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I finally got the chance to start this book at about 6:30 this evening. It's now 10:00, and I've finished it. It's a fast, easy, compelling read. The story is tightly-wound and moves quickly through its plot. That quickness can occasionally leave me wanting a little more depth (particularly in the vein of some thin characterizations and a few key events that passed before I could quite understand them). That said, it was a great book that I very thoroughly enjoyed. And I absolutely fell in love with Princess Olive.
(Spoiler Free) SUMMARY: The Winnowwood are a powerful race of women born with unbelievable power over the natural world -- healing and commanding animals, controlling the weather, shapeshifting... The price they pay for that magic, however, is that each time they use it, they become more and more ugly. Long ago, though, they were cursed with the choice to give up their powers to become as beautiful as they had been ugly. Our heroine, Princess Olive, is the last of the Winnowwood who has not chosen beauty over power (despite pressure from her father and transformed sister to do so).
Both Olive's powers and her appearance become crucial to the fate of her people as war approaches from both within her kingdom and from the barbarians across the sea. Can she learn to use her magic as well as her ancestors who could call down lightning to defeat any foe? Can she gain the respect and trust necessary to command those around her to save the kingdom? Can she hold onto her confidence and courage when she alone is left to protect the ones she loves?
CRITIQUE: I am a sucker for fairy-tales. I love fairy-tales.Read more ›
“I wondered if in the history of the world there had ever been a Princess as ugly as me? I doubted it. But was there ever a Princess in the history of the world who saved their kingdom twice from annihilation by the time they were eighteen, and I doubted that as well. I gave myself a brave smile then attached the veil to my crown and appraised myself – well, it was a beautiful dress.”
So there’s this princess named Olive, see.
But she’s also a magical creature called a Winnowwood – the last of her kind.
In addition to being troll-like in appearance, Winnowwoods can control nature, speak to animals, assume animal form, even heal their fellow earthlings. But every time a Winnowwood uses her magic to change something outside of herself – such as to heal her nonhuman friends – she becomes uglier on the outside: she sprouts a new boil or wart, for example. But to the animals she just grows more and more beautiful.
Hundreds of years ago, the lands were teeming with Winnowwoods. But a witch called Cassandra the Dragon Slayer cursed them with a knife, the Blade of Winnowwood, which tempts the Winnowwoods with physical beauty: should they use it to sever their crux (an extra joint on their pinky which is the source of their powers), they will lose their magics in exchange for youth and beauty. This is why all the Winnowwood save for Olive are gone – having long since died or succumbed to the curse. The beauty a Winnowwood will attain after “winnowing” is inversely related to how ugly she is at the time of the ceremony.Read more ›
This story is about an ugly girl with a beautiful heart and unbelievable courage. She goes on a journey to save her country and her people. During her journey she learns that beauty is not what is on the outside but what is with in you.
This book was filled with twist and turns many of which was unexpected.
If you are a teen or have a daughter you really need to pick up this book.
This book has good characterization, especially with some of the animal characters. I was sad her grandpa never showed up again at the end. However, overall the story is extremely enjoyable for adult readers and should resonate with younger readers, especially with all the commercialized air brushed beauty they see around them in magazines, on movie screens, etc.
Were they are predictable moments? Yes. But the author also has some good surprises for you too, particularly in the last chapter. There is going to be more, and I'm so excited about it!
**SPOILERS FROM HERE**
I think my favorite moment was when Olive becomes the prophesy. The magic was enchanting, and I liked how it tied to the early Winnowwood. But a truly character-defining moment was when Olive first saw herself after the transformation, and she wasn't impressed. She wasn't that girl. At least that's not what she saw herself as. She had never valued beauty. She never needed it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book in a total of about 3 hours, starting last night before going to sleep. I shouldn't have started it that late because it was one of those books where once you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by justbeingjulz
An amazing story! With shades of "Shrek" and "The Princess Bride," and maybe even a touch of "Robin Hood," it is escalated into a brand new fairy tale... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Laurie Lasher
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So I won this book in a giveaway a while back and only got to reading it recently. The story was great, I loved it! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jeanette
There weren't any real surprises in this book. However, that didn't take anything away from the wonderful story to be told. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cynthia
The Ugly Princess is the story of Olive, the last of the Winnowwoods, magical women who have all but disappeared, giving up their magical powers to become the beautiful women that... Read morePublished 15 months ago by mike
Would like to thank the author and The group Never Too Old for YA & NA for gifting me this book for a honest review. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Chica loves to read
What a charming little tale that encourages young women to worry about more than how to get some guy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tara D.
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I'm so glad you enjoyed "The Ugly Princess" and yes, I am writing the sequel, which is tentatively titled, "Betrayed by Beauty." I'm hoping to have it out in November, fingers crossed.
Thanks for your support!
Aug 5, 2014 by Bobbette A. Smith | See all 2 posts
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