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Princess of Secrets

(Fairy Tale Adventures #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  59 reviews
All she needs is a clue

After a disastrous Princess Test, Carina tries to pick up the pieces and prove she is still a trustworthy spy. But all her evidence points to magical interference, and her father won’t believe such preposterous theories without proof. She’ll have to solve this mystery fast to salvage her reputation, but can she do it alone?

All he needs is a kiss
Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published September 27th 2017 by Avanell Publishing
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Merie Shen
I'm giving this book 5 stars, not because I want to shove it down everybody's throats and make them read it, but because I so thoroughly enjoyed it. It's been a while since I've read a fairytale romance book that made me connect this much to the characters and fall so deeply in love with their story ❤️

Anyone who likes fairytale retellings on the lighter side of the spectrum may enjoy this reimagining of "The Frog Prince". Moreover, it's one of the most accurate I've read, featuring both an Iron
J.M. Stengl
What a delightful book this is!

To be honest, I wasn't sure what to think of Prince Stefan at first. He seemed flaky and irresponsible, not exactly heroic. But he grew as a character, and he grew on me. Princess Carina is a smart, tough cookie, and the two of them make an adorable couple.

I really enjoy A.G. Marshall's retellings! They are unique, funny, and imaginative, not to mention filled with magical action, mystery, and adventure. This frog prince story was excellent--Prince Stefan managed
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this was outrageously fun and I loved it. I'm definitely going to have to go back and read book 1 now!

(I read this one under its updated cover and title Princess of Secrets, which is apparently not on Goodreads)
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fairy tale retelling

Cute, sweet, and absolutely hysterical. I loved the first book, but this one is even funnier. I think I found a new favorite author.
Fifi | A Fairytale Dream
I'm such a sucker for fairytales. In fact, I am currently mentally living in a carefully constructed fairytale dream world that I much prefer over reality. I just have such a weakness for kingdoms, princes, princesses, and fantasy. Y'all, I just REALLY LOVE FAIRYTALES. Book wise, I like to read a very specific sort of fairytale genre that can be hard to find (a genre that is more so fairytale and less fantasy, I'm not a fan of sword and knight game of thrones type fantasy) and A.G. Marshall writ ...more
christi anne
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CLEAN! Language and romance are totally clean..
I loved this one even more than the last. And I liked the first one. A lot.
(So, I am glad to say this author has been officially dubbed into my library next to K.M.Shea, Brittany Fichter, Shari L. Tapscott and Melanie Cellier. )
Now, about this book:
I loved Carina- and my heart bled for her. (What a terrible family, eh?)
And I loved Stefan- he's hilarious but gallant, strong and manly. And so proper- who would've thought, with that sense of hu
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I'm generally a sucker for fairy tale retellings so this is right up my ally. I loved the story, although I felt like the beginning was dragging a little. I complained in my review for Princess of Shadows that we should have been given more information upfront. I think that this book had the opposite problem. The narration alternated between Carina and Stefan's perspective. I think it could have been interesting to only get one of their perspectives so that there's mo ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the second book in the Fairy Tale Adventures series by A.G. Marshall.

This is a continuation from the previous book. So, please go back and read book one so it will all make much more sense to you.

Definitely loving this series. It is a romance, yes, but just barely. It is more of a retelling than a romance. It is an adventure story in truth. This is the tale of the Princess and the Frog. I was not familiar with this tale from my youth and found it to be quite enchanting.

Stefan w
Lisa Dawn
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so impressed with A.G. Marshall's adaptation of The Princess and the Pea that I simply could not wait to dive into the next book in the Fairy Tale Adventures series. The Frog Prince takes place immediately after the events of The Princess and the Pea, so it's best to read these two in order. The book starts out with Prince Alaric's brother, Prince Stefan, sneaking away to find Princess Carina so that she can be Lina's maid of honor in her wedding. Carina is the only friend Lina made after ...more
Kellie Cunningham
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Wow...just wow!!!!!! I absolutely fell in LOVE with Carina and Stefan!!!! Ok fine I might have loved Stefan in book 1.. Guilty... I absolutely loved how much more character Carina got in this book, and this is DEFINITELY going on my "favorite books" shelf... *Wow.* ...more
Cassandra Key
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This made me laugh so much! Great story!
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a good mystery! This ball of fun drew together some really cool things, I thought.

The Frog Prince is a fun story on it's own, a bit strange, but generally a heartwarming tale. Here Marshall has taken the classic elements of The Frog Prince and sewn them seamlessly into her world. I was actually really, really excited to see how she addressed classic points in the original tale--such as the spoiled princess, the gold ball, the well, the frog's barter, etc.--and thought they were very clev
Crystal D
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my new favorite series of fairy tale retellings. This series doesn't feel like it's just trying to reimagine fairy tales, but has a full fledged world with interlocked plots, fleshed out characters, and interesting political intrigue. Really refreshing to see in this genre, can't wait to read the fourth book in the series.

While I didn't like Stefan in Princess of Shadows, he's great in Princess of Secrets. His character arc is fantastic and really well realized, and he becomes very likea
Kim  Gregory
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this one as much as I liked the first one, but I think that was because I didn't like Stefan that much - he was a rather obnoxious character in the first story and that rolled over into this one as well. He did improve as the story went along, which I did expect to happen, so I didn't give up on the story.

Carina was herself, and most of the time I felt sorry for her, stuck with her family as she was. She was this strong competent woman and though her father knew this he treated her
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book is Marshall's series is much the same, meaning a quick, fun read that continues to build a world full of fun characters. This adventure takes us across the water to a new location and a new dilemma. Carina must make up for the disastrous Princess Test from the first book (So yes, there will be spoilers if you read these books out of order), and I feel like her family is bound and determined to disapprove anything she does. Enter a few more characters from the previous book, a cur ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was just as fun as the first!

Stefan decides he will get his brother and his bride-to-be the perfect gift: the appearance of Carina at their wedding. However, he is unsure at why they wish to have her there. Hi-jinks and mischief occur on his trip to convince Carina to go to the wedding and well he ends up as a frog. Also, I really enjoyed seeing his character development. Additionally, Carina's spy status being questioned and the fact that she has to hide it from her loved ones was int
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, borrowed
I liked Carina's story almost as much as I enjoyed Lina's!
Stefan happened to my favorite prince and I'm so excited he had his own story. What a cutie!!
So, yeah, this one was completely clean, a little bit of slow-burn from time to time but each time Carina remembered Stefan was a frog, she pulled back, understandably so! I mean, who in reality would actually kiss a frog?! Well, okay, maybe. If there were some guarantee he'd actually be a prince, I digress.
So, spy princess meets the cursed prince
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
3 STARS. I liked this one alright. I don’t really have much to say on it, other than I’ve read better (and worse) before. I really like the fairytale of the frog prince but it’s hard to find a good one. So far I’ve only found one.

This one specifically was okay, and there were plenty of moments I liked. For one, I liked how he was a frog most of the time and his form was really emphasized, and they waited to the end to break the curse. It wasn’t treated as just a small inconvenience to the plot.
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What fun this turned out to be.

Prince Stefan's fun loving character, and admittedly rather irresponsible nature was well reflected, and then carefully transformed through all the adventures thrust upon him, first as himself and then as a frog. It was fascinating learning the background Carina came from (shudder), which makes her attachment to a talking frog seem reasonable. I loved the conclusion, which perhaps stand as a warning of things to come to Prince Alaric and Lina, but it just perfectly
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun read!

This was really enjoyable. After the first book, I was eager to learn more about Carina and Stefan. I like that A. G. Marshall kept Stefan's character very consistent with the first book, although he's not the type of hero I personally prefer. It was really frustrating to see Carina struggle - actually, I still don't get why she didn't just TELL her sister or her mother what her role is - so much so that I almost docked a star. But i really liked the ending - i appreciate authors
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sarah Hamilton
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Fun Young Adult Retelling

While I'm not sure if I'll continue reading this series, I will give A. G. Marshall credit for developing unique retellings of classic fairy tales. I see myself suggesting these books to a younger set that isn't quite ready for more adult romance, but wants a fairy tale type read with strong female leads. The plot was fun, with a little mystery, all within a fantasy world that isn't overwhelming or overly complex. A great read for youngsters looking for just that.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always believed that the frog prince has been one of perhaps the easiest tales to tell. Someone is enchanted to learn a lesson or more. A curse really.

This retelling has a Prince cursed by a mermaid in order to save his life from another mermaid. The Princess is a spy trying to prove her worth to her family.

They both discover themselves throughout this story. He shows that a prince clan put others before himself and she proves that she is worth more than everyone thinks. They save a kingd
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this retelling of the fairytale The Frog Prince. The story picks up after the events that happened in Princess of Shadows which centered around the characters Stefan and Carina (both whom met in the Princess of Shadows) who are trying to solve a mystery in the country of Santelle. Between the characters and the plot, this book is for fans of fairytales, fantasy, and adventure. Perfect for fans of Lucy Tempest, K.M. Shea, and Melanie Cellier.
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The thing that makes a retelling of an old fairy tale work, lies in the ability of the author to take the reader on an adventurous ride to the ending that we want to happen. Marshall does this so well, making me care about her characters and surprised along the way. Plus there are so many funny and fabulous scenes with the "frog prince" that this was a joy to read. Just what I needed to take my mind away from the worries of the world for a few moments. ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't seen as many retellings on this particular fairy tale, but A.G. Marshall once again spins an enjoyable story. I like that she goes above and beyond the boundaries of the originals and makes them her own. Likewise, her heroines and princes have distinct personalities and cannot be accused of being cookie cutter in any shape or form. Looking forward to reading the next book. ...more
Carina Shephard
Just thinking about this book puts a goofy smile on my face. THIS is why I love fairytale retellings. Carina and Stefan are the best, both as individuals and as a couple, and even the side characters that don’t show up much are amazing. Six out of five stars.

Also I read the entire book twice through within a couple months, while usually I wait at least a year to reread a book😛
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Angela Marshall loves fairy tales and has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She works as a professional pianist and teacher and enjoys crocheting.

In addition to writing books, she has published numerous piano solos including Romanza, Forgotten Waltz, and Notes from the Past.

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“You’ve got spirit, lad. I like it! We sail for Santelle tonight, and we’re shorthanded. You’re welcome to join our crew.” Stefan beamed. “It’s a deal then.” He clasped Gruff’s hand and shook it once. The captain frowned. “You ever sailed before, lad?” “No. Why do you ask?” “No matter. We’ll get you in shape. You’ll have some manly calluses in no time!” Gruff” 1 likes
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