Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Coralina (The Nine Princesses Novellas)

Title: Coralina

Series: The Nine Princesses Novellas

Year: 2012

Author: Anita Valle

Summary: Coralina Corissa, known as “Coco” to her eight sisters, is the prettiest princess of a hundred kingdoms. And she knows it. Her beauty has always given her anything she wanted... and any man she wanted.

Runa Realm is facing a new threat. Strange bandits, disguised as nobles, are attacking beautiful women to steal their hair. Coralina isn’t concerned. Until Prince Luxley, her favorite (but not only) lover, gets clobbered by a peasant called Gord, who mistakenly assumed the prince was a bandit.
Outraged, Coralina plans to punish the peasant by deliberately breaking his heart. But Gord is nearly blind. For the first time ever, Coralina must rely on more than her looks to ensnare a man. But the harder she flirts, the more Gord seems to hate her. And the more her own heart (and hair) becomes endangered. (from Goodreads)

Main Characters:
~ Princess Coralina
~ Princess Maelyn
~ Princess Jaedis
~ Princess Heidel
~ Kerrick
~ Gord
~ Prince Luxley
~ Willow

Review: Another short, but sweet, tale about the nine orphans adopted into the royal family. Coralina is the second eldest and the most beautiful of all nine. And she knows it. Her beauty, her old nurse once told her, would be a curse, yet as she grows up Coralina can see only the benefits she can gain from her features. Her beauty can get her anything she wants, and she's not used to being denied. Of course, all of that changes when she decides to seek revenge on a man that's nearly blind.

Coralina is your typical princess, beautiful, sassy, and completely full of herself. Although I didn't enjoy her story as much as I did Maelyn's (for some odd - very odd - reason, I related more to the bookworm princess than the snotty princess), Anita Valle did a wonderful job in creating something entirely new, yet so familiar. Coralina matched up perfectly to the end of Maelyn and left you wanting more, as the end, although strangely satisfying, is pretty unresolved. I cannot wait to read the third book in the series (Heidel) and find out more about what happens to these nine princesses! 

One thing that greatly interested me was the fact that, while this novella seemed to want to follow the standard, cliche story of a spoiled princess, Anita Valle did anything but. There were plenty of unexpected twists and turns, so that the end was far from what I first imagined it to be. All in all, a delightful read.

Advisory: Coralina's favorite pastime is flirting, and she uses her beauty, figure, features, and words as much as she can to entice a man. Her constant flirting got on my nerves, and she also had a disagreeable fondness for kisses. While nothing is overly described, it was still a little on the awkward side for me. There is also a bit of fantasy action, but nothing graphic.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Related reviews: Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas)

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