Review: Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

hamster princess harriet the invincible by ursula vernon

Sleeping Beauty gets a feisty, furry twist in this hilarious new comic series from the creator of Dragonbreath

Harriet Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. She may be quite stunning in the rodent realm (you’ll have to trust her on this one), but she is not so great at trailing around the palace looking ethereal or sighing a lot. She finds the royal life rather . . . dull. One day, though, Harriet’s parents tell her of the curse that a rat placed on her at birth, dooming her to prick her finger on a hamster wheel when she’s twelve and fall into a deep sleep. For Harriet, this is most wonderful news: It means she’s invincible until she’s twelve! After all, no good curse goes to waste. And so begins a grand life of adventure with her trusty riding quail, Mumfrey…until her twelfth birthday arrives and the curse manifests in a most unexpected way.

Perfect for fans of Babymouse and Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories, this laugh-out-loud new comic hybrid series will turn everything you thought you knew about princesses on its head.

Description taken from Goodreads.

I actually ended up picking this one up because the colors and design reminded me of Babymouse, so it’s ironic that the publisher aimed for that.

This would actually be the perfect book to hand out to someone who enjoyed Babymouse. It was sweet and it was cute, and it didn’t deviate from the animal point of view. It does feel younger than Babymouse does, and it lacks the humor of Babymouse, but other than that, it was spot on. I loved the writing and Harriet’s point of view. She was bratty at times, but she brought a fresh MG twist to Sleeping Beauty without being cliché or completely exhausting.

I did wish that Harriet would grow and learn from her experiences, but alas, it doesn’t seem like it’s meant to be. Her personality is great, but it can be wearing. I don’t think it’s something that will bother that age group too much. It definitely doesn’t hold the older appeal of the Babymouse books, but it’s good for a follow-up read.

Overall, I would recommend it. The plot is pretty straightforward, it’s quick and it’s fun. Good read! 3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 256


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