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Pigsty Princess

(Misfit Monarchs #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In a country where Elemental Sensitivities determine a person's place in society, Mariana, fourth child of King Jonathan and Queen Alexandria, was born an Insensitive. She is given the made up title of Progenna, because she can't be in line for the throne and therefore, can't be a Princess. All her life, she is reminded that she isn't quite good enough. When her father dec ...more
Kindle Edition, 394 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Clean Reads
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Ben Langhinrichs
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to start by admitting I knew very little about this book when I picked it up, aside from the title and the cover. I thought it was a romance that had something to do with fairy tales, which sounded great.

But instead, it had to do with royal intrigue. More than that, it had a whole bunch of stuff about Elemental powers, something way outside my comfort zone. But here is the magic of a well written book. It took me a bit to get oriented, but the characters were strong and I was curious, so
Nancy Brandt
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author. Of course I love it. ...more
Shelley Maethyn
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is always a joy to read a well edited book. Initially, the title, Pigsty Princess, made me wonder what kind of fantasy adventure I chose to embark upon. The story surprised me. Great character development coupled with an engaging story line, and I chewed through this tale in only a few days. I highly recommend this coming of age piece, and look forward to picking up the next book, The Questionable Queen. Excellent work
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book! Can't wait until the next installment. The author creates a detailed and wonderful magical world. ...more
R.A. McCandless
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Nancy S. Brandt’s “Pigsty Princess (Misfit Monarchs Book 1)” deals heavily with fantasy and romance genre tropes, drawing from a modern view of past concepts of power and position. Readers may have trouble with the use of stock characters, or the sometimes-confusing introduction of so many minor and non-characters, especially when they are accompanied by house/family and titles.

Brandt’s romantic story revolves around “Progenna” Mariana and pig farmer Orlando of Talla. Mariana, born to the highes
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Pigsty Princess by Nancy S. Brandt tells the tale of a princess, Mariana, who lives in Valborough, a land where magical powers-Elemental Sensitives-are everything to the nobility. The law of the land states that the person with the strongest Sensitivities rules. But, unlike the rest of her siblings, Mariana has no magical powers. She is "Insensitive". Since only commoners have no powers, when Mariana is of marriageable age, none of the young noblemen will marry her. Her parents are fine with thi ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting take on the rags to riches fairytale. Mariana isn’t actually a princess, though her parents are the king and queen. Since she’s an “insensitive,” which means she doesn’t have powers, she can’t be in line to rule. Mariana has a thing for Darius, and is hoping to make it an official relationship. Unfortunately, her parents would rather marry her off to Pir Leo, an old man who is frankly pretty creepy. Also, her beau thinks he can “do better.” Rather than be stuck in a marria ...more
Susan Dayley
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pigsty Princess was a refreshing fairy tale, with an original plot. Mariana is royal, but not accepted. At dinner, she must sit far from the highest rank of her father, the king, young men don’t want to dance with her, let alone marry her, and her parents want to arrange her marriage to an old, ugly, lustful man. Her choices are few, so she decides to run away, leaving her life of privilege and wealth, but finding a life of value. Pigsty Princess kept me reading, sometimes until the early hours ...more
Crystine Fujimoto
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely read.

I enjoyed the story and the well developed, flawed characters. The Princess started off as a naive, unmarried, not even in the succession and spoiled 17 year old Princess who ended up a still partially naive,17 year old Queen.

The only problem I had with this book was the title. She never even fed the pigs let alone knew what a pigsty was! I don't even think she went outside to see them. Just because her new husband claimed to be a pig farmer doesn't necessarily make her a Pigsty Pr
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Any genre of romance gets me happy and excited and I was glad to read Pigsty Princess by Nancy S. Brandt. At first, though, the names and titles got muddled up in my brain but as soon as I was able to identify the main ones, I moved along.
The book is about a princess who had “abilities” that could threaten her father’s throne and to ensure she never took over the throne, she and everyone else was made to believe she had no abilities, which made her equal to a commoner in her times.
The story dev
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good read

I loved the world building and the characters. Not crazy about the title, but the story is well written and totally entertaining. Looking forward to the next Misfit Monarchs book.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
A nice book but I felt as though something was definitely missing. I would have given it 4 stars, but the ending was so bad it kind of ruined it for me to be honest...
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Nancy S. Brandt is a stay-at-home mother of two children, a married daughter, 28, who works at an orthopedic clinic; and a son, 16. She is also a grandmother of one beautiful little girl. Nancy's husband, Steven, is also an author and an adjunct professor of computer science at Louisiana State University.

In about sixth grade, an English teacher gave an assignment to write a descriptive essay. Nanc

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