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She should resist him . . . but to rescue the unicorn, Ellie needs the prince's help. Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him! But then a unicorn on the resort grou She should resist him . . . but to rescue the unicorn, Ellie needs the prince's help. Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him! But then a unicorn on the resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests, and a band of young and adventurous nobles decide to hunt it down. Suddenly Ellie needs Omar's help. She knows something must be wrong to have driven the unicorn to such desperate extremes. Can she and Omar find the unicorn before it's too late? And will she somehow protect her heart against the irresistible attraction she feels for the kind and gentle prince?


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She should resist him . . . but to rescue the unicorn, Ellie needs the prince's help. Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him! But then a unicorn on the resort grou She should resist him . . . but to rescue the unicorn, Ellie needs the prince's help. Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him! But then a unicorn on the resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests, and a band of young and adventurous nobles decide to hunt it down. Suddenly Ellie needs Omar's help. She knows something must be wrong to have driven the unicorn to such desperate extremes. Can she and Omar find the unicorn before it's too late? And will she somehow protect her heart against the irresistible attraction she feels for the kind and gentle prince?

30 review for Ellie and the Prince

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Vincent

    Richly woven retelling of Cinderella! There were so many things I enjoyed about this book that I hardly know where to begin. First, I truly appreciated the characters. Ellie is kind, selfless, and dedicated to helping all the creatures and critters under her care. And Prince Omar is a true gentleman, one who is unspoiled by his wealth and position, a true prince among princes. The romance is especially well done--it comes from the heart rather than raging hormones. Then there was the world of Fa Richly woven retelling of Cinderella! There were so many things I enjoyed about this book that I hardly know where to begin. First, I truly appreciated the characters. Ellie is kind, selfless, and dedicated to helping all the creatures and critters under her care. And Prince Omar is a true gentleman, one who is unspoiled by his wealth and position, a true prince among princes. The romance is especially well done--it comes from the heart rather than raging hormones. Then there was the world of Faraway Castle, so beautifully described (without being overdone) that I could picture it all, from the spray on the lake to the sun on my face, and the elegant Summer Ball brimming with gowns and tuxedos. I could even envision the unicorn as a real creature (definitely one of my favorite sections of the book), as it was written so well. The plotline gave me plenty of surprises and certainly kept things interesting. On top of all that, I was just generally amazed at the way the author managed to very creatively cover all the elements of the Cinderella story in her retelling. And while all this is wonderful, to me, Cinderella has always been much more than a simple "girl wins prince" kind of story. I've always seen a deeper meaning to the tale, a "moral of the story" moment, in that goodness and kindness, (virtues not revered so much in this modern world), are really what wins out in the end. I especially appreciate how this Cinderella stays true to herself; while others around her may be nasty and cruel, she chooses to take the high road, and not react by stooping to their level. I thought the author did an especially good job in showing this aspect of the story. This is a fantastic, magical book for old and young alike, one that will take you away as you turn the pages, and I highly recommend it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

    💝 FREE on Amazon today (4/9/2018)!💝 Blurb: Enter the world of Faraway Castle and live the magic . . . and the romance! Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him! But then a unicorn on the resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests, and a band of young and adventurous no 💝 FREE on Amazon today (4/9/2018)!💝 Blurb: Enter the world of Faraway Castle and live the magic . . . and the romance! Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him! But then a unicorn on the resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests, and a band of young and adventurous nobles decide to hunt it down. Suddenly Ellie needs Omar's help. She knows something must be wrong to have driven the unicorn to such desperate extremes. Can she and Omar find the unicorn before it's too late? And will she somehow protect her heart against the irresistible attraction she feels for the kind and gentle prince?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Coralie

    At this point, I have read the two prequels to J. M. Stengl's Faraway Castle book. I enjoyed both and totally fell for The Little Siren. I think, although not necessary, reading these prequels really helped me jump into her world smoothly for this novel. She's set up a world full of both magical and non-magical, knowledgeable and ignorant characters. She's combined a fantasy/fairy tale feel with modern toys and attitudes, and I think, mixed them fairly well. There were a few confusing moments as At this point, I have read the two prequels to J. M. Stengl's Faraway Castle book. I enjoyed both and totally fell for The Little Siren. I think, although not necessary, reading these prequels really helped me jump into her world smoothly for this novel. She's set up a world full of both magical and non-magical, knowledgeable and ignorant characters. She's combined a fantasy/fairy tale feel with modern toys and attitudes, and I think, mixed them fairly well. There were a few confusing moments as a result of this mashup, but overall, I didn't find it a hindrance. The story is set on the grounds of a summer resort that gathers a hodgepodge of cultures and people from the surrounding lands. Despite our varied cast, we get very little political or social information about the surrounding kingdoms, which I found kind of disappointing personally. There weren't very many distinctions other than an "accent" and some physical characteristics to set the different nationalities apart, so I never really remembered who was from where and it never really felt important. Perhaps it isn't, but I always love digging into the culture of a fantasy world like this. As for the characters themselves, I loved them! The supporting cast was phenomenal and I have high hopes to see more of them as each of their stories unfold. Omar was delightful. I loved his family and how he interacted with both the children and his parents. I loved seeing things from his perspective occasionally and he had an admirable character. He is a good role model, both for the characters in the book and those reading it. He respected Ellie, her wishes, and her needs. That's difficult to find in today's books. Similarly, Ellie made me smile. She was human. She had fears and doubts, but she was strong and lived with integrity. They made a cute couple and, because of their long history, I didn't have the overwhelming sense of insta-love. The book was filled with mysterious characters, fun characters, and the promise of many more to come. Oh, and oh my gosh, I think Briar was my favorite out of the whole lot of them!!! I can't wait to see his story! The plot was well-paced, though not necessarily a page-turner. That said, I did uh read it in a day *blush* without noticing. I saw many nods to the classic Cinderella story, but the story was its own and maintained an original air that I also admired. There were some obvious setups for stories to come, which I am super excited about! (I am positively dying for The Scholar and the Siren, y'all!!!) Many components of the story threaded together very nicely, but I felt like the end was kind of abrupt. I don't know, it wasn't an "oh, how convenient" feeling, but rather a slightly disappointed that it wasn't set up better feeling. The last two chapters were packed with ending that maybe could have been stretched out a little bit to relieve some of the abruptness. That said, I still really, really enjoyed this story from beginning to end and very much look forward to all of the strings left unattended. The book was well-written and I only found a few typos and one boo boo. Clean, sweet romance. No foul language. No violence. Note: I did receive a free advanced copy of the ebook from the author. Thank you!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephani Austin

    I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. But I can unhesitatingly say I loved it! This story was a fun retelling of Cinderella, had lots of allusions to the original story, but wasn’t a rigid retelling, so there was lots of room to play. There were stepsister figures, a stepmother figure, obviously a prince, glass slippers, magic, and a ball. I remarked to my husband that a good story makes you get excited about a possibility and then gives it to you. That was definitely me with one o I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. But I can unhesitatingly say I loved it! This story was a fun retelling of Cinderella, had lots of allusions to the original story, but wasn’t a rigid retelling, so there was lots of room to play. There were stepsister figures, a stepmother figure, obviously a prince, glass slippers, magic, and a ball. I remarked to my husband that a good story makes you get excited about a possibility and then gives it to you. That was definitely me with one of the twists in the story. “Wouldn’t it be cool if...?” “I’ll bet that’s what’s going on!” “I totally called it!” I am looking forward to more in this series. There were definitely hints of the Siren and the Scholar, and I believe I also Met the Beast character for a Beauty and the Beast retelling, which is my favorite fairy tale.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Mingerink

    Just as fun as the prequel novella! Ellie and Omar have such a sweet relationship, and this world is just so much fun with its mix of modern and fairy tale. This book reminds me a lot of KM Shea's fairy tale books, and I would recommend them to readers who love those books. Just as fun as the prequel novella! Ellie and Omar have such a sweet relationship, and this world is just so much fun with its mix of modern and fairy tale. This book reminds me a lot of KM Shea's fairy tale books, and I would recommend them to readers who love those books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Suzannah

    "Sweet" and "heartwarming" aren't usually descriptions that can be used of the books I enjoy, but there are times in everyone's life when one just needs to read something totally sweet and fluffy and comforting, and this hit that particular spot for me this week. This is a book that is the equivalent of being wrapped in a soft, fluffy bedspread and having a friend hand you a cup of hot chocolate and then sit down and pat your hand for a while. "Sweet" and "heartwarming" aren't usually descriptions that can be used of the books I enjoy, but there are times in everyone's life when one just needs to read something totally sweet and fluffy and comforting, and this hit that particular spot for me this week. This is a book that is the equivalent of being wrapped in a soft, fluffy bedspread and having a friend hand you a cup of hot chocolate and then sit down and pat your hand for a while.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Tempest

    This is the perfect sweet, soothing read for those days you find yourself frowning or grinding your teeth too much, it will leave you with a sappy smile and a heartwarming feeling. While it is very much its own new story, there are enough of Cinderella’s elements here and there, reimagined in a way that fits perfectly with the story such as the heroine’s ability to ‘talk’ to and influence the animals, including the mouse-like cinder sprites and the unicorn at the center of this story. Her gift l This is the perfect sweet, soothing read for those days you find yourself frowning or grinding your teeth too much, it will leave you with a sappy smile and a heartwarming feeling. While it is very much its own new story, there are enough of Cinderella’s elements here and there, reimagined in a way that fits perfectly with the story such as the heroine’s ability to ‘talk’ to and influence the animals, including the mouse-like cinder sprites and the unicorn at the center of this story. Her gift leads to her being employed in the Faraway Castle — a resort-like place royals from all over visit — and that’s how she meets Prince Omar and they have an instant connection…but she’s not allowed to fraternize with guests as an employee. What is she supposed to do, especially with the Director breathing down her neck and just itching for an excuse to fire her? Then things get worse when one of the animals under her care upsets some of the guests and nobles now want to hunt it down for sport! Ellie now has no choice but to reach out to Prince Omar for help, and they team up to save her unicorn, and in their quest they discover some stuff about Ellie’s mysterious background and how deep their love for each other truly goes. The setting is so interesting, it’s not the medieval fantasy you go in expecting in most adaptations, and has a lot of modern elements that go very well with the magic, almost like it’s an alternate universe of our own world, which makes the set-up of our story involving a magical creature zoo so much more enjoyable. I finished this book feeling sad that Faraway Castle doesn’t actually exist but the closest I can get to visiting it is to see it again, in new ways, through the eyes of the heroines of the next few books in the series. And I will do just that!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Jezowski

    Very sweet story This book was so darling. The characters were sweet and lovable, and the plot was simple but had many surprising twists I didn’t see coming. I especially loved how it wasn’t just a Cinderella story, but that multiple fairytales cleverly wove together. Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, possibly Sleeping Beauty...I cant wait to read the next book!! Oh and the adorable animals!!! Don’t get me started on Cinder Sprites!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ariel Masters

    I loved Ellie and the Prince! Our main character is sweet and kind with a powerful gift. She's head over heels in a forbidden love too. This story is light, edited to perfection, and filled with characters that will melt your heart. My favorite is Geraldo. He never ceases to make me smile. I would definitely recommend this book. And I dare say, it's the perfect read for the twelve-year-old daughter wanting to branch into the world of YA books. I would let my nine-year-olds read it if they could. I loved Ellie and the Prince! Our main character is sweet and kind with a powerful gift. She's head over heels in a forbidden love too. This story is light, edited to perfection, and filled with characters that will melt your heart. My favorite is Geraldo. He never ceases to make me smile. I would definitely recommend this book. And I dare say, it's the perfect read for the twelve-year-old daughter wanting to branch into the world of YA books. I would let my nine-year-olds read it if they could. Thank you for the lovely story!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen Martin

    This book has everything I want in a fairytale: romance, adventure, courageous heroines, kind heroes, princes in more than just blood. I love fairytales, and any retellings, and this author is proving to be a new favorite of mine. Ellie is a great beginning to this series. She's a hard worker with a kind heart, everything you'd expect from a 'Cinderella' character, except the fact that she has magic. She helps everyone she can, even if her friendship with some of the royals extends a bit beyond This book has everything I want in a fairytale: romance, adventure, courageous heroines, kind heroes, princes in more than just blood. I love fairytales, and any retellings, and this author is proving to be a new favorite of mine. Ellie is a great beginning to this series. She's a hard worker with a kind heart, everything you'd expect from a 'Cinderella' character, except the fact that she has magic. She helps everyone she can, even if her friendship with some of the royals extends a bit beyond what a resort worker should. Then there's Omar, kind, shy, and absolutely adorable with his little siblings, who fully believe that Ellie is the best person ever. Their relationship is so sweet to watch, each knowing that their positions aren't exactly ideal to be together, but drawn to each other none-the-less. Though there's quite a bit of adorable awkwardness, there's also a great connection, especially when they have to band together to save some magical creatures. Throw in a mysterious character who's head of all magical creatures, a sulky head of the resort, a troublemaking prince, and a flirtatious one, and this book is a recipe for fun. I especially love the mix of magic and fairytale style culture with a modern-day resort. All together, this is a book I highly recommend and I cannot wait for the next one! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bess

    This was a fun Cinder-ella story! My second book by J.M. Stengl and first stand-alone. I enjoyed that this "broke" the mold for traditional Cinderella stories. Although, I felt the romance part a bit lacking for my taste. This is a modern fantasy. So, don't think you're going to find the standard tropes! You won't be wanting them after you read this anyway! Ellie does not live in the home of her evil stepmother & stepsisters. She, in fact, has a job as a magical creature rescuer at a fancy resort This was a fun Cinder-ella story! My second book by J.M. Stengl and first stand-alone. I enjoyed that this "broke" the mold for traditional Cinderella stories. Although, I felt the romance part a bit lacking for my taste. This is a modern fantasy. So, don't think you're going to find the standard tropes! You won't be wanting them after you read this anyway! Ellie does not live in the home of her evil stepmother & stepsisters. She, in fact, has a job as a magical creature rescuer at a fancy resort for the rich & famous. Nice twist! Yes, there are unicorns but I found the sprites to steal the show!! I loved those little ones! And then prince Omar. He was cute. Not necessarily in looks but in attitude. Here comes "prince charming" as a mathematician and extremely shy! Is he hounded by the "elite" in his kingdom? Well, it wouldn't be Cinderella if there weren't mean girls fighting over him. I liked how Ms. Stengl added the Disney title "Cinder Ellie" into the read. It was adorable, especially coming from all of Omar's siblings! Then, the biggest twist of all was the griffin and their bizarre ways! I liked that Ellie still arrived in the coach and horses while others arrived in limousines! Cherry on top! Give this one a go! It was super cute and fun!! I liked all the supposed trouble our heroine found herself in by the "evil" director at the resort.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melonie

    Wow! I was thoroughly captivated with this book and could not put it down. It is a Cinderella re-telling based on the original, but not strict to it. I loved the changes and all the characters. Ellie is such a strong character you can't help but fall in love with her. Full of Kindness! This is Book one in an upcoming series. There are several hints of what the other books in the series will be about. I picked up on a few! I can't wait for the next book! Wow! I was thoroughly captivated with this book and could not put it down. It is a Cinderella re-telling based on the original, but not strict to it. I loved the changes and all the characters. Ellie is such a strong character you can't help but fall in love with her. Full of Kindness! This is Book one in an upcoming series. There are several hints of what the other books in the series will be about. I picked up on a few! I can't wait for the next book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    M.H. Elrich

    A wonderfully sweet and original retelling of Cinderella with unexpected twists and turns and romance.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Dawn

    The authors I started following from the Entwined Tales Launch Party led me to the discovery of a brand new fairy tale book series, Faraway Castle by J. M. Stengl. As it turns out, her writing style is a perfect match for me. Her books are fast-paced and take place in a magical yet modern setting with a light-hearted tone and lovable characters. The series kicks off with two introductory novellas that can each be completed in about an hour. Cinder Ellie sets up Ellie's backstory for the first no The authors I started following from the Entwined Tales Launch Party led me to the discovery of a brand new fairy tale book series, Faraway Castle by J. M. Stengl. As it turns out, her writing style is a perfect match for me. Her books are fast-paced and take place in a magical yet modern setting with a light-hearted tone and lovable characters. The series kicks off with two introductory novellas that can each be completed in about an hour. Cinder Ellie sets up Ellie's backstory for the first novel, Ellie and the Prince, and The Little Siren, which is available for free upon signing up for the author's mailing list, introduces a romance between a mermaid and a human that will take place in the second official novel in the series, The Siren and the Scholar. There is so much to love about this series that I'm not even sure where to begin. Ellie and the Prince, the first official novel in the Faraway Castle series, tells the story of Ellie Calmer, who was selected to help keep the magical creatures at Faraway Castle under control thanks to her supernatural abilities to calm others with the sound of her voice. Her specialty in this role, as introduced in the prequel, Cindere Ellie, is trapping "cinder sprites," small rodent-like beings that burst into flames when they are scared or intimidated. As a magical animal rights activist of sorts, Ellie invents a spray that puts out the creatures' fires while still allowing them to stay alive. She contains the cinder sprites in small glass capsules to make sure they can't harm anyone with their fiery mischief so the guests at Faraway Castle remain happy during their stay. The castle itself is more of a vacation resort for royalty than an actual royal castle. As an employee there, Ellie sees guests come and go and makes sure that the magical beings that only she and a small handful of other people can see don't disturb anyone. Even though the story takes place in a world of royalty and enchantment, the setting is surprisingly modern. The characters are often described as wearing clothing such as jeans and t-shirts. I thought that was a clever idea that made the world of Faraway Castle very unique. If princess stories take place in other worlds that are full of magic, why must they always be set during the medieval or Rennaissance era? After all, they aren't meant to be historical fiction. Faraway Castle is set in a very gentle fantasy land devoid of terrifying monsters or dark mages. It reminded me of the land of Avalon from the series Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders or Centopia from Mia and Me, a friendly world full of magic and wonder that would be a lot of fun to visit. This type of pleasant escapism is exactly the sort of thing I look for in my fantasy tales. The princes of J. M. Stengl's world also have more of a modern appeal than the vapid Prince Charmings of the past. Today's generation prefers men who are gentle and nerdy and willing to let women take the initiative. That is exactly how Prince Omar behaves. Even though he clearly has feelings for Ellie, he is too nervous to talk to her and tries to place himself in as many situations as he can where she would need to talk to him to make it easier for him to cope with his anxiety. Though Ellie is aware of his feelings, she tries to be as standoffish as possible because she doesn't feel that she is worthy of a prince as a mere servant of Faraway Castle. This makes for an adorably awkward relationship that is a lot more fun to read about than a charming prince sweeping a beautiful princess off her feet at first sight. Torbjorn and Kamoana from The Little Siren behave in a similar demeanor. I found their romance even more enjoyable because I love stories about supernatural beings falling in love with ordinary men. There is so much to love about the world of Faraway Castle. The books are full of magic, wonder, cute, awkward romance, and read quickly during a busy day. They are the perfect escape from the monotony of everyday life. The next book in the series, The Siren and the Scholar comes out next week! I am extremely eager to read about how things turn out for the lovely siren Kamoana and her nerdy boyfriend, Torbjorn. If you're looking for a light-hearted escape from everyday life, you should absolutely check out the Faraway Castle series by J. M. Stengl. It's just like our world but better because it's filled with fantasy and fun.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I have only read this book once and loved it! I admired the cover the whole time! YES, there are unicorns, but there are several other magical creatures AND we learn about Ellie's background in this one because she has no memory of who she is. We also get a glimpse of Tor trying to get into the Siren island and Ellie risks herself more than once to rescue him. Can't wait to read his story in the sequel! Omar is a true hero in this story, he makes his intentions known to Ellie and is willing to ris I have only read this book once and loved it! I admired the cover the whole time! YES, there are unicorns, but there are several other magical creatures AND we learn about Ellie's background in this one because she has no memory of who she is. We also get a glimpse of Tor trying to get into the Siren island and Ellie risks herself more than once to rescue him. Can't wait to read his story in the sequel! Omar is a true hero in this story, he makes his intentions known to Ellie and is willing to risk everything to be with her. My favorite part is at the end as the Gamekeeper creature travels with Ellie to his haven and she is able to get answers and then gets a makeover. The entire conclusion was incredible and I was thrilled with not just the happy ending but also the story's parallels to the actual fairy tale of Cinderella. The author is brilliant in making Faraway Castle so vivid yet filled with mischief. Loved Ellie and her heart for this place!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Couldn’t put this book down! I love fairy tale retellings and Stengl has done a brilliant job turning the humdrum old Cinderella tale into an exciting romp of magical creatures, spoiled stuck up nobility, and a true love story that goes so much deeper than a beautiful girl showing up at ball! Each story in this series (at this point, I’ve read The Little Siren and Cinder Ellie) is a great stand alone, but the intricacies mean that I’m already guessing what characters are going to pop up as main c Couldn’t put this book down! I love fairy tale retellings and Stengl has done a brilliant job turning the humdrum old Cinderella tale into an exciting romp of magical creatures, spoiled stuck up nobility, and a true love story that goes so much deeper than a beautiful girl showing up at ball! Each story in this series (at this point, I’ve read The Little Siren and Cinder Ellie) is a great stand alone, but the intricacies mean that I’m already guessing what characters are going to pop up as main characters in future tales!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim Gregory

    Sweet and clean fairy tale. Ellie works at a castle resort for the rich. She has a bit of magic that helps her to keep the critters under control, and soon she is promoted to a higher position, something that causes trouble for her. Then there is the shy Prince who likes her - but she isn't of his class! It's just a delightful tale that gives us suspense as well as an escape from the "real" world! Sweet and clean fairy tale. Ellie works at a castle resort for the rich. She has a bit of magic that helps her to keep the critters under control, and soon she is promoted to a higher position, something that causes trouble for her. Then there is the shy Prince who likes her - but she isn't of his class! It's just a delightful tale that gives us suspense as well as an escape from the "real" world!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Shaw

    Really enjoyed this book. Full of cute characters. Couldn't put it down. Really enjoyed this book. Full of cute characters. Couldn't put it down.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shantelle

    3.5 stars Ellie and the Prince is the first novel in the FARAWAY CASTLE series by J.M. Stengl. It was quite a cute tale with lots of intriguing creatures, some lovely characters, and a few fun twists. As the cover implies rather nicely, this book is a light fairy tale retelling. It has a modern-day sort of setting, but with a heavy fantasy thread. If you haven't figured out, it's a retelling of Cinderella ... And yes, I enjoyed it! I'll mention this again, this series has more of a magical theme t 3.5 stars Ellie and the Prince is the first novel in the FARAWAY CASTLE series by J.M. Stengl. It was quite a cute tale with lots of intriguing creatures, some lovely characters, and a few fun twists. As the cover implies rather nicely, this book is a light fairy tale retelling. It has a modern-day sort of setting, but with a heavy fantasy thread. If you haven't figured out, it's a retelling of Cinderella ... And yes, I enjoyed it! I'll mention this again, this series has more of a magical theme than the fantasy/fairy tale books I usually read. But it's not at all dark/creepy. The magical powers almost appear to symbolize natural talents or gifts and I found myself enjoying how some of that played out. Other aspects of it still came across as a little weird. But overall I didn't have a problem with it. Oh my goodness ... and now I think I'm rather in love with cinder sprites! The author did such a good job with the description of these sweet, furry creatures and they stole my heart! *grins* The unicorns were fun, too. I really enjoyed Prince Omar as a character once more. And his siblings are utterly adorable! Love them so much. His big brother relationship with them is precious. And, not to mention, Ellie's interactions with them. Also, loved the mentions of Tor and the little siren. I can hardly wait for the continuation of their story! *tries to smother excited squeals* And the big twist! And another certain character! I just love how that all played out. Ellie and the Prince was a relatively easy and fast-paced read. I flew through a lot of it - it keeping my interest effortlessly. The last piece of the book lagged a tad, but it was a very cute ending that had me sighing in sweet satisfaction. Now to read The Siren and the Scholar!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)

    Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him! But then a unicorn on the resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests, and a band of young and adventurous nobles decide to hunt it down. 1. Did someone say unicorn? 2. I'm sorry. What?!? You what now?!? *horrified gasp* Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him! But then a unicorn on the resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests, and a band of young and adventurous nobles decide to hunt it down. 1. Did someone say unicorn? 2. I'm sorry. What?!? You what now?!? *horrified gasp*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    2.5 stars. A cute but really sappy instalove retelling of Cinderella (which to be fair, is faithful to the original story). Everyone knows the ending of a fairy tale, so it is the characters and the writing that make the story stand out. Neither were remarkable in this case. The main characters weren't particularly interesting or distinct. I'm curious about the fate of the other characters, but not enough to read the sequel. 2.5 stars. A cute but really sappy instalove retelling of Cinderella (which to be fair, is faithful to the original story). Everyone knows the ending of a fairy tale, so it is the characters and the writing that make the story stand out. Neither were remarkable in this case. The main characters weren't particularly interesting or distinct. I'm curious about the fate of the other characters, but not enough to read the sequel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jemma

    'Tis a fun short story. I quite like the idea of the fairy tale hotel on a lake. The actual story is very simple, but it works. 'Tis a fun short story. I quite like the idea of the fairy tale hotel on a lake. The actual story is very simple, but it works.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Evans

    The writing isn’t great, but the combination of magic and technology could be interesting for readers who manage to be less picky about the writing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Cute Could have had more. Just more. And maybe it will in the next book. There were lots of side stories going on.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could. Quite cute, and I enjoyed all the magical creatures and the beautiful fairytale castle setting. Omar came off as a bit wimpy at times, but I loved the witty Briar (a guy who appears as a main character in book 3!) and the mysterious Gamekeeper (I hope we'll see him in a future book!). I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could. Quite cute, and I enjoyed all the magical creatures and the beautiful fairytale castle setting. Omar came off as a bit wimpy at times, but I loved the witty Briar (a guy who appears as a main character in book 3!) and the mysterious Gamekeeper (I hope we'll see him in a future book!).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Ok let's start with what I loved, Ellie is amazing. This is not some meek female who lets the mice get the job done. Sometimes having such a strong character can wash out the scenes and other characters. Ms. Stengl does a good job of balancing it all out and letting the minor characters shine. The story flows well and we meet more magical creatures. I also see where the story branches out and begins to weave into other tales. I felt strong connections to the characters and have eternal thankfuln Ok let's start with what I loved, Ellie is amazing. This is not some meek female who lets the mice get the job done. Sometimes having such a strong character can wash out the scenes and other characters. Ms. Stengl does a good job of balancing it all out and letting the minor characters shine. The story flows well and we meet more magical creatures. I also see where the story branches out and begins to weave into other tales. I felt strong connections to the characters and have eternal thankfulness that no singing mice were involved. My son, of course, loved the Cinder Sprites! (I preferred the unicorn, but apparently, when you are a 10 year old boy a glowing horse is nothing compared to something that bursts into flames.) He thinks they are still the most amazing magical creature, ever. (Side note, our poor Guinea pig is being casted to play a Cinder Sprite) I would have liked to have seen Ellie's reunification with her parents. I think it would have been neat. Plus the way Stengl described the mom I was interested to see how the mother/daughter relationship would function. I also would have loved to have heard her guardian's side of the tale. There are some other loose ends like the director of the resort that were left hanging. I'm hopeful that they are in a future stories because they are worthy to be told. Overall, this is probably my favorite retelling. With vibrant characters, Cinder Sprites galore, and a flowing story line, this book will have you under it's spell. So plan on picking up your copy when it comes out! In the mean time, pick up the prequel. Happy Reading! Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenelle

    Ellie and the Prince is an adorable, magical retelling of Cinderella. Set in a magical and yet modern world that has unicorns and sprites alongside jet-skis, flashlights, and cars... this is not your typical fairy tale. Ellie Calmer is a delightful protagonist, with a heart of gold and a mysterious past that even she doesn't remember. However, she is fairly happy at Faraway Castle, a resort for the nobility, where she works as a magical gamekeeper and has a crush on Prince Omar. The resort Direct Ellie and the Prince is an adorable, magical retelling of Cinderella. Set in a magical and yet modern world that has unicorns and sprites alongside jet-skis, flashlights, and cars... this is not your typical fairy tale. Ellie Calmer is a delightful protagonist, with a heart of gold and a mysterious past that even she doesn't remember. However, she is fairly happy at Faraway Castle, a resort for the nobility, where she works as a magical gamekeeper and has a crush on Prince Omar. The resort Director doesn't like Ellie much, and is always looking for a reason to fire her... and encouraging Omar's attention is plenty of reason... I loved the unique setting of modern and magical to this tale. The characters were delightful. The tone was whimsical and sweet. It was exactly the sort of story I was hoping for when I picked it up. There was just enough danger and worry about the resort Director, and just enough mystery to keep the story moving along and exciting... for most of the book, I sort of forgot that this might be a Cinderella retelling, so the Cinderella elements that came in to play later in the story actually sort of surprised me... in the best kind of way! I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading fairy tales with a few unique twists and turns!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenelle Hovde

    I absolutely loved this novel! It's perfect for fans of young adult fantasy and romance. Especially fans of Melanie Dickerson's fairytale series. Ellie is a faithful servant of Faraway Castle. The rules are strict: no fraternizing with the guests--especially handsome, mysterious princes, and no demonstrations of overt magic. Ellie is unassuming, in a darling, endearing way. Intent on keeping a low profile, she quietly works behind the scenes to downplay dangerous situations that arise in the mag I absolutely loved this novel! It's perfect for fans of young adult fantasy and romance. Especially fans of Melanie Dickerson's fairytale series. Ellie is a faithful servant of Faraway Castle. The rules are strict: no fraternizing with the guests--especially handsome, mysterious princes, and no demonstrations of overt magic. Ellie is unassuming, in a darling, endearing way. Intent on keeping a low profile, she quietly works behind the scenes to downplay dangerous situations that arise in the magical resort. So when she catches the eye of the dark and handsome Prince Omar, she's both attracted to him and a little dismayed. She needs this job. However, the dangers surrounding FarAway castle won't go away...and neither will the charming Omar. To make things even more complicated, her powers are growing, and soon she won't be able to hide them, or her feelings. Oh, and did I mention there are unicorns? And a gamekeeper who is shivery/delightful. I highly recommend this novel (first in a series). I adore YA fantasy, and I've got to tell you, I've read nothing like it. It's so unique! Full of magic, intrigue, and sigh-inducing romance, this one's a keeper for the bookshelf. I know I'll be eagerly following the adventures of the royal crowd at Faraway castle. Seriously, I want to see a big, big series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim Gregory

    This has been such a nice series to read. I'm so glad I found it. It is easy. It's clean. It's light, yet there is still a bit of suspense and mystery added into each story - oh, and of course there's the romance. Ellie works at Faraway Castle, a resort for the Nobility. Many who work at Faraway Castle have magical abilities, and many are magical creatures. Ellie is in a new position as the overseer of the magical creatures on the property and making sure that they aren't harmed in any way and t This has been such a nice series to read. I'm so glad I found it. It is easy. It's clean. It's light, yet there is still a bit of suspense and mystery added into each story - oh, and of course there's the romance. Ellie works at Faraway Castle, a resort for the Nobility. Many who work at Faraway Castle have magical abilities, and many are magical creatures. Ellie is in a new position as the overseer of the magical creatures on the property and making sure that they aren't harmed in any way and that do no harm to the guests (like the little cinder sprites tend to do when they get angry or scared). Omar is a Prince. Not a crown prince, but a prince non-the-less, and that means that he is out of Ellie's class. But Omar doesn't care. Briar is a new prince on the scene and he befriends Ellie and Omar. Briar has a secret - and I'm afraid you will just have to read the story to find out just how that secret plays out in the story! We see more of the Gamekeeper in this story too. I sure hope that J M will write a story just for him (Beauty and the Beast perhaps). Oh, and we also see more of Tor, from The Little Siren! Can't wait for their book to come out. Lots of tension in this story between Ellie and Omar; lots of history revealed, and as always, lots of fun.

  30. 4 out of 5

    H.S.J. Williams

    So funny story....I had this book and its prequel on my kindle...I went to read the prequel, but then I discovered I had accidentally started the main novel! Oh well, I was far too wrapped up in the current story to go back by then! :D This story is CUTE! The modern royal resort on a lake with its service and surrounding of magical creatures is very creative and interesting. And I really like the characters of Ellie and Omar! The interactions between them and Omar's adoring bevy of little sibling So funny story....I had this book and its prequel on my kindle...I went to read the prequel, but then I discovered I had accidentally started the main novel! Oh well, I was far too wrapped up in the current story to go back by then! :D This story is CUTE! The modern royal resort on a lake with its service and surrounding of magical creatures is very creative and interesting. And I really like the characters of Ellie and Omar! The interactions between them and Omar's adoring bevy of little siblings were too precious for words. I loved the cinder sprites, the unicorns, and all the creatures. Since all Stengl's fairy tales are taking place on the same resort, you can spot the crossovers of stories! Especially true for the Little Mermaid retelling, since that book is already out, but I spot some Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty characters here, I think..... And while I loved everyone, a certain prince named Briar especially stole the show for me....and I cannot wait for more story with him! Cute, fluffy, and fun! (sort of like a cinder sprite, lol)

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