The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool

Volume 1

Children - Grade K-3rd
58 Pages
Reviewed on 07/26/2013
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Author Biography

PJ LaRue wrote poetry in high school, but she discovered writing children’s books and short stories later in life. Her writing inspirations are hiking, photography and environmental consciousness, but she links these interests to much larger social issues. A person very close to PJ was molested as a child, making PJ passionate about providing child safety tips. And, PJ was bullied in the third grade by girls much larger than she, who demanded that PJ give them her lunch or her lunch money. As a result, PJ is committed to spreading the word that bullying must be stopped. One of PJ’s goals is to help educate children, parents and care givers, in a fun way, is her children’s book series, The Mystic Princesses.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kelly Santana for Readers' Favorite

The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool, by P. J. LaRue, is a tale of four princesses, gifted with elemental powers (air, water, earth and fire). They have the task of protecting the Princess of Peace (Princess Harmonie). In this adventure, the God of War, Ares, sends his five children to capture Princess Harmonie. In an attempt to protect his sister, Eros sends Princess Harmonie to a kingdom in the island of Hawaii where the Mystic Princesses are located. Each one of the Mystic Princesses gets permission from King Neptune and Queen Pearl to develop their skills. Princess Coral, a merson, is the water element; Princess Janna is the earth element; Princess Catie is the air element; and Princess Breanna is the fire element. Now, with a big responsibility ahead of them, they get together to work on their skills and learn important life lessons.

The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool has a delightful plot. P. J. LaRue uses mythological characters to tell a lively story of bravery and friendship. The story of princesses with special powers, who work on their skills and learn the ropes to protect a friend and bring peace to the world, is appealing. The book teaches important lessons on strengths and weaknesses, conservation and safety. The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool has colorful illustrations and the characters are captivating. I liked that Ms LaRue used her travelling experiences to develop the story in different places. This is the first book in the Mystic Princesses series, and I cannot wait for the next princesses’ adventure to come. Young girls will love The Mystic Princesses adventure on their bedside table.

Jenna Brooks

I read and reviewed Mystic Princesses, and gave it an enthusiastic five stars. It's a refreshing, very unique series - and (finally), something different in Children's Literature: stories that entertain, while creating meaningful discussions between parent and child. Brilliant concept, beautifully done. I'm looking forward to collecting the series.

Geena Bean

I read Mystic Princesses with my niece last year and she and I both loved it. There were so many great things we took away from this story and found it highly entertaining. We look forward to reading more of LaRue's work!