Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Nine Princesses: Books 1-3 by Anita Valle


Book 1: Maelyn

Maelyn was not born a princess. The king found her as a child, the lone survivor of a poor village slaughtered by 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....

Book 2: Coralina 

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.

Book 3: Heidel 

Heidel never wanted to be a cookie-cutter princess. She isn’t graceful. She isn’t sweet. She isn’t even skinny! Heidel would much rather cook than curtsy; is more interested in eating than etiquette.

My Review: 3.5 Stars

Book 1:

Maelyn is the oldest of nine sisters that were taken in by the king and queen after everyone in their villages were killed by Red Fever. They have all grown up as princesses but when the king and queen die they are left to take care of themselves and their kingdom. Some see them as impostors or fake princesses while others are loyal to them. Their Uncle Jarrod has never liked them and is bound and determined to see each of them put back where they belong... among the peasants.

Maelyn has to be strong and has to do whatever she can to keep her family and kingdom together. At times it seems impossible and she doesn't think she can do it but thanks to the handsome Willow she keeps moving forward and knows just what she needs to do.

Book 2:

Can I just say up front that I honestly cannot stand Coralina?! She is shallow, thinks she's better than everyone else and feels she is entitled to anything she wants. I really didn't care much for her in Maelyn. She was just a horrible individual in my opinion.

Coralina thrives on flirting, bringing any attention to herself from any man around her and stealing kisses. When Gord mistakes Prince Luxley for one of the bandits, knocks him out cold and then accidently pushes Coralina into the lake she is bound and determined to make him pay! She devises a plan to make him fall in love with her and then when he does, she's going to crush his heart into a million pieces... because how dare he do such a thing as protect her?! Little does she know her plan is about to backfire in her face.

I'm not going to lie Coralina was not my favorite. While I wanted to feel bad for her, I just had a hard time doing it because she brought a lot of this onto herself. I hope in the books to come that she will really learn and grow from all the many years of using people to get her own way.

Book 3:

While I couldn't really stand Coralina, I absolutely loved Heidel! She was feisty and a bit tough at times but she truly did care for others around her.

Heidel is known as the Kitchen Princess and the Healing Princess. She's not your typical princess. She would rather be cooking in the kitchen then doing "princessy" things. She is a bit on the heavy side and can be sensitive about her weight. Especially when Eravis brings it to her attention. Eravis and Heidel have a love/hate relationship. They love to hate each other! But when little things start to happen, feelings and things change and then before you know it they are both scared and don't know how to move forward. But together they will be able to do what will make them happy... together. Throw in the fact that there is an enemy among them and is out to hurt the 9 princesses and you have an adventure that pulls you in and doesn't let you go.

All in all this is a cute start to the series. I will be probably continue on with the series because there are just too many questions that are left unanswered. Hopefully somewhere along the way Maelyn and Coralina will get their HEA too. 

*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*


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