Sunday, October 14, 2018
Once Upon a Princess, by Christine Marciniak
What I had expected to be a comedy (a la Princess Diaries, but in reverse) turns out to be a rather depressing story about a girl watching her family and her legacy coming undone. In that light, Fritzi's attempts to save her kingdom come off as more desperation than fun. And the usual troubles making new friends, dealing with teachers, and battling with the local Queen Bee get largely lost in the serious stuff. And when the ending turns violent and Fritzi finds herself in mortal danger, the author has basically painted herself into a corner. It all seemed too much! So, not really funny or sweet enough to be the story I hoped for, and certainly not heavyweight enough to be anything else.