This is sort of an alternate world fairy tale it s a Sleeping Beauty retelling with the caveat that the sleeping princess has a magically immune little sister Being that it s a fairy tale motif that mixes in a bunch of other fairy tales I guess I shouldn t be annoyed that it s very uesty and has one imensional characters but it Tardis - Timeline did bother me that the premise of the story was so heavily inundated with it happened this way because it has to happen this way Iidn t like that the younger princess s giftcurse was so crappy Princess Annie was immune to magic but that not only meant that magic couldn t harm OR help her it also somehow meant that magic Alien Husband Alien Bride didn t work in her general vicinity so people with magical enhancements forced her to stay away from them including her family even though their magical gifts would start working again as soon as she wasn t nearby Iidn t like that the fairy who cast this magic The Violent Stepfather 2 did so in such a way and there was noiscussion of why it had to be that way and I Honey Hush An Anthology of African American Women's Humor didn t like that her family members were such jackasses about it acting like they thought they were superior to her because of having beauty and grace and all kinds of gifts that were literally given to them magically rather than earnedI alsoidn t like that even though everyone knew a curse was supposed to come on the princess s birthday or before they still allowed so many risks and loopholes for the curse to manifest If you knew your Readers Guide to African Literature daughter s curse would manifest if she got pricked by a spinning wheel not only would you ban all the spinning wheels from the kingdom but you wouldn t let her open any freaking birthday presents if youidn t know what they werePremise ridiculousness aside Princess Annie s forced ordinariness was kinda refreshing though it also made her seem like a contrived person too of COURSE you would gather skills through practice instead of magic and throw yourself into that if you had nothing else and no one respected you I liked that her immunity to magic made her uniuely ualified to Distributed Operating Systems Algorithms do things like RESCUE PEOPLE includingare we say herself and A MAN than once and I noticed that this book actually id something that fairy tales normally on t Do Better do it acknowledged that people go to the bathroom WowBut I think the thing that annoyed me the most was how contrived a prince s princess finding contest was Princess Annie s looking for a prince to kiss her sister Gwendolyn but she enters the princess contest without telling him that she soing so on her sister s behalf Prince Andreas is portrayed as not being as much of an idiot as royalty usually is in these stories caring for finding a wife who can keep up with him on a horse Toward a critical realist reading of African and African diaspora literatures. dance for fun and eat what he likes to eat So when Annie turns out to be his perfect match there s an ISSUE because a she was looking for someone for Gwen and b she s got a thing for her companion Liam and he for her Good thing the story solved that problem andidn t bother to keep the interpersonal conflict going Andreas turns into a slobbering fool at the mention of maybe marrying Gwendolyn and all his credibility as a halfway A WEALTH OF ACADEMIC IELTS ESSAYS decent person is thrown out the window It s exactly what the story needed to go forward and let Princess 1 get her kiss and Princess 2 get her guy but it isn t interestingThere seemed to be kind of a lot of plot holes too as well as lots of plot elements that were super predictable Princess Annie heard plotting scoundrels outside her castle immediately upon going on her prince finding uest who talked in a stereotypical thuggish way and because of overhearing their intentions she knows her time is short Regardless her uest takes a really long time and some of it is avoidable the urgency to return to the castleoesn t seem to figure into the princess s thoughts very often At first I was thinking Okay she s sending the princes back to her castle to try to kiss her sister so she can keep uesting But then I remembered that they couldn t get inside without her because magical roses kept them out and they would fall asleep because of the curse without her touching them So that bothered me and the princess s companion turning out to be a prince was obvious from the beginning as soon as she let it slip that she knew so little about his background Dangerously in Love doing that is an obvious giveaway that the background is going to be significant and I knew which fairy tale was going to get shoehorned in every time the scene was set And Rapunzel s tower waseserted when Princess Annie got imprisoned there why would the thugs put her in Rapunzel s tower and where was Rapunzel That was never explainedThere was a bit with Liam s brother receiving a handwritten note from his mother enclosing a pin he supposedly needed but there was no reason she needed to write him a note when she could have told him anything she needed to say in person The reason of course why he had a note was so that he could accidentally BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) drop it where Annie could find it and serendipitously match the handwriting and solve the big mystery of the book And since one of the men who was recruited to kiss Princess Gwendolyn had to be both a prince and her true love of course it turned out to be the nicest one even though Princess Gwen herselfidn t seem very nice and of course someone she s never met can somehow be her true love because the story says soSo much of it read like a series of plot bullet points with the fraying edges inexpertly stitched together like they Accuracy and Stability of Numerical Algorithms d been founduring late stages of editing It was frustrating but I bet it would be kind of a fun story to read to very little kids below age 8 because they probably wouldn t see everything coming a mile away Maybe I was just reading it like too much of a grown up But I 10 Mindsets That Can Cause Drug and Alcohol Addiction and Mess up Sobriety don t at all believe that books for kids should beumbed Alchemy Ever After down The writing style itself was ok. In this stand alone fairy tale Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen the princessestined to be Sleeping Beauty When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep only Annie is awake and only Annie blessed or cursed with being impervious to magic can venture out be.
Fun with it I m a big fan of fractured fairy tales and The Wide Awake Princess is a fun one Annabelle the younger very much unmagical younger sister of Gwendolyn she of Sleeping Beauty fame When the curse is activated it s up to Annie and the faithful guard Liam to break the curse Who knew that the Frog Prince s children were Hansel and Gretel er Clara and Tomas Or that Rapunzel was not interested in being rescued by any of her princes All that and are found hereSerious fun Magical humorous imaginative and very cute are a few words I would use to My Academia describe this book Myaughter has been loving this series now I understand why It s The Alchemy of Color Knitting: The Art and Technique of Mastering Exquisite Palettes definitely written for younger readers As a mom I only had two integrity issues with the book The first was that there is a prince who isrunk and had two barmaid type girls sitting on his knees and the second was a uick line where a man comes to visit Rapunzel for his weekly Pathfinder Player Companion: Alchemy Manual date but you uickly learn he has a wife and sheoesn t know about his AFRICAN AMERICAN URBAN dates I wish thoseetails were left out for this really is the perfect book for young girls I would have given 5 stars if the book was kept innocent I just can t get enough of these adorable fairy tales I ve been reading lately They make for the perfect break from this serious exam infused environment I m passing through Delightfully plays with the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty and several others Intrepid Princess Annabelle travels through several kingdoms gathering up princes in hopes that one of them will be her sister s true love and wake Gwendolyn from her sleeping curse She meets an old woman who lives in a candy house a prince who used to be a frog and a number of other characters readers will easily recognize while exposing how silly and selfish and even sad these stories and their characters are Princess Annabelle and her loyal guard Liam are a fun pair and I was also really rooting for Beldegard the bear prince and Emilio the former frogThis is a must read for fans of fairy tales especially if you like the humorous takes on them like Patricia C Wrede s DEALING WITH DRAGONS I think this might be my favorite of Baker s books that I ve read so far This book was really cute Who knew Sleeping Beauty Gwen had a little sister To prevent any undesirable curses young Annie was blessed or cursed with an immunity to magic Neither good or bad works on her she grows up without any of the usual fairy gifts Not remarkably beautiful as opposed to her sister the most beautiful girl in the land not blessed with gracefulness or a good singing voice Nothing Along with this gift comes the ability to neutralize anyone s gift or spell that came near her Her sister s famed beauty fades in her sister s presence Annie is thus lives as far apart from her father mother and sister as is possible while still being honored as a member of the royal familyWhen Gwen pricks her finger and everyone in the castle falls asleep Annie is the only one left awake Determined to seek out her sister s true love Annie starts out on a journey to collect all the princes she can find Joined by the handsome guard Liam she will encounter a whole lot of enchanted bears greedy if forgetful witches and coniving royalty before she is one Like I said the book was very cute Annie s character is very likeable a perfect age for the targeted age group and as I found this book while hunting up something completely ifferent for Anna in the children s section I m assuming the age group is like first grade to pre teen What really struck me though is something I ve been picking up a lot in books of this sort The main character Annie is both hero heroine I m not sure if that makes much sense but very similar lines of thought take place in similar books like Dragon Slippers or even The Frog Princess by the same author While a hero always comes along to help the fair young lady she The Gnostic Religion does everything It is by her ability theragon or whatever bad guy might be is Computational Molecular Biology: An Algorithmic Approach (Computational Molecular Biology) defeated by her uniue abilitygift that she saves the princesoldierhero numerous times and she always throws herself head long intoanger with little warning making life for the poor said hero rather crazyWhy bring this upTwo reasons The first is that the same said books leaves the poor hero Mocktails dangling often revealed as such with a lack of something too The heroine is kicking butt and taking names constantly saving his life and making his character seem uite uslessThe second reason is that The Wide Awake Princess while following such a common line gives the hero a much better chance While he is upon occasion saved by Annie he is perfectly capable of taking care of himself In fact though Annie might save herself from Rapunzel s tower he is not far behind in searching for her Annie Clojure In Action doesn t go around meddling and getting herselfragged into problems but neither Southern African Literature: An Introduction does Liam She manages to be the strong perfectly capable young lady readers have come to expect Liam is allowed to be a perfectly capable and truly uite likeable hero who unlike the Frog Princess much to my freuestisgust BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *2 (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *2: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Secret Baby Romance Contemporary Romance) does not have an obsession with kissing the heroine but rather uses chivalry to express his affection In fact chivalric is a very good word toescribe him A good variety of characters and a truly interesting plot I enjoyed The Wide Awake Princess by ED Baker even if I am a bit old for it What a sweet little fairy story retelling there were some very clever references to other fairy tales as well such as Princess and the Pea Beauty and the Beast The Frog Prince Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel to name a few and found myself chuckling over the referencesThe heroine is Annie who is the younger sister to the most beautiful princess in their world Gwendolyn aka Gwennie At Gwennie s christening she is cursed by a cranky fairy and oomed to prick her finger on a spindly. Joined by one of her father's guards Liam who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family and perhaps even find a true love of her
Ay nothing ever wowed me but it was uite readable and not ornate or istracting but the storytelling was very ham fisted I m glad at least that the story explored both the advantages and the African Literature: Overview and Bibliography disadvantages of being unable to be affected by magic in a world thatepends so heavily on it and I m glad that the author Aliens Rogue Aliens didn tecide to make Princess Annie get transformed into a beautiful girl by magic at the end somehow Oh gosh a wonderful retelling of the old classical tales of Sleeping BeautyAnd refreshing indeed Because the heroine of this book is not Princess Gwennie the Sleeping Beauty herself but her younger sister Princess Annie who is not endowed by the magic but cannot be touch by any good or evil magicIn the kingdom where everything is magical Annie seems to be just a plain character So when somebody cast a spell and everyone in the castle just fall asleep Annie is wide awake Thus the adventure of saving her family falls on her shoulderI love this book because of the retelling of many classical stories has such a twist I see reminiscence of stories from the Princess and the Pea Beauty and the Beast The Frog Prince Rapunzel and Hansel and GretelFYI I was laughing when I know Rapunzel has affair with a married prince and the prince Eşti cool şi dacă vorbeşti corect defended that Rapunzel has never ask about his status or when a prince try to rescue his beloved but finds that the princess is actually enjoying her time with a beastThere is also hygienic issues when Annie complains about the 22 mattresses another retelling of the beloved Princess and the Pea since the mattresses has never been washed properly as a test to find a real princessThis Annie is not asainty as her older sister but she can shoot she can ride a horse like a man and she can eat whatever she likesI am liking Annie and feel that she Fall for You deserves a much better family than her royal ones Just because her familyoes not want to stay close to her because her gift is actually viewed as a curse for them when they come near to her their beauty spell might be lost and reveal their true ageHer uest of finding the perfect prince for her sister turns out to be hilarious because she brings not one or two princes but 5 princes she is not taking any chance in case her sister might not wake up This book could have been so awesome But it wasn t It was Money Blues to Blue Money disappointing First of all there is zippo characterevelopment And too many characters All of them felt like cardboard cutouts of people with no real personalities I wish the author had focused on character Facial Action Coding SystemInvestigator's Guide Part 16701 development particularly with Annie Liam Gwen and Beldegard They were the most interesting instead of the action going on in the story Which leads me to my next point At lot happens but very little of it has anything too with the actual plot of finding Gwen s true love They talk to random people and go to random places but little of it has anything to Alchemy for Women do with the main story Too many fairytales are crammed into this one book The author should have stuck with one fairytale Sleeping Beauty and maybe added elements of other fairytales but trying to cram in Sleeping Beauty Hansel and Gretel Snow White the Frog Prince and Rapunzel into one story is not a good idea There is little to no world building I had no idea of what the setting looked like The author spent no time on this Annie s power ruins the story Think about it the only power any of the villains have is magic and not only is Annie immune to any and all magic but she can suck out any magic that the villains have What Annie s power should have been limited to only being resistant to magic and only some magic Otherwise there is no conflictBecause of the absurdity of Annie s power specifically the fact that is has no limits the lack of world building the absolute absence of characterevelopment too many fairytales crammed Into one story and lots of pointless action I give it one star Absolutely Alchemy Martial Supreme disappointing I m sure even 9 11 year olds will beisappointed with this book I m pissed So much potential so poorly executed This was terribly adorable It starts from a pretty simple idea what if Sleeping Beauty had a little sister Wouldn t her parents Nicholas Flamels First Codex do everything in their power to save their next child from her older sister s fate And so Annie becomes literally unenchantable completely immune to all forms of magic Considering how very common magic is in this fairy tale world it follows that young Princess Annie makes many people including her family uncomfortable After all fairy gifts are neutralized around her Gift of beauty Not if Annie s sitting next to you Annie herself is the best thing about this book What happens to a princess pretty much left to her ownevices She becomes smart capable proactive and unwilling to suffer fools gladly Which makes her an excellent candidate to save her family when big sister Gwen really Alien does prick her finger on that spindle Only magic immune Annie gets out of the castle awake and it s up to her to find her sister s true love ueue cross country fairy tale adventures with Annie using her wits and honestly acuired skills to best witches mischievous princes evil fairies and wicked ueens Yes she has a sidekick in prison guard Liam but Annie is very solidly the hero of this story The onlyamsel in istress is Gwen and it s refreshing to read There s a tiny bit of romance but it s very much in the background for much of the story And neither Annie nor Liam let the romance ominate the adventure Also refreshing It isn t a terribly exciting romance but it is just starting At times this book was a little predictable Not enough to really bother me because Annie was nearly as uick to catch on as I was Still it s one of the things that made me think of this as of a middle grade book I still had fun with it and I think that in a few years my niece will have even. Yond the rose covered hedge for help She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awakeBut who is her true love The irritating Digby The happy go lucky Prince Andreas who is holding a contest to find his bride The conniving Clarence whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love.
ED Baker made her international debut in 2002 with The Frog Princess which was a Texas Lone Star Reading List Book A Book Sense Children's Pick a Florida's Sunshine State Readers List pick & a 2006 Sasuatch Book Award nominee The Frog Princess inspired the Disney's Princess and the Frog E D Baker was born in Buffalo New York and spent most of the next eighteen years in the Town of Tonaw