Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Princesses Don't Fight in Skirts by Aya Ling

Title: Princesses Don't Fight in Skirts
Series: The Princess Series (#2)
Author: Aya Ling
From: The Princess Series Box Set 
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Release Date: 19th October 2013
Challenges: 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Princess Arianna likes being a Princess. A traditional Princess that is rather than the current norm of warrior Princesses. But when her Aunt, Lady Mathilde, the first warrior maid, comes home to find her niece not wanting to even pick up a sword, she is sent off to the Riviera Academy for the Fighting Arts. While there Arianna discovers more about herself than she ever imagined, and she meets Prince James, the second son of the Rivieran King.

I was a little hesitant to pick up Princesses Don't Fight in Skirts after feeling a little disappointed in Princesses Don't Get Fat (which I did enjoy just not as much as I had expected) but I am so glad that I did. I loved Princesses Don't Fight in Skirts and was definitely more impressed by it than by the first book!

Part of the reason I liked Princesses Don't Fight in Skirts so much was Arianna. In so many books you have a heroine that wants to be able to fight the bad guys but can't, whereas Arianna doesn't actually want to. Yes at points she came across as vain and spoiled (but come she was 15 what do you expect!) but she grew as the book progressed.

In some ways this felt like a more appropriate story for a 15 year old than most. Arianna grew as a person, and discovered that she actually enjoyed parts of both traditional and warrior culture, and that came across well. She was also resourceful, and even when she was still being kind of spoilt she was looking into how she could do things herself.

The romance was a very small part of the story, and it didn't end in an over the top way. James and Arianna were friends, they worked well together and got on well together, which was pretty much all that there was to it. The main story was about Arianna, getting the Prince was only a very small part of that.

I enjoyed this book better than the first it must be said, though if you were put off by book 1 I would say give this one a go!