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With the help of family and friends, Annie and Liam's wedding day looks as if it's going to be perfect until everything starts to go wrong. Liam's father doesn't show up, nor do the magic-wielding guests. Members of the wedding party come down with strange afflictions, Annie's gown is ruined, a storm floods the castle grounds, and an unknown king lays seige to the castle. Queen Karolina decides that they need the help of her fairy godmother, Moonbeam, but a pea-soup fog keeps the messengers from leaving. Only Annie and Liam can get past the magical fog to find Moonbeam, but even after they find her, it's up to them to discover who cast the spells that ruined the wedding, and why the unknown king wants to conquer Treecrest.

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Princess in Disguise

by E. D. Baker

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Princess in Disguise is the fourth book in the delightful fairy tale mash-up series A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker. Once again Annie, the sister of Sleeping Beauty and who is impervious to magic, is off to save the kingdom. This time however, Annie's adventures are keeping her from her happily-ever-after. With her fiance, Liam, she is trying to solve the mystery of what is plaguing her father's castle. And like the other novels of this series, there is the arrayed cast of fairy tale characters that add variety and amusement to the mystery at hand.

Just as in the other books of the series, Annie is a nice contrast to the stereotypical princesses portrayed in normal fairy tales. She is strong, independent and resourceful, as well as kind, sweet and loving. She is also patient in the face of things getting in the way of her happily-ever-after and is determined to make sure it happens for her and Liam. Readers will enjoy her journey as she tries to solve the mystery.

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Violence/Gore:  Fantasy creature carried off by a strong wind; character gets bit by a smoke; fantasy creatures have a fist fight; fantasy creatures threatens to squash a character; character is threatened by another holding a knife in a menacing way; characters are attacked by someone shooting arrows; reference made about a character that ate children (similar to Hansel & Gretel); reference to how a fantasy creature had tried to kill them; magical flowers trip up a character; reference made to how a character would hurt animals for fun and kick his servants; wizard attacks characters with magic; destruction to a building caused by magic.

Sex/Nudity:  Several accounts (12) of characters holding hands, quickly kissing or hugging (no more than a sentence in description, most just mentioned in passing); reference made to a mare in heat and a stallion being distracted (horses).

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Reviewed By Sally
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