by Elizabeth Kipps
“All the queen’s sons have such a talent for spoiling their shoes, and no one can tell why. Not even the greatest detectives!”
Lucerne is a great queen, beloved by her people, but constantly thwarted by her own sons and the secrets they keep.
Verity Grandin is a feisty shoemaker’s daughter who just wants her family’s life back the way it was before they slaved to make shoes for six royal rebels.
Add the princes themselves into the mix, and what could ensue but a merry-go-round of mischief, mystery, and mayhem? Expectations will be flipped upside down and backwards in this fresh spin on the classic fairy tale, The Dancing Princesses.
All The Queen’s Sons is a charming retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Kipp’s writing style fits wonderfully with the retelling and was super fun to read. Verity’s no-nonsense character was fun, and you can’t help but like the princes as you meet them.
The complexity of the story felt more middlegrade rather than YA, but I liked that. It was a little refreshing to read a simple (but not in a bad way) story. There also weren’t any super unique elements to the retellings, but I still really enjoyed All The Queen’s Sons. It was a fun, light-hearted, quick read.
Cautions: light romance