Princess Ben

Princess Ben

Being A Wholly Truthful Account of Her Various Discoveries and Misadventures, Recounted to the Best of Her Recollection, in Four Parts

eBook - 2008
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Catherine Gilbert Murdock's talents for storytelling and creating strong female characters take a fresh turn in this spirited and sophisticated fairy tale.

Benevolence is not your typical princess.
With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia. Starved and miserable, locked in the castle's highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Ben's private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat to her kingdom. Can Ben save the country and herself from foul tyranny?

*"[A] deliciously frothy fairy tale."--Horn Book Magazine, starred review

*"The wild adventure, intricately imagined setting, memorable characters, and romance will charm readers, especially fans of Gail Carson Levine's Fairest."--Booklist, starred review This ebook includes a sample chapter of WISDOM'S KISS.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2008
ISBN: 9780547349473
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; 344 pages.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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DBRL_KatieL Dec 14, 2016

Ben is a young lady who lives a very sheltered life, until her mother and uncle (the king) are found murdered, and her father is missing. Ben is then forced into the care of her aunt, the regent Queen. To say the two don't get along is an understatement, and the continuously but heads until Ben discovers she is able to unlock magic in the castle. Once this discovery is made Ben spends her waking time learning, and exploring the magic, becoming passive and taking the path of least resistance with her aunt. This goes on until the queen is forced to either go to war, or find a husband for Ben who can help defend their kingdom from stronger neighboring kingdoms.

I enjoyed the story, the setting, and how the characters were developed. However there were times I was aggravated with Ben, who despite being 15 at the start of the book behaves like a spoiled 5 year old. I also found it hard to believe that the heir to the throne would be allowed to live completely aside from court, with her education neglected other than learning to read, write and basic math. Her parents know she will one day be Queen, but do nothing to prepare her.
Ben's attitude does change as the book progresses, which enabled me to keep it at a 5 star rating. I truly did not want to put it down at times, as this was not a traditional tale, and I didn't know where the author would go next.

Upon retrospect, I realize how grand these books are. More grand in retrospect than first experience, actually, but the writing is charming and the characters larger-than-life. The denouément was dreadful, though. . . Though slightly redeemed by the successor Wisdom's Kiss.

alevesque Mar 20, 2014

This is almost a prequal to her book (Wisdom's kiss in which they relate to a few past experiences) but you can totally read it by themselves. Great Story! Catherine knows how to make for a great ending.

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hubbardjrachel
Aug 23, 2013

An enjoyable read. Although the romance seemed to change from hate to love pretty fast.

I LOVED this book! but I wish the cover art was different, the girl on the cover is beautiful and THIN when she's supposed to be plain and fat

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TheGreatMinimum
Dec 22, 2012

The over-the-top take-me-seriously writing style was unpleasant, but the story itself was cleverly told and an interesting take on fairy tale themes. I wish they'd chosen different jacket art-Ben looks nothing like a girl with an eating disorder.

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mariahdewar
Oct 18, 2012

sooo good!! i recommend it to anyone who likes romance young adult books. the characters are memorable, and the story is hilarious and lighthearted.

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ScorchingSun
Jun 12, 2012

The flowery language took getting use to at first, but later became often hilarious and witty. Ben's discovery of magic was fun.

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maria_23
Dec 11, 2011

cute (:

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carolynklaesges
Nov 20, 2011

best book for a tale of magic romance and a twist

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bluebelle11
Nov 29, 2010

"With that, I hurled the slipper at him, not caring if I caused his decapitation. (I did not.)"

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