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Giveaway Review PRINCESSES BEHAVING BADLY by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie @QuirkBooks

Book Description

 November 19, 2013
You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But the lives of real princesses couldn’t be more different. Sure, many were graceful and benevolent leaders—but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev murdered thousands of men, and Princess Rani Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back. Princesses Behaving Badly offers minibiographies of all these princesses and dozens more. It’s a fascinating read for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.


About the Author
Linda Rodriguez McRobbie has written for the Boston Herald, Christian Science Monitor, CNN Money, US News & World Report, and Mental Floss. She lives in London with her husband, son, and cat.

Douglas Smith is an award-winning illustrator. He is perhaps best known for illustrating Gregory Maguire’s Wicked novels.

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MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

This book is a lot of fun and full of information in easily digested takes on princesses through out history.  There is no sugar coating these women.  Some are hussies,  villains, crazy and down-right smart.  Most of them are marginalized in some way by men, who sought their power and wealth.  Of course, since men historically have written the books on the past, it is hard to find the truth in what these women were actually like.  I truly enjoyed the chapter on the mad princesses.  It was Princess Juana of Spain that truly struck me as being painted as ill when the men in her life were just going for a power grab.

The stories could almost appear in People magazine since they paint these women as very interesting characters that try to get to the meat of the story rather than the glossing over by history.  I would love this to be a television series on the History Channel.  That would be such a wonderful take.  Each week could star a new historical princess from ancient to modern times.  And modern times are covered nicely here as well, with Britain's Princess Margaret and Diana noted.



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60 comments:

  1. A fairy princess.
    amandarwest atgmaildotcom

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  2. Probably a fairy princess given the two choices.

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  3. A fairy princess, but being an evil princess might be more fun. ;-)

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  4. I think I would probably choose fairy princess...but being evil would be interesting :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    -Amber Terry-

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  5. Neither. I want to be a princess who doesn't have to choose.

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  6. Oh, I'd definitely be evil!. That way I wouldn't have to change either my attitude or my all black wardrobe ;). It's so much fun being a bad girl.

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  7. I would definitely prefer to be a fairy princess. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  8. Definitely an Evil Princess! jtretin at aol dot com

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  9. A fairy princess which is what I am already to many. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Considering I've already got the evil laugh down pat (after 4 kids and 9 grandchildren it comes ez)I think Evil Princess is it.

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  11. I think it would depend on which one had better abilities/powers. Without knowing, I would choose an evil princess.

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  12. I would want to be a fairy princess. :)

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  13. I'd rather be an evil fairy princess (since I'm kind of a goody-goody in current Muggle form) .... MUA-HA-HAH

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  14. I think it would depend on my mood at any given time...I think we all have a bit of each in us...thank you!

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  15. I think I could have some fun being an evil princess.

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  16. I love fairytales and twists on fairytales- so this sounds like a book that I must read and will probably love. Your review is awesome!

    I would want to be a fairy princess- although an evil princess would be interesting. :) Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Jess

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  17. Tough choice...evil sounds like fun, but the fairy princess has the better wardrobe!

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  18. Evil- women who behave rarely make history, after all!

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  19. Evil fairy princess... there's no rule that says you can't have your cake and eat it too. ;)

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  20. A fairy princess. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. I guess I will have to say "Fairy Princess", I just don't want to be evil.

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  22. I'd want to be a fairy princess - there is already too much evil in the world

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  23. I'd like to be an evil princess. :D Being good is boring. :)

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  24. Ohhh I can I be both? Or whatever whenever I feel like it? I'd rather be a trickster! :D They have all the fun!
    Mary G Loki

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  25. Fairy Princess, sounds nice

    Lori Thomas

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  26. Fairy, I wouldn't be very good at being an evil princess haha

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  27. I would probably go for fairy even though an evil princess would have more fun.

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  28. I want to be a fairy princess who indulges in an evil mood from time to time.

    Tammy Cuevas
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  29. I'd have to go with fairy princess! This book sounds really fun - I can't believe I haven't heard of it until now. Added to my TBR! :)

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  30. A a history buff Princesses Behaving Badly will be a treasure!!!

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  31. Fairy princess. I'm not evil at all.

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  32. Wow! A lot of fairy princesses. As for me, I would like to be an evil princess. They seem to have all the fun.

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  33. Who says the two qualities are necessarily separate? And I have to agree with Raquel - the evil princess would have more fun :)

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  34. I thought about evil princess but I figure fairy princess is more likely to live longer and get the hot guy.

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  35. Evil!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. Definitely a fairy princess :)!
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  37. Ooooh, I have been looking at this book for a while, would love to win a copy!

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  38. Definitely a Fairy Princess! :)

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  39. Evil seems like it has more of a sneaky tone to it.

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  40. I'd have to be the fairy princess - their clothes are prettier!

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  41. Good fairy! I feel guilty when I do something bad--Catholic guilt, lol

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  42. Both, definitely both, together! ;)

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  43. This sounds fascinating! My inner girl says Evil!

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  44. a fairy princess, I'm already evil ;)

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  45. I wouldn't want to be any type of royalty because that is WAY much responsibility for me to handle.

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  46. I would be a fairy princess because they always get their true love

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