I received this book at no cost from the publisherFrogkisser! by Garth Nix
Published by Scholastic on February 28th 2017
The Last Thing She Needs Is a Prince.
The First Thing She Needs Is Some Magic.
Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother's new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own.
Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on a Quest that, if she plays it right, will ultimately free her land-and teach her a thing or two about the use of power, the effectiveness of a well-placed pucker, and the finding of friends in places both high and low.
With Frogkisser!, acclaimed bestselling author Garth Nix has conjured a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs. It's 50% fairy tale, 50% fantasy, and 100% pure enjoyment from start to finish.
Anya is a princess in denial. She would rather practice magic and read books but the way her life is going, it doesn’t look very promising. Her mother has died, her father remarried and then her father dies leaving her with an evil stepmother and now an evil step-step father. Whew. Her older sister Morven has lost her one true love to a spell that turned him into a frog. Anya sets out to gather the ingredients to cure him of the curse. In the meantime, she has to kiss a lot of frogs since the antidote is contained in a special lip gloss. Of course, the palace dogs are there to help and protect.
This is a really cute fairy tale that could have been a bit more on point if it was a bit shorter. I found myself wishing that it was faster paced. Overall it is a darling tale for even the youngest of readers. It does get bonus points for talking dogs and their ability to guard the young princess, yet let her grow and find her own voice.
About the Author
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing ‘Hail the Conquering Hero Comes’ or possibly ‘Roll Out the Barrel’. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.
Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher’s sales representative, and editor. Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994-1997, till he became a full-time writer in 1998. He did that for a year before joining Curtis Brown Australia as a part-time literary agent in 1999. In January 2002 Garth went back to dedicated writer again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.
He now lives in Sydney with his wife, two sons and lots of books.
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