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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Petrella, the Gillian Princess by Chiara Talluto is a fantasy for pre-teens. Princess Petrella, a kind-hearted Gillian, is devastated because her strict father, King Hermas of the Anglon Kingdom, intends to marry her to Batavia, an obnoxious Gillian prince who will eventually inherit the underwater kingdom. Petrella dislikes this arrangement and yearns for true love after listening to her mother’s stories. She defies her father by swimming to the land where humans live. Princess Petrella befriends Finerd, a handsome, understanding man to whom she becomes attracted. She is unaware that Prince Batavia followed her and he is upset that Petrella has rejected him. Batavia places her life and the Kingdom of Anglon in serious jeopardy because Gillians are forbidden to interact with humans.
If you liked reading The Little Mermaid, then you will appreciate this cute story. Although Petrella, the Gillian Princess had certain similarities to the popular children’s fable, Chiara Talluto wrote a slightly different spin into her story, especially with its ending. The author also teaches the importance of respecting other people and their cultures. She cleverly demonstrates, through the actions of the princess, what can occur when people are forced to do things against their will. It has nice characters and light descriptive drama. I admire Petrella’s strong-willed personality and ideals, which she stood up for despite the repercussions. Petrella, the Gillian Princess is a very short fantasy by Chiara Talluto. This book will be ideal for school libraries and will make a very quick bedtime story.