By John P. Adamo


An instant classic tale portraying the life of “Amiranda,”an innocent
and brave princess, who unwittingly sets out on a quest that will
ultimately determine the fate of her entire kingdom.

From her castle window, Amiranda would gaze at the beautiful
countryside below-always watching carefully, always observing
everything. Gradually the princess realizes that she knows very little
of the small kingdom over which she would one day reign.

Nevertheless, Amiranda would never disobey her father’s wishes, especially the one to
never enter the mysterious dark forest, which borders their kingdom.
That is, until one day when she would have no other choice.

Amiranda will take a journey that will lead her on a wild adventure,
where the decisions she makes will determine the fate of many lives-the
lives of her animal friends, her family members, those who dwell in her
kingdom, and her very own life as well. Travel along on this trip where
Princess Amiranda hopes to find the missing piece in her existence and
ends up trying to achieve the impossible….

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Amiranda is a middle-grade fantasy with a fairytale feel to it. It reminded me a little of Snow White or Sleeping Beauty in a way.
Amiranda is a teenage princess living in a castle in the kingdom of Luxing. She has her own personal chef, a butler who keeps her on a schedule, and her own puppy and parrot. What more could a princess want?
Adventure, for starters. Amiranda is bored with her life. Her chef makes the same foods day in and day out. Her butler keeps her on the same routine. Her parents barely have time for her. What's a girl to do?
When Amiranda overhears some terrible news, she sets out on a quest and heads into the Deciduous Forest, the one place she was warned not to go. It's this journey that sets off the rest of the events of the story.
Does Amiranda fulfill her quest? Does she get her happily ever after? Or will the forest prove to be more than a teenage princess can handle?
I thought the book was a decent read. It starts off a little slow. I found Amiranda a bit too mopey for my liking at first. She's constantly daydreaming and wishing her life was different. I get it, 'cause I was a teenager once too, but her attitude annoyed me a little. Once she heads into the forest, though, and starts her adventure, I liked her a bit more. She was determined and brave then.
The story is also written like a screenplay (not the format, but the way it reads). It's a lot of tell and not a lot of show. I'm not usually fond of books that tell me what's happening, but in an odd sort of way, it worked for Amiranda.
The only thing that I didn't care for was the overuse of adverbs. Personally, I thought there were a bit too many, but that could be just me. 
The plot does take a bit to get going, but around chapter 8 or 9, things pick up, and then the story really takes off. It's got a magical element, an adventurous element, and even a bit of romance near the end.
Overall, Amiranda is a relatively quick read (at least it was for me after chapter 8 or so) that will appeal to young readers, both boys and girls. 
I'm rating it 3.5 stars.  

John Adamo is a Long Island-based author and songwriter who has
copyrighted more than four hundred poems and has both written and
composed numerous songs and short stories. Music has always been an
integral part of John’s life, as he has performed at different venues
all across Long Island—both as a professional pianist since the age of
seventeen (one year after his father passed away) and also as a disc
jockey / emcee for various private parties and public events.

This is John’s first formal work, which was originally written as a
screenplay and copyrighted in 1998. John has always had the
visualization that an animated movie would one day be made from his
work. The author wanted to put together a story unlike any other, and
one that could be enjoyed by people of all ages … both young and old
alike. A story that reinforced good values, covered common ethics, and
taught morals as John feels those important criteria are so often left
out in today’s modern fairy tales.

After having the screenplay sit on his shelf for nearly fifteen
years, John felt that it was finally time to let the world know the life
and world of Amiranda—a Cinderella-type princess who has everything in
the world that a princess could possibly ask for, but is still missing
something more in her life. With your help, John hopes that he can help
fulfill Amiranda’s aspirations, hopes, and dreams. Last but not least,
John hopes you like Amiranda’s story just as much as he enjoyed writing
it … Enjoy!


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