April 14, 2013

Review #19: Maelyn by Anita Valle (Book 1 of The Nine Princesses Novellas)

Goodreads.com Summary: 
Months later, the king returned home and presented his astonished queen with not one, but nine baby girls. “One from each kingdom I visited,” said the king. “They are orphans.” The queen wept joyously at the row of cradles, each bearing a sleeping infant. After bestowing a kiss on each child’s forehead she said, “Now they are princesses.”

Book 1: Maelyn was not born a princess. The king found her as a child, the lone survivor of a poor village slaughtered by the Red Fever. Suddenly she became a princess of Runa Realm, the first of nine orphans adopted by the king.

By her eighteenth year, Maelyn rules over Runa and a family of nine sisters. But some call the princesses frauds and imposters, a handful of urchins raised into royalty. Even Uncle Jarrod, the High King of Grunwold, seems determined to prove that Maelyn no longer deserves to be a princess. With a family losing faith in her, and a kingdom growing dangerously hostile, even Maelyn begins to wonder if she is truly a real princess. And if her riches will turn to rags once again….


This is a really engrossing YA novella.  I really liked the back story of how the princesses came to be princesses and I really liked the character of Maelyn.   

All nine of the princesses are mentioned, but Maelyn, the oldest, and Coralina, the second eldest, are the two that share the most page-time, if you will.  Uncle Jarrod is a real piece of work.  He has quite the devious plan up his sleeve.   

I like that Maleyn
is intelligent
reads a lot - okay, I love that
takes care of her family
takes care of the  subjects of Runa
is thoughtful and kind

I am interested in reading the second novella in the series, about the second daughter, Coralina.

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  1. This looks so cute-love that there are 9 princesses and that this series will take a look at all of them. Also got to love a girl that reads!

  2. Hm, interesting concept. Have you read The Decoy Princess by Dawn Cook? Kind of a similar premise.

  3. Stumbled upon this. Thanks for the nice review of my book. Very kind of you. :D -Anita Valle


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