Katie Hamstead’s Princess of Tyrone is a fun, fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Hamstead morphed the age old story into a current and sassy version and then catapulted all of them into space.
While the plot of Princess of Tyrone shares some of the same elements as the original story, Hamstead’s ingenuity breathes new life and adventure into the tale with fresh takes on the assigned roles of the prince and the princess, several well-planned plot twists and a planetary setting that still embodies a sense of majesty and mystery.
Rich characters are another strong aspect of Hamstead’s story. Isolating Apolline on a perimeter planet, giving her sharp shooter skills, and crafting a humble yet spunky attitude, creates a character that readers can both admire and root for.
Princess of Tyrone was a fun read that I would definitely recommend!
Summary from Goodreads:
Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone. All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable. Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms. But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever. A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!
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About the Author
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing. After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog. She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook
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