"Buttercup Hickleberry is a mischievous, devil may care pixie from Brandydook Kingdom. Much to her astonishment and dismay, she is selected to be Prince Morgan's bride. In fear of losing her independence, she escapes to the land of humans where adventure and terror lurk at every turn. While Buttercup battles deadly spiders and gigantic birds, amongst other things, Brandydook and all the pixies are catapulted into terrible danger and only she holds the key to its survival. Prince Morgan must find Buttercup and return her to his homeland before it's too late."
Short Summary: This middle grade book is perfect for younger readers. The plot was enjoyable even to me, but it reads in a way that will keep kids engaged and excited to the end of the story. Anyone who reads it will be anxious for the next book in the series.
Full Review: Escaping The Prince is written in an easy to read style that fits a younger audience. The plot is fast-paced and doesn't stop to dwindle anywhere, so children with short attention spans will have a story that keeps up with their need for action. I would say it easily fits into an age range of 8-12, and may be a refreshing book for children a bit older to read if they get tired of longer, more difficult books, and parents will enjoy reading it to their kids.
The plot doesn't lack anything in the way of action, adventure, suspense, and even a little romance. The characters are woven well and there are definitely lessons to be learned from them. I don't know if it was the author's original intention, but as readers listen in to the thoughts of pixies and animals and watch their interaction with humans, I think we can learn a lot about our own flaws. It gives a better appreciation for nature and the world around us.
Buttercup is a relatable character with flaws that, while we don't approve of, we understand. Most of us likely would have acted the same way were we put in her place. Prince Morgan is much the same, although perhaps a bit more admirable because of how he grew and changed, and how willing he was to break out of the ordinary, accepted ways of doing things and the sacrifices he made.
Wendy, a human child, is a walking annoyance. She is careless, rude, ungrateful, and doesn't take care of her dog, Bruno or show him the love he so desperately wants from her. Many children have the tendency to take on these traits, whether they mean to or not. This book may help make their own character flaws more clear.
The only thing that takes away from the book is that at one point a pixie calls the prince "A royal pain in the ass." Since this book is written for children, that seemed very inappropriate. The entire time I was reading this book I had my nine year old sister in mind, and had plans to buy it for her, but I'll now have to reconsider as I know she would be shocked to read something like that. Granted, it only happens once, but these are children we're talking about, not adults or teens who have been exposed to such things before. The innocence of children is something to be protected. Standards can still be held to.
Other than that, I cannot find fault in this book. It is written appropriately for it's audience, it's engaging and well thought out, the story is not dumbed down in any way, the characters are relatable and lovable, and the lessons it teaches are healthy. If you're looking for a book for a child that will make you feel like you're in the middle of a Disney movie, this is the book for you!
Overall Rating: 4
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*