Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Princess Academy

Princess Academy
written by Shannon Hale


While sometimes wordy, this book has a really catchy plot that is sure to grab and keep the reader's attention. The characters are fascinating dimensional people that the readers will really come to care about very early on in the storytelling. The story may feel predictable at times, and then all of a sudden it turns around and baffles the reader with astounding twists. It's a Newbery Honor winner, which, for kids, makes for some boring books, but this is a genuinely likable and interesting read, despite Newbery status. The title may involve the word 'princess', but it really isn't an overly girly book at all. It's a surprisingly original work of fantasy, although the storytelling has its low-tempered dull points. The end result of the princess picking is a little rushed, but adorable all the same. The romance throughout the book is subtle but sweet all the same, feeling like a marvelous new beginning rather than an ending.

Rating: 4/5

I got this book from...:Chatham University's Jennie King Mellon Library


  1. It sounds very good. I wouldn't have picked it up based on the cover though. I know, I know, judging books by covers and all, but still. Great review.

  2. I'm pretty sure we all judge books by covers to some degree ;)


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