Maelyn is the first book in a series about nine princesses by Anita Valle. I was looking for something short and sweet, plus for the added bonus it was free on Amazon. I took a look at the blurb and decided that I might as well give it a try, I had nothing to lose. Instead I felt a slight connection to our first princess, Maelyn,
Here is the blurb;
Is Maelyn a real princess? Or a royal mistake?
Maelyn was not born a princess. The king found her as a child, the lone survivor of a poor village slaughtered by the 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….
The plot – You know what, I enjoyed it. Find me a little girl who when she was younger didn’t wish or dream that she was a princess. I’ll admit, I had those dreams, sometimes when I’m reading I still get those thoughts and try to imagine what it would be like. I think about it and want to trade places with the characters in the book. I wouldn’t say it was an original plot, a peasant girl becoming a princess, but that isn’t all that there it to the story.
The characters – I felt a connection to Maelyn, and her love of books. I loved that. Sure it could have been a bit more detailed, and even though I was only looking for a short read I actually wished that it was longer so that I could have gotten to know her a bit better. I don’t know all her likes and dislikes, and that is such a shame for me. Yet I still have that strange connection, something that I have found rare with books these days.
The ending – It was an okay ended, but could have been better. Obviously I know that it is part of a collection, and the other books are new stories with the other princesses, but I felt that it could have been a bit more… BAM! It was a crack and a fizzle, not a big spectacular bang to make me want to go out and buy the next book right away. That’s a disappointment.
Overall I did enjoy this book, and I would recommend it if you are looking for something short and sweet (I read it in less than an hour actual reading time). It has that little bit of excitement and adventure, but it is an easy read, not something that is going to suck on your very heart and soul. I’m not giving it 5 stars because the ending let me down.
3 out of 5 stars