Author: E.D. Baker
Series: The Tales of the Frog Princess #1
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
The Frog Princess is a vanilla fairy tale retelling. Emma is a magical princess afraid of practicing magic because she makes a mess of it (the anecdotes shared in this respect with her aunt were actually quite charming but didn’t play a large role overall to the story). She ventures away from the castle to get away from the obnoxious prince her mother pushes towards her though she has no interest. Enter her true prince (hopefully this reveal doesn’t come as a spoiler to anyone), who happens to be cursed into a frog.
I’ve seen The Princess and the Frog, and this novel feels very similar without the fun songs and with less humor and charm. The ending tries to force too much romance from too many directions without enough development. I liked the additional characters that were added toward the middle, but only a few of them stick around for any great length, and they aren’t quite as charming as they need to be to make up from the lack of warm and fuzzies provided by Emma and Eadric. Baker does a good job with some redirection towards the end of the novel that kept me guessing in some places and made me want to read to the end, but in the end The Frog Princess sadly isn’t an enduring tale to linger in your memory.