A Posse of Princesses
Isn't it always the case: all the really popular e-books by the big name authors are checked out. So why not try something a little off the beaten path?
Rhis, princess of an incredibly small, completely isolated, but fabulously rich (jewel mines!) mountain kingdom has been invited to the ultimate month-long house party. Actually, make that a palace party: She and princesses from kingdoms far and wide will be hosted by the Royal Family of Vesarja in the hopes of finding a suitable wife for the handsome young crown prince.
Of course, Rhis isn't particularly interested in getting married off. What she really wants is a break from her family role as the Perpetual Disappointment. Is it really so terrible that a girl would rather go to parties, read romantic adventure stories, and have friends rather than studying hard and preparing to Do Her Royal Duty?
Her older sister tries to convince her to get her head out of the clouds: Real life isn't like the songs!
Rhis knows that: She doesn't want real adventure which usually involves hardship, terror, suffering, and things like war and revolution. She just wants, oh, to fall in love, or have a wonderful prince fall in love with her. And just a little bit of fighting, like a duel or two (not to the death) and some exciting chases, where nobody really gets hurt.
The only fly in the ointment of potential fun is that her family insists she travel and room with her perfect cousin Shera, the one Rhis is continually being compared to (and not favorably). But when she meets her cousin for the first time, she discovers Shera is just as frivolous, and the lonely teenager has her first real friend. And just in time! Rhis and Shera are immediately thrust into a whirlwind of parties, fancy clothes and social intrigue at Vesarja Palace.
Are there realistic teenage girls complete with gossip, sniping, bonding and commiserating? How about deeply satisfying come-uppances for the insufferable, snobby, popular girls? Perhaps even more satisfying coming-into-their-own for the plain, shy, or awkward ones? What about truly, madly, deeply attractive princes, with plenty of opportunities for romance?
Yes to everything. And just to make matters more exciting, before the story is done there's a kidnapping and a royal plot, which only the posse of princesses can foil.
Take Georgette Heyer, cross her with Gail Carson Levine, add a dollop (just a smidge) of high adventure and you get a great read for anyone whose inner-13-year-old is alive and well. This small press gem is possibly one of the best unsung princess book ever.
For the E-book, visit www.kcls.org/downloads and follow the directions for Overdrive Media to get a copy for your e-book reader. For the-book-on-dead-tree, click on the links for A Posse of Princesses embedded in this blog.