A Pearl Among Princes

 
0.0
 
3.0 (1)
1430 0
A Pearl Among Princes
Genre(s)
Age Range
10+
Release Date
July 23, 2009
ISBN
0803733011
Buy This Book
      
Welcome to the island where princes learn to be charming.

Gracepearl Coal is the cook's daughter on Miramore, the island all princes visit for their summer program in the Charming Arts. Each year, the princes-in-training arrive on gallant seacraft, guided by captains trained to navigate the island's treacherous waters. Passage on one of these boats is the only method to leave the island - thus betrothal to a royal is the only way for Pearl to find her far-off destiny, the one that's started haunting her dreams. Luckily, this year's crop of princes include some promising prospects, but how will Pearl leave behind her ailing father or - hardest of all - marry a boy other than her long-time beloved, Mackree . . . who now finds it too painful to even speak to her?

User reviews

1 reviews

Already have an account? or Create an account
Hard to like the main character
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by Denise

Growing up on an island shrouded in mist and surrounded by rocks
treacherous to navigate around, Gracepearl has always longed for escape.
She is tempted each year as the neighboring kingdoms send their princes
to Gracepearl's island where they are trained in the courtly (and
courting) arts. Gracepearl is overjoyed, however, when she learns the
kingdoms have lifted the ban on royal-commoner marriages. Seeing an
opportunity to finally leave the island, Gracepearl begins a fun and
flirty quest to woo one of the princes into marrying her and taking her
to his kingdom. Only one thing stands in Gracepearl's way: the love she
holds for Mackree, her childhood friend.



Before anything, it should be noted that this is one of those books
where you cannot judge the contents by the cover. Based on the cover, I
was expecting a light-hearted, fun, and fluffy little book about a
girl's first time falling in love. The reality is not quite what I was
expecting. Gracepearl speaks with a voice more similar to a woman than a
girl, and while there are some scenes where she is flirting with and
getting to know various princes, most of the main courtship occurs "off
stage." As a result, not only is the reader gypped in getting to see her
relationship develop (which is half the fun of these types of stories),
but we also don't get to know her love interest all that well.



Aside from that, I have three main gripes with the book. The first
is that Gracepearl was difficult for me to like. She spends the entire
book trying to rope a prince into marrying her, not necessarily for
love, but for his ability to take her off the island. I felt sorry for
all of her romantic prospects, as she seemed to be primarily focused on
how she could best use them, regardless of how this would affect them.
My second complaint was the way Gracepearl's deceased mother still
talked to Gracepearl. Is it normal in this world for the dead to
continue speaking to the living? Does Gracepearl possess some special
gift that allows her to do this? Is Gracepearl just imagining the
conversations? We aren't given any explanation. Finally, the author wove
in nursery rhymes throughout the book, though there didn't seem to be
any explanation as to their significance and their presence served
merely to distract and irritate.



Despite all this, there were parts of the book I did find enjoyable.
Gracepearl's friends and the two main princes were nicely drawn
characters who were all easy to like. I also liked the idea of the
various kingdoms sending their princes for training and the fun scenes
this scenario lent itself to creating. The ending was beyond convenient,
but that is easily overlooked. My library categorized this book as
Juvenile, but I can see juveniles, young adults, and even adults all
finding something to like here.

Reprinted here with author's (my) permission.
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful to you? 0 0
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

A Curse of Roses
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
Based on Portuguese legend, this #OwnVoices historical fantasy is an...
I Don't Want to Wash my Hands!
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
From beloved children's author and illustrator Tony Ross, comes a...
Dance Like a Leaf
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
As her grandmother's health declines, a young girl begins to...
The Bitterwine Oath
 
3.3 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
San Solano, Texas, is a quaint town known for...
Sing Like No One's Listening
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
A moving YA debut about a talented young singer...
Heiress Apparently (Daughters of the Dynasty, #1)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The first book in an epic and romantic YA...
The Good Girls
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
One of Us Is Lying meets Sadie in this...
Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Sixteen-year-old Iduna harbors a dark secret. On the surface,...
The Camelot Betrayal
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Every summer, they say goodbye. Dorit goes to Tel Aviv...
Incredible Animals
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
In this illustrated guide, discover fascinating and unusual information about...
Special Delivery
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
A lovely book to share with children in an expecting...
Eyelike Stickers: Trains
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Hundreds of irresistible, reusable, and collectible stickers to mix, match,...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
It is twenty years since the events of La Belle...
Winter Light
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
WINTER LIGHT is the story of 15-year-old Mary Donahue...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Fight like a magical girl in this paperback original contemporary...

Latest Member Reviews

I Don't Want to Wash my Hands!
 
3.0
"I DON'T WANT TO WASH MY HANDS is a picture book about the need for frequent hand washing. The little..."
Dance Like a Leaf
 
5.0
"DANCE LIKE A LEAF is a beautiful book about grief and loss of a loved one. A young girl loves..."
Special Delivery
 
4.0
"SPECIAL DELIVERY is a delightfully silly picture book. A little duck is eagerly awaiting the delivery of her baby brother...."
Minecraft: The Shipwreck
 
5.0
"Jake and his father have moved around quite a bit after the death of his mother. His father is a..."
The Tiny Baker
 
5.0
"THE TINY BAKER is the sweet story of a baker bee who runs a bakery and tea shop. Every day,..."
A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India
 
5.0
"A GIFT FOR AMMA is a delightful and colorful journey through the marketplace in India. A young girl ventures out..."
Five Little Ducks: First Book of Nursery Rhymes
 
5.0
"FIVE LITTLE DUCKS is a delightful collection of nursery rhymes. The book includes many rhymes that are familiar alongside those..."
The Bread Pet: A Sourdough Story
 
4.0
"THE BREAD PET is a cute story about Cora, whose favorite uncle asks her to take care of his sourdough..."
Scruff
 
3.5
"SCRUFF is a cute picture book story of a man who gets a scruffy dog, which suits his scruffy style..."
Making Tracks: City
 
5.0
"MAKING TRACKS: CITY is a fun lift-the-flap board book that features tracks and asks who made them. When children lift..."
Amazing Islands
 
4.5
"'Amazing Islands' by Sabrina Weiss and Kerry Hyndman is a beautifully illustrated book, chock full of valuable information about islands..."
The Walrus and the Caribou
 
4.5
"'The Walrus and the Caribou' by Maika Harper, illustrated by Marcus Cutler, is an endearing tale of creation, based on..."
The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars
 
5.0
"THE BOY, THE WOLF, AND THE STARS is an enchanting middle grade fantasy. Bo was left in the woods as..."
Friend Me
 
5.0
"Roisin has moved from Dublin, Ireland to the Boston area with her mother and older brother Michael. Her mother works..."
Tiger Wild
 
3.0
"TIGER WILD is a picture book about imaginary friends and getting into trouble. Lily always blames her mistakes on Tiger,..."
Bea by the Sea
 
5.0
"BEA BY THE SEA is a sweet picture book about trying new things and making new friends. Bea loves lions..."
Let's Find the Kitten
 
5.0
"LET'S FIND THE KITTEN is a cute hide-and-seek, lift-the-flap board book. Kitten is hiding, but we don't know where. As..."
Winston Wiggles
 
4.0
"WINSTON WIGGLES is a cute book that gives strategies for helping children to settle down when they have the "wiggles."..."
Sweet Dreams: A Goodnight Lullaby
 
4.0
"SWEET DREAMS: A GOODNIGHT LULLABY is a great bedtime book pick for children who love Sesame Street. Sesame Street is..."
Best Friends, Busy Friends
 
4.0
"BEST FRIENDS, BUSY FRIENDS is a fun, rhyming book that celebrates differences and friendship. This book is a poetic rhyme..."