Book Review: The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison

5892240Title: The Princess and the Bear

Author: Mette Ivie Harrison

Series: The Hound Saga #2

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: April 17, 2009


Book Summary:

A love against all odds . . .
A battle against ancient forces . . .
He was once a king, turned into a bear as punishment for his cruel and selfish deeds.
She was a once a princess, now living in the form of a hound.
Wary companions, they are sent, in human form, back to a time when magic went terribly astray. Together they must right the wrongs caused by this devastating power, if only they can find a way to trust each other. But even as their attraction grows, an old evil resurfaces, and they risk losing each other and destroying magic forever.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt the story and plot line were very solid. I could relate to the characters and was drawn into the story. And I thought it was a beautiful story. And I found their mixture of human and animal intriguing and their struggle between their two sides fascinating. I liked seeing how they helped each other become better and how they both grew throughout the novel.
Each chapter alternated between the bear and the hound’s points of view. For the most part I liked this, but sometimes I would want to see an event though the other’s eyes. Also, sometimes the story would jump forward in time before I felt ready for that to happen, though I think this ties back to wanting to see an event through the other point of view or at least get the other’s take on what had happened. I do realize, however, that doing so would have made the book much longer. 
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. And I thought it a great follow-up to The Princess and the Hound.
Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend
Content: A little violence, female dog referred to by word that is also a swear word
Source: Christmas Present
This book can be purchased from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.


  1. This series sounds good!

  2. This sounds really good! A beautiful cover 🙂

  3. I need to read these books! I have a couple of them, but I don’t have the complete series. I’ve heard really good things about them, though. Great review!

  4. This sounds like an interesting read!!