DATE PUBLISHED: 24th August 2013
A fairy tale romance with a plus-sized heroine and plenty of dessert.
Princess Valeria of Amaranta is fat, but she doesn’t care. All she wants to do is to eat and lead an idle life. When it becomes apparent she cannot get a husband, her mother decides to send her to the Royal Riviera Academy of Fighting Arts. For a chubby princess who has never picked up a sword, life at the Academy is torture. Worst of all, the food is terrible.
Valeria decides to improve Rivieran cuisine by sneaking into the palace kitchens and offering her expertise, never expecting the crown prince would take interest in her kitchen excursions. As they spend more time together, the princess must decide whether she should become thin or stay in the kitchens with her beloved desserts and remain fat.
A cute short fairytale style story with a plus-sized heroine. It was great to read a fairytale style story where the protagonist is plus-sized. Size was major factor of the book and a lot of character made many comments on the importance of being a thin princess. To the point where men competed to lose her hand in marriage. I was beginning to feel this was going to be a negative plus-sized story.
When Valeria is sent off to a boarding school in order to lose weight there is a silver lining. She is accepting of herself and her love of baking. She states that she is happy with herself and will not deny herself food for a husband.
Other feminine stereotypes are challenged within this novel. The damsel in distress stereotype is thrown out the window as Princesses are allowed to go on their own quests, save themselves and don’t have to marry if they don’t want to. There is some romance in the book but this does not overwhelm the underlying storyline.
A fun fairytale novel with a headstrong princess with a love of pastries. She is happy being herself and displays a strong message of self-acceptance and independence. The romance did not overwhelm the story and was a nice subtle undertone.
Keep Calm and Read On,