⭐️⭐️⭐️I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this BOOK!!!!!
Genre: YA Novel-Fantasy
Ages: YA/14 and up
Price: 2.99 usd
Available: Amazon Kindle
Islamic screening: pretty clean throughout. Mentions of magic and singing.mentions of violence/blood and assault. Nothing too gory or detailed.
Note: it is not an Islamic book per se, but it is written by a talented Muslimah: @booksbyintisar
⭐️WOW I mean...I am still trying to find the words to describe how amazing this story is!!!!! I literally was biting my nails while reading because of how invested I was in the story, and I felt myself swept away to the land of Menaiya so deeply, I felt like I was in the story and experiencing it!
All the fun elements of a fairytale are in the story: A sweet princess (no damsel in distress- she saves herself AND her prince), a chivalrous prince, an evil witch, and a kingdom in danger...all in a story with a happily ever after!
Alyrra is unwanted and abused by her mother and brother for standing up for a servant and betraying one of their “own”. When a prince comes to marry her from a powerful kingdom, no one understands why. But on the way there, a sorceress out for revenge against her betrothed curses her and switches her body to that of her nemesis, Valka. The princess then has to face life as a goose-girl (a goose herder). And the curse includes an invisible collar around her neck that makes it impossible for her to speak her truth.
Alyrra changes her name to Thorn, and does well in her new life. She befriends a talking horse, makes loyal friends, and even builds valuable allies in the city.
At first, Alyrra decides she is content in her new home. She hates court life and does not care for being royalty.
But she also discovers hard truths in her new home: hungry kids, poverty, thievery, snatchers, and the rape and murder of young women, like her close friend.
AND- the sorceress threatens to use Valka to destroy the prince.
Read the rest of the book to see how Alyrra takes back her crown and her prince.
A perfect and fun read for teens! Full of imagination and intrigue , but also essentially about doing the right thing, no matter how hard it is!