Friday, December 30, 2022

Today's read... Cursed Princess Club by LambCat

I'm wrapping up the end of the year with a brand new series in the graphic novel world...or webtoon realm...or whatever you want to call it. It appears in just a few days, January 3rd. Anyway, I loved the pastels and pretty princesses slamming against the title and the third princess. This one should pack a punch of some sort...and I'm thinking it might lean toward a bit of humor and fun. (Plus, LambCat hasn't disappointed me, yet.)

Anyway, let's take a peek and find out.

Cursed Princess Club, Volume 1
by LambCat
Webtoon Unscrolled
Young Adult / Tween Graphic Novel
288 pages

JANUARY 3rd!!!

Meet Gwendolyn – living proof that princesses don’t always have it all. See, although she lives in a castle and her father is the King, Gwendolyn isn’t like a movie princess, or even a fairly-tale princess. She’s got a big heart, but isn’t particularly attractive and doesn’t have a Disney-quality singing voice. But one night, she accidentally stumbles upon the twisted world of the Cursed Princess Club, and her life will never be the same. Hexed and cast out, the ladies of the club are just the people Gwendolyn needs to show her that just because she doesn’t “fit the mold” does not mean she’s any less of a princess.



Fairy tale like princesses, handsome princes, birds, and delicious food mix with over-the-top situations, sarcastic humor, and a touch of not-so-dark darkness to make an addictive read, which packs an important, inspiring message, too.

Gwendolyn is the third of three princesses (with a prince brother as well). All of them are radiant, beautiful, and amazingly kind, except for Gwen, who holds only the lasst of these attributes. When their father, the king, announces the daughters' arranged marriages to the neighboring kingdom...and these princes aren't hard on the eyes or heart...everything works out well. Well, that is until the youngest of the three princess lays eyes on Gwendolyn and refuses to marry her. The misunderstandings multiply from there. Luckily, Gwendolyn, runs into the mysterious Cursed Princess Club and finds support and friends...but maybe this isn't helpful after all. 

I really wasn't sure which direction this read would take and was surprised when it starts with beaming brightness, pastels, friendly animals, and perfect smiles. While this seemed a bit overly sweet, at first, the humor soon kicks in, and the characters grab the attention and heart. It's over-the-top and that is perfect, especially since it balances out with a plot, which really plays the heartstrings for Gwendolyn. 
And still, the author twists and plays with all the right emotions from there, letting the reader feel disappointment, a little resentment, but then, flip-flopping into the agony of misunderstandings, which seem to only grow worse with every heartfelt try. It's lighthearted and well played.

The graphics sing with sugary sweet fairy tales and make the world glisten and shine. It sets the atmosphere for the humor and keeps everything light and fun. While it appears to be somewhat childish at first, the world is addictive, for now, and actually promises with wonderfully laid hints at so much more to come.


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