Persnickety Princess cover

My Review

The Persnickety Princess is a lower-grade children’s book written by Falcon Storm. My children, a seven-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy, are the perfect age to enjoy this book and enjoy it they did. I read it to myself first, just to familiarize myself with it, and then I read it to my children in the car. I love the word persnickety for some reason and explaining what persnickety meant to my children was fun. They went around telling each other that they were being persnickety all weekend. I wanted to do a video review with the kids but we were on vacation and they wouldn’t sit still long enough to do it.

The story of the Persnickety Princess is told by a Bard (with a capital B) named Upon A. Time (yep, really). He gets caught stealing and spins a yarn to try to get out of trouble. He tells the story of Lavender, a persnickety princess, that has been in a tower waiting to be rescued by her handsome prince. She is the one who put herself in the tower, hired a witch, and created the scene that she needed to be “rescued”. Lavender seems a little ummm… high strung. Her sister Petunia is a much more practical and down-to-earth girl. She wants Lavender to give up the notion of being rescued. What did she even have to be rescued from? Petunia wants her sister to get out in the world, live a little, and not depend on a man for her happiness. When Petunia is kidnapped by a dragon, and a prince actually does come… but to save Petunia and not Lavender, what is Lavender to do? Well, get in a lot of mishaps, think up ways to get in trouble so she can be rescued by the prince that seems to be falling for her sister (oh, the indignity!), and be rescued by the prince’s squire time after time. Can Petunia quit being so persnickety, help save her sister, and find herself in the process? You will have to read it to find out.

The Persnickety Princess was full of Laugh-Out-Loud moments. My kids got a kick out of the world the characters lived in, the characters themselves, and the situations they found themselves in. I enjoyed the story myself, and also the underlying messages that were delivered with humor that my kids might not even know they got, but will stick with them nonetheless. I have to say the “wicked” witch was one of my favorite characters. It seems like her story might be told! Fingers crossed because my daughter loved her too. She likes to read and anything that gets her more excited about reading is great for me. My son even enjoyed and asked if there were more stories and he is not a big reader. Bravo to the author for keeping kids attention and leaving them wanting more. A great book for kids and adults alike. I highly recommend that if you have kids or grandkids, or you are just feeling persnickety and need a pick-me-up, that you grab this book and give it a read. You won’t regret it.

I give it 5 stars for originality and fun!


About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

About the book: High up in the tallest tower of the purplest castle in the Kingdom by the Sea, Princess Lavender awaits rescue. Desperate as she may be, only the most dashing, well dressed, properly mannered prince will do. Oh, and he must stand exactly four and three-quarters inches taller than her. A princess has got to have standards, after all.

When, finally, one such prince comes to her castle—not to rescue her, but her younger sister—Lavender refuses to be ignored. Instead of waiting for the next suitor to come along, she devises a plan to put herself in danger, thus forcing the upstart prince to forget her sister and rescue her instead.

Well accustomed to getting her way, there is only one thing, unfortunately, that this princess can’t control—her luck. When her plans go awry, putting her in very real danger, will she allow the prince to rescue her as he sees fit? Will he even want to try?

And will anyone be able to find a way to rescue Lavender from her persnickety ways once and for all? Find out in this comedic tale of princes, dragons, and dreams that just may come true.

The Persnickety Princess is a lower grade chapter book intended for kids 6 to 9 years old (although kids of all ages are sure to enjoy it! Pick up your copy through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or Kobo Books.

Falcon Storm

About the author: I was born in the frozen wasteland of Alaska with the unfortunate stigma of being both a daydreamer and left-handed. Starting from an early age, I’ve filled my life with stories of every sort from my father’s hunting trips to the Holy Trilogy (read: Star Wars). In the fourth grade, I became more interested in telling stories of my own than listening to those of others. Doctors—being doctors—attempted to medicate them out of me, but the best cure has always been a pen, a notebook, and my crazy, unrestrained imagination. I continue to whittle away at these stories in my endless search for the one that will finally bring me back to reality. All the while, I secretly hope such a story will never come along. I hear “reality” is far too boring. Connect with Falcon on his website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win (1) a $25 Amazon gift card, (2) a $50 Amazon gift card, or (3) a Princess Prize Pack, which includes a plush purple dragon, necklace with lavender pendant, The Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Being a Princess, tiara and wand party set, and a DVD of The Princess Bride.

Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the $50 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other two prizes (including the awesome Princess Prize Pack) will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Persnickety Princess tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

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Posted on March 27, 2013, in BOOK REVIEWS, GIVEAWAYS and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I’ve been hearing some good things about this book, especially the “wicked” witch 🙂 I plan on reading it to my daughter (age 6)

  2. Great review, Cynthia. What a glowing endorsement that both your son and daughter enjoyed the story. There are worst things one could be called than persnickety–what a fun new word for them! Thank you for joining this tour and for already cross-posting your review.

    Em ❤

  3. I’m really looking forward to sitting down with my Granddaughters to read this.

  4. I’m so glad you and your children enjoyed the book. Natalie’s book is currently in the works and her story should be as fun as Lavender’s, so stay tuned. 😉

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