Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Comic Book Review: Lady Justice

Lady Justice

Free Comic Book Day

by  C.J. Henderson

Date Read:  5/23/16
Rating: ★ 

We picked this up on free comic book day.

So, the first half of this comic was pretty good. I liked the setup of all the people around her getting killed and her wanting justice for them. It made total sense.

But then came the weird inner monologue or something making her come to the dark side of justice. I didn’t get it. It was just super strange to me. And then all of a sudden she could walk??? What in the world? Why does she wear a blindfold??  How did she learn to fight????

This could have been way better than it was. But it fell way short of the small expectations I had.  I feel like they should rewrite this from the point her brothers died and go from there.

I also wasn’t a big fan of the art style either.   And it was a little violent at the end also – but yet not very believable either.  Nothing really won me over with this one…

Friday, May 20, 2016

Children's Book Review: Llama Llama Home with Mama

Llama Llama Home with Mama
by  Anna Dewdney
Date Read:  5/18/2016
Rating: ★ ★ 

This was one of the two books read at storytime at the library today. The theme was about being sick. This is a cute book about llama llama who comes down with a cold. He has to stay home from school and it describes what happens. Then Mama comes down with the cold! Oh no! How does he take care of mama?

The rhyming is pretty cute but the story was just ok. This is a cute series, but this won't be a book that we have to have on our shelves.

Children's Book Review: Sofia the First

Sofia the First
by  Catherine Hapka
Date Read:  5/15/2016
Rating: ★ ★    

We saw this book at the library and had to pick it up. Sofia the First is one of my daughter's favorite characters and TV shows. We're currently watching the whole series on Netflix to watch in the episodes in order - we usually catch episodes on Disney channel but they're out of order.

I had always wondered how Sofia had gotten her amulet and why she was called Sofia the First. While the TV show does have an episode where Sofia describes the King giving her the amulet as a welcoming gift, I still just felt they needed to tell the story sooner than that.

Well apparently they did - in book version. This book was published several months before the TV show first aired in January 2013. This book tells the story of Sofia coming to live in the castle and learning to get along with her new step-siblings, her step-sister in particular, and struggling to fit in with Royalty having not been born in that world. At the end of the story, you also find out how the show ended up being called Sofia the First.

If you picked this book up hoping for a more thorough plot, I could understand you being disappointed. While it does show growth between Sofia and Amber's sister relationship, there isn't a whole lot else. However, if you're reading this knowing it is the set up for the premise of the TV show, I think you'll be happy like my daughter and I were.

If your child likes Sofia, this book won't disappoint.

Children's Book Review: The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit
by  Drew Daywalt
Date Read:  5/16/2016
Rating: ★ ★    

I absolutely loved this book. I've seen it once or twice before and stumbled upon it a couple of weeks ago. We found it at the library and finally read it last night. It had sounded like such a cute book so I was worried whether it would be as good as my expectations.

It definitely was! This was such a cute book. Duncan's crayons go on strike for various reasons. Each crayon has it's own personality and it's own beef with Duncan. Each color writes a letter to him about what he's frustrated about. Some of them were pretty funny. Accompanying each letter are pictures of the things he generally colors with that specific color (green frogs, purple dinos, red apples, etc) or how they wish he would color with them (black beach ball, pink cowboy, etc). There had to have been at least 10 different colors included in this story. It's a great way for kids to learn their colors and also learn what types of things are those colors.

At the end of the story, Duncan finds a way to please all his crayons and there is a huge two page spread of a drawing by Duncan. It was so much fun.

BTW: Yellow is right and Orange is wrong in their argument! lol

We can't wait to read the second book, The Day the Crayons Came Home.

Children's Book Review: The Day the Crayons Came Home

The Day the Crayons Came Home
by  Drew Daywalt
Date Read:  5/19/2016
Rating: ★ ★    

I actually liked this one even better that the first book, The Day the Crayons Quit! This one was even funnier because of all the strange situations these lost crayons found themselves in. Esteban the Magnificent (formally known as Pea Green) was really funny.

I liked that he got several postcards from the same crayon in this book. You really followed their story - like Neon Red crayon who was very very confused with her geography. And Esteban who runs away, but can't get out the door.

My husband and I found ourselves laughing out loud several times throughout this book. Most of it went over our 1.5 year old daughter's head, but she really liked the pictures. I thought the format with the postcards was really cute too. And of course Duncan has another brilliant idea to help his lost crayons.

The story still has pictures accompanying each postcard. The pictures are either drawn like Duncan drew them, or they have photographs of them in their current location. This again is a great way to help kids learn their colors and this one actually has some geography too!

FYI: We couldn't get the glow in the dark page to work. The actual crayon itself lit up a little bit, but the drawings didn't glow at all. It's in the middle of the book, so you don't really have enough time to get enough light on the page. My daughter wasn't going to sit there for 5 minutes while we just waited... cool idea though.

These are two books I definitely need to have on my bookshelf!

Children's Book Review: God Gave Us You

God Gave Us You
by  Lisa Tawn Bergren
Date Read:  112/16/2014
Rating: ★ ★    

This is a really sweet board book to read to your little ones. The book is a bit small to keep my 3 month old's attention, but the story is sweet. Would be a perfect gift for a baptism.

Children's Book Review: Fox in Socks

Fox in Socks
by  Dr. Seuss
Date Read:  1/2015
Rating: ★ ★  

This was a fun book. My mouth and brain were tired at the end from all the tongue twisters. Some were a lot easier for me to say than others. The pictures held my 3.5 month old's attention for a little while. I can see this one being fun to read to my daughter as she gets older and can laugh at me trying to say it all.

Children's Book Review: Mister Seahorse

Mister Seahorse
by  Eric Carle
Date Read:  11/2014
Rating: ★ ★     

My 2.5 month old loved this book! The book itself is big so it encompasses her vision right now so she isn't distracted by something else. But the bright colors on the pages were the biggest draw for her. I've loved this story since I was little because it shows dads being participants in raising their children. My 2.5 month old babbled and stared at the book the whole time. Great children's book.

Children's Book Review: The Very Quiet Cricket

They Very Quiet Cricket
by  Eric Carle
Date Read:  11/2014
Rating: ★ ★     

This is another book that did fairy well keeping my 2.5 month old's attention. I think the size of the book and pictures are the main factors for that. It's also not too wordy so I turn the page often so she doesn't get bored. Our favorite part was at the end with the actual cricket noise.

Comic Book Review: Lady Michanika #0

Lady Michanika

Free Comic Book Day 2016

by  Joe Benitez

Date Read:  5/19/16
Rating: ★ 

I have the Free Comic Book Day version of this.  I was a little skeptical at the beginning because I wasn’t a fan of the way Mechanika is drawn – she looks even more exaggerated than Barbie with her tiny waist, big hips and big boobs.  But once I started reading I sort of enjoyed it.

There were definitely some flaws that I didn’t like – for instance the fact that she was hunting this “devil” and as soon as he said “oh ok, I don’t want you to kill me” she made friends with him immediately.  That was not very believable. I did like him, but I just didn’t think she should trust him so quickly.

I liked the era and style. I really enjoy steampunk and clockwork art. I liked the outfits that most of the characters wore. The last little excerpt we are given has a beautiful boarded around some of the images giving it a Victorian feel. And I loved the design of the clockwork bird at the beginning of it.

There were some pages that were just cluttered with text - it's hard to keep looking at the pictures while reading where there is that much text. There were a couple pages that it was hard to follow the dialogue to know which direction you were supposed to read. The reader is given some info and of course not enough info all at the same time. I enjoyed it enough – I just can’t decide if I enjoyed it enough to actually go pick up the rest of the comics…

I’m undecided on this one. I’m glad we picked it up on Free Comic Book Day though.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Comic Book Review: Avatarex (FCBD 2016)

Avatarex: Destroyer of Darkness

Free Comic Book Day 2016

by  Grant Morrison

Date Read:  5/17/16
Rating: ★ 

This was really strange. You hardly get any knowledge from this. The majority of it is just a narrator talking about this warrior that is waking up and how dangerous and deadly he is. Then the guy wakes up and he goes on a talking scene about no one being able to defeat him because he’s all powerful… but then the narrator tells him – oops, too soon, too arrogant, etc, etc. Really??

And that’s where it ends. While the art was actually pretty cool, the story did nothing to get my attention. I will not be continuing this comic series.

Comic Book Review: Legend of Korra (FCBD 2016)

Legend of Korra

Free Comic Book Day 2016

by  Michael Dante DiMartino
Date Read:  5/18/16
Rating: ★ 
★ ★ ★  

O.M.G. I was sooo happy to pick this comic up at Free Comic Book Day 2016.  I’m an avid Avatar fan, and really enjoyed Korra also --- AND it had a How to Train your Dragon comic too!!

This comic actually had 3 short stories included in it: Korra, How to Train Your Dragon, and Plants vs Zombies. I was really excited about two of them.

Korra – This story is about how Korra meets Naga.  Korra is just a little girl and has such attitude and wants to be able to do everything already. It’s sweet – I like seeing the young side of Korra and of course baby Naga!!  Very well written and the art is just like the TV series. Very well done.  Very happy with this one.

How to Train Your Dragon – This story is from the movie world and occurs after the events of the second movie.  Our Viking heroes are trapped in a cave thanks to Toothless accidentally caving them in. They’re preparing for a battle with the creatures outside and all start telling Stoic stories. I think my favorite was Astrid’s.  It brings back all the feels. I really enjoyed this story too.  Once I finish the actual book series, I am pretty sure I will watch the tv show episodes and pick up the comics. This franchise is bigger than I thought it was. Very good comic.

Plant vs. Zombies – Umm… I don’t even know what to say. I read it. But I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t even know what it was about. Apparently it used to be an old computer game?  I’ve never even heard of it. The art was really strange and not very appealing. I’m glad it was only a couple pages long.  I wish this had been left out of this because the other two were great. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Comic Book Review: Junior Braves of the Apocalypse

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse

Free Comic Book Day 2016

by  Greg Smith, Michael Tanner
Date Read:  5/16/16
Rating: ★  

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story. I’m not usually a fan of zombie stories. I do have quite a few questions about how they went on a camping trip and missed whatever catastrophe happened in their town.

There is a lot of fighting for their lives in this section of the book, but it was hard to follow because you didn’t know the names of any of the characters. You didn’t get attached to any of them prior to the zombie fight. Therefore, when one of the kids is pulled out of a window by a zombie, the reader has no response to that.

This just didn’t do it for me. I’m grateful for having the chance to try it out for free from Free Comic Book Day 2016, but it just made me glad I didn’t pay money to get a taste of this. Perhaps if you enjoy zombies you might give it more of a shot than I did…but I just didn’t enjoy it.

Comic Book Review: Spectrum (FCBD 2016)


Free Comic Book Day 2016

by  Alan Tudyk, PJ Haarsma
Date Read:  5/15/16
Rating: ★ ★ 

So the premise of this comic sounds interesting.  There is a really long introduction explaining about what has happened in the past leading up to the current story. It’s literally a full page of text on the inside of the cover.

It’s pretty short once it gets going. Basically Captain Raaker is contacted to go investigate way only one of the monolith didn’t open and let out aliens. The reader is shown that he has a daughter who misses him and wants him to come home but he can’t. The world needs him now.

Then it switches to showing this strange young girl appears and tells Raaker to find her. You have no idea who she is. Apparently she has a pretty cool power to either kill people  or bend them to her will. She is called the Scion, though we have no idea what that means. We just know that bad guys want to find her – probably to use her powers for bad.

That’s basically where it ends. I have no idea what the connection to Raaker will be. It seems like a little too short of a glimpse in this world. I feel like I got a taste, but I’m just not sure I got hooked enough to pick up the series. It sounds interesting, but it just didn’t quite grab me. Perhaps if I had gotten just a little bit more to get attached to either character, I would maybe pick up the series.

Something that was interesting to me though was that Alan Tudyk is part of the creative team... when I have nothing else to read, perhaps this would be worth picking up.

Book Review: Demigods and Magicians

Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes
by  Rick Riordan
Date Read:  5/16/16
Rating: ★ ★ 

I am going to review this book in pieces for each short story.  Originally these short stories were only released in ebook format. We held out for a compilation printed version and it finally came!

The Son of Sobek ★    
This is the story about Percy, a Greek demigod,  meeting Carter, an Egyptian magician.  Neither one knows the other exists until a mysterious giant crocodile starts wreaking havoc.  It is told from Carter’s POV.  This one was the most boring to me. There were a lot of misunderstandings, with Carter constantly thinking Percy was crazy. I get that that would likely be the real though process, but since I, the reader, am aware of both of them, it got old really fast. Plus, Carter has just always been the most boring character that Riordan has written.  I did enjoy the battle when Percy and Carter joined forces to fight the crocodile in the subdivision.

The Staff of Serapis ★ ★    
This story is about Annabeth, a Greek demigod (and Percy’s girlfriend), meeting Sadie, an Egyptian magician (and Carter’s sister).  It is told from Annabeth’s POV.  The girls run in to each other after this strange 2 headed monsters tries to merge with its third head.  They discover that it’s Serapis trying to build a lighthouse. They have to work together to defeat Serapis by destroying his staff. This is where we get a glimpse into what happens when you merge Egyptian magic with Greek powers.  The girls exchange numbers so that they can keep in touch in case they ever need each other again.  I enjoyed this one more because Sadie is a lot more enjoyable than Carter.

The Crown of Ptolemy ★ ★      
This is the longest of the 3 stories.  This is the story about the evil magician, Setne, trying to become a God by mixing Greek and Egyptian magic together.  Percy and Annabeth have to enlist the help of Carter and Sadie in order to defeat him.  This whole story is basically one big battle scene.  It moved along quickly and since all the introductions and such were over, it was much more enjoyable. But I also think this was the best book because it was told from Percy’s POV.   Percy’s humorous and snarky personality is so much fun to read.  The teens realize that they need to mix their magic in order to defeat Setne at his own game.  In the middle of this story there are also several colored images of the teens and certain scenes. While I enjoyed them, I felt that movie Percy is better looking than book illustration Percy...and Carter was pretty creepy looking in his solo pic.

Overall this was a great crossover mini-series. I hope we get to see another glimpse of them working together.  Or a hint of seeing them in some of the other books. The Kane Chronicles aren’t my favorite books that Riordan has written, it was still fun to see the two worlds learn about each other and work together for a common goal.

This printed version also included a sneak peek chapter from both the first Magnus Chase book and the first Trials of Apollo book.  I didn’t read either. I’ve already read the Magnus Chase book, and I have Trials of Apollo sitting on my bookshelf. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Comic Book Review: Suicide Squad, Volume 1

Suicide Squad: Vol 1: Kicked in the Teeth

Free Comic Book Day 2016

by  Adam Glass
Date Read:  5/13/16
Rating: ★ ★ 
★ ★

I really enjoyed the Suicide Squad.  Going in to this, I have very little knowledge of the Suicide Squad – most of it being from the brief part in the TV show Arrow and the previews of the new movie coming out. We picked this up for free on Free Comic Book Day 2016.

This comic is a very brief introduction to the Suicide Squad. It’s a perfect place to start for us newbies to the squad. It gives a little bit of background about how each member was arrested and then recruited to the team.  I thought it was done really well and left you wanting more.

I am aware of Amanda Waller from Arrow and I’ve never liked her there. So it didn’t surprise me when I didn’t like her at the end of this comic either. This actually made me want to look for more comics about the Suicide Squad.  I’m pretty sure that was the goal of Free Comic Book day – to get people interested in the comics…. And it did exactly that!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Comic Book Review: Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64

Serenity: Firefly Class 03--K64

Free Comic Book Day 2016

by  Chris Roberson
Date Read:  5/12/16
Rating: ★ ★ 

Well, I have to say I was disappointed in this. I was hoping for a story from the Firefly or Serenity stories…but instead it was just River telling a “bedtime story” with some strange twists to a Zoe’s baby.  I haven’t actually watched Serenity yet (we own it but haven’t watched it), though I know they killed off a lot of the characters, so perhaps I would have liked it more if I’d watched that. I believe it probably shows a quick snapshot in a twisted version of Zoe and Walsh’s relationship.  But it wasn’t even a real story. It was just a couple pages long...  I was not impressed and was very disappointed.

There was also a very short Hellboy comic as well. Again, I can hardly call it a comic. It was only a few pages long and barely had a plot. I really had no idea what was going on.

It ALSO included a short Aliens story also, which I read, but had no idea what was going on. Perhaps if you’re a fan of Aliens or have read the comics it would make more sense to you.

This was overall a very disappointing grab for me.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Comic Book Review: Harley Quinn Futures End

Harley Quinn Futures End
by  Amanda Connor
Date Read:  5/11/16
Rating: ★ ★ 
★ ★ 

I am really surprised how much I enjoyed this comic book. I've never been a fan of Harley Quinn - but honestly I never really followed comics much. I just was never a fan of her outfits and such. Now that I've started learning more about her background and reading her stories to see her personality...I'm actually starting to like her.

This one was pretty funny. It follows Harley on her way to the Bahamas but, unfortunately, the plane crashes. My favorite part was when she finds a Volleyball and tries to name him "Wilson", but says,
"No, too obvious". HAHA.  Perhaps this will go right over the heads of younger readers who have never seen the movie Castaway, but we 30 somethings will love it!

She runs in to a group of natives who recognize her as their queen and bring her to their King. Joker is a total jerk to her (which sounds like is par for the course), but she stands up for herself in this one. I liked that. The colors and style of the art was nice. I really liked everything about it.

This is a great way to start getting introduced to Harley Quinn because it's basically a completely separate storyline - being 5 years in the future. That means that we beginners won't get lost in a bunch of history we don't know. I really loved it.

And I loved the holographic cover!!

We picked this up for free from Free Comic Book Day 2016 and I super happy about it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Comic Book Review: Harley Quinn: Hot in the City

Harley Quinn: Hot in the City

Halloween Comic Fest 2015

by  Conner Palmiotti, Hardin Sinclair
Date Read:  5/10/16
Rating: ★ ★ 
★ ★ 

I've never read a Harley Quinn comic book. To be honest, I've never really liked her just based on her usually "slutty" look. I realize that comics are geared toward men, so the characters are going to be like a male fantasy... and that's just not my style. But my husband likes the story behind Harley Quinn so we picked up a couple of them at Free Comic Book Day 2016.

This is a Halloween version released during Halloween Comic Fest, although, I didn't really see any connection to Halloween. I surprisingly liked the story. My favorite parts where when she saw the dog's sad face and she cried and when she sand "The Hills are Alive..." haha. I liked seeing her work to get what she wanted though. She's not completely crazy. And roller derby seems perfect for her! Ha.

I'm interested to read a couple more of the Harley Quinn comics that we picked up to see how they are. Maybe I'll start liking her a little more.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Book Review: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword (#9)

How to Steal a Dragon's Sword (#9)
by  Cressida Cowell
Date Read:  5/5/16
Rating: ★ ★ 

This story threw me for a loop. I did not expect the dragon rebellion and war to start now. There are still 3 books left in the series!!

This series is really starting to move now. I like that things aren’t explicitly stated throughout the series. You don’t even realize how many items Hiccup had collected throughout the first 8 books, but when you go back to think about it, he did.

It’s really hard for me to write a review about this book – I’m not sure why. Part of it is because I actually finished it last week and I had a big gaping month break in the middle of it –  part of it is because it’s just so good it’s hard to pick what I really like about it. I know that I really enjoy Hiccup and Kamikaze. Fish Legs is just kind of there – but he’s so loyal it’s hard to not like him. He’s the only one who stood up for Hiccup.

I also really liked the Woodensfang (spelling? I listened to this as an audiobook so I’m unsure of the spelling). I like that it shows another small dragon of Toothless’ size, but he’s so wise. Hiccup is starting to build his own little dragon army – awe.

We also learn about the Red Rage in this book – likely where the idea for the Alpha mind control from the second movie came from. It’s an interesting idea really – and it really shows how unloyal the dragons were to the other humans.

I think my favorite part was the sword fighting competition at the end of the end of the book. Hiccup’s final challenger creates some strong emotions here.

The ending is pretty crazy – a lot of power shifts - and you’re left wondering what is going to happen to everyone – and how in the world are there 3 more books??? This should get pretty interesting. Can’t wait to keep listening.

BTW: I just need to say how amazing David Tennent is as the narrator of these books, again!

Comic Book Review: The All-New All-Different Avengers / The Uncanny Inhumans

The All-New All-Different Avengers / The Uncanny Inhumans

Free Comic Book Day 2015

by  Mark Waid, Charles Soule, Mahmud Asrar (Illustrator), Brandon Peterson (Illustrator), Jerome OpeƱa (Illustrator), Nick Bradshaw (Illustrator)
Date Read:  5/9/16
Rating: ★ ★

I did not realize that this was “all-new, all-different” Avengers prior to reading it. I found myself very confused.  Sure, there was Ironman, Captain America, and Thor in it…… but it was Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, or male Thor.  Thor was a female. And Spiderman had invisibility powers?????

Perhaps if I had known going in that it wasn’t the current Avengers I would have enjoyed this more. There wasn’t a whole lot to this story – it was very short. There were actually two comics included in this – “The Avengers” and the “Uncanny Inhumans”.  Like I said, I was mostly lost. Since I am not a huge reader of all the comic books, I didn’t get excited about it. I was just confused. While I know these are created for the big comic nerds, it just fell flat for me.

The Uncanny Inhumnas was really hard to follow. I think both of these comics were meant only to be essentially a trailer. Just enough info for those who care, but not enough info for those who aren't involved in the series.  A little disappointed that this is really just an ad rather than a real comic.

I also discovered when I went to add it to my goodreads log, that this is actually from last year’s Free Comic Book Day.  Which is fine for me because I didn’t go last year….I just hope I actually got something from this year in my stack…

If you’re a comic nerd, you should definitely keep an eye out for this event next year. We hit up 4 different comic book stores and while they all had a lot of the same ones (the 2016 releases), some had some from previous events left over, and another appeared to just be moving out some of their old stock.  So we got a pretty good selection

Comic Book Review: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Special Edition (2014-) #1

Legends of the Dark Knight Special Edition (2014-) #1

Halloween Comic Fest 2014

by  Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
Date Read:  5/10/16
Rating: ★ ★ 
★ ★ 

I haven’t really read any of the Batman comics. We picked this up for free on Free Comic Book Day this past weekend. We thought it was odd that this comic store had so many Halloween comics, but when I looked closely, it appears there is a Halloween Comic Fest – which this was a part of.

I really enjoyed this story. I am fairly aware of who Scarecrow is from the Dark Knight movies and Gotham, tv show. I thought the comic did it really well drawing the fear that people see. I’m not sure how Batman didn’t inhale the gas. Good lungs, I guess?

Obviously this was way too short. But it was enough to make me want to read the graphic novels. My husband owns several of them, so I plan to pick them up in the next month or two, once we’ve read all our free comics!

If you’re a comic nerd, you should definitely keep an eye out for this event next year. We hit up 4 different comic book stores and while they all had a lot of the same ones (the 2016 releases), some had some from previous events left over, and another appeared to just be moving out some of their old stock.  So we got a pretty good selection.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book Review: The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes #1)

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
by  Christopher Healy
Date Read:  5/3/16
Rating: ★ ★ 
★ ★ ★ 

I had been looking for something else to listen to for my portion of my commute to work that I drive without carpooling. I like the more middle grade books because you don’t have to pay as close attention to them to keep up with the plot or catch key hints.

I am soo glad I listened to this one. This story was so much fun! Everything was great – from the concept of the story (fairy tale twists), to the writing (humorous), to the narrator.  I absolutely loved the twists on the fairy tales used in this book. The four tales that are used are: Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. Each of the princes in these stories are separated from their princess for various reasons and bitter about the town bards (singers) who turned the story around and didn’t even use their name – they are only known as “Prince Charming”. They end up running in to each other and decide to become real heroes.

This story was told with a lot of humor in it. It kept the story light-hearted.  I found myself either laughing or smiling throughout much of this book. I felt it was a bit longer than it needed to be, but overall I still give it 5 stars. I really enjoyed it. Each prince had his own flaws and as the story unfolds you see how these princes grow and how they embrace and use each other’s abilities to defeat the bad guys.  

The narrator did a great job. With so many characters it could have been hard to keep them all straight; but he did a good job with creating very distinctly different voices. He even had the princesses voices be similar to their prince so you could keep track of who was who’s prince.

This is a great book to listen to in the car because it’s light and funny – I can get crabby sitting in rush hour traffic, but I never noticed while I was listening to this story. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a light, funny read – especially if you love fairy tales like I do. I can’t wait to listen to the next in the series and see what is in store from our League of Princes!
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