Book Review- The Bravest Princess by E.D Baker
The Bravest Princess is the third book in the Wide-Awake Princess series by E.D Baker about sleeping beauty’s younger sister. Sleeping Beauty’s younger and non-magical sister Annie, still can’t rest while trouble in the kingdom threatens her good friend Snow White. Snow Whites stepmother has mysteriously disappeared, causing unrest in the kingdom, her father reasons that the only way to keep his darling daughter safe is to get her married straight away. But who should she choose, the bravest, the humblest, the poetic type? It’s Annie and her good friend Liam to the rescue! A journey through the twisted fairy tale kingdom, with Annie and Liam, but who suddenly has it in for Annie, attacking her on the way to Snow Whites Kingdom!? And how will she help Snow White pick the right prince, what if she makes the wrong choice?
Annie has just come back from yet another adventure, busy preparing for her sister’s wedding with her true love. Then she gets a sudden mail form her dear friend Snow-white, asking her for help in choosing a prince. So as soon as the wedding is over Annie and Liam set off on another adventure. Yet, another adventure, however, they don’t know the trouble waiting for them along the journey. Attention, someone is trying to get Annie killed for whatever reason! After a very treacherous journey, Annie and Liam finally reach Snow Whites castle, only to find more surprises to follow, whoever is trying to get Annie killed must have a strong motive. Poor Annie is forced to go through so much mayhem, and ends up hating crows!
Once I had read the first book, I couldn’t stop reading the entire series! The bravest princess has so much adventure and romance. I love reading twisted fairy tales that focus on different characters and their views and perspective of the normal fairy tales we read.
In this case, it focusses on sleeping Beauty’s younger sister, Annie and how she finds her own destiny as well as her sister’s. The bravest princess reflects and encourages girls to be brave, princes don’t have to do all the rescuing!
Annie’s character is also put to the test as usually magic spells don’t hurt her, but not when the spells on something else trying to hurt her. She must face various physical challenges like nearly drowning, crows constantly attacking her and falling in a ditch!
This really toughens her up and adds to already high courage. The characters all go through some type of character development as the plot progresses and they are faced with even more difficult challenges than the first. Although I feel the plot is a bit fast progressed, for example, they could have spent more time travelling, however, that is my personal opinion. Overall, I have enjoyed the description of the settings and seeing a new side of Annie, which is genuinely scared and then seeing her come back up again.
“You’ve got to be joking! First, someone traps us in the dark and tries to drown us, then they send a monster after us?”
This is also a very hilarious book, with two heroes. By the time you actually get to reading the third book, you are so fond of Annie and the way she handles things. One thing I love about reading series is the way the characters grow and develop, and you grow with.
This book is for ages 9 to 14 as I feel they would enjoy this book more than the older years. Great for primary schools. Includes lots of action, adventure, fantasy and romance!
E.D Baker is an American children’s author. She is best known for her first book, The Frog Princess, which was published in 2002. E.D. Baker has written 25 books to date and has no plans to quit writing anytime soon. Currently, she lives on a small farm in Maryland where she and her family breed Appaloosa horses. They also have dogs, cats and goats. She is an author who specializes in diving deeper into the fairy tale universe, revealing the hidden sequels siblings and adventure of our favourite Disney princesses.
Overall I give The Bravest Princess by E.D Baker a 5 out of five.