‘Princess Princess Ever After’ by Kay O’Neill is a bright fun comic-book/graphic novel, with great artwork, but a super random and shallow story-line. While a lot of readers may laud the LGBTQIA representation in the book, where a princess rescues a princess for a change… why does a princess need rescuing at all? And okay, fine, let’s go with the ‘rescue’ story, but the author doesn’t do anything else in the story except give us a ‘Princess meets Princess’ twist.
Sure, there’s a little bit of Rapunzel, a dash of Snow White, mixed with some dragons & royal rivalries in the book, but nothing we haven’t seen before. The hero is princess Amira, who rides a unicorn and saves princess Sadie from a prison tower. The two then go on a rushed adventure of sorts, rescue another prince, fight an ogre (kind of) and then have a final confrontation with Sadie’s evil sister. It’s all just very random and disjointed. The beautiful artwork however makes up a little for the weak story-telling.
The friendship and romantic themes are explored very superficially, then there are some things that just don’t make sense – for example, the ‘prince’ who the girls rescue, becomes an advisor in a different kingdom…. why? In-fact, a lot of little things in the plot are random. Why does Sadie’s sister hate her so much and why does she keep calling her ‘fat’, when she evidently is absolutely fine.
This is the kind of sweet shallow piece of work that 10-year-olds may enjoy, but adult readers may be left disappointed. I have read & even cried some stories written for a much younger audience, but ‘Princess Princess Ever After’ was just forgettable. It’s a 3/5 from me.
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