... then bingo! The one redeemable quality (if you can call it that) is that she is - deep down - insecure. Which should explain and smooth over everything else, I suppose.

The other characters, however, were easier. I liked those I was supposed to like (i.e. Willow, the deceased parents, and the youngest girl), and I disliked those I was supposed to dislike (i.e. the bookstore owner, the uncle, the second eldest sister, etc). I especially liked Willow - he was very thoughtful, sweet, gentlemanly, and everything you are supposed to like in a main-guy-character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars just a teaser
Just a teaser for a YA series, that probably won't be very good. Builds up to the climax and then author pulls something out of her hat, that was never even hinted at previously,... Read more
Published 18 days ago by C. S. Kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, thrilling book
Felt like I was truly there! Fun characters, interesting places, and more! Loved the book and think people of all ages would enjoy!
Published 26 days ago by Hannah Breidenbaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars decent
A little short, but I guess the story will play out in the other books. Can't wait to read more.
Published 1 month ago by zisonari
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good read
Fairly good read, main character had an interesting background, which i liked.
Published 1 month ago by Shan
4.0 out of 5 stars fun short story
Maelin is a simple book you can finish in one day, has the elements of a good read and has an original plot in that it is about nine princesses who are all adopted, yet care for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars That's All????
Great book, but I only get the free ebooks, and this one ends it such a bad spot, that you just have to get the next one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PurpleCountryGal
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Book!
This book was amazing. I love how there was a twist at the beginning and end of this book!
I love medieval books, and this book has inspired me to read more! Read more
Published 2 months ago by kaylin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
this book is such a fun read and leaves you rooting for all of these fate chosen princesses, besides everyone dreams of being a princess!
Published 3 months ago by Ellen B.
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely debut
I much enjoyed the first installment of this series, and I am looking forward to reading the next story soon!
Published 4 months ago by Robert Lapointe
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story
This is a great story. I loved reading this book. I can't wait to read the next one. Definitely would buy it again.
Published 4 months ago by southernlass
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More About the Author

Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I'm Anita. An author, artist, and mommy with not enough time to do any of those things. I'm sure you understand.

Author bios are sometimes boring so I'll try to make this more fun. Here are 10 semi-interesting facts about myself:

1. I was born in Philadelphia, PA. Honk if you know what 'hoagies' are.

2. I was home-schooled.

3. I started drawing when I was two years old. My dad would draw a big bus for me and I'd draw a happy face in each window.

4. I'm a chocoholic who's allergic to chocolate!!! Yes, I'm living the nightmare. Chocolate makes me bad-tempered, hysterical, or both. I sure miss ice cream sandwiches. And M&Ms. And brownies. And chocolate milkshakes. And Oreo cookies....

5. I LOVE literary novels, any book that exemplifies the beauty of language. "In vain have I struggled, it will not do! You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." (sigh)

6. I was once a donor for a bone marrow transplant. The recipient was my little sister. I was eleven years old at the time.

7. I collect piggy banks and paint them too! My favorite so far is the leopard-print piggy.

8. I can't. watch. horror movies.

9. I now live in upstate New York. After Philadelphia, I can't get used to all this grass.

10. I will never outgrow the Super Mario Brothers! Hopefully that makes me a cool mom.

Please e-mail me if you have any questions or comments about my work. I'd be delighted to hear from you! You can call me 'Nita'. God bless you.



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