Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison

Title: The Princess and the Bear
Author: Mette Ivie Harrison
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: Some brief disturbing images
Premise: A hound who was once a princess and a bear who was once a king travel back in time to save a kingdom and find their human selves. (PG Library)
Opinions: The Princess and the Bear is the sequel to The Princess and the Hound, but it is a very different kind of sequel. We originally met the Hound, who was a princess, and the Bear, who was a King, in the book The Princess and the Hound. Now we see them working together to fight the "unmagic" which is spreading throughout the land killing everything in its path. In order to fight this "unmagic" the bear must face the wild man who turned him into a bear and then must travel back into the past, with the hound, in order to change events so that the animal magic is welcomed and accepted by all.

I quite enjoyed reading this book and actually liked it better then thePrincess and the Hound. Mettie writes such wonderful characters and does a fantastic job switching each chapter between the hound's and the bear's point of views. Be prepared that there are a couple images in relation to war, and the unmagic that can be a bit disturbing. However, overall this book is a unique look into a fantastical world that I think you will enjoy.

Between last week and this week we have reviewed all four of Mette's books:

- The Princess and The Hound
- The Princess and The Bear
- Mira, Mirror
- The Monster in Me

We hope that we've been able to interest you in reading one or more of her books. If you would like to learn more about Mette please check out her website at There are still three days left to enter the giveaway for the autographed copy of The Princess and the Hound. The winner will be announced this Saturday.

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