Review of The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea by Melanie Cellier

The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea
The Four Kingdoms Book 1
By Melanie Cellier

Star Rating: 
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Number of Pages: 334

Date Started: December 16, 2017
Date Finished: December 18, 2017

Synopsis: (From Amazon)
Danger and romance await a woodcutter’s daughter in a royal palace.

One dark and stormy night, lost and alone, Alyssa finds herself knocking on the door of a castle. After a lifetime spent in the deep forest, Alyssa has no idea what to expect on the other side.

What she finds is two unruly young princesses and one very handsome prince. When Alyssa accepts the job of Princess Companion she knows her life will change. What she doesn’t know is that the royal family is about to be swept up in unexpected danger and intrigue, and that she just might be the only thing standing between her kingdom and destruction.

This retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, reimagines the risks and rewards that come when one royal family goes searching for a true princess.

Having already read about Lily and Sophie it was interesting to go back in time and learn about what happened to Alyssa. I quite enjoyed the book, and I really liked the twists that Cellier had. While this novel might be a retelling of A Princess and the Pea, that part plays little baring on the story as a whole, because the story has expanded far beyond the scope of the fairy tale, with great depth and even better characterization.

There has been no story by Melanie Cellier I have disliked so far, so I plan to continue reading this series. If you like fairy tale retellings with a dash of romance, I definitely recommend her works.

Author Biography: (From Amazon)
Melanie Cellier grew up on a staple diet of books, books and more books. And although she got older she never stopped loving children’s and young adult novels. She always wanted to write one herself but it took three careers and three different continents before she actually managed it.

She now feels incredibly fortunate to spend her time writing from her home in Canberra, Australia where they don’t have a beach but they do have kangaroos hopping down the streets. Her staple diet hasn’t changed much, although she’s added choc mint Rooibos tea and Chicken Crimpies to the list.

She is currently working on The Four Kingdoms, a series of young adult fairy tale retellings.

Visit Melanie at her website: or follow her on Facebook: for all the latest news on The Princess Companion and other upcoming Four Kingdoms stories.

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