Friday, May 2, 2014

The Princess and the Prom by Jaclyn Weist

Jenny’s had it with her life. Six siblings in an overstuffed house are enough to drive anyone crazy, and sometimes she dreams of escaping to some fantasy world. When she suddenly wakes up to find herself being kissed by a strange—but very handsome—prince, Jenny knows her life just got a lot more exciting. Now stuck in a medieval land of castles and royalty, when Jenny learns that the queen has agreed to marry her off to the prince, it’s time to take matters into her own hands. She goes on a quest to find out who dragged her to this time while trying to keep from falling in love with either of the boys vying for her attention.

Princess Genevieve has only known life under her mother’s rule. She wants to do more than go to battle or deal with suitors. She wakes to find herself in a new world filled with gadgets, electricity, and moving carriages. She finally has the freedom to be who she wants to be with a family who cares deeply for her and a boy worth any sacrifice. It’s more than everything she always wanted. 

As Jenny and Genevieve settle into their new lives, they face an unknown evil which threatens everything they care about and makes them face tough questions—like who they are and what they really want their lives to become.

I'm currently reading this book and enjoying it. The author has done a good job of capturing the high school environment. It's reminiscent of a duology that I wrote for my oldest granddaughter where there's a switching of characters, but mine isn't a twist on an actual fairy tale which this book is. I love that aspect of the story and how it impacts the princess. How would you feel if you woke in the future and found out you were part of a cursed fairy tale?

And our modern-day heroine, waking to find some stranger kissing her? Jenny's got some fun spunk. I love a book with quotables.

"Seriously? You think this whining is supposed to impress me?"

and a little later
"Aye, but he is your creep."

Time to get back to reading!

Jaclyn Weist is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing as a senior in high school, when her dad jokingly said she was the next Dr. Seuss (not even close, but very sweet). She met her husband, Steve, at Brigham Young University, and they have six happy, crazy children who encourage her writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah. Jaclyn now spends her days herding her kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next. You can visit her online at


  1. Congrats to Jaclyn on her book. Little princesses will love the story. I don't like the use of fonts on the cover.

    1. Yes, I think the YA audience should really enjoy this.

  2. haha maybe after a little wine the whining will be okay

  3. Came back to finish reading your conference report to find a new post. This one sounds like fun and what's not to love about an Idaho farm girl turned writer. That TBR is still starring me down.

  4. The premise sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing Jaclyn's book with us.

  5. I've seen this book around! Cool that you're liking it so far, Donna. I seriously need to read MORE!!!

  6. HA! Sounds like a fun read! I will have to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Ditto what Leigh said! It sounds like a fun read. :D


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