Friday, March 15, 2013


By Anita Valle

“Would you like to hear the name of the curse that beauty brings?” Nurse Merla asked. But Coco was no longer listening. She fluffed her curls with her small hands and considered which gown she would wear that day. Nurse Merla’s withered fingers settled on her shoulders. “Men,” she whispered.

Coralina Corissa, known as “Coco” to her eight sisters, is the prettiest princess of a hundred kingdoms. And she knows it. Her beauty has always given her anything she wanted…and any man she wanted.

Runa Realm is facing a new threat. Strange bandits, disguised as nobles, are attacking beautiful women to steal their hair. Coralina isn’t concerned. Until Prince Luxley, her favorite (but not only) lover, gets clobbered by a peasant called Gord, who mistakenly assumed the prince was a bandit.

Outraged, Coralina plans to punish the peasant by deliberately breaking his heart. But Gord is nearly blind. For the first time ever, Coralina must rely on more than her looks to ensnare a man. But the harder she flirts, the more Gord seems to hate her. And the more her own heart (and hair) becomes endangered.


This is the second book in the Nine Princesses novella series, and judging by the first book, this was definitely different than I was expecting it to be. It’s about Princess Coralina, who is an extreme flirt who loves making out with just about every attractive man she can find. In result, she’s got a lot of jilted and heart-broken lovers. Funny thing is, she has never had her own heart broken until now. This little novella follows her realization of exactly how much damage she has done to the men of the kingdom and how she finally becomes a better person. It was interesting because it had a little more mature content than the first book, which was innocent and fun more along the lines of Gail Carson Levine, but this one is different. The tone changed and it wasn’t as fun for me to read because the innocent magic was taken away by the heroine’s promiscuity that hinted at being everything but…well you know. I can’t really recommend this one, as I didn’t like how it deviated from the tone of the first book. It’s still good and well written. Just didn’t like where it went in comparison.

I give it a 3 out of 5- average.

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