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The Escape of Princess Madeline

(Princess Madeline #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  84 reviews
The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things: its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom... a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength, and st ...more
ebook, 104 pages
Published November 5th 2012 by Malachite Quills Publishing (first published October 17th 2012)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This middle-grade novella is plagued by a foolish main character, inconsistent characterization, unbelievable twists in the story, and a pretty ridiculous insta-love that is even more unbelievable than in most fairy tales. I understand that this is intended to be a short read, and for a younger audience; even so, there are certain standards and I do not believe this story lives up to them. It is very, very possible to write an engaging fantasy story for middle-grade readers, Gail Carson Levine a ...more
Simon Okill
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff has done the impossible by reminding me of my childhood with tales of Robin Hood, King Arthur and Ivanhoe. I was immediately enchanted by this sweet tale of a spoilt princess who has been forced to grow up fast by her domineering father, King Theodore. For on her sixteenth birthday Princess Madeline must choose her husband from a particularly unsavoury selection. First she refuses a dress offered by her father then she selects her husband - the ...more
John Dolan
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a good old-fashioned fairy tale, rooted in its characters and driven by personalities – as were all the best yarns of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. For sure there is a sprinkling of magic (and dragons are mentioned) but this is a very human story about love and relationships, hopes and dreams.

It is also a ‘rites of passage’ narrative as its headstrong heroine learns a lesson or two about life and responsibility.

Ms Pulioff creates a believable medieval land populated by
“NO! NO! NO! That can’t be the end! I want MORE!” my heart screams as I read the last page of The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirsten Pulioff. This was a heart-warming and charming story about growing up, making choices, dealing with the consequences of those choices, and love.

The tale opens on the King of Soron having a nightmare on the night before his children’s birthday. The reader finds out within the first paragraph that this isn’t just a nightmare but a memory as well. The Queen has
Travis Luedke
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful contemporary tale set in a fantasy realm.

I was immediately engaged, entertained, and found it easy to keep reading straight through, from start to finish. Kirstin Pulioff authored a highly relevant story of a young woman's life with a single parent. Though its setting is medieval or high-fantasy, the story delves into the dynamics of a single parent upbringing, from a teenager's point of view. A very contemporary read with lessons and a message to young teens trying to find their way
Shannon McRoberts
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a cute quick read and it is suitable reading for younger audiences IMO with little to no violence. It leaves you wondering though about those people in the green robes. What kind of future do they have in store for the princess? I would be interested in reading more if this is a series!
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I guess I just need that innocent fantasy fairy tale every once in a while, the one where the world you are entering is full of princesses and their kingdoms, a little conflict, but nothing over the top!

The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff is the perfect read to share with younger readers where their imaginations can run wild and the heroine is strong and resourceful! Imagine waking up one morning and learning your life has been planned out for you, for the good of the Kingdom. Tha
Ashley Byland
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book has been by the the best written book that I have ever read. This way this author uses language to describe exactly what is going on is amazing. I find myself at a loss for words, the writing is so eloquent, I was instantly drawn into this book. I was disappointed that this story wasn't longer, but that didn't at all take away from the story.

The main character Madeline, is very relatable, aside from the fact that she is a Princess and being forced into situations she doesn't want to b
Ally Shields
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful, fairytale-type story of knights and princesses written for middle grade to young YA. Princess Madeline is a spunky 16-year-old who is tired of everyone else making all her decisions. The last indignity is her father's intention to choose her husband from suitors at a ball. Her decision to defy his edict lands her in immediate trouble--and getting out won't be half as easy as getting in!

Madeline's adventure is a quick read, with content that is age appropriate. I hope the my
Kitty Muse Book Reviews
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Born into royalty, Princess Madeline is pampered and loved by her dad, King Theodore; all the more so because she and her twin brother, Braden, survived their birth while their mother did not. Madeline grows up with all the pomp and splendor of her position, plus the education needed for her to take her role as queen some day.

Unfortunately for Madeline, that “someday” is upon her without her notice or her approval. On her sixteenth birthday, she is informed by her father that she must choose a h
Julie Grasso
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Poor Madeline finds herself in an impossible situation. Her 16th birthday approaches and she is expected to marry. Although she is a twin, her brother is not at all expected to marry, which of course creates quite a disparity between the siblings. That kind of double standard would be enough to cause siblings with the best of relationships to falter of that I am certain. Her father prepares a celebration for her betrothal, and many willing suitors attend in anticipation of the young girls decisi ...more
Ashley Torbeck
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Ashley T of Fae Books Blog (

At first glance, The Escape of Princess Madeline did not sound like a story I would typically pick up to read. But I’m glad I did.

The story opens with the birth of a princess and the death of a queen. The reader is made to feel the king’s grief and anguish at the loss of his wife, and it sets the scene for the king’s behavior throughout the rest of the story. The author does a great job of opening the story and grabbing the reader early
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars: A great start to a fun new series!! The day Madeline and her twin brother, Braden, were born, their mother, Queen Eleanor, died. Sixteen years later, their father, King Theodore, is still grieving her loss. Preparations are under way for her 16th birthday party which her father has informed her is her betrothal ball and the first event for finding her husband. Madeline is not looking to get married and isn't happy that her father is looking to marry her off. She defies him throughout ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute, good, and quick story. Madeline is a princess who just turned 16. She had just been given this amazing dress that fits her so perfectly. She steps out of the room to show the King just how she looks. He tells her she will look wonderful for the ball, which happens to be set up as her ball. In which there will be men that will be her husband. Madeline isn't thrilled at this news, she doesn't want to do it, but she must as Princess it is her duty. Then it hits her, Sophie her best ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I think the thing I'm most confused about is the target audience versus the actual protagonist age and theme in this book. Isn't Middle Grade supposed to be the pre-teen era where pimples, cracking voices and training bras are suppose to be the main problems?

On her 16th birthday, Princess Madeline is rudely surprised when her father informs her that she will pick a husband from a selection of royal suitors coming to her ball that night, not unlike how Cinderella's Prince Charming held a ball to
Katie Cross
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

I, like anyone else, love a good fairytale kind of story. And this cover? So great!

Pulioff writes well for a younger audience, so I am basing my 3.5 stars more from that point of view. The storyline was sweet, a bit predictable, but I think that will make it more likable by a middle school crowd as it's 'familiar.' The romance between Daniel and Madeline didn't have me totally convinced, but I did like Madeline, and I think younger readers would like the lovestruck aspect of it. Pulioff wraps th
Burgandy Ice
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a fun story! Ever wonder what it would be like to have a dream room in a castle filled with pink-pink-pink?! Lol. And dances and princes and beautiful dresses... and brave knights and stern fathers who have more heart than they want to admit. This story is full of all the delightful dreams that would make a beautiful wallpaper.

Even the danger didn't feel dangerous to me. Rather it was exciting and different. Madeline might have been uncomfortable, maybe hungry, but she was discovering life
Peter Jenkins
Kirsten Pulioff is no stranger to the fairy tale, and she writes with flair, polish, and accuracy in this genre. The tale is about 16 year old Princess Madeline, exercising her privilege as a 16 year old birthday brat not to go along with her father , the apparently demented King Theodore of Solon, who wants to marry her off ASAP to one of his aged cronies whom he apparently deems suitable to ensure her lifelong misery. Bad King! Good spunky Princess! I like a girl with spunk (which her twin bro ...more
J.C. Harker
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, quick read. The story is about a spoiled, young princess and her little adventure when she runs off into the wild petrified by the prospect of marriage. The writing has a fairy tale feel to it - the violence is mild, the characters are pretty innocent and easy to follow for the younger audience. As with many stories that target kids there is a moral, and things tend to be a bit black & white, but I was still intrigued enough to want to know how it ends - and it does look like ...more
Brianne Whitmire
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very descriptive book. I like the fact that Kristin made it
where you were transformed into the story and also made it feel like you
were right there with the Princess. Here you have a 16 year old young
woman who is so scared to become a woman and lead just like any young
woman would be who faces all kinds of triumphs. I found myself rooting
her on. In the end she makes her decision with the guidence of her
wonderful father. Truely an ever after. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Cant
James Nicholas
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Step Into Fiction
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ashley
This book has been by the the best written book that I have ever read. This way this author uses language to describe exactly what is going on is amazing. I find myself at a loss for words, the writing is so eloquent, I was instantly drawn into this book. I was disappointed that this story wasn't longer, but that didn't at all take away from the story.

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Review completed by: Ashley
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out... a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose.Deciding she does not want to marry, much less be told whom she would marry Princess Madeline runs away. But running away is not what she imagined. An adventure full of twists and turns. A great story for young readers.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tween
I'm surprised at the high reviews. I found it very juvenile even for middle readers - every thought and action was explained - often contradictory and pointless. I admit it was clean, but still sorely lacking in direction and development. Try The Ordinary Princess by MM Kaye instead.
Nicola McDonagh
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a charming and well-written fantasy book that was an easy read. There are lots of sensory descriptions, which add to the atmosphere of the narrative and give a sense of reality to the fantastical location.

Being short I rattled through it in no time. It tells the tales of a princess who rebels against her arranged marriage. There is the usual mix of fairy tale romance in the shape of her Champion knight, Daniel and a faint element of magic and threat from the outcast wizards. There are s
Andi Houtsch
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Escape of Princess Madeline was a charming and pleasing read, not just for middle schoolers but for adults as well. A coming-of-age story set in a fairytale land of Soron complete with a king, kingdom and knights, The Escape of Princess Madeline takes us on an unexpected series of events as Princess Madeline, a young girl who dreams of adventure while being constrained by her gender and role in her father’s kingdom, balks at an arranged future and takes her freedom into her own hands.
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Barbara Ann
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing


This book has been classified as a young adult novella. The protagonist is Princess Madeline and the setting is the medieval kingdom of Soron. Madeline’s mother, Queen Eleanor, is introduced in the Prologue by the wizard Elias and again alluded to in the Epilogue. The subtlety of these allusions will become evident to the reader at the conclusion of the tale.

At the beginning of the story, we meet Princess Madeline and her twin brother Braden. They will soon be celebrat
Y. Correa
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Princess Madeline from Soron has just turned 16 years old and finds herself bound by "duty" a word that she's come to despise and cringe at. Her father King Theodor is adamant that she is to marry and in that regard he sets off to prepare a celebration so that she can choose her future husband from a pile of slim pickings. Said celebration does not go off well and neither does the event that follows.
Madeline is misunderstood by her twin bother and his love interested, which also happens to be he
Fiona Ingram
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Princess Madeline lives in the fairy tale kingdom of Soron, with a loving father and twin brother, Braden, a castle of servants at her beck and call, a charmed and pampered existence … and yet, she is not happy. For one thing, her father King Theodore has decided that at the ball to celebrate her sixteenth birthday, a suitor will be chosen for her. This indignity totally offends Madeline who is quite capable of making her own decisions. She wants freedom, independence, the ability to make her ow ...more
Mrs. D.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Escape of Princess Madeline

An exciting, intriguing, and thought-provoking modern fairy tale, which magically transports readers into the fascinating world of a determined young princess who takes her destiny into her own hands.

The Escape of Princess Madeline, written by Kirstin Stein Pulioff, is a beautiful little whimsical story about a young girl who rebels against her father's wishes and refuses to marry the man of his choice. This story reflects a fascinating era of old-time rulers, when
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Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids, church and the family business.

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