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Darling Charming is bored in Damsel-In-Distressing class. She'd much rather be in Hero Training with her brothers. The only thing is, she has secretly been helping her brother Dexter ace the class. If anyone finds out, a scandal would erupt at Ever After High. One of the most prestigious families in town, the Charmings have a reputation to uphold. Darling is destined to be Darling Charming is bored in Damsel-In-Distressing class. She'd much rather be in Hero Training with her brothers. The only thing is, she has secretly been helping her brother Dexter ace the class. If anyone finds out, a scandal would erupt at Ever After High. One of the most prestigious families in town, the Charmings have a reputation to uphold. Darling is destined to be a damsel...but this Rebel may want to decide her own destiny! Why should princes have all the fun? Don't miss the companion activity book, Hero Training!


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Darling Charming is bored in Damsel-In-Distressing class. She'd much rather be in Hero Training with her brothers. The only thing is, she has secretly been helping her brother Dexter ace the class. If anyone finds out, a scandal would erupt at Ever After High. One of the most prestigious families in town, the Charmings have a reputation to uphold. Darling is destined to be Darling Charming is bored in Damsel-In-Distressing class. She'd much rather be in Hero Training with her brothers. The only thing is, she has secretly been helping her brother Dexter ace the class. If anyone finds out, a scandal would erupt at Ever After High. One of the most prestigious families in town, the Charmings have a reputation to uphold. Darling is destined to be a damsel...but this Rebel may want to decide her own destiny! Why should princes have all the fun? Don't miss the companion activity book, Hero Training!

30 review for A Semi-Charming Kind of Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was my least favorite of Selfors' EAH novels, but I appreciate that it's for a different group than the previous two. Duchess' story was about coming to terms with both sides of yourself, Ginger's was about acceptance within a family, and this one is about slowly becoming comfortable with the fact that who you are may not be who society wants you to be. In this respect, Selfors does a wonderful job, as Darling's struggle comes across well, as do her feelings of guilt and isolation. I person This was my least favorite of Selfors' EAH novels, but I appreciate that it's for a different group than the previous two. Duchess' story was about coming to terms with both sides of yourself, Ginger's was about acceptance within a family, and this one is about slowly becoming comfortable with the fact that who you are may not be who society wants you to be. In this respect, Selfors does a wonderful job, as Darling's struggle comes across well, as do her feelings of guilt and isolation. I personally did not find her issues as meaningful, but I can certainly see where a different reader would, and the acknowledgement of the struggle non-girly girls face felt very real. While I might have liked to see Darling go farther, I also respect Selfors' decision to make this one step in the journey rather than wrapping it up neatly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bella Marie

    I really liked the storyline of the book & especially the ending. I really enjoyed it & can't wait to read more I really liked the storyline of the book & especially the ending. I really enjoyed it & can't wait to read more

  3. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I really enjoyed this one. I really, really enjoyed this one. Aside from Queen Charming, who I don't really understand, I found this one a lot more consistent. There were fewer of those obvious "you can't be this stupid" holes this time around, and I loved Maid Marian, Darling, and Dexter. Even Daring wasn't such a caricature. I should give this run credit for not slotting everyone into either "rebel" or "royal." The kids are all taking their time, learning about themselves. To take a step like I really enjoyed this one. I really, really enjoyed this one. Aside from Queen Charming, who I don't really understand, I found this one a lot more consistent. There were fewer of those obvious "you can't be this stupid" holes this time around, and I loved Maid Marian, Darling, and Dexter. Even Daring wasn't such a caricature. I should give this run credit for not slotting everyone into either "rebel" or "royal." The kids are all taking their time, learning about themselves. To take a step like that has the potential to hurt their families, and they're trying to do what's right. So even though I have not liked the other two (Kiss and Spell really didn't sit right with me) they are saying important things. This one just says the things really well. I think maybe with Queen Charming there was the air of "your parents lived a whole life before you were born, and you don't really know them," but what it came off as was, "parenting=hypocrisy." But yeah, I really like this one!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dorian Jandreau

    Amazing book for such Ever After High doll collector as me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Much better than Kiss and Spell. I honestly don't really remember Duchess's book, but this might be my favorite of the EAH books by Selfors. Hale's series is still better in my opinion but I am biased by my love for her other books. Much better than Kiss and Spell. I honestly don't really remember Duchess's book, but this might be my favorite of the EAH books by Selfors. Hale's series is still better in my opinion but I am biased by my love for her other books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Love It. I Hope Dexter and Raven Get Together.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Faith M:)

    Love this book😂😂 so sweet:)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Spencer

    A Semi-Charming Kind of Life PLOT: Darling Charming isn't your typical princess. She's SO over sitting around waiting and waiting and waiting to be rescued by a Prince. What Darling wants is to be her own hero. She gets the chance when she sees that Dexter isn't leaving up to the reputation of a Charming in jousting class. So she trades her tiara and frilly dresses for a helmet and armor inspired by her damsel in Distress teacher Maid Marian. MY THOUGHT: I think this is my favorite EAH book! It t A Semi-Charming Kind of Life PLOT: Darling Charming isn't your typical princess. She's SO over sitting around waiting and waiting and waiting to be rescued by a Prince. What Darling wants is to be her own hero. She gets the chance when she sees that Dexter isn't leaving up to the reputation of a Charming in jousting class. So she trades her tiara and frilly dresses for a helmet and armor inspired by her damsel in Distress teacher Maid Marian. MY THOUGHT: I think this is my favorite EAH book! It took me so long to find it, and I'm happy to say it was worth the wait. I think Darling just might be my favorite EAH character. She's beautiful but she doesn't seem moved by all the attention and fawning over her. She's independent and doesn't want to be rescued by a guy. She wants to do the rescuing. And I can definitely see in the future she'll be the one to rescue her Prince. She actually made me look at being a Princess in a different way. I never even thought that I'd view the life of a Princess as boring, but those lessons. They were just so mind-numbingly ridiculous! On a deeper level, I thought about gender roles and how racist the King was for scolding Darling because she wasn't acting like "a traditional princess" every time she did something considered "masculine". So I didn't think much of him. Nor did I think much of him for not supporting Dex's interest and treating him (and actually calling him second best) because his best wasn't what Daring had to offer. I never really liked Daring. He's shallow fluff. He and Apple really do belong together. Sorry, Duchess! You can do better! I wanted to like the Queen because it seemed like she had a "Rebel" streak of her own but I couldn't fully get there because from time to time she also scolds Darling. They locked the girl in a tower! I also like Maid Marian and I wished they would have given us a little more about her. I liked how they focused on *her* and Robin Hood was the supporting player that was rarely even mentioned. I was hoping they'd write him out completely and make her the leader of the Merry Men RATING 81/2 GREAT STORY! The only bad part was that Darling will probably continue to stay hidden behind all those frilly gowns and I want this bad ass Darling to be center-stage. We all know that's who she really is.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Ever After High A Semi-Charming Kind of Life 1. Author’s Background The author is Suzanne Selfors. She has made a lot of books and my favorite books are her Ever After High series. She was born in 1963 and most of her books are fantasy. 2. Literary Time Period The time period of this is mixed into the past and and something like today’s time.There are castles and dragons, then there are phones and other things we use. 3. Setting The setting is in a castle with the Charmings living inside. The setting Ever After High A Semi-Charming Kind of Life 1. Author’s Background The author is Suzanne Selfors. She has made a lot of books and my favorite books are her Ever After High series. She was born in 1963 and most of her books are fantasy. 2. Literary Time Period The time period of this is mixed into the past and and something like today’s time.There are castles and dragons, then there are phones and other things we use. 3. Setting The setting is in a castle with the Charmings living inside. The setting also takes place in the school where they go to. 4. Characters The characters are Darling and her two brothers. Plus some of their friends are mentioned in the book. There are a lot but these are mostly the main people. 5. Theme The theme is fairy tail. There are dragons and people can turn into other things. A girl even has wings because she is the daughter of an evil fairy. 6. Plot Summary Darling Charming is bored in Damsel- In- Distressing class. She’d much rather be in Hero Training with her brothers. The only thing is, she has secretly been helping her brother Dexter ace the class. If anyone finds out, a scandal would erupt at Ever After High. One of the most prestigious families in town, the CHarmings have a reputation to uphold. Darling is destined to be a damsel… but this Rebel may want to decide her own destiny. 7. Literary Devices Darling Charming doesn’t want to be what she is supposed to be and she has a secret that nobody can know but her and Dexter ( her brother) 8. Memorable Quotes Dexter said on page 58 “ Mother would faint if she heard you say that. ” because he knew Darling’s secret.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Olivia.Poole

    Darling is tried of being the damsel. Her brothers get to save the day, and she wants that too. When her brother Dexter second son of King Charming has trouble in jousting Darling comes, and saves the day. She helps her brother. When he gets the princely poxs she continues to help, but how long can she continue this before the truth comes out. Darling goes on this adventure, a rebelane if you call it to be the hero she wants and choices to be.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Oh how Darling Charming longs for adventure, thrills, and action. But, as any well bred princess in training will tell you, her duties are to excel in waiting (to be rescued by a handsome prince), looking beautiful, and yelling (but, only once when she needs rescuing and her prince is near). She envies her brothers, Daring and Dexter, who can train for danger, jousts, and defeating dragons. Secretly, to appease her own desires, she has been working out, riding her horse, and climbing walls (but, Oh how Darling Charming longs for adventure, thrills, and action. But, as any well bred princess in training will tell you, her duties are to excel in waiting (to be rescued by a handsome prince), looking beautiful, and yelling (but, only once when she needs rescuing and her prince is near). She envies her brothers, Daring and Dexter, who can train for danger, jousts, and defeating dragons. Secretly, to appease her own desires, she has been working out, riding her horse, and climbing walls (but, only at night, of course) to hopefully one day use the skills she knows she is destined to display. When nerdy brother, Dexter, who doesn't care a smidgen for his training (but, loves reading!), comes down with Princely Pox, it is up to Darling to save the day! And, she does! She disguises herself as her nonathletic brother displaying championship skills at training that week. Yet, why does she feel as though she has crossed a line that will only bring trouble? A Semi-Charming Kind of Life is a cleverly written story about fairy tales characters at Ever-After High. Might Darling be a Rebel? Will she be rescued or will she rescue? Only time will tell, and she may just have a secret supporter among her own family members....

  12. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This was a fun and adventurous book about Darling Charming, Daring and Dexter Charming's younger sister. I liked the book because it was about a princess who didn't want to wait around for a prince to save her or never do anything fun, I loved the theme of the story. Though this book wasn't 5 stars, I would say I enjoyed it a lot. This was a fun and adventurous book about Darling Charming, Daring and Dexter Charming's younger sister. I liked the book because it was about a princess who didn't want to wait around for a prince to save her or never do anything fun, I loved the theme of the story. Though this book wasn't 5 stars, I would say I enjoyed it a lot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    A Bit of Earth

    This is such a sweet story and a fun read! I can't remember the last time a book made me literally laugh out loud like this one. There was a wittiness to it, and I enjoyed every second of reading it. The characters especially the strong and compassionate Darling and her thoughtful and bookish brother, Dexter, are incredibly likeable and sympathetic. The reader really roots for them throughout the whole book. Darling as a protagonist especially really endears herself to a not-so-girly girl reader This is such a sweet story and a fun read! I can't remember the last time a book made me literally laugh out loud like this one. There was a wittiness to it, and I enjoyed every second of reading it. The characters especially the strong and compassionate Darling and her thoughtful and bookish brother, Dexter, are incredibly likeable and sympathetic. The reader really roots for them throughout the whole book. Darling as a protagonist especially really endears herself to a not-so-girly girl reader, and it's exciting to watch her journey in learning to be true to herself and forging her own path. However, at the core of this book is really the sibling relationship between Darling and her brother, Dexter and the loyalty the siblings have for each other. The story was full of little moments that made their sibling relationship seem so real (view spoiler)[ from Darling playfully teasing Dexter about his crush on Raven ("You're staring" "I am?" has to be one of my favorite exchanges in the entire book!) to that anecdote about Dexter stealing "boy books" off the cart for her to read. (hide spoiler)] . They truly supported and looked out for each other and had a really beautiful friendship. I appreciated that Selfors let them be good friends to each other and made their sibling bond a main focus of the story. I especially loved the ending! (view spoiler)[ That truly sacrificial moment on Darling's part said so much about her character. It takes an incredible strength to put someone else first, and to see her sacrifice for her brother in the end was very moving. (hide spoiler)] I simply adore this book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book addressed the sexism inherent in the world of Ever After High of which there is a lot if only because everyone is expected to adhere to fairy tale archetypes. Of course there are the "Rebels" who chose a different path and decide to break out of traditional roles but not enough also want to break gender roles. Darling Charming desperately wants to be a hero when she is fated to be a damsel and in this novel she gets a few days where she puts on armor and pretends to be her brother Dext This book addressed the sexism inherent in the world of Ever After High of which there is a lot if only because everyone is expected to adhere to fairy tale archetypes. Of course there are the "Rebels" who chose a different path and decide to break out of traditional roles but not enough also want to break gender roles. Darling Charming desperately wants to be a hero when she is fated to be a damsel and in this novel she gets a few days where she puts on armor and pretends to be her brother Dexter in order to experience the jousting class he is terrible at but she secretly longs for. And it turns out she isn't only good but great. Along the way Darling finds two strong female role models in a blacksmith and in her teacher Maid Marian who gave up being a pampered lady to run the forest as one of Robin Hood's Merry Men. I found the book a bit bittersweet. Darling may save the day but she still doesn't have the courage to declare herself not a damsel to the world though she does get a bit of confidence that will perhaps push her there one day.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Smith

    Although I'm a big fan of the Ever After High dolls, I had low expectations of this book when I checked it out from the library for a younger sibling. After all, I don't normally enjoy spinoff novels. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The storyline is interesting all on its own, with engaging characters and an amusing setting. But what really sets this story apart are the unforced, supportive relationships the young female protagonist has with adult women throughout the story, a theme that few Although I'm a big fan of the Ever After High dolls, I had low expectations of this book when I checked it out from the library for a younger sibling. After all, I don't normally enjoy spinoff novels. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The storyline is interesting all on its own, with engaging characters and an amusing setting. But what really sets this story apart are the unforced, supportive relationships the young female protagonist has with adult women throughout the story, a theme that few books try and many don't pull off successfully. Coupled with its overall gently feminist elements, this makes a heartening and fun read that I'd recommend to any young girl.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

    The book A Semi-Charming Kind of Life by Suzanne Selfors was an amazing book. This book is about a girl named Darling Charming. She is the daughter of the prince in Snow White. Her destiny iss to play a Damsel-In-Distressing, but she wants to be a hero trainer like her brothers Dexter and Daring Charming. Her family does not approve, but she does it anyway only in secret. At some point in this book Darling does become a Damsel-In-Distressing, but she proves herself worthy of being a hero trainer The book A Semi-Charming Kind of Life by Suzanne Selfors was an amazing book. This book is about a girl named Darling Charming. She is the daughter of the prince in Snow White. Her destiny iss to play a Damsel-In-Distressing, but she wants to be a hero trainer like her brothers Dexter and Daring Charming. Her family does not approve, but she does it anyway only in secret. At some point in this book Darling does become a Damsel-In-Distressing, but she proves herself worthy of being a hero trainer by escaping herself. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shae

    Better than any of the others in the school story series in my opinion. However these books are getting a little old as nothing ever changes. The main story line isn't advancing, the characters aren't changing, they're just making friends. I'm not sure what the purpose of these books are, because the first three books written by Shannon Hale seemed to have a goal. These ones don't. Young girls will probably still like them, but they don't have much going for them to interest older kids. Better than any of the others in the school story series in my opinion. However these books are getting a little old as nothing ever changes. The main story line isn't advancing, the characters aren't changing, they're just making friends. I'm not sure what the purpose of these books are, because the first three books written by Shannon Hale seemed to have a goal. These ones don't. Young girls will probably still like them, but they don't have much going for them to interest older kids.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    This was a fun read but I didn't feel like I got a lot of back story for Darling. In the other school story's I felt I had a good understanding of the main character but with this one I felt I was missing some of the characters back story. There where some under answered questions that I would have love to get the answers for. Still it was a fun read and was nice to see more from a Rebel. This was a fun read but I didn't feel like I got a lot of back story for Darling. In the other school story's I felt I had a good understanding of the main character but with this one I felt I was missing some of the characters back story. There where some under answered questions that I would have love to get the answers for. Still it was a fun read and was nice to see more from a Rebel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Hatfield

    I rated this book 5 stars because the characters in it are very relatable and the princess who is the daughter of Prince Charming and the main character does things that normal princesses don't do. I think people should read this book because it is unpredictable and exciting. One thing I would change about it though is the mom because I think the mom should be Cinderella. 😌 I rated this book 5 stars because the characters in it are very relatable and the princess who is the daughter of Prince Charming and the main character does things that normal princesses don't do. I think people should read this book because it is unpredictable and exciting. One thing I would change about it though is the mom because I think the mom should be Cinderella. 😌

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steve Center

    Whether it took till volume three for Selfors to get there or if I just didn't get it in the first two this book truly shines for what it is: a powerful tribute to the empowerment that feminism can be and so often isn't. Whether it took till volume three for Selfors to get there or if I just didn't get it in the first two this book truly shines for what it is: a powerful tribute to the empowerment that feminism can be and so often isn't.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lesly

    I love how darling kept trying to be how her brothers and her dad kept telling her that she is a girl and she cant fight like her brothers. I also like how she never wanted to give up and at the end she saved ravin I loved this book t.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Venera

    This is a really good book for kids 8-12! I liked it a lot and still do! Darling has to be my favorite character from series and book because she is so independent, quiet, secretive, and strong! I’d say I kinda am like her but not because she makes all those traits extraordinary!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I like this Very nice book Very interesting Very awesome Very captivating Very very very very very very love able BOOK YASSSSSSS YES

  24. 5 out of 5

    LaNona

    3 stars! Just as good as the others, with unique stories and characters with much more to them than you think.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sung Ju

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personaly this is my second favorite ever after high book, even though it was the third time rereading this book I still enjoyed it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ciara

    I loved this

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ferris

    hard to rate because im not the intended age for this book, but since I had a history with EAH, I loved it 213 pages

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle L

    4.5/5 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lilly

    it was a very good book and i think that the part where you read about darlings childhood in the tower was really good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I really enjoyed it when I was young and I definitely would recommend it for young readers

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