Friday, 16 October 2015

Princesses Don't Become Engineers by Aya Ling

Title: Princesses Don't Become Engineers
Series: Princess Series (#3)
Author: Aya Ling
From: The Princess Series Box Set 
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release Date: 5th August 2014
Challenges: 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (12 points)
Links: Goodreads- Amazon 

Elaine doesn't like being taught to be a proper Princess. At 12 years old she's already had 9 Governesses and they don't teach her anything important. When Elaine gets it into her head that she wants to study at the University, she does her best to catch up and prove that girls can be just as good as boys at academia. At 16, Elaine is even more determined than before to prove she is the best engineer around, and has grand plans to exhibit her inventions.

I think that Princesses Don't Become Engineers was my favourite of the 3 Princess books (though not quite as good as Ling's most recent book The Ugly Stepsister, though I think that could be to do with the age of the main protagonist).

Elaine had already been established as a character in the previous books, and as such had something to build on already. The book was split into three parts, for the first two she was only 12, something that I found hard to remember at times, and for the third she was 16 (which answered my question on how a potential romance could happen). I liked the clear splits for parts of her life, it worked well.

The romance was sweet and clean (like for the rest of the series). It was clear quite early on who she was going to have a thing for, and it started off as a very innocent crush (she was 12 after all!) then by 16 it had developed into a bit more. Though I thought that the romance was actually a minor part in the story really.

I liked the message of the series as a whole, that women and girls should be comfortable being who they are, even if it doesn't fit convention or if parts of themselves contradict other parts, though if I'm honest I was less comfortable with Valeria's story than with Ari and Elaine's, but overall it was a good message that got across in the stories.