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The Bravest Princess: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess, Book 3

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

More adventure, romance as Annie and Liam help Snow White.

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THE BRAVEST PRINCESS amps up the action and adventure, with Annie and Liam facing danger and excitement (and some very innocent romance) around every corner. What makes this third installment a nice detour from the previous books is the way Annie and Liam negotiate their relationship -- they have different skills, and each wants to save the other, but they must learn how to let each other's strengths work for the team. Furthermore, Annie learns to help a friend sort out another big existential question: What is true love really about, especially when people aren't always what they seem? How do we determine a person's true character?

Fans of the series will find more of Liam but a lot more of Annie charging into the action and testing her mettle, and, for parents who are hesitant about princess books, here's one that will introduce nuance and character to what is so often a disappointing genre. Though the question of looks is unavoidable in the subject matter -- who has them, who had them, who lost them, who found them -- here, readers are still challenged to unpack assumptions about "real" beauty and its ultimate significance compared with character.

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