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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review – Unveiling His Princess by L. K. Below

Title: Unveiling His Princess

Author: L. K. Below

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Buy Link: Buy Unveiling His Princess Here!

Rating: You Want to Read

Reviewed By: Janelle


When Natalia's dreadful stepsister locks her in a closet, steals her identity, and sets out to marry Prince Bennett in her place, Natalia nearly gives up hope. Luckily, she has a fairy godmother willing to guide her. Dressed in nothing but a fur, and assured that Bennett will recognize her even though they've never met, she sets out for his palace.

Prince Bennett knows that he must marry his princess, but when he meets her something seems amiss. He cannot reconcile the lively, veiled beauty he consorts with at night with the waspish princess he meets during the day. And to make matters worse, he can barely fight off his attraction to a fur-clad scullery maid. Whatever will he do?


This is a retelling of a lesser known fairytale, the earliest version of which was called Donkeyskin, but the most famous of which is Deerskin. However, this version is far less...Grimm (bad pun, I know), and avoids most of the incest and horror of the original.

The problem of this story is what TV Tropes has dubbed the "idiot ball." That is to say that the story only works because the characters are idiots. The first, and most glaring example of this is the opening act. When the Evil Stepsister takes actions that could lead the kingdom to ruin and war, the king - who knows full well what is happening - offers her no obstacle and allows her several hours head start. His ultimate response is not to have the guards stop her or send a messenger to the Prince. No, he instructs a fairy godmother to give his daughter some magic items and wishes her luck. This is not a rational response, even in a fairy tale.

The fact of the matter is, Natalia doesn't need a fairy god mother. The reason characters like Cinderella need a fairy godmother is because they are trapped by their situation and cannot act without a genre-accepted Deus ex Machina. All Natalia needed was for her father to act like a king.

The sex is all right, but feels oddly clashed with an otherwise Victorian moral about behavior.

Overall, I'm not really sure who this story is aimed at. The smut keeps it from being for children, but the overall feel is overly simplified for adults.

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