I’ve wanted to add some bonus posts on the weekends for quite awhile. These posts won’t go up on any kind of schedule or be about anything in particular. Most of the time they’ll be for extra book reviews, especially books from my childhood and middle grade fiction. I’ve been wanting to include more reviews for those genres but I know most people won’t be interested in them and I don’t want them to take the place of my midweek book reviews. Feel free to let me know what kind of bonus posts you would be interested in seeing.
Today I’m going to share the book that I credit with really getting me into fantasy, The Seventh Princess by Nick Sullivan. This is a middle grade fiction book. I’m not sure if anybody would really care about spoilers in this kind of review but this will be spoiler free. Let’s get into the synopsis!
Jennifer falls asleep on her bus ride to school and ends up in a beautiful but strange land. There people start bowing to her, calling her Princess Miranda, and catering to her every whim. It seem like a dream come true … until she discovers that the evil Duke Rinaldo has hatched a devilish plot to make her his next victim.
Back in my day, my school had a book fair type event where you could choose one book for free. I believe I was in the fourth grade when I discovered The Seventh Princess at one of those events. The cover and the title immediately drew me in so I snatched it up before one of my grubby classmates could get it. It went on to be one of my favorite and most read books.
As I was reading this book again for the first time as an adult, I was surprised at how good I still found it to be. This is a solid fantasy story. If it was a little more fleshed out and more mature, it could easily be a Young Adult book.
The world building is simple and doesn’t have much depth but you’re still able to get a clear picture of the land of Eladeria. It’s a standard fantasy world filled with royalty and magic but there’s darker elements as well; such as the harpies that have the faces of young girls and the sacrifice that must be made every full moon… I wasn’t exaggerating when I said this could be a YA fantasy and I really wish it was because I want more of this story.
This is one of my most treasured books. If you have any middle grade fiction readers in your life, this would be a great way to introduce them to the fantasy genre. What books from your childhood had an impact on you? Thanks for reading and have a great day!