Synopsis provided by the Author:
Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.
All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.
Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.
But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.
A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!
About: Princess of Tyrone is a fiction novel written by Katie Hamstead. It was published on 3/31/16 by Curiosity Quills Press. The genres are fantasy, science fiction, romance, fairy tales, retellings, and young adult. This is book 1 in the Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles and book 2 is expected to be published on 3/14/17 called Myths of Mish. Please see below for more info about the author.
My Experience: I started reading Princess of Tyrone on 1/23/17 and finished it on 1/25/17. This book is an awesome read! It captures me right from the beginning and I just couldn’t put it down. I abandon work and sleep just so I can have extra time to read this book! The characters are amazing and the plot flows smoothly. The writing is easy to read and very captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it to everyone. This book is under hyped and underrated and it shouldn’t be. It will definitely be in the list of my favorite reads of 2017 for sure!
In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Apolline, a yuckah huntress of planet Mish. She lives in the outer perimeter with 3 fairies. She grows up thinking she’s an orphan and accepts her life as is in a small town with drunks and pirates. Everyday the fairies tells her tales about Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. She loves hearing these fairytales. In another point of view, is Prince Allard. The media doesn’t know how he looks like because of an incident that happened when he was younger. His future has already been carved out for him. He knows that he is to rescue a princess by giving her a true love’s kiss to save her from the sorcerer’s curse. He doesn’t know how the princess looks like or what her personalities is because she has been in hiding for her safety from the sorcerer. In this story, the retelling takes place in the galaxy with different planets. Prince Allard lives in planet Oran. Cinderella and her husband known as Queen Cytheria and King Hernan lives in planet Tyrone. The sorcerer Bryanna/Bree lives in Mahkba, a sunless lightless planet.
“Allard! Is that your friend out there?”
“Yes, she locked me in my shuttle–”
“Is she crazy?”
“I need you to help me get her back in here.”
“Oh geez, Allard!” “She’s ballsy, I’ll give her that.” 55%
The twists and turns in this book is fun to read. I like the cleverness of Ashlan, one of the 3 fairies that helped raise Apolline. I like Apolline’s spunk, witty, clever, brave, and independent personality. Reading about her was so much fun. I also like Prince Allard. His reaction to Apolline’s use of guns is funny. I also like his friends Beau and Nathaniel. The scene in planet of Latveydos with the ogres is so fun to read. Beau’s reactions to Apolline is priceless! I find myself re-reading paragraphs as I read this book because this book is that good! I like it when supporting characters make an impression in the book. The main characters are likable too so it makes this book a total package. I really can’t wait to read book 2 of this series. This book does pull a few tears from me but it was happy tears. The only slight thing I didn’t like from this book are the names. They are so unique that either I can’t pronounce or I can’t remember. I only grasp onto their names as I reach the last few chapters of the book. I’m not a big fan of strange names. This hardly plays a big role so I will definitely be re-reading this book again in the future.
Pro: humor, brave & independent protagonist, witty, page turner, fast paced, retellings, lighthearted, family, friends, twists & turns, couldn’t put down
Con: unique names of places and characters makes it hard to remember
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author:
Katie Hamstead Teller
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush,” and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughters, and their dogs. She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.
(Info obtained from Goodreads. Please click on her name to visit her website and learn more about the author and her books).
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author, Katie Hamstead, for inviting me to read in an exchanged for an honest review.