Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

Grade: A


Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia has led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when she learns, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city, her best friend, Kiernan, and the only life she’s ever known.

Sent to live with her only surviving relative, a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. Then she discovers that magic runs through her veins – long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control – and she realizes that she will never learn to be just a simple village girl.

Sinda returns to the city to seek answers. Instead, she rediscovers the boy who refused to forsake her, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor’s history, forever.

Character Development: 6/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 8/10
Voice: 7/10
Plot: 7/10
Setting: 9/10
Total Score: 54/70

Obtained: ARC from Egmont

Age Appropriate? G
Language: Not much cursing
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: None
Sexual Content: None
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Nothing too bad, just some blood and bruises

Fairytale princess stories... you gotta love 'em! With magic, conspiracy, love, and adventure, this fantasy is bright and unique, but familiar enough to be a good friend.

Bookish, determined Sinda is definitely a likable character, but her narration sometimes goes in loops or seems annoyingly childish. Kiernan, the good and dependable goofy best friend is always entertaining (and his whole "I'm totally in love but she's totally oblivious" thing is super cutesie). Philanthra, the kooky and frail witch is a lovable hoot. But all these faces lack more depth, which sometimes really bothered me. However! The story is very fairytale-esque, so the characters (more colorful than real), fit in with the style perfectly. Basically, I'm just being a whiner.

The plot and the setting are just as colorful as the characters. Secret doors, cryptic prophecies, unsolved mysteries... yay yay yay! The False Princess is a wonderfully enjoyable read.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! Glad you liked it. I've heard great things about this book. I have it on my debut author challenge list.

    Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this. :) Thank you so much for your in-depth review!


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