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Of Princes and Promises

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This book was received as an ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Sandhya Menon does it again with a modern take on a classic tale. I loved the concept of of Princes and Promises and the entire time I was reading the book, I could not help but to think Steve Urkel vs. Stefan Urkell. The "adorkable" Rahul Chopra uses his love for Caterina after she finds out that her ex-boyfriend is taking a supermodel to prom and she uses Rahul as her muse and turns him into RC in being her perfect date but as most fairy tales end, it is what's inside that counts and Rahul had RC in him all along. This is the perfect story for self-discovery of what truly matters in life and that is just be who you are. I know our teen book club will go crazy for this and I can't wait to hear all of the discussions from this book.

We will consider adding this title to our YA collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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I must say I really enjoyed this one. I'm not sure if I normally would have gotten it so I happy I got a chance to try it. Beautiful story.
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The cover of this book is beautiful. I thought there was a lot of promise here but I had a really hard time getting into this book. I think that this book is for a younger audience (tween age) and the characters needed a little more development. 

Caterina is the typical rich, popular but not invulnerable person who is under pressure to be perfect and most importantly look perfect. Rahul is adorable but at the same time, he was almost unbelievable with his lack of social skills and being able to see when he is too blunt with his friends.
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The first thing I noticed was the stunning cover. Would truly be beautiful on any shelf! Beyond that, the maturity of the story line surprised me as a play on the princess and the frog, but it was pleasantly mature a good for a range of audiences. With its present day time period I found myself relating more to it than I thought I would have.  Caterina and Rahul were good characters and they were likeable. I’d like to see more complexity in some of the characters but overall I really enjoyed it.
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Disclaimer: I got this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review will be up on June 8th.

I loved the first book in the series and this book is just as good!! It's a retelling of The Frog Prince with Indian characters!! I loved Sandhya's take on it and Rahul is my favorite protagonist. I will be doing an in-depth review by June 8th!
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I honestly love and relate to Rahul so much, socializing is HARD and definitely doesn’t come naturally to me. I also appreciated the character development from Caterina, saw a glimpse of potential in the first book and am glad it was expanded on. I enjoyed the magical realism aspect much more in the first book but this was still a wholesome cutesy read and I can’t wait for DE’s story.
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