Less Than Charming follows the story of literary character Sophia. Sophia is the twelfth princess in The Dancing Princesses fairytale. Sophia lives in a world where all the characters in every book ever written exist together. Whenever an author creates a new character they’re released into this fairytale world.
Sophia works as an investigative journalist for Geppetto’s newspaper. She manages to snag the assignment of covering Prince Charming’s upcoming party, but once she arrives she’s approached by The Storyteller himself to investigate something much darker – Prince Charming has been manipulating and editing characters’ stories, which could mean the end of their storybook world as they all know it.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book from the description. And to be perfectly honest, when I began reading I was confused at first. There’s a lot of information right at the start and I found it a bit difficult to follow. The author adds so much exhaustive detail and I found it tended to bog the story down. However, as I continued reading things began to fall into place and I was able to settle into the story.
There’s no denying that Less Than Charming is a truly unique book. The author certainly has quite an imagination. Any bookworm like myself is sure to appreciate the literary references throughout. Plenty of well-known characters are mentioned – there’s even a snarky quip about Edward and Bella early on (not sure how true Twilight fans might feel about that).
This book is less than three hundred pages, but it’s incredibly detailed and the font in the print version is super small. Therefore, it seemed a bit longer than it really was. Yet, I did appreciate the creative storyline. The author’s writing is clever and appealing. This book is geared toward teens, but I’m sure adults will enjoy it as well.
4 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book via a LibraryThing Early Readers Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.