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Power of a Princess: More Than a Princess, Book 2

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Loyal friends rule in slow tale of brave, strong princess.

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Educational Value

Some challenging vocabulary, including words that are real and words that are only part of the fantasy world in this series.

Positive Messages

Integrity matters more than your looks, and having (and being) a steadfast friend is irreplaceable.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aislin's parents and both sets of grandparents are incredibly supportive and respect her opinions, wanting her to take chances and follow her instincts while also protecting her from harm.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Power of a Princess, the second book in author E.D. Baker's delightful More Than a Princess fantasy series, is packed with lessons about standing up for your friends, doing what's right even if it's scary, and having faith in yourself. Set in a world of fairies, pedrasi, spriggans, gnomes, and the occasional human, Princess Aislin learns about true friendship and loyalty when she finds herself at the center of a battle against an unknown aggressor determined to harm her fairy family. The scene with an aggressive prince who wants to kiss Aislin shows a mild reaction to his behavior, a missed opportunity to show why that behavior is wrong. The flowery language is a bit long-winded for reading aloud and the plot can drag, but more advanced readers looking to lose themselves in a magical world will dive right in.

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What's the story?

In POWER OF A PRINCESSAislin uses her powers as a half-fairy, half-pedrasi princess to solve a mystery that threatens the peace her kingdom has just found. For years, fairies had kept humans away from their magical world, but decide now is the time to reopen the doors to their kingdom and move back into the human world. Not all beings are happy about this, though, and Aislin has to confront an old foe who seems to be stirring up trouble. She chooses a group of young women to join her as both protectors and confidants, and must deal with the bitterness and sabotage of the fairies she didn’t choose for her inner circle. Solving these problems will take all of her magical strength and personal bravery -- and a hope that no one from her past gets in the way.

Is it any good?

Full of flowery descriptions, constant magic, and dedicated friends, this adventure takes an unconventional princess on a dangerous quest -- and reminds readers that loyalty can be life-changing. The story arc is long and a bit meandering, but readers who love fantasy worlds will devour the intricate descriptions of life in the fairy world. The plot of Power of a Princess drags at times, with moments that seem unnecessary and unconnected to the rest of the story, but Aislin's constant strength, bravery, and loyalty are a nice reminder about priorities. The moment when Prince Rory tries to kiss Aislin seems underdone; Aislin and her protectors fought back, but the story misses a big opportunity to tackle the topic of bodily autonomy, a natural fit for a series so focused on one girl's bravery and strength.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the fairies who weren't chosen as Aislin's mestari behaved in Power of a Princess. How would you have reacted? How do you think you would feel if you weren't included in someone's special group?

  • What do you think of Aislin's reaction to Prince Rory trying to kiss her? 

  • What other fantasy stories have you read? What makes a good princess story?

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