This book made me feel like I was 10 years old again! What a magical tale, Escaping the Prince by Lorraine O’Byrne is! If you like fairies, a slight interpretation on Cinderella, and magical worlds, then this book is definitely something that you are going to want to read. This is considered a middle grade book, but I really felt like I was entertained and I really enjoyed it, even being in my *cough* late 20’s.
This was a beautiful story that leaped off the pages, it was so rich with descriptive words and scenes that I could picture it all in my mind. I love stories about fairies and the fairy world, I was always a big Tinkerbell fan after all. I think just picturing a fairy world is the most beautiful thing.
In Escaping the Prince we follow Buttercup, who is a hard headed girl that likes to do things her own way. For example, she wants to wear boots with dresses, get into mischief and pretty much drive her parents crazy. She’s just a fun loving girl. When her family is invited to the royal party, where the prince is supposed to select a girl to be his wife, Buttercup is less than excited. Of course, every other girl in the world would love to marry the prince, but Buttercup knows he’s really a bully. After flubbing her performance for the prince, she figures she is the last person he would pick, but instead he felt charmed by her, and soon picks Buttercup to be his wife. This is when Buttercup decides to escape the prince and the kingdom, and she runs off to the land of humans.
Now Buttercup has to defend herself from bugs, spiders, birds and other huge creatures. The prince and the kingdom have to try and find Buttercup to bring her back, so that she can help them with a tragedy that happened after she ran away. This was a really sweet fairy tale story that will make kids and adults alike entertained. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.