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Friday, March 21, 2014

(MMGM) The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy {Review & Giveaway}

I'm so happy to share my Review of this awesome book today AND give away a copy...

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw
(The League of Princes #3)
by Christopher Healy
Walden Pond Press

The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with Christopher Healy's The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the Los Angeles Times called "one of the more clever, hilariously successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and rewrite fairy tales."

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don't you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered—and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they're on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar's murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms—a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.

Christopher Healy is one of the BEST middle-grade authors writing today and his League of Princes Series is awesome proof of why! I loved The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, absolutely adored The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, and AND am completely crazy for The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. Healy concludes his gut-busting series with a wildly hilarious, thrilling, clever bang!

Princes Liam, Duncan, Frederic, Gustav, and their feisty female counterparts, are wanted men and women. Outlaws accused of murdering Briar Rose; a crime they didn’t commit. The League of Princes set out to clear their name and discover that Briar Rose’s murder is just one small part of a HUGE evil plan to take over the thirteen kingdoms. Our favorite bumbling princes and awesome heroines must journey far and wide, face new and old enemies, and learn to rely on each other to save the day once again!

Like its two predecessors, The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw is non-stop, laugh-out-loud, wickedly clever entertainment. Christopher Healy is a spectacular storyteller, whose words are pure magic. His pitch-perfect middle-grade voice, unforgettable characters, and captivating imagination make this series ender the best in the trilogy (which is saying something!).

What I love so much about this series and Healy’s writing, is how well he “gets” his intended audience! Healy writes smart, twisty, layered stories, because he knows middle-grade readers not only crave these kinds of books, but are fully capable of handling them. The world in the League of Princes Series is vividly and complexly developed and laid out, with both familiar and awesomely new fairytale, fantasy, and adventure elements. Magic spells, healing tears, trolls, sprites, giant mongeese (or is it mongooses?), and So. Much. More...The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw has it all!

At over 500 pages, The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw is a longer middle-grade book, but it didn’t feel long enough! The thrills, twists, and action are plentiful and so smart.   And the humor?! FANTABULOUS! I mean it when I say this book is full of laugh-out-loud, gut-busting humor. Middle-grade readers and grown-ups alike will be completely enchanted and reduced to giggle-fits by Healy’s brand of humor. Our fave heroes and heroines find themselves on a ship full of pirates, on a desert journey in search of a djinn, locked up in a dungeon, and battling ferocious foes...and they do all this with style, pizazz, and moxie!

And speaking of those heroes and heroines? They really are just so fantastically awesome! Charming, endearing, lovable, amusing, sweet, kind, engaging...the ways to describe these characters could go on and on. Readers will fall in love with the four bumbling, but brave heroes and the totally rockstar ladies! I love ALL the heroes and heroines, but must admit that young Lila is my absolute favorite and I would LOVE to see this spunky, fearless heroine get her own series...hint hint nudge nudge Mr. Healy ;)

Healy concludes book three, and this series, in a wonderfully satisfying and inspiring way...but I’m still SO sad to see it end :(

My Final Thoughts: Epically entertaining, funny, and clever, I couldn’t have asked for a more awesome end to this series! Christopher Healy has written a truly spectacular middle-grade series and I can’t recommend it enough. If you have  a reluctant middle-grade reader in your life, hand them this series and watch the magic happen!

Christopher Healy is the author of the Hero's Guide trilogy: The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, and coming in spring 2014, The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw. The series is a comedic adventure that follows the exploits of four different Prince Charmings in the aftermath of their not-quite-accurate fairy-tale fame. It is published on May 1st, 2012, by Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. A film version is currently in development at Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios.

Chris lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan. Visit him at And learn more about the Hero's Guide universe at

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Carl Scott said...

I am Prince Liam, kinda surprising, he's a lot better looking than I am.

Brenda said...

I loved The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom it still is one of my favorite reads. I turned out to be Rapunzel, go figure, guess I am responsible. I'd love to have the hair though.

Unknown said...

LOL, it said "You are Rapunzel -
You’re dutiful, responsible, and understand the importance of the tasks you are charged with. You are a generous soul who is always ready to help others. But you could probably stand to loosen up once in a while. "

LOL, my hair is too short to be Rapunzel, but this was fun thank you.

Unknown said...

(This is Darith L)

I'm Prince Frederic! :D

Stitchin in the Sip said...

What a cute quiz. I am Rapunzel. Pretty accurate...I do need to loosen up a little sometimes.

Jillyn said...

You are Princess Lila

You’re and independent spirit who can’t stand being penned in. You prize intelligence, but aren’t afraid to take on tough physical tasks when needed. To you, brainy pursuits are just as much an adventure as a physical challenge — and you’re ready to take on either.

That's fairly accurate, lol

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

I got Princess Lila! She sounds like my kind of girl. :) I'll have to look into the first book!

Orchid said...

I got Princess Ella, which is pretty awesome considering she was pretty cool in book one.

This series is such a great read and a fun spin on the characters stories.

anne s. said...

Adorable-I am Ella!