Garth Nix is on hilarious form as he spins his very own fairy tale, featuring Princess Anya, who, with her loyal dog, must embark on a terribly important (capital Q) Quest to acquire the ingredients for a reversal lip balm, the vital item needed to change a frog back to a prince . . . oh, and save her kingdom from her villainous step(step)father.
A brilliantly funny take on fairytales and quests for younger readers.
How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Review: Princess Anya is supposed to kiss the frog, only it’s not her prince who’s been turned into a frog by her evil step(step)father – that additional step is important dear reader. Its Anya’s older sister’s Prince who was transformed. Anya promised to rescue him, but due to circumstances transforms the wrong prince. So Anya is stuck with another frog to kiss, her sister entranced and a Quest.
So begins Frogkisser. A story full of fairy-tales, just not as you know them (you won’t think of Snow White quite the same way again), and a lot of magic.
Anya wanted to stay in the library and study magic but as she travels on her Quest and her troupe of friends (including those that need transforming back) grows she starts to acknowledge that hiding isn’t an option.
This book is funny, I loved that despite the title it’s not a romance, and it’s about having responsibility handed to you and deciding what you’ll do about it. Anya doesn’t just decide to be a hero, she has a path. That path is filled with wit, drama, magic and uniqueness which makes this story more entertaining.