Teen, YA or Older Reader Unicorn Book Feature – Ellie and the Prince: A Cinderella Romance (Faraway Castle Book 1) by J.M. Stengl
Ellie knows better.
He’s a dashing prince, sought after by every beautiful lady in sight.
She’s an overalls-wearing herder of cinder sprites.
No WAY is Omar going to look twice at her!
Working as an employee at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, eighteen-year-old Ellie is well aware that staff do not mingle with the guests. Period. Which means she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, much less talking to him! For years she has admired him from afar, but a secret crush is the best she can hope for.
This summer, however, everything is about to change.
Suddenly, everywhere Ellie turns, she finds the prince. Is he inventing reasons to be near her? Is it possible her crush isn’t as one-sided as she’s always thought?
Before Ellie can sort through these confusing developments, disaster strikes. A unicorn on resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests. When a band of adventurous young nobles decide to hunt it down, Ellie knows she can’t simply stand by and watch. A unicorn turned violent? Something must be wrong.
And Ellie needs Omar’s help.
Will Ellie and Omar find the unicorn before it’s too late? Can she somehow protect her heart against the deepening attraction she feels for the kind and gentle prince?
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A Couple of Reviews To Help You Choose
Dust Bunnies And Books5.0 out of 5 stars Modern world with a fairytale kingdom feel Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2018Verified Purchase This is a review of the entire Faraway Castle series to date. (Cinder Ellie 0.5, Ellie & the Prince #1, The Little Siren 1.5, and The Siren & the Scholar #2). Ellie’s stories can be read separately from the Siren’s stories, but the stories do take place at the same time and overlap.
This is a delightful series set in a world of cars and cell phones and resorts, yet has the feel of a fairytale kingdom of yesteryear. In this world, you’ll find new takes on old stories, such as Cinderella and The Little Mermaid (and coming later this year, Sleeping Beauty). You’ll also find romance and mystery.
As a parent, I appreciated the “lightness” of the romance…hand-holding and a few kisses, no more. 🙂
I look forward to the next book(s) in the series. Recommended for tweens, teens, and lovers of all things fairytales.
Cindy Vincent rated it it was amazing · review of another edition Richly woven retelling of Cinderella! There were so many things I enjoyed about this book that I hardly know where to begin. First, I truly appreciated the characters. Ellie is kind, selfless, and dedicated to helping all the creatures and critters under her care. And Prince Omar is a true gentleman, one who is unspoiled by his wealth and position, a true prince among princes. The romance is especially well done–it comes from the heart rather than raging hormones. Then there was the world of Faraway Castle, so beautifully described (without being overdone) that I could picture it all, from the spray on the lake to the sun on my face, and the elegant Summer Ball brimming with gowns and tuxedos. I could even envision the unicorn as a real creature (definitely one of my favorite sections of the book), as it was written so well. The plotline gave me plenty of surprises and certainly kept things interesting. On top of all that, I was just generally amazed at the way the author managed to very creatively cover all the elements of the Cinderella story in her retelling.
And while all this is wonderful, to me, Cinderella has always been much more than a simple “girl wins prince” kind of story. I’ve always seen a deeper meaning to the tale, a “moral of the story” moment, in that goodness and kindness, (virtues not revered so much in this modern world), are really what wins out in the end. I especially appreciate how this Cinderella stays true to herself; while others around her may be nasty and cruel, she chooses to take the high road, and not react by stooping to their level. I thought the author did an especially good job in showing this aspect of the story.
This is a fantastic, magical book for old and young alike, one that will take you away as you turn the pages, and I highly recommend it!
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