Monday, June 3, 2013

Blog Tour: The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

On Tour with Prism Book Tours...

Madeline's story begins...

by Kirstin Pulioff
ebook, 66 pages
Published November 5th 2012 by Malachite Quills Publishing


The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom... a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.

Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture- her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces in the hunt to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure to find freedom and love.

A great start to a fun new series!! The day Madeline and her twin brother, Braden, were born, their mother, Queen Eleanor, died. Sixteen years later, their father, King Theodore, is still grieving her loss. Preparations are under way for her 16th birthday party which her father has informed her is her betrothal ball and the first event for finding her husband. Madeline is not looking to get married and isn't happy that her father is looking to marry her off. She defies him throughout the ball and the tournament where she is awarded her own personal knight champion. I enjoyed reading the power struggle between Madeline and King Theodore. They are both clever and just when you thought one of them outwitted the other, the other one did something to show they weren't done yet. It was entertaining! 

She doesn't like the pressure she's feeling and wants to be free, so she runs away. She gets taken by bandits and hates that feeling even more. Everyone sets out to find her and they all have a different agenda so the race is on. Prince Paulsen offers his men to assist and wants to be handsomely rewarded if they find her. Her knight champion, Daniel, just wants to bring her home safely. He comes across a mysterious group of people, and we're introduced to the fantasy element in this story. Who exactly are they?

This book is short so I feel like it's more of an intro and am looking forward to reading more (I'll share my thoughts on book 2 on Friday). Madeline is looking for freedom and the ability to make her own choices. It gets her into some trouble but she learns her lesson and shows some growth toward the end. We'll have to see if those lessons stick with her throughout the series. I love Daniel! There wasn't a lot of interaction between them but I loved the times they were together and look forward to more. King Theodore is a smart king and he shows his softer side when Madeline is missing. 

There are some great characters and I enjoyed them all. And the ending hints at secrets to be revealed and more to this story than I originally thought! I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys reading about princesses, knights, and the life of royalty with some fantasy added into the mix!

Content: Clean
My Rating: 4.5 stars

Happy Birthday Kirstin on May 27th!!

PulioffKirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart.   Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management.  Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in North Plains, Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom.  When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids, church and the family business.

Now Available:

156 pages
Published May 29, 2013

The Kingdom of Soron bustled with activity as preparations for the Fall Festival began. Lively merchants, hardworking farmers, and musicians eagerly awaited this event of harvest and joy. This year’s festival was even more important, as they celebrated Princess Madeline’s betrothal to her knight champion, Daniel. 

Celebration quickly turns to disaster as Prince Paulsen returns with curious demands, either Princess Madeline will be his, or no ones. Rejection turns to obsession and battle is declared.

In a tense struggle to decide her future, Princess Madeline must choose where to put her trust… in the king’s tried and true plan, the wizard’s cryptic messages and maps, or her own sense of bravery. Follow Princess Madeline on this adventure as she battles evil in an attempt to create a future of love and magic.


Tour-Wide Giveaway:

International Giveaway. Must be 13 to enter. See below Rafflecopter for more details. Available to WIN:

* Autographed set of both: The Escape of Princess Madeline & The Battle for Princess Madeline
* Autographed copy of The Escape of Princess Madeline
* Autographed copy of The Battle for Princess Madeline
* 5 eCopies of The Battle for Princess Madeline
* $25 Amazon Gift Card

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 13 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kirstin Pulioff and  Burgandy Ice & Colorimetry as Prism Book Tours. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

The Tour:

5/27 – LAUNCH!  
-          I Am aReader, Not a Writer
5/29 - Geo Librarian - Review
-          Novels,News & Notes
5/30 – Dee’s Reads – Review
-          Tressa’sWishful Endings
5/31 – Green Mountain Couple – Review

6/2 – JoJo’s Corner - Review
6/3 – Mel’s Shelves – Review
6/4 – Books for Kids – Review
-          TheBookish Daydreamer
6/5 – Books for Kids – Review
6/7 –  Mel’sShelves  - Review

6/9 – Wonderings of One Person - Review
6/10 – Cassandra Lost In Books – Review
-          Jessie’sBook Place
6/11 – Backing Books – Review
6/12 – Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile - Review
6/13 – Fluttereal Flight Review
-          MySeryneti
6/14 – Grand Finale Blast!


Taylor Dean said...

This looks like a really cute series. I miss being able to read these types of books under the guise that "I'm reading this to my children!" I no longer have that excuse, but I don't care, I love these types of books!!

Melanie said...

I'll still read them, too, even when my kids get older. Now you can get them to read to your grandchildren (that's my plan).

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