Princess of the Wild Swans
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Challenges: 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge, 2012 YA Historical Fiction Challenge
Rating: 3.5 stars
Princess Meriel’s brothers have been cursed. A terrible enchantment–cast by their conniving new stepmother–has transformed the handsome princes into swans. They now swim forlornly on a beautiful heart-shaped lake that lies just beyond the castle walls.
Meriel will do whatever it takes to rescue her beloved brothers. But she must act quickly. If Heart Lake freezes, her brothers will be forced to fly south or perish.
With help from her newfound friends Riona and Liam–a pretty half-witch and her clever brother–Meriel vows to finish a seemingly impossible task. If she completes it, her brothers may be saved.
But if she fails . . . all will be lost.
Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler was a super cute, fast read. I had so much fun reading and am excited to check out Diane Zahler’s other books after this.
The beginning was a bit disjointed for me, and I didn’t really get into Princess of the Wild Swans until probably a third of the way in. Then I was super invested in it, and didn’t want to put it down. I loved trying to figure out what would happen next. I wish this one had been a bit longer, as I would have loved to know what happened just a bit beyond the conclusion of the book.
The characters were a lot of fun. I just loved Liam and Riona – both were such good hearted people. Meriel was such a strong character and I loved seeing her grow over the course of the book.
I just love this cover of this one – it is such a image and it fits the book so well. I would recommend Princess of the Wild Swans to people who love fairy tales retellings, because this one had such charm.