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The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff: A Book Review

The Battle for Princess Madeline
Author: Kirstin Pulioff
Genre: Children's, Fantasy
Publisher: Kirstin Pulioff
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 142
Source:  This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Princess Madeline rejected Prince Paulsen’s advances, but he’s not about to take it lying down. In the middle of Soron’s festival preparations, his obsession jeopardizes the kingdom. When mysterious figures from the kingdom’s past arrive offering assistance, Madeline will have to decide if she can accept it, or will their information about a family secret be too much for her to handle? 

     Can Madeline trust anyone or will saving the kingdom come down to her own bravery? 

     My Review: The Battle for Princess Madeline is the sequel to The Princess Madeline trilogy. Madeline is happily engaged to her Daniel. Her father gives her a new place where the engaged couple can build a new home. However, her happiness soon changes when Prince Paulsen, one of Madeline’s rejected suitors, is still desperate enough to make Madeline his wife. He soon wages a war against her kingdom. Can Madeline save her kingdom before it is too late?

     One thing that I really like about this book is that there is more depth to the side characters. We get to learn more about Princess Madeline’s late mother, her twin brother, Braden, and her best friend, Sophia. We also learn more about the wizards, especially, Elias. I liked how we get to see how their personal conflicts and struggles. Another thing I like about this book is how Madeline has grown from the first novel. She is very reckless and does not heed the advice of others, especially her father. Yet, she is willing to sacrifice herself for the good of her kingdom. Therefore, I think that Madeline would make a great queen. The only thing that I did not like about this book’s characters is that Daniel made very few appearances in this novel. Thus, I did not feel that his character was developed very fully.

     Overall, this book is about love, friendship, duty, bravery, and choices. The message of the book is to stand up for what you believe is right, even when others are against you. The world-building is much more developed than in the first novel. The only thing that I dislike about the book was the cliffhanger at the end. I felt that it was very unnecessary. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to read more about Princess Madeline’s next adventures. I recommend this book to those interested in original fairy tales, romances, and those who want to read an entertaining series of adventure tales.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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