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Princess Ben: 06/19/10
Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is told from Benevolence's point of view from the future where she's Queen and a mage. She recounts how she came to be where she is now.
I normally love this sort of book. Seriously. Add into the fact that Ben isn't a typical princess (not especially feminine, not shaped like a Disney princess) and she should be my perfect heroine.
And yet... try as may, I could not finish the book. I found present day Queen Benevolence's observations on past events too disjointed from what was happening. Every time the suspense started to build, she would break in with a reminder that everything would work out for the best, turning fantasy and adventure into something more like a book report.
I made it through the first hundred pages and then I skipped to the last couple of chapters. There just wasn't enough in the close of the book to motivate me to read the chapters in between.