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The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret β€”she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!


I love love love this story!!! I love the idea of a monster fighting princess in black, who slips back into her pink dress and glass slippers once she has saved the day! Why can’t we do both, right ladies?

The characters are loveable, even nosy duchess Wigtower and the big blue monster! The illustrations are magical! They sort of remind me of old Saturday morning cartoons( big complement from me..lol)! The storyline was engaging and I found myself immediately going online to find out if #2 comes out anytime soon(I didn’t find any dates just yet! I definitely want to hear more about the princess in black and maybe the goat avenger too!

This story was a very short read, perfect for anyone beginning chapter books. There is action, intrigue, and lots of laughs!

*I give it a 9/10*

Try it out and tell me what you think!!

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Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale!


At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven’s style. She’s starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

What an excellent story! I absolutely love anything to do with fairy tales, but the modern day twists and play on words were excellent!! Not to mention the life lessons on friendship, believing in who you are, and trusting your instincts! These characters were fun from the start, but developed into so much more throughout!
This book is in the 9-12 age group at the book store, and I would definitely recommend this to the younger of the group, or even younger still! Really, this book would be great for anyone who reads chapter books and loves fairy tales!
Cant wait to read the next! Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All.