Hello Everyone! Today I wanted to share my thoughts on a new Young Adult title Grace and Dignity by Author L:aura Grody! Please check out the deets on this talented author and her new release, and then take a peek at my review below!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from Atlanta, GA and now living in Los Angeles, CA, Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV/Film and a master’s degree in linguistics, both from California State University, Northridge.
An independent author who just finished her first book, GRACE AND DIGNITY, Laura got her start in the entertainment industry as an assistant editor on movies such as “Love Potion #9”, “Red Rock West”, “Kalifornia” and “When a Man Loves a Woman”, and as an editor on the independent film “Just Write”.
Most recently, she has been working in the world of traditional healthcare, which has inspired her to get certified as a holistic nutrition practitioner so she can help people live healthier lives.
GRACE AND DIGNITY
According to Milo, rescuing Prince Dignity would be easy: ‘On the count of three, we take a running Leap of Faith off Carpe’ Diem Cliff, cross the River of Fear in the Raft of Courage, and boom, we’re at the Castle of Doom.’ Princess Grace and Prince Dignity, a royal couple with mystical powers, are set to be crowned king and queen of the magnificent Kingdom of Love. But on the eve of their coronation, disaster strikes, and Grace is told her prince has been murdered. Grief-stricken, the princess reportedly dies of a broken heart, and the shocked kingdom falls into the eager hands of Dignity’s unscrupulous cousin, Prince Denial. Months later, however, Grace is found alive with a gap in her memory, a loss of her powers, and a mysterious Pig Latin note suggesting Prince Dignity is very much alive. As she searches for her prince throughout the rundown kingdom, Grace stumbles upon an ancient secret known as ‘The Cosmic Source’ – a powerful force which promises to revive her mystical powers and lead to an exciting new way of living. But with the crown title ‘throne’ for a loop, the future of the Kingdom of Love hangs upon the prince’s Dignity. Find out if True Love conquers all in this mystical, linguistical tale of ‘Grace and Dignity.’
The Kingdom of Love, Commitment City, Celestial Mountains, Sea of Love, Sea of Knowledge, and the Isles of Bliss…these are only a few of the locales and destinations in the world that makes up the home of Prince Dignity and Princess Grace! This Young Adult novel, I will say was one of the most unique, rare and feel- good books I have read in a while!
Grace and Dignity was true to form a fairy tale telling, and was simply a pleasure for me to read and experienced the journey!
The story follows the soon to be married Prince Dignity and Princess Grace, who are well favored by their people and completely in love with one another. One the day of their intended nuptials and crowning as King and Queen; the wedding is interrupted by the news that the Prince has been killed! Distraught, the kingdom is in a turmoil. After a few days, and the Prince has not returned it is then accepted he is really gone, the people are given another devastating blow when they become aware that their beloved princess has basically died from a broken heart, according to the new rulers.
In steps the cousin of Prince Dignity, whose name is Prince Denial…he is to be the interim leader, but begins to make such changes that makes obvious that he is planning to remain ruler. The once beautiful land that was govern by the Golden Rules, morphed and changed and locales changed, as well as their meaning and names. Places such as Village of Self Doubt, Sea of Abandonment, Gossip Island, Desert of Rejection materializes, and the Land of Fear ruled by the new dictator appears to be established.
But soon events begin to change as it is discovered that the land’s beloved Princess Grace is alive! She with a faithful few begin a quest to find out if the Prince truly is dead, or whether there still remained hope for the land they loved!
I will say that as soon as I wrapped my brain around the fact this was a true fairy tale telling, I fell in love with Prince Dignity, Princess Grace, Doomesday Darrell “DQ” Quincy who ran the locale theater…also Miracle Milo, Wendy Whiner and all the inhabitants of this magical world!
Grace and Dignity had adventure, romance, and a feisty Princess who was no shrinking violet! She would not let anything or anyone stop her quest to find the truth! I enjoyed the chatter between DQ and Milo… over DQ’s name (DQ could be a little crusty at times! LOL). I even in ways found humor in Prince Denial the bad guy…although I do not advocate the overthrowing of a ruler ship and taking a land hostage… he was interesting to me and I even felt slightly bad for him, when his entire council would break out into the other national language of Pig Latin, which he never got the hang of and could not understand! (I feel his pain, I never could understand Pig Latin either!:)
But this truly fun, humorous book was a joy to read! It was extremely well written, creative and imaginative! I could see it as a interactive game of some sort…which of course if played I want to be Princess Grace!:)
Fun, Fun, Fun! Well plotted, paced and a true gem…this was my introduction to Ms. Grody’s work and I look forward to more by this very talented author!