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Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
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 page who
Paperback, 132 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Createspace (first published September 18th 2011)
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Kitty Honeycutt
Dec 28, 2011 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sammy Smith
Mar 21, 2012 Sammy Smith rated it it was amazing
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
Allizabeth Collins
Feb 17, 2012 Allizabeth Collins rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 11, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sasha
This book was provided to me by the author to read and review as part of the GoodReads first-reads program.

What a lovely book! This is truly a case of 'don't judge a book by its cover.' The cover made it look a bit more childish than the actual book was. It is a YA book, don't get me wrong, but I felt that it was fairly uncompromising in its treatment of Princess Rose and the situation she landed herself in. She wasn't a wilting flower, but she also wasn't an asexual heroine that felt no fear. S
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
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
Jul 15, 2012 Denisa rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
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 ...more
David Hayden
Oct 06, 2011 David Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Will Cockrell
Dec 30, 2011 Will Cockrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 28, 2012 Celeste rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-stories
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!
Aug 17, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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Sadie Grubor
Jul 20, 2013 Sadie Grubor rated it it was amazing
5 Star review from my daughter (11 years old).

She loves it and wants to know if/when there will be a second book. :)
May 05, 2012 Hailey rated it it was amazing
Great! I loved it! My favorite part was her decision to stay with Mouse at the end. Rose is just so noble!
Aug 11, 2012 Julianna rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and hope that it has a sequel soon.
Apr 02, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed reading Coraline, you will probably also enjoy this book.
Shelly Hammond
Mar 25, 2013 Shelly Hammond rated it it was amazing
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
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Aug 16, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
A.G. Porter
Jun 06, 2014 A.G. Porter rated it it was amazing
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
Kayla Eklund
Jun 25, 2014 Kayla Eklund rated it liked it
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,
Sep 09, 2012 Jess rated it it was ok
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
Aug 13, 2012 Pkelsay rated it did not like it
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Kevin Hammond
Oct 24, 2014 Kevin Hammond rated it it was amazing
I took up reading this on recommendation from a friend. I found it very difficult to put it down or stop reading. I had to know what happened next.
you will notice when you are reading this that the chapters are relatively short and it made for an exhilarating experience to read it as you feel like you are breezing through the book so very quickly. the storytelling is patient at first but as you advance through the story, the fairy tale part of it begins to turn sinister. as the adventure takes a
Apr 29, 2012 Cat rated it liked it
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.

Evelyn Baker
Jan 03, 2015 Evelyn Baker rated it liked it
A solid fairy tale retelling, if a bit predictable. I'll confess, I skimmed some of the descriptions, which dragged on at times. An easy read. I read it for free on Wattpad.
Katrina rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
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