"The Kingdom of Grape" by Raimo Strangis
4.5 out of 5 stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on March 20th, 2011
Genre: Young Readers fantasy
Format: book from the author
Read in 1 day
Read in 2 sittings
Sat on TBR for 2 weeks
"The Kingdom of Grape is a classic tale of good vs evil. Set in the middle ages, a common messenger boy named Donnie Drake, has fallen in love with the beautiful Princess Jane Grape. Her father, King Earl Grape, has arranged for Jane to marry the ruthless Duke the Red. Not only does Jane not love him, she despises him. It is up to Donnie Drake to become a hero and rescue his true love from the evil Duke. The Kingdom of Grape takes you on an unforgettable journey filled with miracle healers, ancient magic and a poisonous prince." (Goodreads)
*thank you to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
I was fully engaged with the fast-paced and engaging plot. Even though the story is 84 pages, there is plenty of detail and plot twists that leave the reader guessing. (+1)
The world-building is fully established with multiple kingdoms, social hierarchy, and magic. (+1)
The writing style is quick and features names of characters and kingdoms with the names of various types of wine. I did struggle with saying the names of most of the characters in my head like, "Princess Jane Grape." (+.5)
The book is organized and I was never confused. (+1)
I love the dynamic between all of the main characters, especially between Jane and her brother. They drop the story forward with their determination, love, and sense of justice. (+1)
My favorite part was the ending becuase that is when everything came together.
My least favorite part was the names because it slightly altered my reading experience.
If you are looking for a book for your child that is between a beginner reader and a chapter book, this one might be for you.