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Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas): The Nine Princesses Series (Volume 1) Paperback – July 16, 2012
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When I was five years old, I told everyone I wanted to be a princess when I grew up. And I was dead serious. Um… okay, it hasn’t happened yet. The U.S. is currently suffering from a sad shortage of princes to marry, handsome or otherwise. So I do the next best thing: I write about princesses! And I love every minute of it. The idea for this series sprung from a desire to write about a large family of princesses. I settled on nine because there are already three Powerpuff Girls, five Chinese Brothers, seven dwarves, and twelve dancing princesses. So nine seemed good. Yeah. That’s how my logic works. I’m not actually adopted. But I share a lot in common with Maelyn. We’re both the eldest child in our families, a little bossy sometimes, addicted to reading, and not always as confidant as we like to appear. But remember, Maelyn is a princess. And I’m still working on that. Aside from being an author, I’m an artist who draws cute cartoons of doggies. A mommy of three boys who hate princesses (but like the dogs). A retail employee with a job that seriously cuts into my writing time. And a part-time college student. I barely have time to write this bio. If YOU have more time than I do, I’d be forever grateful if you’d would “like” this page, or write a review of my book. Thanks so much for supporting an indie author! God bless you. -Anita Valle email@example.com
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Working from the assumption on the intended audience, I really loved this book. For instance, once of the complaints was that the characters weren't described enough physically. But with the cover illustrations and the anticipation of future volumes showing the princesses, I actually was looking forward to seeing each one more clearly in the future. Given that there will be at least nine books in the series and each one is fairly short, I don't see a need to bog down each book with a lengthy description of each one.
Also, sorry, but hair and eye color is about all you need to know about 90% of princesses in stories, especially ones for adults. Other than that, they're blandly uniform, like models for a make-up line. I love that these princesses seem like interesting individuals.
I wasn't at all put off by the plot. For one thing, it was short. For another, I the story within the story set up the solution decently. And last of all, this was just the first bit of a much longer story.
I also didn't feel like Maelyn's choice of books was so far off. When I was young, my mother worked with the state as a social worker, and once a week worked in an ER as their psych person. She's a highly intelligent woman who has helped many people, much as Maelyn tended to her own people's problems. You know what she did in her down time then? Watched soap operas. With plots even more overwrought than the stories within the book. If you have a stressful job, you use your relaxation time to tax your brain more. You use it to turn it off and let it think about something other than all the problems you have to solve.
I like the premise, the diverse characters of the princesses, and the realism of the dilemma the princesses are in.
There are only a few things I think could improve. For one, Maelyn really should be more commanding and less demure in her actions and speech. She was raised as a princess, but she doesn't act like she was raised to rule. She needs to be able to better fend for herself verbally. Also, she should be able to punish people. Her subjects would respect her more for it, not less. For another, even a small manor really needs a lot of servants. Even in manor houses, the cooks had help. And they didn't feed nearly as many people. And lastly, knights belong to a ruler, and that ruler uses knights as a peacekeeping force. If tons of knights are willing to flock to them, especially with so many available princesses, then Maelyn should have no problem putting them to work. Certainly she could play on their ambitions, since knights are only one rung above commoners.
That said, except for the first issue, those are all details that a story for children doesn't necessarily need. Because stories for children are more defined by what you want them to focus on. If you want to show an intelligent, kind ruler, you're probably not going to involve bloodshed or dungeons. It's not that you _can't_ tell a more complex story for children, but that's a different style of book than this is. This is more of a fairy tale book, with far from standard princesses.
My hat is off to the author for creating characters I like and admire. Frankly, I've read princess stories for adults where the princess had a whole lot less sense, was a lot less individual and interesting, and went through a whole lot less character development. I look forward to the rest of this series.
Maelyn is a very short read with only 140 pages but still managed to get my full attention and ended up liking the whole story. It's a story of Maelyn, one of the adopted nine sisters in the kingdom of Runa. After their parent's death, Maelyn being the eldest was tasked to handle the whole kingdom. Because they were adopted, a lot of the town's people doesn't want them as Princesses. They feel that they are only peasants so they should be just that. But things gotten more worse when their evil Uncle Jarod who is the High King of Grunwold came to visit and stirs trouble.
I really like the idea of the king taking nine orphans from each kingdoms and then presented them to his beloved Queen who's heartsick for not being able to bear a child. It wasn't really what the king's plan but since he can't find the cure of the red fever that is plaguing their kingdom, the idea came to mind when they saw Maelyn at the side of the rode who's obviously starving.
I really thought this one's going to be a romance story, but was surprised when it wasn't, but there's a little romance I guess but it wasn't the main focus of this story. The story focuses on the eldest of the sisters which is Maelyn who is tasked to see through the kingdom of Runa.
I love that Maelyn was not a damsel in distress and was able to defeat her wicked Uncle. So you could say that the Uncle was the wicked witch in this story, haha. It's a very refreshing and clean read too so I guess it could pass as a children's story. Just look at that beautiful cover!
It wasn't as magnificent like other fantasy stories but I bet it would be if it were longer. Because of the previous book I had, I have to say that this story cured my pissed off mood. It has a very refreshing plot and there's absolutely nothing to hate about it.
I noticed that I've been reading novellas quite a lot these days, hehe. But I'm glad that 98% of them turns out to be really good. That being said, I'll sure to get the copies of the other books in the series...soon *wink.
The ending was quite abrupt but it also gave me something to look forward to on the second book, so no hate feeling at all.
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