About the book: A princess, a pea, and a tower of mattresses. This is the sliver that survives of a story more nightmare than fairytale... Maggie Rhodes, high school junior and semi-reformed stalker, learns the tale's true roots after a spying attempt goes awry and her best friend Kate ends up as the victim of an ancient curse. At the center of the curse lies an enchanted emerald that has been residing quietly in a museum for the past fifty years. Admirers of the gem have no idea that it feeds on life. Or that it's found its next victim in Kate. Enter Lindy, a school acquaintance who knows more than she's letting on, and Garon, a handsome stranger claiming he knows how to help, and Maggie is left wondering who to trust and how to save her best friend before it's too late. If only Maggie knew her connection to the fairy tale was rooted far deeper than an endangered best friend.
My review: This book is such a fun retelling of the fairy tale of Princess and the Pea. I loved the clever interpretation the author took and how she set it in modern day and used teenage girls as her heroines.
Maggie and her friends are typical teenagers getting ready for their SATs, but they get bored one night and play a game of Truth or Dare that starts the craziness for all of them. I loved Maggie. I loved that she was willing to play the game though she didn't really want to. I loved just how strong she was and her determination to figure out what had happened to her friend, even though no one else even remembered her. I loved the way she believed in the magic that Lindy explains to her with really no evidence.
I liked Lindy too. I like the way you see her story that parallels Maggie's so you can figure out a little bit of what's going on in Maggie's story that she can't figure out. I liked the way Lindy was determined to fix her story before it was too late and just how hard she was willing to work to figure everything out.
The plot of this one is so fun! I loved the imaginative touches the author adds to flesh out the fairy tale and make it work in our time. There were so many things that just added to the mystery and the fun that I wasn't expecting, something new and great on every new page. And the way everything ends was really great!
This is one that I plan to pass on to my teenager, I'm sure she'll love it just as much as I did. I can't wait to read the next one by this author!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase link: Amazon
Labels: clean teen fiction, fairy tale re-tellings, Teresa Richards