DNF Review: The Unhandsome Prince by John Moore

Another cover leads me astray.

The Unhandsome Prince by John Moore
Fantasy Released: April 2005
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And they lived happily never after...

Caroline's plan to live happily ever after has hit a snag. She's spent months mapping the swamp, building tadpole nets, and kissing every wriggling frog she could get her hands on, and one has finally turned into a prince. Unfortunately, Prince Hal is not, as promised in the fairy tales, particularly handsome. In fact, he's kind of dorky-looking.

Hal himself isn't very eager to marry a girl so obsessed with appearances, but he finds that a lot of people have a stake in his impending nuptials -- including a sorceress in training, an irritating dwarf, and Hal's own royal family, who seem to have misplaced large portions of the treasury. But the biggest reason for him to marry Caroline, true love be darned, is that if he doesn't, it's back to the lily pads for him -- permanently...

DNF'd at page 50 because life is too short.

This book starts out cute enough. A young girl of the lower class works tirelessly for days kissing frogs, picking leeches from her legs and getting mud drenched in the hopes of breaking a curse and earning herself the handsome prince. Well, she finally kisses the right frog but when he transforms he's not exactly the handsome prince she was promised and she is pissed off. Her hopes forever dashed, she decides she doesn't want to marry him. He's not too find of the idea either considering how rude she's being about his looks.

The beginning was cute, witty and sarcastic but then it meandered down a different path and I lost interest. They hook up with a sorcerer's daughter and go on a road trip and I just wasn't feeling it.


  1. Doesn't sound like an exciting read. Now maybe if she was in the river and got eaten by a river monster...! *grins* Congrats on another DNF!

    1. LOL, that's two this year and your version of the plot would've kept me reading, for sure!

  2. Oh, that's too bad. It would've been a cool reimagining of a fairytale, no? But yeah, life is too short. Lol.

  3. I had this one on my Goodreads list but now I'm not sure I want to bother with it. I hate when promising books disappoint! :)

    1. Lots of folks seem to love it so who knows? Maybe it is me!

  4. I feel the same way Chuckles does! LOL

  5. Too bad. I hope your next read it better.


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