Tuesday, July 10, 2012

5 Stars for The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny

Title: The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny
Reviewed By: Brandon Barney
Genre: Fairytale

Summary: From the author of 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf comes an original fairy tale about a teenage princess who hires the witch from "The Frog Prince" to get revenge on a Mean Girl at school. (Intended for YA readers and up.)

How might one describe this read you ask?

Well sit down and prepare yourself, because this is no easy task.

Book three in a trilogy, that is one way.

However that doesn’t tell the full story, there is more to say.

Michael Mullin returns! The first review I managed to put onto this blog was Mullins first work 8 such a simple title and it caught my eye immediately. He did not let me down when it came time for his second work in the trilogy, The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny. It is this title that set me up for some crazy story about a princess and the evil stepmom that we are so accustomed to. However, this is not the plot of this wonderful and curious tale. Rather, it is a plot we are all familiar with, and often remember clearly. High School, yes you may cry, or wince, or cower or quake, but it has a nice spin to it and it is well worth the read.

Mullin has a curious and refreshing way of telling his stories, and it is one I enjoy deeply. Maybe it is because my first pieces of work took the same style, rhyming doublets creating a full narrative tale, yet Mullin goes beyond just the simple style and creates twists that we don’t expect. One of the best things about the rhyming is that it leads you from sentence to sentence with a nice pace to it. This makes it a wonderfully simple read. It is also very reminiscent of the fairy tales we grew up with, which give us a nice setting to follow.

Penny, our main character, is just a misunderstood, unpopular, teenage girl. She wears the shirt that says my stepmom wants me dead,” for the stares she gets. This gives us quite the insight into her character, and makes us really feel for her. Mullin has a great way of exposing his characters through past events; giving us backstory as we develop that will send tingles down your spine.

I do need to say, this is a very short story, it is easy to read in under an hour. However, don’t let that dissuade you, this makes a great gift for others, a wonderful indulgence read for rainy days curled up on the sofa, or a quick giggle for yourself as you read the witty rhyming. Mullin is very talented at giving his readers a good time in a short while, and I am positive that if you pick up this read you will be begging for more.
I give this book 5 stars!

Make sure you check out his other novel 8: The  Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown Creepy Dwarf

Buy on Amazon

Here’s my review on 8 

Also, make sure you check out Mullins blog. It is a great place to find info on upcoming works, and on Mullin himself. 

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