Reviews by Bookbird
This is one of those nice books that take the usual fairy-tale items and make it more interesting. You get to know the characters in greater depth and there's the surprise identity of various characters/object. I would recommend this for a light read, since it's good and not that long.
Quite the story/institute. H.I.V.E. is for the training of the world's future villains... Kind of reminds me of Artemis Fowl, only this is strictly technological with AI and stealth shuttles. No magic here, just super-intelligence kids.
The book is science fiction, the scientific parts usually make no sense, and I was laughing every few pages :)
Instead of Cimorene, the story is from the point of view of Mendanbar (not Mandanbar) who discovered that wizards have been destroying parts of the Enchanted Forest. Readers don't have to wait long before Cimorene appears again. Of course she didn't change much from the first book, and is as practical as ever. I was a little bit disappointed that Kazul didn't play a very large part in this book, but it would make sense considering her position as the kidnapped this time. This book is just as good as the first book. Continue reading the series!
Wrede takes the usual formats for fairy tales (such as princesses usually being captured by dragons) and creates a world where such behavior is actually acceptable with a proper way to do it. Cimorene refuses to be 'proper', volunteers to be a dragon's princess, and ends up preventing wizards from carrying out their nasty plans. I think that this book is a fairly light read and very enjoyable for all ages, being very refreshing for those who are tired of the age-old patterns princesses usually follow :)