Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mandy Reviews: Princess Callie and the Totally Amazing Talking Tiara (Book 1 of the Callie Chronicles) by Daisy Piper

ISBN #: 978-1461006381
Page Count: 288
Copyright: March 14, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

Despite her highly abnormal name, Calandria Arabella Philomena Louisa Anastasia Richards tries very hard to fly under her radar. So she knows her life has gone crazy when she passes a note to her best friend:

Lewis -

Something strange happened to me this morning.
I got a message in my Alpha Bits that said I was a princess and I had to help this place called Albion in their fight against an evil queen.


P.S. Dad says you can come for pizza tonight.

On her quest to stop a bloodthirsty queen, Callie will have to steer a near-sighted dragon, decipher an ancient riddle, and learn to command a tiara that talks back! And to save this magical world she only just discovered, Callie must risk more than she ever thought possible ...

Mandy's Review:

What a delightful beginning to a new series...

Calandria (beautiful name!), known as Callie, lives with her father. Her mother was killed in a car accident two years prior to the story's beginning. To Callie's horror, her father has just become engaged to a lawyer. A new step-mother was not what Callie had in mind as a present from her father for her twelfth birthday. Thankfully, Lewis, Callie's best friend, had come over for her birthday party and is helping her get over the fact that her father has, seemingly, forgotten her mother.

While outside, they find a hidden door that takes them to an underground tunnel. As they follow it, they notice that there are drawings on the wall that coincide with the fairy tales Callie's mom used to tell her before bed.

The tunnel ends in a magical land where Callie and Lewis meet a Queen. Through education and training, they become allies with the Queen in the upcoming battle for control. Will they make it back home again? How much time will have passed if they do make it back?

With elements reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter, Princess Callie and the Totally Amazing Talking Tiara will fast become a favorite of pre-teens ... and adults who are children at heart ... everywhere!

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