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Product Details

  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: None (December 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986759902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986759901
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,669,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicole Chardenet, author of Young Republican, Yuppie Princess, lives in her Toronto den o' debauchery with Belladonna, her evil henchkitty. When they're not plotting world domination together, Nicole is a business developer in the glamorous world of workforce management consulting. Sumer Lovin' is her second book, and she can't swear there won't be others forthcoming.

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Young Republican, Yuppie Princess has an irresistible premise: four yuppies from the 1980s are transported (via computer programme) to a fantasy world ruled over by a daft but dangerous prince and an evil sorcerer. This clash of cultures (not to mention genres), promises to be great fun, and author Nicole Chardenet mostly delivers.

The fantasy world of the novel is well realized, with a clear geography and interesting creatures. Some of the beings that might be familiar from other fantasy novels (ie: fairies and witches) are given interesting twists, while descriptions of the lives of more original characters (ie: the Bearslayers) really bring the reader into the world of the novel. I especially liked some of the details of life in the royal palace; characters like the Chatelaine and the Royal Chirurgeon made the fictional world really come to life. (The Priest who turned out to be even more uncharitably rigid in upholding the social order than his brother, the prince, was also a fascinating character.)

The plot is developed quite well in classical fantasy style. The story starts out seeming quite simple (get the disc with the compute programme on it and close the portal between dimensions), but soon complications ensue (fairies took it to build a nest; the sorcerer seems to have plans other than serving the prince, etc.). As the story opens out, it gives Chardenet the opportunity to explore her ever-expanding world.

Then, of course, there is the clash of worlds. At one point, the sorcerer gets his hands on the computer disk that contains the programme that opened the portal between worlds, but he has no idea what to do with it. I loved that. There are also cultural references that cause confusion between characters from different realities which are always fun.
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Young Republican, Yuppie Princess is a true original. If I was pitching the story to a Hollywood producer, I would say: "Revenge of the Nerds meets Harry Potter...rated R for adults." The year is 1984. YRYP unfolds in a first-person account by Joyce Deanna Bacyrus----the ass-kicking antithesis to a girly-girl----and four of her college friends who search for a missing classmate named Stephanie. Their search takes them through a magical portal to a world of wizards, witches, fairies, and Neanderthals. The mystical place is called Chassadril, where many of the characters speak with a New Jersey accent. (Who knew?) The group of college pals encounters a dwarf named Fetch. He tells them their missing friend is about to marry an evil prince. The prince, you see, can't find any pretty women in his kingdom, and the wedding will be held in four days. There is no time to waste! The plot laid, the story quickens its pace with the irreverent, politically incorrect Joyce Bacyrus breaking trail. Peppered with metaphors, similes, and all other manner of literary sleight-of-hand, the dialogue is crisp, the narrative fast-paced, the action full of life, and a political subtext ever present. When asked by the evil prince to perform magic, our heroine responds: "I can make a roomful of Democrats disappear with this!" I smiled uncertainly as I held up my Reagan-Bush button. Nicole's sarcastic humor and attention to detail is superb. Bottom line: a rollickingly fun read. Ron Hutchison, author: Santa Fe Crazy, Latitude 38.
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By Caterina Grech on January 16, 2012
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Young Republican, Yuppie Princess is a fantasy novel which takes place in the 1980s and has time travel, mythical creatures, action and a spoiled, feminist and narcissistic Republican. Although I do not normally read fantasy novels, this one sucked me in immediately, so much so I read it instead of working. It has a creative story about time travel, friendship and letting go of your ego and stepping out of your comfort zone to help yourself and your friends. The protagonist, Joyce Bacyrus, learns the value of her true power when her pampered bubble is busted and she finally realizes she needs to fight for what is right because not everything in life can be handed to her on a silver plate. Young Republican, Yuppie Princess is a delightful and addictive novel - it can easily be made into a movie. Ms. Chardenet wrote such an engaging and entertaining novel that I didn't want to let go of these characters or story. Hopefully we will be graced by more novels from this ingenious writer.
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If I had to write a pitch for this novel I would say that it's "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Shrek". It would certainly make for an adventure-filled movie with a cast of smartass college kids, each armed with their own unique skills and knowledge, and yet with a lot to learn about life, the universe and everything. And no, the answer is not 42, but if you like a well-told tale filled with portals into other worlds, fantasy mixed with 1980s panache, and a sprinkle of politics, then this is for you.

The author possesses a unique sense of humour that is refreshing and very witty, and her style endears the heroes of the story to the reader and gives each of them a quirky personality. The characters do speak to the reader and they are multi-dimensional. In short, they feel real, even though this is a humorous fantasy.

Great read! So when's the movie coming out?

Sylvia Massara
Author of The Other Boyfriend,
Like Casablanca and The Soul Bearers
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