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The Princess Sisters (Volume 1) Paperback – June 7, 2013
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Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to western swing, and watched as many of her fellow students became ‘True Aggies’. She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don. If you enjoyed this book, Stacy would love and appreciate your reviews on Amazon and Goodreads! She also loves to make new friends! Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorstacylynncarroll Twitter: @StacyLCarroll Or visit her website: www.stacylynncarroll.com
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My Rating: 3 stars
Content: Clean aside from a few expletives that I felt were out of place.
The biggest hurdle for me was to get used to the tone of the narrative. I think the author meant for it to read like a fairy tale, but she didn’t quite pull it off and instead it ended up sounding rather amateurish. Once I got past this snag, though, I was already past the 50% mark on my kindle, and the characters were gradually growing on me. Of the few things I enjoyed about this modern fairy tale, the close relationship between the five girls is what drew me into the story. I thought it ridiculous that four sisters would all decide to name their daughters after Disney characters, and that all five these girls would be in the same age group and live in four houses next to each other in the same street; not to mention all four mothers being single and changing their last names back to their maiden name, Princess. But I tried to read it in the spirit in which it was meant to be read, which helped make it easier for me to actually see it through and finish it. Fairy tales aren’t meant to be realistic or believable, right?
Anyway, what appealed to me most was how each of these characters had a fear that matched a particular detail of each of their fairy tale namesakes. For instance, Ariel is afraid of water, and Belle is dyslexic, even though she loves to read. I don’t know what Dave’s part was supposed to be in this story (and his last name just happens to be...ahem...Prince) other than deceiving the girls and helping them to conquer their fears. But whatever it was, I loved seeing how these five girls took charge dealing with their fears and hopefully no longer be ridiculed at school.
Overall, I found The Princess Sisters to be a typical candy fluff light read. I think readers between the ages of nine and twelve will find this a delightful read. I appreciated the idea behind this story and also that it sends a positive message to young girls. What I didn’t enjoy is that most of the narrative details events that don’t really move the plot along such as movie nights and sleepovers, shopping sprees, their antics at the mall, what dresses they’re wearing, what shoes they’re wearing, what they’re having for breakfast, lunch, dinner, what each of them and their mother ordered to eat at the restaurant, etc. I enjoy my candy floss reads with all the bells and whistles, but there were times I couldn’t help rolling my eyes at the incredible cheesiness of some of the events in this book.
Not a bad story, but I’ll only recommend it to readers who still have imaginary tea parties with their Barbie dolls.
My reason for not giving it four stars: it has been years since I was in high school, yet all of these characters are just entering high school. While anyone out of high school has been in the position of awkwardness of these girls, it made it a little hard to relate to. But it was such a fun book, it was hard not to smile.
The book begins slowly, with pretty much an "info-dump" about how the girls were born and why they are are named after the Disney princesses. They are pretty much treated as if they are actually one "person" for the first half of the book. "The Princess Sisters do this," or "the Princess SIsters do that." This leaves very little room for character development except at the superficial level (describing their personalities rather than showing their characters through action.)
Still, this kind of characterization leaves it open for any reader to pick one of the Princess Sisters and pretend to be her, so it's not a bad idea in writing for this age group.
My one last quibble is that, while the book is obviously written for pre-teens, at least two of the mothers have never married (and thus had children out of wedlock.) In a book for more mature readers this might be okay, but in something aimed at pre-teens who have little relationship experience, this might be something some parents would not be okay with their child reading.