Katie Reads: The Prince and the Dressmaker

*I received an eARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

I’m not in the mood for a long review, but this book was too cute not to mention…

Did I expect to read a graphic novel about a cross-dressing prince tonight and absolutely love it? No, but that’s what happened. Jen Wang’s The Prince and the Dressmaker is a charming, modern fairytale. I loved the positive message about being yourself (although it never felt forced or contrived), and the many, imaginative dress designs that we see Frances sew for the prince. Setting the story in anachronistic late 1800s Paris added another fun twist to this unique fairytale. A very satisfactory read with an ending that had me both laughing out loud and awwing.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang is available February 13th, 2018 – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Katie and Cat

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