There’s nothing like a blizzard to wipe our your neatly ordered schedule. Better late than never though! Plenty of time to read, I apologize for finishing Project Fairy Tale a week late.
Young, beautiful, and wealthy, Emma Pennington is accustomed to a very comfortable life. Although war rages abroad, she hardly feels its effect. She and her mother travel from their home in Britain to the family estate in Belgium, never imagining that the war could reach them there. But it does. Soon Emma finds herself stranded in a war-torn country, utterly alone. Enemy troops fight to take over her estate, leaving her with no way to reach her family, and no way out. With all of her attention focused on survival and escape, Emma hardly expects to find love. But the war will teach her that life is unpredictable, people aren’t always what they seem, and magic is lurking everywhere.
For a younger audience, it really followed the original fairy tale closely. Maybe too closely, the story really wasn’t for me. It starts out with a bit of promise that quickly faded. The characters fell flat for me and there wasn’t much excitement to the story.
It was interesting to watch how Weyn modernized the fairy tale and she used the WWII backdrop pretty well. You get to see the Germans’ side as little as there was of them. I had a lot of trouble reading about Emma and Jack. While it wasn’t insta-love the romance was hurried which can probably be attributed to the shortness of the book. I didn’t like Emma after the first few chapters, there just wasn’t anything remarkable about her as a heroine. And Jack, while more likable seemed to have some sort of split-personality thing going on. Nothing to major but I never connected with any of the characters.
The plot itself is rather anti-climatic and there are few if any twists that I didn’t
Overall it just didn’t grab me as a reader, the characters didn’t sparkle but the setting was interesting and I enjoyed the semi-realistic approach to The Frog Prince fairy tale. Do I recommend it? It wouldn’t hurt to borrow it from the library, no. Just don’t be too disappointed.