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Princess Ben By Catherine Gilbert Murdock,

  • Title: Princess Ben
  • Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  • ISBN: 9780618959716
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Hardcover
  • My gown suited me as well as I could ever hope, though I could not but envy the young ladies who would attract the honest compliments of the night My bodice did not plunge as dramatically as some, and no man no man I would ever want to meet, surely could fit his hands round my waist What I lacked in beauty I would simply have to earn with charm Benevolence is not My gown suited me as well as I could ever hope, though I could not but envy the young ladies who would attract the honest compliments of the night My bodice did not plunge as dramatically as some, and no man no man I would ever want to meet, surely could fit his hands round my waist What I lacked in beauty I would simply have to earn with charm Benevolence is not your typical princess and Princess Ben is certainly not your typical fairy tale With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia Starved and miserable, locked in the castle s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room So begins her secret education in the magical arts mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle s pantries, setting her hair on fire But Ben s private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat to her kingdom Can Ben save the country and herself from tyranny
    Princess Ben My gown suited me as well as I could ever hope though I could not but envy the young ladies who would attract the honest compliments of the night My bodice did not plunge as dramatically as some and

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    1. Started to write this here and realized it was developed enough to be worth posting on my blog So here is my post I ve read, loved, studied, and taught fairy tales all my life Every three years I co teach a graduate school fairy tale course and, since 1990, I ve been doing a Cinderella unit with my fourth graders So I m always interested in new versions of these old tales as well as original ones At the same time, because many of these come up short for me, I am a wary reader of them, especially [...]

    2. I liked the premise immensely, but was disappointed by how it was handled I mean, dragons Magic Locked in a tower Arranged marriage to the prince of your country s enemy, same enemy that probably killed your parents Lots to love, but somehow these elements did not come together as I had hoped they would I wanted one on one time for the two protagonists and felt that, honestly, Benevolence was really a little too spoilt She had next to no self control and even less of a desire to try and be a be [...]

    3. YA alternate world fantasy Chubby Princess Benevolence had a scrappy, indulged childhood she was heir to the throne, but she was the daughter of only the king s younger brother, and therefore didn t actually have much to do with the court When her parents are killed and Ben falls into the custody of her pitiless aunt the queen, she is entirely unequipped to deal with the strict and interminable lessons in courtesy, the tiny portions of ladylike food her aunt allows her, or, when relations with h [...]

    4. I have got to say this keep me up at night Literally The urge to read the last word was so great I forced my eyes to pry open At first it was slow going, but that was understandable We needed the whole background I had mixed feelings going in because I had already gobbled and enjoyed reading Dairy Queen and The Off Season by the same author This series has one of the best protagonist I ve seen in young adult books, so my expectations were almost unreachable but I was pleased to find that I was t [...]

    5. I remember something Diana Wynne Jones wrote that went something along the lines of this In Fantasyland, a princess is either a1 Wimp, or 2 Rebellious spunky swordswoman with a sprinkling of freckles across the bridge of her tip tilted nose Needless to say, the rebellious princess character has become something of a clich So it s quite refreshing when an author takes this setup of an ordinary princess rejecting the frou frou court, then escaping and having grand adventures and can make it new ag [...]

    6. I wish I could give half stars because this book deserves four and a half As the inside jacket says, this isn t your ordinary fairy tale Princess Ben short for Benevolence , is a whiny, overweight, spirited girl who recently mourns the loss of her parents Her country is threatened by a neighboring kingdom, who claim no part in the murdering of the king and Ben s parents Orphaned, Ben is put under her strict aunt s wings, Queen Sophie Completely miserable, locked up and starved until she can beha [...]

    7. This was really disappointing I m a huge fan of her Dairy Queen trilogy, so I was expecting to enjoy this Unfortunately it has tons of enormous gaping plotholes, impossible characters, and a bad habit of showing something entirely different to what it tells And the thing is this was her third novel published and, as far as I can tell, written , so she d already done vastly superior work view spoiler So why is it set up as though the important thing is that his feelings are hurt because she embar [...]

    8. I found the heroine extremely childish and intolerable in the first 3 parts, but I suspect Murdock deliberately made her that way However, I do not think Murdock meant her to be so unlikeable that readers would not be able to stomach her I did not truly like Ben until the last part when she finally grows up and recognizes the purpose behind the princess lessons, her responsibilities as the sole heir to the kingdom When she got over herself, acted less spoiled, and actually got some spunk Part 4 [...]

    9. Definitely could ve been exciting.I feel like the author spent so much time trying to develop the main character that she just forgot about everything else I expected perhaps a bit magic and and bit less I hate the queen so I m going to be a little bitch The writing just wasn t compelling and fun to read It felt like a badly writing diary which was a tad upsetting The romance is hardly believable but since this book takes on a fairytale ish side, I ll let it pass Overall decent book but could [...]

    10. I was pleasantly surprised by this book First let me say that I m not a fan of these realistic book covers, which seem to be all the rage recently I much prefer the artistic covers that allow me to imagine what the main character etc look like I m also usually a little skeptical of fairy tale retellings because it seems that they can so easily go awry.This one, however, did not Yay Murdock takes all the most familiar parts of the princess fairytales the tower, the sleep enchanted princess, the [...]

    11. After reading Dairy Queen and The Off Season by this same author I really had no idea what to expect in this book The transition to fantasy seemed easy I still enjoyed this book after the second time I read it I like Ben and enjoyed seeing her grow from a self pitying but soft hearted girl to a determined ruler.I ve always liked fairy tales and if anything this book has made me like them even Ben is a dynamic protagonist She was not raised as a real princess so she is relatable And although sh [...]

    12. I really wish I could give this less than one star This is probably the worst book I have ever read I seriously don t think I can even review this properly because I am so dumbfounded by the stupidity of this book It s written as if the Princess herself is writing her own memoir, and she keeps breaking in saying things like, If I haven t yet addressed the matter of in order to explain certain parts of the world she has poorly built Also, she repeatedly says, I thought my situation couldn t get a [...]

    13. I m all for fairy tale romances and such, but Princess Ben falls short in so many ways Murdock seems like she is attempting to write a unconventional heroine in the beginning of her novel, but Ben herself develops into such a bland character Then again, she wasn t exactly a marvelously crafted character to begin with she doesn t like to do anything but eat She s got some serious eating disorder and eats her feelings, spends her time feeling sorry for herself and later, practicing magic that for [...]

    14. There was one quote that made this one on my favorites shelf, because lo and behold I look up and see this on the news after reading it With that, I hurled the slipper at him, not caring if I caused his decapitation I did not Marshaling what little dignity I yet possessed, I stomped down the corridor challenging indeed with one shoe and around the corner I lay awake for hours The prince had no right, not one, to indict me so, and if I had held the slightest hope of the book s assistance, I would [...]

    15. I thought this book was rather charming and unique I enjoyed Ben s character, and reading about her many adventures I thought she was easy to relate to because she wasn t perfect, and things didn t always turn out the way she wanted It was fun to follow her progress throughout the book, as she turns from a somewhat spoiled girl to a Queen I liked the concept of Prince Florian, but thought his character was underdeveloped He didn t really appear until about 200 pages and even then they barely spe [...]

    16. I was really disappointed in this book The premise is great I was excited at the prospect of a protagonist who, while a princess, is not skinny and beautiful I was expecting something that would go against the only the beautiful people get the guy mindset so common in our society however, the book did the absolute opposite, and it was only once she changed lost weight, became beautiful and ladylike and submissive, etc that she was able to get the guy, earn respect, and save the day Needless to [...]

    17. A princess locked in the tower who discovers magic Sign me up I was looking forward to start listening to this book I wanted a fairy tale type of story that would be enjoyable Unfortunately, this book was a disappointment.The concept of the story was promising but the execution was poorly done Benevolence, aka Ben, lost her parents and was then locked up in a tower She soon discovered a secret room where she learned to control magic Afterward, she ran away trying to avoid an arranged marriage, g [...]

    18. Benevolence is the beloved only child of the royal family When the king her uncle and the princess her mother are killed, Ben s life takes a terrible turn No longer is she allowed the cozy, unpretentious, rough and tumble childhood she so enjoyed Instead she must live in the palace with her aunt, the queen regent, who is so controlled and controlling that it nearly drives Ben mad Her only solace is learning magic on the sly After a disastrous ball, Ben embarks on an adventure by turns horrifying [...]

    19. I really liked this book Until the end, but I ll get to that later I love novelizations of fairy tales, and this was a good one with a bit of a twist It was part Sleeping Beauty, part Cinderella, with some Jack and the Bean Stalk thrown in for fun I liked the old fashioned verbage and was glad I was reading on my Kindle which made looking up words a breeze there were quite a few.Princess Ben starts out a bit spoiled, but I like how her character develops through the story, and I think the author [...]

    20. This book both feels that it s for older readers some of the language is purposefully archaic or less familiar and very young the emotional twists and turns and the adversaries that Ben has to face are not earth shattering, to say the least It s a weird combination of very simple Tamora Pierce and Pride and Prejudice The middle section of the story is fun and the last part is quite exciting but the set up 80 odd pages of Part I is a bit long and too leisure a pace, I feel Definite a book that I [...]

    21. First of all I didn t finish this book.Reading the blurb I thought it might be interesting, but the writing was too hard to follow and the whole diary thing got a bit tiring too.The idea was there, the problem was with the execution.It just didn t click for me and that s too bad.

    22. Meh Pretty standard medieval world fairy tale ish fantasy Really had difficulty liking Ben or believing in the predictable relationship Also found prissy, pseudo formal voice really irritating.

    23. Princess Ben short for Benevolence is orphaned after the assassinations of her uncle, the reining king, and her mother, her father s body is not found As the last remaining member of royal blood, Ben is forced to move into the castle and endure her aunt, Queen Sophia Sophia insists that Ben act like the princess she should and insists that Ben learn to dance, sew, proper penmanship, and control her appetite She later learns these lessons are to make her appealing to a suitor, so that the queen m [...]

    24. Genre Teen Fiction fantasy I really enjoyed this fairy tale It is about the adventures of the princess Ben Benevolence Princess Ben finds herself next in line for the throne of her kingdom after the unexpected and tragic death of the king her uncle Her mother perishes in the same incident as the king and Ben s father the younger brother of the king is missing Queen Sophia her aunt turns Ben s life upside down as she strives to turn Ben into the future ruler I really enjoyed Ben s personal journe [...]

    25. I had a hard time getting used to the style and the presentation as laid down in the first few chapters, but around chapter five the magic appeared and that is where things began to get interesting What s is that all of the spells and the artefacts perhaps with the exception of the broom were new to me, as was the use of the secret passages to aid Ben in moving about the castle.But what I really liked, in reflection, were all of the moral lessons that Ben learned as she lived those two years af [...]

    26. Excellent A very cute little fantasy story, reminded me of the stuff I used to read when I was, like, ten sigh, nostalgia Princess Ben is an unusual but strangely likable character, who makes a good narrator of the story The writing style very good It had the same clever, fairy tale charm as books such as Ella Enchanted or Once Upon a Marigold The pace was mostly good, except I found the ending rather rushed and a little confusing Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    27. Princess Ben promised to be a fun and unique fairy tale adventure, combining magic and aspects from famous fairy tales, and while it contained all those elements which I thought alone would make me really enjoy the story , I was still left feeling a bit disappointed after completing it To begin, I loved the writing style The narration had a delightful old fashion feel, reminiscent of classic fairy tales, and was written as if Ben herself were writing her memoirs, causing her captivating voice to [...]

    28. Last night I started and finished Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock This was definitely a different twist on a few old stories Princess Ben is the niece of the king, who has no other heirs When the King, his brother Ben s father and Ben s mother are killed while on a pilgrimage, Ben is taken over as Queen Sofia s pet project The story is told as an autobiography from a mature, adult Ben perspective Because of this, the narration voice is able to provide some analysis of Ben s actions and [...]

    29. Meh I thought the premise was great I love a wronged heir to the throne tale as much as the next person However, there were a few things lacking here First, the faux fancy speech was a drawback The author really liked high falutin vocabulary, and never used an everyday phrase when a 5 word would do For example, we have He alone could save me from a fate verily worse than death into which I was about to be so indifferently plunged Sentence structure is complex and sometimes difficult Even windows [...]

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