I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
can I say; this was a quick, easy, enjoyable read. From the moment I
picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t an overly long book,
but I did manage to finish it the same day I started reading it.
Ugly Princess is written by Henderson Smith (who also happens to be from my home state of Montana). It is a fun and
refreshing new kind of Fairy Tale, based around the lore of the
Winnowwood. The Winnowwood are spectacular women, given magic and
healing powers. However, whenever these powers are used the women get
new warts or disfigurements to their faces causing them to become
hideously ugly the more powerful that they are. There is one way out of
this ugliness, but to take this loop-hole, one must give up these
The heroine of the story is Princess Olive who reminds
us in a whole new way that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder,
and that true beauty lies within. I have to admit that the further I got into the story, regardless of how ugly Olive was described as being, I had a hard time seeing her that way in my mind. I think I must have seen her the way the animals did.
I give this book 5 out of 5
stars. Henderson did an amazing job of writing a story that was just
plain fun to read. Princess Olive is an unlikely heroine and we get to
travel with her in her adventures and when she can really learn how to
have confidence in who she is. There are many great friends to Olive
and even a dysfunctional family situation that has you rooting for Olive
throughout the story. We learn not to judge to quickly on many fronts,
and to trust our intuition through the eyes and thoughts of Olive. I
loved this story and would even read it again, it was so fun! I would
love to see a sequel in the making. *I have recently been informed by the author that a sequel IS in the works!