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The Pretender by [Ward, Katie]

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I love a modern twist on classics, but an author has to be careful to make the retelling their own, and Katie Ward definitely made this book her own. It s an adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, and Ward added her own flair to it to make it completely original. Sophia and Isabella were born into two different worlds. Both feel trapped in their lives but for very, very different reasons. Sophie feels trapped by her abusive and neglectful parents, not knowing how she will ever escape them. She has some respite in a boarding school, but she will soon be returning to the horror of her parents. Isabella was born into royalty as a princess. She has opportunities that Sophia could only dream of, yet she feels trapped by the expectations placed on her. She can't be an ordinary girl, going to movies or traveling on a public train. One fateful day these two girls will cross paths and go on a journey neither expected. I always love a story about self discovery, and both of these young girls are on a journey to discover who they are and just possibly find a love they weren t expecting. This book doesn t just have one strong female but two. I highly recommend reading this one if you like enchanting royal tales or a modern twist on a classic. This was quite a charming, enjoyable read. Review

This is the first book I'm reading that has that classic changing identities with other, in a Princess and the Pauper modern take. And the fact that I'm in France at the moment I m writing this review, and the fact that this is a return French royal family in a way, just made me laugh now that I think about it. I quite liked that friendship was an important value in this book, and that there is that underlining message of the consequences of our actions. The fact that this is a YA and NA novel, I think was a perfect message. I may be a young adult, early twenties, but I have seen the young generations and even my generation not deal well with consequences, because they don't think about that and the effects of their actions. So I like that touch, both friendship and consequences. I also like all the journey in the plot. This take of the Royal family because it's in today's technological modern world, it s something I quite like. I love reading books with the (fictional) royal family of the modern world and I haven't read that many books with that theme so I was quite intrigued by this book. Then, like I said in the beginning, this is a Princess and the Pauper type of book. The princess, Isabella, that dreams of freedom to explore Paris and the world and the pauper, Sophia, who wants to have a better life. And of course, once they meet, Isabella is the one that suggests the switch. Reading about their lives before and during the switch made me connect with them and be hopefully for the time they would switch back and have, the lives they wanted, but now with a better understanding of the world and their abilities and strength. That was what I hoped for, and that was what I got. Of course, the adventure begins as soon as the switch happens, we get drama and panic. That was expected too. The fact that it happens in the modern world made their actions and the naivety of their reason for the switch have another meaning and have a different impact. Contrary to the classic tales and all the movies that have that theme, there isn't a control like they are expecting and it didn t happen like they want. It was a great book even though it talked about important subjects, it still had that fairy tale feel, and I recommend it to everyone so you guys can find out if their lives end up like expected or if it s unexpected but what they needed. --Goodreads Review

The Pretender is an enchanting warm read. I love the cover it's simply gorgeous. Sophia has just turned 18, set to leave Boarding School to return home. Most children can't wait to get home, but Sophia is the opposite. Her Dad is violently abusive to her and her sister. She had an awful childhood and suffered terrible abuse. Princess Isabella is also turning 18 on the same day. She is a real Princess with the life of luxury. But she isn't happy. She longs for a touch of normality. What do Sophia and Princess Isabella have in common?? They are pretty much identical! To find out how and what will happen to the two girls you definitely need to read it! I really liked that this story combines light hearted with serious issues such as child abuse. Katie has handled the sensitive subjects with sensitivity but still makes a powerful impact. This a wonderful story of two worlds colliding, finding oneself, romance, coming of age, family, drama and friendship. The plot is enchanting and flowed along perfectly. The characters were engaging and very well written. This is definitely a charming feel good read that you can snuggle up with and get lost in for a few hours. I think this is definitely a suitable read for those who enjoy YA, New Adult and Contemporary Fiction. I'm looking forward to reading more from Katie Ward. Review

About the Author

Katie Ward always knew that she wanted to write for a living. After completing a degree in Journalism at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, she moved to Dublin. While there, she had a short story published in an anthology titled Do the Write Thing which was part of a competition being run by Irish TV show Seoige and O Shea. This story was originally written when Katie was 14 after she was inspired by an article in her favourite teen magazine. The anthology reached the Irish Bestsellers List. Katie was also shortlisted for a competition judged by Man Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle a few months later. The Pretender is her first Young Adult novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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