I LOVE FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS JUST NOT THIS ONEI absolutely love fairy tale retellings and because I haven t ever before come across another Princess and the Pea retelling, I was super excited for this one Sadly, my excitement fell flat WHAT I DISLIKED Unsurprising I don t think there was one single thing that happened in this book, that I hadn t anticipated in some way It was just way to predictable.Flat Really, not a whole lot happened in this book It was such a flat experience the I LOVE FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS JUST NOT THIS ONEI absolutely love fairy tale retellings and because I haven t ever before come across another Princess and the Pea retelling, I was super excited for this one Sadly, my excitement fell flat WHAT I DISLIKED Unsurprising I don t think there was one single thing that happened in this book, that I hadn t anticipated in some way It was just way to predictable.Flat Really, not a whole lot happened in this book It was such a flat experience the ending being the flattest point of all.Alyssa I am an advocate of strong, female characters Sadly, this book only had Alyssa an unassuming, boring heroine who had no character arc to speak of One dark and stormy night, lost and alone, Alyssa finds herself knocking on the door of a castle After a lifetime spent in the deep forest, Alyssa has no idea what to expect on the other side What she finds is two unruly young princesses and one very handsome prince When Alyssa accepts the job of Princess Companion she knows her life will change What she doesn t know is that the royal family is about to be swept up in unexpected danger and intrigue and that she just might be the only thing standing between her kingdom and destruction This retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, reimagines the risks and rewards that come when one royal family goes searching for a true princess Danger and romance await a woodcutter s daughter in a royal palace No matter what your go to genre is, admit it, you still like well told fairytales Here s your chance to enjoy the re telling of The Princess and the Pea, thanks to Melanie Cellier s The Princess Companion In unsettling times, political alliances must be made, but the Queen still wants true love for her son Who knew a dark and stormy night would bring a bedraggled woodcutter s daughter to the castle door Who could have known that strong willed and resourceful girl could change the destiny of h No matter what your go to genre is, admit it, you still like well told fairytales Here s your chance to enjoy the re telling of The Princess and the Pea, thanks to Melanie Cellier s The Princess Companion In unsettling times, political alliances must be made, but the Queen still wants true love for her son Who knew a dark and stormy night would bring a bedraggled woodcutter s daughter to the castle door Who could have known that strong willed and resourceful girl could change the destiny of her kingdom all by sleeping in the most uncomfortable bed, ever Of course she is mindful enough to never mention it and so our tale begins Alyssa, through a chain of events, has assumed the role of Princess Companion to two adorable, although unruly twin Princesses Yet even Alyssa had no idea the impact that the handsome prince would have on her heart, not that she would even be considered to be his queen Follow along as Melanie Cellier weaves a tale of magic, intrigue, young love and danger as one princess after another is paraded before the court Some will prove great allies while others may have their own brand of deceit that will put everyone in danger It may be up to one woodcutter s daughter and the alliances she has formed to try to save the day, even though it may be too late to save her heart from breaking Completely entertaining, magical and told in the true sense of great fairytales, Melanie Cellier has brought our childhood fantasies back to life with a fresh take, strong characters and one hard headed, intelligent girl with a heart of gold I received this copy from the author, Melanie Cellier in exchange for my honest review.Series The Four Kingdoms Book 1Publisher Luminant Publications Publication Date January 2, 2016Genre YA fantasyPrint Length 244 pagesAvailable from For Reviews More I have started another series Guys, I think I have a problem The afterlife is just an endless room full of books right Because that will be the only way for me to catch up on all the books I want to read So this new series is called The Four Kingdoms by Melanie Cellier The first book is The Princess Companion A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea The book introduces Alyssa, a woodcutter s daughter She gets lost in the woods during the storm and finds herself at the castle and begging f I have started another series Guys, I think I have a problem The afterlife is just an endless room full of books right Because that will be the only way for me to catch up on all the books I want to read So this new series is called The Four Kingdoms by Melanie Cellier The first book is The Princess Companion A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea The book introduces Alyssa, a woodcutter s daughter She gets lost in the woods during the storm and finds herself at the castle and begging for shelter This night would change her life Turns out, she is great with the twin princesses, Sophie and Lilly The King and Queen make her their companion since they tend to cause a little mischief However, it is their older brother, Max that keeps Alyssa distracted Alyssa is really wonderful at creating stories Due to a sensitive nervous system, she also has great instincts She uses these instincts to help protect the kingdom but may lose her heart.You all know how much I love fairytale retellings I have not read one inspired by the Princess and the Pea and I really love the creativity that the author took with it There are some moments when the pace is slow and the language a little cheesy However, I really love the characters Alyssa is opinionated and not afraid to speak her mind, even to the Royal Family I love her relationship with Lilly and Sophia These princesses will make an appearance in the spin off series, Beyond the Four Realms The girls struggle with not being close to their family and Alyssa gives them care, love, and teaches them through her stories.There is also a little action that adds an exciting layer to the story There is political intrigue, spies, and betrayal The ending does leave some storylines open since there arebooks in the series Also, do not be fooled Not everyone gets a Happy Ever After I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars I have started another series Guys, I think I have a problem The afterlife is just an endless room full of books right Because that will be the only way for me to catch up on all the books I want to read So this new series is called The Four Kingdoms by Melanie Cellier The first book is The Princess Companion A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea The book introduces Alyssa, a woodcutter s daughter She gets lost in the woods during the storm and finds herself at the castle and begging f I have started another series Guys, I think I have a problem The afterlife is just an endless room full of books right Because that will be the only way for me to catch up on all the books I want to read So this new series is called The Four Kingdoms by Melanie Cellier The first book is The Princess Companion A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea The book introduces Alyssa, a woodcutter s daughter She gets lost in the woods during the storm and finds herself at the castle and begging for shelter This night would change her life Turns out, she is great with the twin princesses, Sophie and Lilly The King and Queen make her their companion since they tend to cause a little mischief However, it is their older brother, Max that keeps Alyssa distracted Alyssa is really wonderful at creating stories Due to a sensitive nervous system, she also has great instincts She uses these instincts to help protect the kingdom but may lose her heart.You all know how much I love fairytale retellings I have not read one inspired by the Princess and the Pea and I really love the creativity that the author took with it There are some moments when the pace is slow and the language a little cheesy However, I really love the characters Alyssa is opinionated and not afraid to speak her mind, even to the Royal Family I love her relationship with Lilly and Sophia These princesses will make an appearance in the spin off series, Beyond the Four Realms The girls struggle with not being close to their family and Alyssa gives them care, love, and teaches them through her stories.There is also a little action that adds an exciting layer to the story There is political intrigue, spies, and betrayal The ending does leave some storylines open since there arebooks in the series Also, do not be fooled Not everyone gets a Happy Ever After I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars Source received an e book copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.thanks to author Melanie CellierActual Rating 3.5 stars a nice well told retelling of the princess and the pea with some subsided retelling of cinderella story which was a bit different and i really did enjoy reading it.the whole book is nice and it gave me warm fuzzies the story of alyssa who lost her way in the forest then found her self in front of the royal winter castle the plot progresses and she is assig Source received an e book copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.thanks to author Melanie CellierActual Rating 3.5 stars a nice well told retelling of the princess and the pea with some subsided retelling of cinderella story which was a bit different and i really did enjoy reading it.the whole book is nice and it gave me warm fuzzies the story of alyssa who lost her way in the forest then found her self in front of the royal winter castle the plot progresses and she is assigned the princess companion of the twin princesses.i liked alyssa , she is nice and smart and she can read people well.through all that there is also Max , prince maximilian ,who was an okay character.and as the pea thing seemed a bit forgotten and it didnt affect the main story line , i think it wasof fairy tale of its own than a re telling but above ALL THAT there was this secondary re telling of cindrella , the queen s story which i really liked.someone would say , who can think of a life like that for cindrella who can expect after the And They Lived Happily Ever After sentence we watched dozens of times in the Disney movie I Did.this insta love thing was never comfortable for my perception even as a child.i always thought who knows what if he hates mouses while she loves them Yeah dont look me this way XD I was but a child by then.so with this re telling i felt Sad , but i also felt like someone is respecting this one unconsidered possibility.all in all , it was pretty nice light read Downloaded for free from.co.uk This was a fairy tale retelling of The Princess and the Pea.Alyssa was an okay character, and she seemed fairly resourceful and able to turn her hand to anything She was also quick to remind people that she wasn t a princess and didn t deserve special treatment.The storyline in this was about Alyssa going to a castle for shelter when lost in the woods, and ending up getting a job there as a companion to the two young princesses, while the King and Queen ha Downloaded for free from.co.uk This was a fairy tale retelling of The Princess and the Pea.Alyssa was an okay character, and she seemed fairly resourceful and able to turn her hand to anything She was also quick to remind people that she wasn t a princess and didn t deserve special treatment.The storyline in this was about Alyssa going to a castle for shelter when lost in the woods, and ending up getting a job there as a companion to the two young princesses, while the King and Queen had various princesses visiting in an attempt to find a bride for their son Prince Max The pace in this was quite slow though, and the whole pea storyline did seem to get forgotten a bit.The ending to this was okay, although it seemed to take a long while to get there We did eventually get back to the Princess and the Pea storyline though.6 out of 10 Adorably cheesy and I loved it Sometimes you just need a simple fairytale story with an enormously happy ending. Excellent story definitely skipped out on a few hours of homework to read this.Favorite characters Princess Marie Princesses Lily and Sophia I hear there s a story about them in the next series which I m hypeddd for Wish we could ve dived deeper into Max, though I feel like I didn t really get to know much about him beyond the bare essentials oh and Felix and Nate and Harrison yessss Ehhhhhh shrug so here s the truth of it this is a fun read, and if you judge books by enjoyment, you ll probably love this one maybe the rest of the series too It s an easy, light read There s romance There are obvious villains Good triumphs over evil, the guy gets the girl, etc etc You know how it goes This book is exactly what you think it is entertaining and fun I m harsh with ratings, and I think I m pretty up front about it If you like light and fluffy reads from time to time Ehhhhhh shrug so here s the truth of it this is a fun read, and if you judge books by enjoyment, you ll probably love this one maybe the rest of the series too It s an easy, light read There s romance There are obvious villains Good triumphs over evil, the guy gets the girl, etc etc You know how it goes This book is exactly what you think it is entertaining and fun I m harsh with ratings, and I think I m pretty up front about it If you like light and fluffy reads from time to time, this will definitely beyour thing I think stories like this can t really be spoiled because the ending is obvious immediatelybut I guess this will have spoilers if you ve never read a book about a beautiful girl of humble origins who meets a handsome prince Or if you ve never heard the story of the princess and the pea, and a lumpy mattress shocks you, lol Some good stuff first I liked that Alyssa and Max are allowed time to get to know each other in this story Lots of fairytales endorse love at first sight, and I really like that this one not only rejected that, but directly stated that anything immediate isn t love Three cheers for hindsight while I definitely had some issues with Lily and Sophie s characterization, I liked that they still played with dolls and caused trouble and such I ve read some books with the heir s younger siblings being either weak and resentful or mini grown ups, forced to train as some sort of understudy to the heir in case they ever have to play the part The twins were excluded from things 11 year olds shouldn t attend, but they were also just smart kids I m not explaining this well Lol Mathilde She was lovely, and I think the most interesting and complete character in the whole book I do love seeing royals struggling with the burden of responsibility, but I also adore seeing the often undervalued staff doing all the behind the scenes sort of stuff that is just as vital I enjoyed Alyssa s intelligence and wisdom She teaches the twins life lessons through playtime and stories, and it s so clever Even though the girls likely know what she s up to, they at least see the value in her lessons It was nice to see her discover a library and NOT throw herself into romance and classics She begins to study so she can keep up with the dinner conversation She educates herself Lovely And it was so nice to see how much she truly cared about the princesses her position could ve easily been used to impress Max or something, but when Alyssa misses things or has a selfish moment, her first thought is how she failed the twins I LOVED all the bits about studying people s behavior and also trusting instincts about them I m a people watcher and am very rarely fooled It made me identify with Alyssa Dislikes yikes Okay Lack of depth, I ll say Most of the story DRAGGED, even when things were happening I didn t care about visits to the inn So many things served almost no purpose, yet important things are sometimes merely hints There were some political things, but they were quickly resolved Characters sometimes argued but then made up quickly Occasionally, Alyssa did something out of character and it was infuriating And Max legit dropped the I m tired of fighting this line UGH while I did appreciate the longer timeline for love gag , the whole thing with the pea really dragged as well Alyssa shows up in the first chapter or two and sleeps on the super uncomfortable bedshe tells a few people about itbut it doesn t come up plot wise until like TWO pages until the end damn romance focused books Lol I think most books would be better without romance, but on occasion I ll pick up a fluffy retelling or something like this I know romance is kind of the whole point, and that s okay But then it gets into like, unbelievable territory The amount of times Alyssa and Max just so happen to run into each other in a giant castle is silly Everything is oh so convenient And yeah, I know, that s kind of the point and possibly all teen romance shit is like this, but I don t like it The heir to the throne just so happens to have all this free time to engage in intellectual debates and flirty banter DAILY For hours at a time In addition to all his studies and training and court responsibilities and obligations Meh the pace suddenly intensifies at the very end and then everything is resolved easily There s a bit of like oh, two days have gone by and I still haven t solved this but it just seems like everything just so happens to work out And the villains have been carefully plotting since before this story picks up just HAHA they are easily thwarted in favor of our happily ever after eye roll don t tease me with political intrigue if conflicts can be solved with loopholes and whimsy not many characters had depth Things were explained about their pasts, sure, but no one was really complex Max is an ass a few times in the beginning and I still don t know why or why it mattered, but I don t think a few douchey comments build any sort of depth