Source/Format: Won, Hardback
Age Range: Middle Grade
Publisher/Publication Date: Walden Pond Press, April 30, 2013
So many times, the classic fairy tales have been remixed into all sorts of wonderful tales, but not like this. The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle is on a whole other level—it’s hilarious, entertaining, and everything else in-between. Healy did a fantastic job of taking the tales we know and love, and giving them a fresh take that anyone is bound to enjoy. Personally, I loved this book, from the characters, to the setting, and even to the plot. And I haven’t even read the first book yet, but I plan to since I want to know how the whole series started.
In the Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, the Prince Charmings—Liam, Duncan, Fredric, and Gustav—are yet again enveloped in a plot that quickly spirals out of control. After having their reputation’s destroyed, they'd spent the months prior to the start of the story in hiding. I’m not familiar with the characters, which were all different in personality and skill set, but they were well-written and I found their antics entertaining. Briar Rose was just crazy. Healy did a superb job of developing Briar Rose’s character, and inevitably illustrated all of the traits that made her spoiled-rotten.
The plot was really interesting with aspects that I found highly entertaining, as well as hilarious. Almost from the first chapter, the princes are thrust into yet another dangerous, high-stakes adventure. Throughout, there was a lot of character development and lessons learned, but I can’t say anything about it because that would be too big of a spoiler. The end, oh the end, it left me wanting the next one already! From the way it was written, I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen next. In a nutshell, this book was awesome, and I definitely recommend to everyone!
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