The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood

The Princess Fugitive A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood Princess Ava used to be a weapon sharp strong and beautiful But when she fails at her most important task she s forced to flee from her own family Only her personal bodyguard Hans remains loyal Ha

  • Title: The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood
  • Author: Melanie Cellier
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  • Princess Ava used to be a weapon sharp, strong and beautiful But when she fails at her most important task, she s forced to flee from her own family.Only her personal bodyguard, Hans, remains loyal Hans claims to know the real Ava but she finds that hard to believe after all, she s been the villain so long that she can t remember anything else.But deep in exile, AvaPrincess Ava used to be a weapon sharp, strong and beautiful But when she fails at her most important task, she s forced to flee from her own family.Only her personal bodyguard, Hans, remains loyal Hans claims to know the real Ava but she finds that hard to believe after all, she s been the villain so long that she can t remember anything else.But deep in exile, Ava learns her kingdom needs a hero and she might be the only one who can save it The catch She ll have to ally herself with the very people she blames for her downfall.But in a game of life and death where the stakes are an entire kingdom, winning over her enemies will only be the beginning Can one fugitive save her people, her kingdom and, hardest of all, herself In this reimagining of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, the girl in the red hood has been swallowed up by the wolf and must decide if she s willing to fight for her freedom, no matter the cost.The books in The Four Kingdoms series can be read as stand alone stories, however, for greatest enjoyment, they should be read in order.

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    About “Melanie Cellier”

    1. Melanie Cellier

      Melanie Cellier grew up on a staple diet of books, books and books And although she got older she never stopped loving children s and young adult novels She always wanted to write one herself but it took three careers and three different continents before she actually managed it She now feels incredibly fortunate to spend her time writing from her home in Canberra, Australia where they don t have a beach but they do have kangaroos hopping down the streets Her staple diet hasn t changed much, although she s added choc mint Rooibos tea and Chicken Crimpies to the list.She is currently working on The Four Kingdoms, a series of YA fairy tale retellings.

    158 thoughts on “The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood”

    1. While I could see the inspiration behind this book, it was really a story all its own. Ava is a great, complex character. Her father shaped her, so this freedom from him gives her the chance to really learn who she is and what she wants. This isn’t a story of quick changes or flashing realizations, but slow growth. I loved reading about Ava first realizing her faults, seeking forgiveness, and then trying to become better.Hans was a great character as well, though I would have like to see more [...]

    2. The second book the The Four Kingdoms series by Melanie Cellier. When Princess Ava is attacked she escapes the castle with her loyal guard, Hans. They end up joining a merchant caravan bound for the border.I did not read the first book but I understand the Princess Ava was a villain in it. I could see that in some of her actions at first. The story revealed why she was as she was. But I did like her from the beginning and not knowing her from the first book may have affected that. So this book i [...]

    3. A sequel to The Companion Princess, so within the same world, and guess what! We already met Princess Ava, as the villain, so seeing her develop into a kinder and more deserving person is nice. Admittedly, her change of heart is sudden, but she does struggle with reverting to old habits, and frets about repairing damage done over the years with her old ways, while gaining new friends and companions. What were already know of Red Riding Hood is more of a metaphor within the story, but it doesn't [...]

    4. This is looking set for a June 2016 release. A cover reveal should be coming soon!I'm just over half way through writing this one and am having fun working in the various fairy tale elements :) In the meantime, you can head over to my website, melaniecellier, for a free short story intro!

    5. The Princess Fugitive has a legit interesting twist on The Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale—totally different from the original story. And I absolutely adored it! It takes the spooky and dark fairy tale then turns it into a beautiful love story. Cellier's writing skill is just impressive that you can't help but love the characters. The writing style, in general, is really awesome. It had an artistic feel to it. I swear her works can be compared to SJ Maas and Marissa Meyer. It's so so so good [...]

    6. I confess, I really wasn't sure about this book when I was looking at it. For starters, let's face it, if you read the first book and met Ava you know she's a witch. We know she's a rotten, horrible person, that was a brilliant villain for The Princess Companion.Her story out of all the other visiting princesses was the least interesting for me. I couldn't see how Cellier could possibly make me like such a rotten person and I'm not really found of MC's that I can't at least like, if not love.Now [...]

    7. Ohmygooooooddddnnneeeessss! Okay, had to get that emotion out. Now, for the much more coherent review. :DSo, Red Riding Hood is not my least favorite fairy tale, but it's also not one of my favorites. It's kinda lost there in the meh category for me. That said, I've been exposed to some clever and unusual variations. The tale has a lot of room for interpretation and twisting, which makes it appealing in a new light. I must confess that upon hearing this was Ava's tale, my initial reaction was ac [...]

    8. I was super surprised that Ava was going to have the next book. She had a lot of redeeming to do. This book did not disappoint. So much drama, intrigue, actiond of course redemption. I’m a hug fan of Hans, of course. But this book was awesome. The visit to the High King was super interesting and enlightening. I find the Godmothers quite hilarious- I have much appreciation for their snark. I loved the Monarchy Trials- both the idea and how it was carried out. That was super clever. It was a gre [...]

    9. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! There were a couple times in the first half when the pace was a bit slow, but it never was too bad. It picked up speed, though, and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the last third or so of the book. Although I have read my fair share of fairy tale retellings, I admit I haven't encountered too many "Red Riding Hood" renditions. I loved this, though. I love that this is not your typical heroine. The protagonist of this story was the villain of [...]

    10. Good, But Could've Been GreatSo, I didn't read the first one. But I liked this one. I think it could've been greater, but it was still very good. I have two main critiques: Ava's change of heart was very sudden, and I would've liked to have seen more of the Trials. I don't know what Ava was like in Book 1, so maybe the sudden change of heart is even worse than I think it is. But magically-inducing emotions (I don't even know how to describe that scene, honestly) is a cheap way of getting out of [...]

    11. I'm always a sucker for the whole princess falls in love with her bodyguard trope. So this book is right along my line of interest.I loved Ava. Well, obviously I didn't like her in the first book, but I learned to like her in this book. Her father tried to shape her into what he wanted her to be, but a spark of her true self remained. She was secretly fighting against her father's hold even if she didn't realize it herself. I liked how, while she did change her ways, she still retained some qual [...]

    12. YesAnother fairytale retold! "Red riding hood" was also one of my less favorite stories but this was a wonderful example of the power of love to change people for the better! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!

    13. I'm trying to work out if I'm the first bloke to write a review of this. Or if I should admit to enjoying these ;-) Really, though, the series if rather fun and if I can admit to reading Georgette Heyer occasionally I can recommended Melanie Cellier as well. A great light read amid all the dark and gritty and generally miserable fantasy series that clamour for one's attention. Yes, they're romances, and book 1 was a little too girly for me. This one was more interesting, firstly because our prot [...]

    14. I love the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”, and I love that the wolf and red are the same person (sorta) in this book. Ava has been raised to be a weapon and take down a kingdom. When she fails that and returns home, her family is slaughtered. With the help of her personal guard, the man that’s been at her side for years, she gets away, but now she must seek aid from those she once attempted to betray, and it’s a hard pill to swallow. Ava is the kind of person who was once good but onc [...]

    15. 3.5, to be fair.Easy to read and mostly enjoyable, this definitely did not have quite the story that the first of the series did. The plot was looser, the writing a little more telling than showing for my taste, and the Red Riding Hood parallels were a bit of a stretch and felt rather labored to me. More or less like the author was trying to maneuver a well-known fairy tale into the story she wanted to tell for the sake of consistency with the series, rather than a naturally flowing story -- the [...]

    16. A well told fairy tale with a twist. *spoiler* The princess Ava, she of the glorious red cloak, has a dark side she needs to fight, the wolf within us all. An excellent idea, to turn the tale to psychology to help emphasize old school fairy tale morals about choices and consequences.Happily ever after? Of course! However, I thought the travelling portion dragged for what felt like far too long, and the action snapped back to the forefront in the last maybe 15% of the book. The too convenient res [...]

    17. Redemption of Princess AvaPrincess Ava was molded to be cunning and know her way to influence court. However, when someone makes an assassination attempt on her, she is on the run with her trusted Personal Royal Guard.She asks help from her Fairy Godmother, but Ava doesn't see much use in it until she realizes. She is being chased by her older brother.She learns about the High King who over rules the four kingdoms and beyond. She quest to find Him and then follows through with his request.I real [...]

    18. The first book in this series was fine, but this book has definitely found its stride. A definite step up from its predecessor.I’m quite impressed with the journey in this story, since the heroine is the undisputed villain of the previous story. But we get a compelling adventure and a character to root for and care about. The romance is sweet, though it does take a backseat to all the political upheaval. The politics are interesting, which does help, but the jumps made in the romance departmen [...]

    19. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this book very much since it was about Princess Ava (she was the villain in the previous book) but her story was so well told, you could see her transformation take place little by little. All the other characters, especially Hans, really make this a good book. I also enjoyed “catching up” on Alyssa and Max and crew, from the previous book in the series. All in all, it was a fun story with an interesting plot line, a little adventure, some fantasy, and (clean) rom [...]

    20. The horror! A weapon turning from hard, cold steel, into a gentle, kind and forgiving queen… A girl who, although she’d become a manipulative schemer with no qualms about getting her hands dirty, found forgiveness and love, transformed from a rabid wolf, into a stately, loving queen.A retelling of a beloved story, one that is encouraging as it reminds us of our own experience of salvation, grace and forgiveness. The BookSeeker- The Princess Fugitive

    21. Princess Ava, the villain of The Princess Companion, is back and fighting the wolfish nature she cultivated within herself to please her demanding and brutal father. Her father has been murdered and she wants to change herself to become a better person. She embarks on a quest with the help of one of her guards, in the role that the woodcutter takes in the old fairy tale. Will she and her companion be able to defeat the wolves and rescue her kingdom? Not a bad imagining of the original plot.

    22. Loved this creative version of Little Red Riding Hood! 💞My goodness this author is awesome. If you enjoy reading fairy tales her books are a must read. This is, by far, the most unusual and creative depiction of Little Red Riding Hood I have set read and enjoyed every minute of it. I have lived these Four Kingdoms novels and novellas so much that I flew through all of them and then immediately read them all again!💞

    23. Beautiful Reimagining of a fairytaleThis was fantastic and completely blew me away! After the first book, Ava had firmly established herself as the villain, but her redemption story was incredible! This story had substance, great character development, and subtly wove in powerful themes! There's some action and kissing, but I would rate it clean and PG. This is definitely a book to read, especially if you appreciate fairytales!

    24. Cue excessive eye-rolling. This novel seemed far more contradictory and rushed than the first. Overall, I enjoyed the central plot and love how the novels are intermingled. I enjoyed the supporting characters even more than the main. I think what was the hardest for me was the rapid change in persona of the main character. I also dislike the author's apparent focus on this stunning beauty concept. I look forward to the novella about Sarah and Evelyn though!

    25. These books just keep up the standard of great that I loved in the first book! So far, the series plot is still engaging, the fleshy character development is such that you are fully invested. It's such a refreshing read! I love the tempo of the action and the plot line is quite clever. The relationship between the characters is also very well thought out and makes me crave friendships such as those. You won't be disappointed in this fairy tale reimagining!

    26. I love the way Ava, became Anna, and in so doing she realised just how much she'd lost herself.I'm still in shook at the palace of light, and love the Godmotherse royal trial was huge, and the library maze was so unique I gasped.I spent forever raking my brain to solve the riddles and save the Melanie's writing, it's in my top favourites list I've built up over years.Amelia Eckert.

    27. Change for the better Ava from villain to heroine I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book since the main character starts out so awful and selfish but people can change and this story shows the progression. I loved the twist of little red riding hood and the wolf being two sides of the same person.

    28. I would rate it 3.5 stars. A nice re-imagining of Little Red Ridding Hood. I liked Princess Companion better but this one had a little more symbolism in it. The red hood and "to Grandmother's house we go" was not really a big part of the story. I wish it had more of the "fighting the wolf." I think people would relate to that more than a princess trying to get her kingdom from her bother.

    29. What a sequel To turn a villain into a much loved hero is hard, but to do it in such a way that it transforms a child hood fairytale from a cautionary tale of not talking to strangers into a tale of what true forgiveness means is remarkable. I just feel sad i didn’t start reading this series sooner.

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