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The Jabberwocky Princess by Cece Louise

A captivating story based on Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky poem.


Told from dual perspectives of two strong female characters, this version of Louis Carroll's classic is truly worth the read.

Kainda is the daughter of a famous monster hunter. Four years after her father goes missing, Kainda finds herself working in the kitchens of the Galesmore castle.

Princess Opal lives in the kingdom of Fernshire, which has recently been under attack by a mysterious creature. Opal's father has promised her hand in marriage to whomever can defeat the monster that is terrorizing his kingdom - a situation that Opal is not very happy about.

Prince Ander of Galesmore decides to put together a team of knights he thinks can destroy the monster in Fernshire. One of these knights is Larkin - Kainda's best friend.

Haunted by the rumors of her father's madness, and curious about his strange disappearance, Kainda convinces Prince Ander to let her join his force of knights and help track and hunt the monster.

Along the way, these characters form strong bonds with each other as they fight to save their kingdoms and unravel the layers of mystery surrounding the Jabberwocky.

The Jabberwocky Princess has an expected publication date of March 10, 2020.

My thoughts/feelings:

With a little mystery, a little deception, and a lot of female empowerment, The Jabberwocky Princess is an excellent young adult story based on Lewis Carroll’s poem The Jabberwocky. Although this is book two in The Forest Tales series, I was able to understand and enjoy it without having read book one. Although, now I want to read book one and look forward to book three.

I love the parts of the story that were reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, things like, “The problem was that I was thinking about it too logically. I needed to think about it illogically.” And, “But what is life, really, without a little nonsense?” And also all the tributes to the original story, such as the mad characters and other things that I don't want to give away.

I absolutely LOVED the tale of the Jabberwock!

Favorite Quotes:

"Heaven forbid a woman would ever want to do anything but darn stockings.”

“Well, some beasts have a reason to be hostile.”

“It’s not that I don’t believe people can be happy together. I certainly do. It’s just the idea of a happily-ever-after. As if once you find the one that you’re meant to be with, all your problems magically disappear… I shook my head. “It doesn’t work that way. Happiness takes effort-- especially when another person is involved.”

“Do you always ask so many questions?”

“Of course. How else is one supposed to learn things?”

"Because you’re not defined by people’s opinions of you. Think about it—one person could think you’re the essence of greatness, and the next could think you’re stupider than a fence post. Either way, you’re still you.” I tossed my head. “So who cares what they think?"

“I think I take what I just said back. You might be just a little bit crazy.”

“Oh, good.” I laughed, pushing my windblown hair from my eyes. “That’s the perfect amount.”

"Being curious is not a crime.”


I just HAD to share these gorgeous covers with you all! For anyone else who tends to judge a book by it's cover...these books will make a stunning addition to our shelves!

From book three in The Forest Tales series (not yet published).....

And from book one in the Forest Tales Series


A huge thank you to Cece Louise for seeing my comment on Instagram about being a fan of fairy tale retellings, then reaching out and sending me a copy of The Jabberwocky Princess to review. This review is my honest opinion.

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