I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ash and the Prince by Katie Doyle
Series: A Grimm Tidings Novella #1
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on October 9th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
Ashley "Ash" Prince hates using magic, but that doesn't stop her mother from forcing lessons on her. She resists except when it helps her stepbrother, Charlie.
Charlie is sick and none of the doctors knows why. When Ash has a witch dream, she is determined to find the elusive and rare Ghost Orchid-a flower that could be the key to saving him. Her mother begs her not to go because not only did Ash's dream reveal a way to heal her brother, it also hinted at her death. But when her brother gets worse, she refuses to sit around and let him die. In a race against time, Ash and a boy she met in a coffee shop go in search of the Ghost Orchid.
Only someone doesn't want her to find it. Family secrets are revealed and Ash has to decide whom to trust-the mother that raised her, or the boy she barely knows.
Love and family collide in this Cinderella retelling.
My take on this book: Ash and the Prince is Katie’s first book and it was very excellent. It had me on my seats edge throughout the entire book. I would have gotten it finished earlier if it hadn’t been for a few things that needed to be taken care of around the house.
I loved how she incorporated the retelling of a classic fairytale, magic, love both romantic and familial, secrets, and a heroine that keeps true to being herself.
The first thing that she incorporated into her book is the retelling of Cinderella. She retold it by having Ash, Cinderella, be a witch that is trying to save her stepbrother who is sick much like his dad was, and Ash dealing with her mother not being happy about her trying to save her stepbrother. I was just so impressed with Katie’s ability to give a classic fairytale a new spun. It makes you hope that Ash doesn’t die because of the flower.
The second thing that Ms. Doyle incorporated into her book is magic. The fact that Ash hates using magic makes you stop and think about why she hates it. That is one reason to buy the book, you know, so that you can find out who would hate using magic. This made me very curious about how magic could be a part of the retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. I loved the book completely, including the parts of the book that talk about magic. It really makes me wonder what if magic is still real.
The third thing that Ms. Doyle incorporated into her book is love both romantic and familial. The way that Ash cares about her little stepbrother, her mom, and her stepfather are all sweet. And yet the romance she finds with the boy that she met at a coffee shop is also sweet. Ash never knew her dad so when her mom married her stepdad he became her surrogate dad. Ash loved him very much and she also loves her little stepbrother. They treat each other as if they were actually siblings. No matter what ends up happening between Ash and her mom, Ash still loves her. Ash doesn’t like the decisions that her mom made in the past, the and present and she probably won’t like the ones that her mom makes in the future as well. Ash has never really felt any romantically feelings for anyone until she meets Jason and she falls for him after he starts helping her research the Ghost Orchid flower. He even goes all the way to another state to help her look for it. Jason will stand against her mom and anyone else that gets in their way. Their relationship is another big main thing that is really present in the book.
The fourth thing that Ms. Doyle incorporated into her book is secrets because that seems to be the base of a lot of the stuff in the book. The big secret in the book is with the magical witch community. They will not telling anyone that they are witches unless the person is also a witch. Ash kind of breaks this secret every time she tells stories to her little stepbrother, Charlie, but the little eight-year-old just thinks that they are all just stories. He loves the stories, and all that Ash wants is to see a happy smile on his face. The other secret is how Charlie got sick. However, that is a really big one that we don’t find out until later in the book. Another big secret is with why Ash has this much power when no one else really did and the one about Charlie, which we also find out until later in the book.
The last thing that Ms. Doyle incorporated into her book is a heroine that stays true to herself. Ash doesn’t really change all that much throughout the book. She is still that headstrong stubborn girl that doesn’t want to practice her magic because she doesn’t like it; while being a protective, kind, and nice person to Charlie and at times Jason. Ash tries her best to keep this strong face in front of Charlie so that he doesn’t see her break down. She needs to be strong for him while they try to find out what is wrong with him as Charlie is slowly deteriorating daily. Ash wants to save Charlie. this is very clear throughout the book and that she doesn’t care about the risks. Ash totally stays strong, true to her beliefs and yet she is still shows her femininity. Granted it isn’t highlighted in the book but I feel it is there.
Ms. Doyle is an excellent author. She had me sucked in with the plot of the book immediately, which is saying a lot about her writing. It usually takes me the first chapter or two of a book to decide if I am going to like it or if I think the plot seems interesting to me.
Ash and the Prince by Katie Doyle deserves the five stars rating that I am giving it. This is a really great book and I will tell anyone that asks me what a brilliant book this is to read!
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