Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison

Genre: YA Fiction

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One Word Review:

First Line: “Long ago, there lived a wild cat that was the sleekest, fastest, and bravest of its kind.”

“He was once a king, turned into a bear as punishment for his cruel and selfish deeds. She was a once a princess, now living in the form of a hound. Wary companions, they are sent—in human form—back to a time when magic went terribly astray. Together they must right the wrongs caused by this devastating power—if only they can find a way to trust each other. But even as each becomes aware of an ever-growing attraction, the stakes are rising and they must find a way to eliminate this evil force—or risk losing each other forever.” –GoodReads

Kathy’s Review:
I actually couldn’t finish this one, so I probably shouldn’t even write a review. All I will say is that it was just very bland and hard to get into. The first 130+ pages were told from the perspective of the Bear and the Hound. I never really got how the two “fell” for each other in this form. It was just a given I guess. I kept hoping that once they transformed into humans it would get better…it didn’t. In fact, Chala (the hound), still seemed too much like a hound. I guess I didn’t like hearing about hounds and their behaviors all the time. I didn’t really care for her personality, and how she really didn’t like humans at all and was constantly comparing them to hounds. And I didn’t care much for Richon (the bear) either. I never felt anything between the two. I remember not really liking the first book that much, but I thought this one sounded good (and I liked both their covers) so I thought I’d give it a try. It just wasn’t for me.

Reading Order:
Book One: Princess and the Hound
Book Two: Princess and the Bear


  1. This is based on a fairy tale, right? Anyway, it doesn't sound that great based on your review.
    P.S. I have an award for you.

  2. Andrea-I think the first book is based on a fairy tale, and the second is just her own story. I could be wrong though. Thanks for the award!! =)

  3. Totally just going to let the guilt about not reading these books go. Thanks! :)

  4. I think I read the first one and it was pretty painful to read. I don't think I'll be trying this one out.


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