Little Miss Red by Robin Palmer is another new release this month. This is Palmer's third fairy tale novel for teens, following Cindy Ella and Geek Charming. First of all, I haven't read this one yet, but Palmer's books are rather the opposite of the Simon Pulse series. They are aimed at teen readers, too, but use modern settings and situations, rather cleverly playing with the original inspiration fairy tales. They are fun and entertaining with light humor and enough romance to satisfy most readers. Each are stand-alones, too, so reading previous titles isn't necessary to enjoy the latest one.
Also, here's a little quiz from the publisher to promote the book: Fairy Tale Quiz.
Sophie Greene gets good grades, does the right thing, and has a boyfriend that her parents— and her younger brother—just love. (Too bad she doesn’t love him.) Sophie dreams of being more like Devon Deveraux, star of her favorite romance novels, but, in reality, Sophie isn’t even daring enough to change her nail polish. All of that changes when Sophie goes to Florida to visit her grandma Roz, and she finds herself seated next to a wolfishly goodlooking guy on the plane. The two hit it off, and before she knows it, Sophie’s living on the edge. But is the drama all it’s cracked up to be?
And while we're here and since I've not featured Robin Palmer on the blog before, here are more detailed descriptions of her two previous books:
Publisher's description for Cindy Ella:
The Best Dress.
The Best Shoes.
The Best Date.
Cindy Ella Gold is sick of it all.
Prom fever has infected LA - especially Cindy's two annoying stepsisters, and her overly-Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all.
But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she's committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, yoga goddess India and John Hughes-worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy's crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there's still the rest of the school to deal with.
With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of flip-flops, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.
Publisher's description for Geek Charming:
Princess, meet frog . . .
Dylan Schoenfield is the princess of L.A.'s post Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and, to top it all off, a brand-new "It" bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: self-professed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan's bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool.
As the queen bee of Castle Heights royalty helps Josh turn from a frog into a prince, she's shocked to find herself becoming friends with a geek -- and liking it. But when Dylan's so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life - and her social status - come to a crashing halt. Can Dylan - with Josh's help - pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?
I think what I like most about Palmer's books is that they are lighthearted and don't try too hard, but are clever and well-written enough to entertain me better than some of the "heavier" fairy tale offerings out there. These would especially work well with those teen readers who don't care for fantasy settings but with whom you might want to share some fairy tale love. Or, you know, just for yourself although the covers may be a little embarrassing for a less-confident adult. Another blessing of a Kindle--no embarrassing covers to display to the world....although you also can't rubberneck people's reading either.
PS: All three of these titles are eligible for Amazon's 4-for-3 promotion. Buy any 4 eligible items and get the lowest-priced item free.