Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir

Also on my to-do list: New Princess Alethea reviews are up over at IGMS! (It *says* October, but they really mean November.)


Title: The False Princess
Author: Eilis O’Neal
EAN: 9781606840795

As a Princess, I am always drawn to books with the word “Princess” in the title. I’m usually disappointed when I read the jacket copy. I was not disappointed, however, upon discovering Eilis O’Neal’s The False Princess, and I snapped it right off the shelf.

The book begins with our heroine, Nalia, princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor. But within the first fifteen pages, we discover (as does Nalia) that she is not the royal princess at all. Sixteen years ago, an oracle told the royal couple that there would be an assassination attempt on the princess before her sixteenth birthday. In response, they had baby Nalia spirited away and replaced with a common girl. That girl was Sinda Azaway. And now that she has turned sixteen, it is time to remove the glamour, reveal her true origins, and send her packing so that the real Nalia might be welcomed home… (Read More)


Title: The Grimm Legacy
Author: Polly Shulman
EAN: 9780142419045

How fabulous is this premise: You’re hand-selected by your favorite high school teacher and given a personal recommendation for an internship at a very special lending library — a library with a large collection of magical objects from all of Grimm’s fairy tales. But there’s a rumor of a monster attacking people in the hallways, and magical items keep disappearing. So do pages. Awesome, right?

Elizabeth is recommended by a professor to start working at the New York Circulating Material Repository, the keeper of the Grimm Collection. Working alongside her is the beautiful Anjali and handsome basketball star Marc, on whom she’s had a crush most of her high school career. Friendships intertwine with the adventure here, inside a fairly predictable plot… (Read More)