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Thorn in Her Side by Jane B. Mason
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Oct 24, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fairy-tales, fantasy, school, princesses, childrens

** spoiler alert ** Sad to say, I think these books went downhill. There was something lacking in this one. An acting troupe comes to town and the school puts on a play.

Now, it's a very feminist play, for a world of fairy tales. All the parts with the exception of one are played by the princesses. The prince ends up getting rescued by his princess. But it's rather heavy-handed girl power, it seems like to me.

But that's not the reason the book is just sort of blah. The main plot is Briar Rose thinks this fairy called Nettle is an awesome actor. He's playing the role of the Scary Fairy in the play. And is perfect for the part. And seems to always be in character. See where I'm going with this?

So it comes as no surprise that he's the bad fairy at Rose's birth and that he's come to cast a curse on her. The only twist is that he wouldn't be such a bad guy if her parents hadn't been overprotective even then and didn't want him and his stinging Nettle self around their baby.

Meanwhile Rapunzel is getting sick, but only while she's on stage. Jee, I wonder why that could be. I mean, seriously. And nobody in the acting troupe catches on. Even when Rapunzel herself catches on, she doesn't seek help or advice. Another princess ends up taking her place. Brava. Way to overcome obstacles.

And the two princes have all but disappeared in this book and the last.

All in all, the most blah of all the books. Though I still hold #3 as the worst.

The book advertises another book in the series, "Slippery Steps", and it would've been about time for them to get back to Cinderella. But apparently Scholastic canceled its publication at the last minute.

Which really blows my mind, because I read one of those Rainbow Fairy books (Trixie the Halloween Fairy) and those are crap. And yet there's billions of them. Same publisher.

So a disappointing end to a series that somewhat managed to hold my attention. At least now I can move on to other books.
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October 24, 2010 – Shelved
October 24, 2010 – Shelved as: fairy-tales
October 24, 2010 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 24, 2010 – Shelved as: school
October 24, 2010 – Shelved as: princesses
October 24, 2010 – Shelved as: childrens
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