Princess Madeline Book Blast and Giveaway

18 Dec

Today’s book review is for The Escape of Princess Madeline, by Kirstin Pulioff, published by Caliburn Books. The review is being posted as part of a book blast organized by Mother Daughter Book Promotion Services. I received free electronic copies of the books from the tour organizer so that I could write honest reviews. Next month I will be participating in a blog tour for the third book in the trilogy, so keep watching my blog.

About the Book

The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin PulioffTitle: The Escape of Princess Madeline (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #1) Author: Kirstin Pulioff Publication Date: November 4, 2012 Publisher: Caliburn Books Number of pages: 138 Recommended age: 10+

Summary: The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom… a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.

Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture, her Knight Champion is eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors are determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces in the hunt to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure full of twists and turns as she tries to find her freedom and answers to her questions about life and love.

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My Review

I was interested in the series, because I love books that feature strong, determined heroines. Pulioff delivered. Princess Madeline is a fun character. She’s got her own ideas on what she wants out of life and she’s not going to let her father (or anyone else) tell her what to do. However, like a typical teenager, she doesn’t always think things through. When she decides to leave the castle she is ill-prepared for life outside the walls. She gives away all of her gold almost immediately. She doesn’t know how to find food efficiently. She can’t really build a fire on her own. And she doesn’t even know how to defend herself. This short-sightedness was one of the things that made me like Princess Madeline so much. A lot of heroines end up being so amazing that they’re almost unbelievable. On the other hand, I think that middle grade readers will be able to relate to Princess Madeline–while recognizing all of her flaws.

The plot was fairly basic, but appropriate for middle grade readers. I think it has just the right amount of action, intrigue and romance to keep tweens interested without getting bogged down in too many details. The pacing is great. The story keeps moving forward, even when the characters are having internal monologues.

My primary complaint was that the editing was pretty sloppy. There were a lot of typos in the text and a couple of sticky grammar points. Hopefully these issues will be corrected in new editions. Even though they didn’t ruin the book for me, there were enough that it distracted me at times. I wasn’t sold on the insta-love element, either. But love at first sight is a fairly common trope in fairy tales and fantasy, so I was able to accept it for what it was.

Other than that, it’s a good middle grades fantasy adventure. There are balls and tournaments and wizards and bandits–all the things that make fantasy fun. There’s also some great foreshadowing for the future books in the series. I’m particularly curious about what role the wizards will play, and what it was that Princess Madeline’s mother “sacrificed” herself for. If you have a middle grader who is looking to escape into a medieval-style fantasy, this 4 star book is certainly worth consideration.

You can find more information about this book, including other reviews, at Goodreads.

About the Other Books

The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin PulioffTitle: The Battle for Princess Madeline (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #2) Author: Kirstin Pulioff Publication Date: May 21, 2013 Publisher: Caliburn Books Number of pages: 159 Recommended age: 10+

Summary: The Kingdom of Soron bustled with activity as preparations for the Fall Festival began. Lively merchants, hardworking farmers, and musicians eagerly awaited this event of harvest and joy. This year’s festival was even more important; it was to celebrate Princess Madeline’s betrothal to her knight champion, Daniel. Celebration quickly turns to disaster, though, as Prince Paulsen returns with curious demands: either Princess Madeline will be his, or no ones’. Rejection turns to obsession and battle is declared.

In a tense struggle to decide her future, Princess Madeline must choose where to put her trust… in the king’s tried and true plan, the wizards’ cryptic messages and maps, or her own sense of bravery. Follow Princess Madeline on this adventure as she battles evil in an attempt to create a future of love and magic.

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Princess Madeline and the Dragon by Kirstin PulioffTitle: Princess Madeline and the Dragon (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #3) Author: Kirstin Pulioff Publication Date: November 26, 2013 Publisher: Caliburn Books Number of pages: 135 Recommended age: 10+

Summary: After a season of battle and rebuilding, the Kingdom of Soron is exhausted. With the return of the exiled wizards, the Spring Faire, and her upcoming wedding, Princess Madeline is looking forward to a peaceful season of celebration. When the mysterious green dragon reappears, threatening the kingdom and the king, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden won’t rest for long. Faced with this incredible new danger, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden must find a way to lead their kingdom and secure their future. Can they find the answers hidden within their mother’s cryptic messages from the past, or will the dragon destroy everything they hold dear? Follow Princess Madeline as she embarks on a dangerous new adventure to save her kingdom and her family.

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About the Author: Kirstin Pulioff

Kirstin Pulioff

Kirstin Pulioff

Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids and church.

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