Of Mice and Magic (Hamster Princess #2) by Ursula Vernon
Publisher: Dial Books
Number of Pages: 225
Published: March 15th, 2016
I had the pleasure of reading the first installment of the Hamster Princess series, Harriet the Invincible last year. Princess Harriet turned out not to be your typical princess. In the first book, Harriet found out that an evil fairy had placed a curse on her so that on her twelveth birthday she would prick her finger causing everyone in the castle to fall hopelessly asleep. Instead of being distraught, Harriet found this news exciting, because until she pricks her finger, she would also be invincible and she was determined to use this invincibility to her advantage by having grand adventures. In of Mice and Magic, the second book in the Hamster Princess series, Princess Harriet no longer has her invincibility and life has become very dull and boring, that is until she meets a shrew on the side of the road who tells her about a curse on twelve mice princesses who are forced to dance their nights away wearing down their shoes and angering their father the king. Eager for some more adventure, Harriet rides off on her trusty quail to help break the curse. I've really been enjoying Ursula Vernon's fairy-tale retellings with Harriet and the clever twists that she brings to them. In this particular book, the mice king offers half his kingdom and one of his daughter's in marriage, which isn't exactly what Harriet is after, instead she plans to teach the king a little lesson by showing him just what girls/heroes can do. Vernon's books are always nicely illustrated with just the right mix of text to illustrations and I like that you can pick up and read any of the books in this series in any order you want. Plus they're darn funny. I'm looking forward to the next installment, Ratpunzel.