Four Stars, Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence, Melanie Cellier

The Swan

The Ugly Duckling though a well known tale, isn’t one I normally lump into the fairy tale genre. However, the beautiful message came to life under Melanie Cellier‘s hand in her latest Four Kingdom’s book The Princess Search.

The Princess Search: A Retelling of The Ugly Duckling (The Four Kingdoms Book 5) by [Cellier, Melanie]

“An outcast.
A prince.
And a deadly rebellion…

After a lifetime of rejection, seamstress Evie can’t trust Frederic, the crown prince of Lanover–not his words of friendship or the way the warmth in his eyes seems to ask for even more. But when they end up on a tour of his kingdom–one filled with increasing danger–Evie’s mistrust might doom them all.”

Melanie Cellier has a charming way of weaving a fairy tale re-telling with emotions and circumstance that everyone, young and old can relate to. This story was no different. Evie is an enchanting character with a troubled past and through her journey we learn that each stage of life good or bad is “an integral part” of who we are. And there is “beauty and kindness” even in the hardest of times.

It’s these compelling messages and her delightful characters that make her fairy tales stand out as fantastic reads.

As a side note, not only do I enjoy reading them, but I would be completely comfortable recommending them to a middle grade girl.  Not just for the messages they convey but for how clean and clever she keeps her romantic moments. “…after another interlude of our previously interrupted activity.” Classy and clever!


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