IceyTween Reviews: THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM by Christopher Healy + Giveaway

Welcome! I’m today’s stop on the HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM blog tour! Be sure to check out the other stops, here. My sister reviews Christopher Healy’s HILARIOUS debut below, and thanks to Walden Pond Press, I’ve got an audiobook snippet and a GIVEAWAY!

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom 

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Christopher Healy
419 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Release Date: May 1st, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

Enter a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never head of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as “Prince Charming.” But all of this is about to change…

Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Guztav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other associated terrors to becom the heroes no one ever thought they could be.

   The bards have the story details wrong, and each Prince Charming that rescues a princess actually has a name, they aren’t all called Prince Charming, you know. Bold, party-crashing Cinderella wants adventure more than sheltered Prince Frederic does. Prince Gustav’s pride is still badly damaged from having needed Rapunzel’s tear drop rescue. Prince Liam soon finds out that Sleeping Beauty isn’t a real Beauty after all. Although she loves wacky Prince Duncan, Snow White needs some solitude. The princes-in-turmoil unite to face ridiculous, dangerous obstacles and another figure underserved by bards’ storytelling: Zaubera, the witch from Rapunzel’s story. Angered at remaining nameless, she plots to become infamous enough through ever-escalating evil that bards will be forced to name her in their stories.

  There’s one word that describes Christopher Healy’s novel, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, the best: HILARIOUS! Christopher Healy creates a place where Princes have to fight Evil witches, bored giants, trolls, bandits, and more! My favorite character was… Ruffian the Blue, a bounty hunter, and Cinderella. Gustav, Liam, Duncan, and Frederic make a very odd friendship throughout the story. The story ends in the best way possible.

  I really love the way Christopher Healy was able to spin a wacky tale just by using fairytales. Christopher Healy will leave you craving for more in this fast-paced, funny, and odd friendship. The cover is awesome and I can really see the dare-devil gleam in Cinderella’s eyes. All in all, I’ll rate this book and cover 5 stars. And I absolutely can’t wait for the next book!

This review was written by my 11 year old sister, Asma!

Christopher Healy spent years reviewing children’s books and media online and in print before setting off to write The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, his first children’s book. He lives with his wife and their two children in New Jersey.

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    Marie Ifmarybooks

    May 14, 2012

    Great review :D especially for a 11 years old !! This book sounds so funny I really need to buy a copy ! I think my little sister would love it too !

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    May 14, 2012

    Love the review! This sounds like an awesome book – I hadn't heard of it before! Thanks so much for this opportunity. :)

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    margie c {the bumble girl}

    May 14, 2012

    Wow, Asma! What a wonderful and insightful review! I really think that this is a book that not only I will enjoy but my boys too! Thank you :)

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    Sierra Abrams

    May 14, 2012

    Great review! Good job Asma! :D You definitely made me want to pick this book up immediately! Good thing there are only a few holds before me at the library! And thanks for the giveaway! Excited to read this book! :D

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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    May 14, 2012

    Terrific review! Sounds like a wonderful read. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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    May 22, 2012

    Have been hearing lots of buzz about this one, can't wait to read it! – Kristin

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    November 17, 2012

    I've never heard of this series or author before. But I did see this book around the blogosphere a lot, so it must be good. I'll have to give it a try.