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Princess of Secrets: The Frog Prince Retold (Fairy Tale Adventures Book 2) Kindle Edition
He needs a kiss. She needs a clue.
Princess Carina’s mission is simple: find the thief who broke into her kingdom’s most secure vault, bring him to justice, and prove her worth as a spy. But the trail has gone cold, and her father has another mission in mind. If she fails to apprehend the thief, Carina will be pressed into a loveless marriage with a foreign king and forced to say goodbye to her beloved homeland.
She needs help. She gets a talking frog.
Prince Stefan’s perfect prank goes perfectly wrong when a vengeful mermaid transforms him into a frog a few days before his brother’s wedding. A kiss from Princess Carina could set things right, but she’s focused on her mission and not inclined to kiss anyone. Especially not the snarky amphibian interfering with her investigation.
Can Stefan and Carina learn to work together and solve the mystery before they both run out of time?
Princess of Secrets is an imaginative retelling of The Frog Prince. Discover the standalone Fairy Tale Adventure that readers call “an amazing read” and “outrageously fun.”
If you like clean romance, witty banter, and surprise twists, then you’ll love A.G. Marshall’s action-packed retelling.
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- ASIN : B075Y9J4FP
- Publisher : Avanell Publishing (September 26, 2017)
- Publication date : September 26, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2365 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 512 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #88,839 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Frog Prince is a fun story on it's own, a bit strange, but generally a heartwarming tale. Here Marshall has taken the classic elements of The Frog Prince and sewn them seamlessly into her world. I was actually really, really excited to see how she addressed classic points in the original tale--such as the spoiled princess, the gold ball, the well, the frog's barter, etc.--and thought they were very cleverly handled. It was one of the best parts of the book for me. I loved seeing why the golden trinket was so important to the princess, what prompted the frog to seek companionship the way he did, and especially a good reason for why the princess up and ran away as soon as the frog retrieved her treasure. Each element had such a natural explanation, but even more so than that, it held a meaning to the story that ran deeper than simply a nod to the classic. Marshall created a story and she wove the elements into it as if it had been hers all along.
Furthermore, I really enjoyed the story Marshall spun. I liked Carina before, but getting to know her like this was a treat. Same for Stefan, honestly. I'd liked him in book one--I'd really liked the relationship between him and Alaric, which appropriately drove Stefan to this adventure--but getting to know him as the lead was a lot of fun. I loved how they depended on each other, how they each needed something from the other, but they wouldn't or couldn't trust one another, especially right off the bat. Seeing Carina's home and family gave me a much deeper appreciation for her. I do hope we get to see more of Seraphina, and maybe even of their mother, at some point. I keenly felt the loss that weighted Carina down and the expectation that pressed into her. Her family dynamic really brought life to the characters here. Similarly, it was really cool to see Stefan's true colors shine when Heinrich tagged along. I think the story would have been quite a bit different without the dutiful tailor. Oh, and sidenote, Stefan's gift there at the end was priceless!! Absolutely excellent. Loved that!!
We kind of got to see the world Marshall had built in book one open up and expand in this book. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a sucker for mermaids. So, in part, I started this series just to get to book three and see The Little Mermaid. But truthfully? I don't know how it's going to beat this one or book one. First of all, I did not expect to see mermaids in the Frog Prince story, but they were an essential element and that alone makes this one of the best retellings ever! But more than that, the world is clearly one world, a world where every part works alongside the rest. The story's aren't so easily separated and pulled apart, which is really neat! First we had a goblin fighting shadow warrior, which is epic, and then we moved to a underestimated spy vying for her position and love and just trying to save her family and country. These two heroines are not your typical gals. They aren't afraid of climbing walls and diving head first into danger. They stand between those they love and the threat of dark forces. These girls are the perfect balance of real, raw fears and courageous, adventurous spirits. I loved seeing the world crafted in such a way to make these characters and plots come to life and propel one another forward.
This book had it all: adventure, mystery and intrigue, a dash of danger, a slow-boiled romance, and the suspense that drives your curiosity and wins your heart. Clean story with no language, clean romance, and mild violence at the hands of a crafty monster. I'd highly recommend it (after book one of course) and happily so to preteens and up.
Prince Stefan, the prince who gets turned into a frog, is Alaric's scheming prankster of a brother with a heart of gold. In the first book, Stefan produced a play that Alaric wrote behind his back, humiliating him, but he did so with the best of intentions. In The Frog Prince, Stefan disguises himself as a sailor to travel to Carina's kingdom to bring her to Alaric and Lina's wedding so that Lina can be a happy bride. Despite his good intentions, he leaves without telling anyone, has an accidental encounter with some mermaids, and ends up getting turned into a frog. A.G. Marshall is very good at blending humor into her stories, so a wise-cracking goofball like Stefan is the perfect candidate for a hilariously entertaining talking frog. His confidence and bluntness is exactly what Carina needs to break through her guarded exterior.
Another thing I love about this book is how many obscure elements A.G. Marshall incorporates from the Grimm fairy tale, originally known as "The Frog King" or "Iron Heinrich." Unlike the Disney version, which changed a lot of the story, Marshall's book includes the princess's prized golden ball that the frog recovers for her from the pond, but this time with a twist. Carina's golden ball is far from just a toy. It's an enchanted device that she uses to spy for her father. When she drops it, she could have gotten in a lot of trouble if Stefan hadn't recovered it for her. The story even incorporated the prince's servant, Heinrich, who is excluded from most adaptations of the tale. At the end of the Grimm story, it is revealed that Heinrich had three iron bands around his heart that grew from his sympathy toward the prince's curse. In this version, Heinrich is Stefan's tailor who is cursed with three iron bands around his heart by the mermaids in order to prevent Stefan from telling anyone how to break the spell.
The romance in this book was handled so flawlessly that I practically felt myself falling for Stefan through Carina's eyes. In the beginning, Stefan doesn't care for Carina at all because of her vapid facade and only wants to bring her to his brother's wedding to make Lina happy. The more he gets to know her by hiding in her pocket and listening to her private conversations with her father, the more he realizes how much she has to hide from the world and longs to take her away from such a miserable existence. Likewise, Carina has little interest in getting to know a talking frog, but she is intrigued by the potential of using Stefan to prove to her father that magic exists in order to maintain her role as a spy. However, after spending more time with Stefan, she learns what it feels like to be able to talk to someone with no pretenses and starts to develop feelings for him as more than an animal companion. It doesn't hurt that she also loves solving mysteries and is intrigued by his true identity and how he was cursed.
I have to say that A.G. Marshall has quickly worked her way into my heart as one of my favorite fairy tale authors. I love how she stays so loyal to the original stories while breathing new life into them with deeply complex characters and worlds. Both of the books I read by her incorporate a certain level of humor and fun into every chapter to never allow the story get too depressing and always bring a smile to my face. She incorporates magic into her stories in a way that is both believable an captivating. I've never imagined how "The Frog Prince" would work if it had mermaids and sea monsters in it, but after reading this version, I can't imagine it without them! If you love fairy tales and princesses, both The Princess and the Pea and The Frog Prince by A.G. Marshall are must-reads.
Frog Prince has never been my favorite fairytale because there are just too many questions and oddities, and suspension of disbelief can only go so far. Why does she play with a gold ball? Why does she run away after making the agreement? Why does she agree to some of his seemingly crazy terms? I have read some good retellings that answer these quite well--and thoroughly enjoyed them--but I think this one is my favorite and has me re-examining my perspective on the poor Frog Prince. In Princess of Secrets, A.G. Marshall hits on all the major elements that make up the Frog Prince tale, weaving them beautifully into her world while giving believable explanations to all the questions. Plus she adds in some of the more obscure references from the original tale, making the retelling even stronger.
We first meet our main characters in book 1, Princess of Secrets. (I'd highly recommend reading it first. Though this is stand-alone, it's definitely improved with the prior knowledge from book 1.) Both leading lady and leading gent in this tale seem to have added just the right amount of humor and lightheartedness in book 1, making them already likable. In their own story, though, both the princess and the prince show there's much more to them, particularly Princess Corina.
Overall Princess of Secrets is a fun adventure on land and sea and under the sea, too, as we meet mermaids, and I thank A.G. Marshall for this new view of the Frog Prince.
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Princess Carina and Prince Stefan are the leads in this retelling of the Princess and the frog! Stefan gets turned into a frog by a vengeful mermaid and Carina happens upon him whilst working as a secret spy for her Father. This unique retelling of a classic fairytale is another must read, I love how the world develops as we learn more about the kingdoms and continue following the mystery from the previous story.
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