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Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle

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Princess Rose carries a dangerous curse.
Everyone loves her.

When she turns away each of the princes des­per­ate to marry her, one takes matters into his own hands. He steals her away through a magic mir­ror to his own dis­tant king­dom. But nothing in the Crystal Castle is quite what it seems: not the hand­some prince, not the mad king she never sees, not even the silent pa...more
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Published September 18th 2011 by Typing Cat Press
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Kitty Bullard
Book Title: "Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle"
Author: Pepper Thorn
Published By: Typing Cat Press
Age Recommended: 10 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: This is a beautifully written book with richly creative characters and a wonderful plot that would appeal to the young and old. It was far more than just the cover are that inspired my own vision while reading. I kept seeing this story played out on the screen as a classic Japanimation creation. I felt it was worthy of being pla...more
Sammy Smith
Going through my goodreads today, I realised that I hadn't reviewed this! I bought it months ago and read immediately, and whilst rated - 5 of course - I hadn't reviewed.

So, I'll review now ... in my mind, this isn't a tale for children, I know, I know, it's a fairytale and the title just screams "kiddy" - as does the cover art - however, the further you get into this little tale, the more apparent it is that this has a darker twisted side.
Saying that, maybe a child could read it and not read in...more
Allizabeth Collins

When Princess Rose was born, Great Aunt Bathilda accidentally spoke the words that would change her life forever, "Everyone who meets Rose will just love her..." And from that moment on, no man, woman, or child could look upon her without falling in love with her. Not the worst thing to be cursed with right? - Until she reaches marrying age and every royal suitor becomes infatuated with her - not for her looks or her personality, but because of the curse. That is, all suitors except...more
Everyone loves Princess Rose, you just can’t help yourself. You see, when she was a baby her aunt accidently lays a magic enchantment on her…you can’t help but love her.

When Rose turns 16, her parents send out to all the adjoining land's Princes. They are offering them a chance to win Rose’s heart and marry her. Rose realizes quickly that all the princes love her for her curse and not her heart. When she turns down all their offers of marriage a strangely illusive prince from a colder realm kidn...more
I really liked Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle. I know, I know; with a name like that, most people automatically think this is a children's story, and can be nothing more than that. Sure, if only kids can enjoy a good fairy tale. But I'm going to toss that assumption aside, because people of all ages can read and get something out of this short, quick read. With mad kings and strange princes, powerful magic and cursed princesses, this has a little bit of everything.

I loved how the entire b...more
Denisa Mertiri
As i started reading Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle, the beginning brought back memories of reading fairy-tale books as a kid, but maybe not of such a dark nature.
At first look the title and even the cover art promise a charming tale of a princess and her prince (without reading the description), sadly we are fooled as we begin to read a story of mystery and dark secrets, all the better in my opinion. Being a fan of the classic happy ending" fairy-tale stories i was weary of reading a sto...more
I got a free e-book copy of this book from Pepper Thorn. At first I was not sure if this was my type of story. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The story took many unexpected twists and turns. Each new chapter arrived with more interesting elements. I wish the story was more flushed out and detailed in some places, but that may have interrupted the quick pace and suspense that kept me reading without pause. Thorn really made me care about the princess. I thought I would not like the characte...more
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I thought this was a really fun little fairy story. Kind of a different twist on classic themes. At first I thought princess Rose was a wuss but she develops some gumption and figures out what's going on.
The ending seemed a little abrupt. Certain things were not resolved. It doesn't seem that the author intends to write a sequel but I hope she does! I think this story was kind of an experiment for her.
It was a free Kindle story which is even better!
Will Cockrell
I loved this book! It is inventive and original, with sympathetic and well-drawn characters. It is obviously written with a young to young-adult age group as its target audience, but it is more than creative and entertaining enough to engage adult readers. It also has an unexpected but very satisfying ending. I hope there is a sequel, because Princess Rose is a character that I would like to see more of.
Great! I loved it! My favorite part was her decision to stay with Mouse at the end. Rose is just so noble!
If you enjoyed reading Coraline, you will probably also enjoy this book.
I enjoyed this book and hope that it has a sequel soon.
Shelly Hammond
This was a wonderful, imaginative, fun fairytale story unlike any other. I picked this up simply because I am an overgrown kid at heart who loves all fairytales from the old originals, to the sweetened up Disney, to the twisted tales out there, and everything in-between. This one was certainly not a disappointment.

The author wrote a charming story that will take the reader on a journey across the lands to a world of magic where nothing is what it seems and what it seems is possibly what it is. I...more
David Hayden
Reminiscent of a Miyazaki movie. This fairytale is rich, like dark chocolate and red wine. There's mystery, adventure, even a bit of terror. Dangerous princes, creepy mirrors, selkies, icy landscapes, nature spirits and other cool things lurk within.

You know how fairytale princesses are always beloved, except by their enemies? Rose has got that and more. Even her enemies love her. Everyone who meets her loves her. Seems like a good thing, except how do you know who really loves you? And love doe...more
A.G. Porter
I absolutely loved this story! It left me with a feeling akin to those I felt as a little girl while reading fairy tales! Pepper Thorn is a wonderful author and I'm so thankful I was able to meet her and have a signed copy of the book!

Princess Rose is loved by all and that's her curse. It was a curse mistakenly put on her by her Aunt. Unfortunately, it also isn't undone easily. While being loved by all doesn't sound so bad in reality it makes having trustworthy relationships impossible. Who is t...more
Sadie Grubor
5 Star review from my daughter (11 years old).

She loves it and wants to know if/when there will be a second book. :)
Kayla Eklund
I hadn't read a fantasy book in quite some time. Usually, I love reading fantasy books all throughout the summer. Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle was the perfect book to get me back into that mindset. It was a short read, yet it was entertaining.

I must admit, the book was predictable. Princess becomes cursed, something bad happens, princess has to save the kingdom. Even though it was predictable, it was still a fun book to read. I loved Princess Rose's personality. She stood up for herself,...more
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Overall I'm not impressed with this.
It read like a kid's book - now I don't mind reading books for children, but it was really too much simple for me and too short.
I have to admit it has a good fairy-tale alike presence and atmosphere and it is dark but all characters felt sort of empty to me.
Princess Rose's curse is not really used up to its potential, I felt. I think bearing such a weight all one's life would have more consequences on her personality, but Princess Rose is just a nice, boring...more
A good fairy tale type of story! I read it via a site called Wattpad and at some point Thorn indicated that because Wattpad has a free version it was slightly different than the actual published version, so please keep that in mind. Princess Rose has a gift- though it is also a curse. As soon as she is introduced to someone, they love her. No matter who they WILL love her. When she is 16 princes from different countries come to win her favor and her love. They are all (almost) loud and big in al...more
Very mysterious book that gets darker and darker. You won't come out of this having all your questions answered, but with hope.

You don't know very much about the characters, or the setting, but you do get an idea of the general plot. Much of this book is clouded in mystery, so it is interesting albeit a slow read. Rose is such a young, proper princess with her own internal struggles that no one understands. That is perhaps why she is stuck with Prince Raven and doesn't question things further.

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Pepper Thorn lives in the Deep South with her husband and three cats. In college she discovered that she had the exact opposite personality of the average school teacher; so she became one. Now she teaches bright elementary students, runs book clubs for advanced readers, and writes stories she wants to read. In her spare time she knits, watches science fiction and fantasy shows and movies, plays g...more
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