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An Inconvenient Princess

(Entwined Tales #6)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  844 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Penny knows all about expectation. After all, she’s a seventh child and they’re always blessed, especially in a fairy-favored family like Penny’s. But Penny also knows all about disappointment. Because there’s nothing magical about her at all. She’s perfectly ordinary, even outshone by her own twin, Anneliese.

But maybe being ordinary is a good thing in this case, since g
Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published March 12th 2018 by Melanie Cellier (first published March 8th 2018)
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Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read out of order but these books work fairly well as stand-alone retellings so I don't think I missed much.
Fun, creative retelling that could have used a hint more development with the romance but does a lovely job showing not telling so I'll excuse it.
Darque  Dreamer
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Inconvenient Princess is adventurous and entertaining! It is full of fun, whimsy, and surprising twists! For those who enjoy retellings with unique spins, this one if for you!

As the last book in the Entwined Tales series, this one was bittersweet. It was brilliantly written, and oh so fun, but it was definitely sad to read the end of these exciting tales. An Inconvenient Princess was a whimsical twist on the original tale of Rapunzel, and a happy ending to the story of our siblings, and our b
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The final book in the Entwined Tales series! Well, I am already head over heels for Melanie Cellier and have read every one of her books, so this was a special treat for me to begin with. I think she wrapped up the entire series very nicely, tied together loose ends and certainly did justice to the characters who weren't hers in the previous books. I at first wondered how there could be six books for seven children, but fear not, Cellier's book is about the last two, not just the last one.

I lov
Kim  Gregory
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now, this one followed the format of the series! Penny was a great character and I'm so glad that she discovered that she was a strong person. I'm also glad she discovered the things she did about her family too. It's hard to write a review and not give things away!

Princess Rapunzel was so adorable and I'm glad that Penny and Prince Arthur took her under their wing (with fairies in the story, that would not be literal wings).

Leisa wasn't much of a player in the story except that she was the on
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a charming and creative version of Rapunzel! I had not considered how clueless a girl who had lived her entire life shut in a tower would be. Her delight and confusion juxtapose well against Arthur and Penny's droll humor. And the grumpy godfather was amusing as always (he is a constant throughout the Entwined Tales). ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
May 2018

I loved this book. It was amazing. Another great story by Melanie Cellier.

Jan 2019

I re-read it now finally after having read all the books in the series because I wanted to read the amazing epilogue. And I had so much fun. Loved it !!!
Lisa Dawn
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Inconvenient Princess tells the story of Penny, the youngest daughter of a family that is "blessed" by Mortimer, the most incompetent fairy godfather anyone can ask for. Penny is the twin sister of Anneliese, and their relationship reminded me of that of Sophie and Lily, two other twins from several of Melanie Cellier's previous books. In this case, though, there was clear contrast between the two sisters. Anneliese is the playful mischievous one while Penny is logical and responsible, consta ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Cellier is the only author out of the six whose other books I had read, so I started reading this book with some expectations in mind, unlike the others. And she didn't disappoint. Just like her fascinating retellings of various fairytales in her Four Kingdoms and Beyond the Four Kingdoms series, she managed to make the story of Rapunzel much more interesting than the original, or even the newer Disney version!

Rather than a focus on the Princess herself, the story was focused on her resc
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This short book is a twist on a fairytale. The characters were fun and so was the adventure as Penny tries to find her missing twin at the same time as she's trying to help Rapunzel find her place outside of her isolated tower. Penny feels that she is unremarkable and a disappointment to her family, but she comes to realize that was more her perception than reality. When her fairy godfather magically transports her into Rapunzel's tower, she's the one who rescues them. Prince Arthur was very kin ...more
Daria Doshrelli
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale
I've been skipping around in this series but the way the tales are written this hasn't made them any less enjoyable. The author's characteristic style is preserved in this story even though its series part of a combined effort by multiple authors. It is a novella so the romance element is truncated but its well done considering the type of story it is.

Mortimer is still hilarious but Rapunzel has got to be the funniest of all. In a twist, the she's not actually the main character but the "inconv
Kendra Parker
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a retelling of Rapunzel, it was an interesting book. It honestly has very little in common with the original fairy tale, but it was still great fun, partly because the Rapunzel part was so minimally involved.

The story was funny and well told. Penny, the protagonist, has great character development. Other characters were not as well developed, most likely due to the short nature of the novella. It was a great end to the collection of novellas.

I’d recommend this book to someone looking for a fu
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Conclusion to The Entwined Tales

Having read this author’s other books, I eagerly anticipated her addition to the Entwined Tales. I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. The story’s pacing was perfect. I didn’t feel like the romance was rushed or the journey tedious. The mystery was intriguing with ever-growing stakes. The conclusion surprised me and was more satisfying than I imagined.
Although I loved all of the books in this series, I must say this was my favorite though not by to
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I read it in no time! I never wanted to put it down. It was so funny. It was definitely more of a comedy than the other fairytale retelling books I read by Melanie Cellier and I loved it. I loved the growth of Penny as well. She became such a strong character and throughout the book came to see herself differently and I just loved it! Rapunzel was hilarious! I just loved how happy and free she was and how she was so surprised by everything because she had never seen it before. ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairytales, fantasy
This was sadly my least favourite book in the Entwined Tales series. It was hard to put my finger on why for a while - it just seemed somehow lifeless and boring even when exciting things were happening. Then I realised was the way it was written - in an almost dry, calm narrative style that took the excitement and immediacy away. But it is my first book by Melanie Cellier and I'm still eager to check out her Four Kingdoms series! She excels with gorgeous covers and I'm hopeful that I'll enjoy h ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A clever retelling of Rapunzel. Unlike most books in the Entwined Tales, our protagonist is not a character from the fairy tale being retold.
Penny, the last child in the family the Entwined Tales follows, feels that she's nothing special. But when her twin sister Annaliese is in danger, she sets out to rescue her and winds up stuck in a doorless tower with a pretty girl named Rapunzel instead. Practical Penny quickly organizes their escape, and in the process they drop, quite literally, onto a f
Sarah Rowe
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unlike any traditional fairytale

This follows along the story line of Rapunzel, but has several twists to it that you wouldn't expect from a traditional fairytale. This follows the path of Liesa and Penny, the two youngest daughters of the famed woodcuts thrashed Red Riding Hood. When Penny received word that Liesa is possibly in troubke, she takes off on a quest to find her. Throw in a slightly confused princess, a prince on a saving mission, and an orphan boy, you have a story that's hard to pu
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Last book of the series and it does not disappoint! I love the outlook that Rapunzel has on life...discovering new things at that age, learning new things, having new experiences. It's beautiful to read and experience with her. If you though Sophie was ornery then that is nothing compared to Annaliese. Penelope definitely has her hands full keeping her twin outta trouble. A very refreshing retelling of Rapunzel. I would absolutely recommend this series to anyone who loves a good fairy tale retel ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another unexpected tale!

This was another unexpected tale. I enjoyed reading about Rapunzel, especially as the story was told from the life and point of view of Penny, not Rapunzel. Discovering Rapunzel's struggles to adjust to living in a world she had only ever read about was interesting, as I had never thought of that reality ... Or how to know the difference between things such as snails and rabbits... Great ending to a very fun series!
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably my second favorite of the six in the series, this one had a little more character development, and an intriguing enough story. Enough time elapsed that the romance didn't feel so immediate, and the twist on the classic tale of Rapunzel was interesting. As with the other stories, the climax didn't really deliver. It was fairly meh, with everything taking place in a matter of a few paragraphs. Still, a decent conclusion to the series. ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book

This is a great book for anyone who likes clean and nicely written fairytales. I think what I liked most about this book was the main character truly grew into a better person. She realized her place in her family and found joy in her life where she thought she never could. I have enjoyed all of the entwined fairy tales and I am especially happy that Mortimer is character that brings them all together. What a great story to end these fun filled adventures.
Angi Naerebout
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Rapunzel isn’t the star in a retelling of! Penny was fabulous, Liesa so funny and irritating, Arthur was even funny. Rapunzel was someone I wanted to feel sorry for but she was sooo hard to handle sometimes. Overall I liked her, but she had a few smh moments. I liked the way Penny’s story wrapped up but I really wish we had more closure for Liesa and I’m still upset that Martin didn’t get more out of his book (or something in this one!) How can this be the last one in the se ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great way to end the series and bring it all home! Brava! Brava! I am not saying this because I adore anything Melanie Cellier writes either. After reading Book 5, I was rather sad and depressed (view spoiler) but Cellier has lifted me up. Still, I think the best thing about this series was on how each author did give you little updates on the other sibings or a forwarding of what was to come. If nothing else, that was the best part. ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a good one to wrap up the series. It wasn't the best of Cellier's books, but it was one of the best in the series. It was a good storyline and characters. It was much higher quality writing than a few of the other books, which was definitely refreshing after the previous one. I also enjoyed the epilogue and it nicely wrapped up what's happened to the other siblings after their respective books.

***side note: I am friends with the author, but this is my view regardless***
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ku
The Woodcutters are free of Mortimer!!! But if you thought Mortimer was a bad fairy godfather, you should meet Rapunzel's crazy fairy godmother! Annaliese goes mucking about the kingdom while her twin Penny is frantically trying to track her down. With the help of Prince Arthur, traveling knight, and Rapunzel, recently sprung from a tower, Penny is trying to fix everyone's problems while dealing with her own. A very cute finale! ...more
Qat Wanders
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweet retelling of Rapunzel. Well, not actually a retelling, more like a cute new story where Rapunzel is involved. And it apparently sums up the entwined tails, which I guess I have to read the rest of now. The references to the previous books and other characters were so entertaining I have to check them out. I originally purchased this because I’m a big fan of the author and I’ve read all her other books, so now I will have to check out the others!
Billie Flaming
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A charmingly sweet fairy tale. This one follows a road-trip style of a plot, and it’s fun to see these characters get themselves out of various circumstances. Watching Penny grow and become more confident throughout the adventure was wonderful, and she had good chemistry with Arthur.
And Mortimer got to be a little bit heroic at the end. Bless praise, Anything is possible.
This is the last of the Entwined Tales. I don’t know the Rapunzel story other than the long hair, the tower and the witch, but in this story Rapunzel is a secondary character. The last sister leads the story and her little group through a variety of mishaps until the ending. It was a cute way to end the series.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve only read Melanie Cellier’s The Princess Companion but really enjoyed it, so I was really looking forward to her contribution to the Entwined Series. And while overall I found An Inconvenient Princess to be a cute and well-written story, unfortunately, I mostly found it rather boring. To be fair, road trip plots are one of my least favorite tropes, and it didn't help that the entire story was frequently told us in a simple narrative style that lacked intimacy and immediacy, not to mention t ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun tale with great characters and genuine character development. It feels a little meandering for a bit, but that's actually quite important for the characters' growth. It's also quite fitting for a quest story, which this is in many ways. I also like the way this book linked with the other books and other family members, and tied things up nicely at the end. ...more
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Melanie Cellier grew up on a staple diet of books, books and more books. And although she got older, she never stopped loving children’s and young adult novels.
 She always wanted to write one herself, but it took three careers and three different continents before she actually managed it. 

She now feels incredibly fortunate to spend her time writing from her home in Adelaide, Australia where she

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