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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale


Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. Sent to an academy to learn how to become a princess, Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and even bandits intent on kidnapping the future princess.

I found this book sitting on our bookcases several years ago, saw the word “Princess” in the title, and knew I had to read it. A lot of people don’t like “Princess books.” They think that they’re all fairy tales where the princess sits around and waits for her prince to show up.

But I love Princess books. And it seemed  like there was something different about this book – when I read the back it drew me in.

Let me just say, I’m so glad I read this book! And I’m not the only one in my family who loves it – my brother Colter enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to unpack it and give it to some of my other brothers.

Miri is the weakling in her village, and as such, isn’t allowed into the linder mines to help. She feels pretty useless, even though she takes good care of her Pa and sister, Marda.

When the news comes that the Priests have decided that Mount Eskel is the home of the future princess, the village girls are conflicted. If they’re a certain age, they’re ordered to the Princess Academy to learn how to be a princess. The academy is complete with a rat infested closet, mean school teacher, and bandits in the winter.

Will Miri be chosen to become the next Princess? Or will one of the other girls? And a better question – will they be safe when the bandits take over the school, or will the bandits take them as they’ve planned?

My Favorite Scene

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The Verdict: 5 of 5 Stars

Yeah, I know, I give all the books four or five stars. But look at it this way – I’m only reviewing the ones I love, not all of the three and two star ones! 😀

But seriously, this book is a five star book. 🙂

Sequel: Princess Academy: Palace of Stone

I’ve written about Shannon Hale on my blog before – during the A to Z Challenge, she was my H, in the blog post H is for Hale. 


The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


I heard about this book through an online friend of mine, and then it seemed like it was everywhere I looked. At least three other people I follow on Twitter were talking about it, and they all had great things to say about it. So I decided to see what it was all about.

From the beginning, the story had me hooked. I love princess stories, and it’s always funny when the “princess” is a girl who wasn’t raised to be a princess. I love when a girl is taken from her home and dropped into a palace or important school or something like that.

Though we didn’t get to really meet some of the characters, the ones that we did meet were really fleshed out. I hated some of them, loved some of them, and felt sad when some of them went home.

(And I hated Aspen. Soooo not happy he’s back.)

Overall, this was a great book that captured my attention from the very beginning. I didn’t want to put it down for my class at the YMCA, and that’s saying something! I’m so glad that my friends told me to read this book -I can’t wait to read the next one! It just came out so I’m waiting for my library to get it back. 🙂

The Verdict: 5 of 5 Stars

Wednesdays In The Tower by Jessica Day George

Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George

A castle that is constantly rearranging itself, and a young royal family sworn to protect it… Celie, Rolf, and their beloved Castle Glower are back in this exciting sequel. When her brother Rolf dares her to catch magical Castle Glower creating a new room, Princess Celie takes the challenge! No one knows the Castle better than she does. But as usual, the Castle has ideas of its own. Celie finds the new room first, and inside it is hidden a giant egg. It looks like The Castle wants Celie to care for the egg and whatever creature it hatches! Celie hadn’t bargained for a pet, and caring for this one will prove to be especially tricky, once Celie and her siblings realize what else the Castle is hiding….

I was super excited to win this book in a giveaway! I really enjoyed the first book, Tuesdays in the Castle, and hoped that this book would be a good as the first. And it was!

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It wasn’t a super gripping book – I had to put it down several times while I was reading it and I wasn’t rushing to get back to it. But it was still really enjoyable, and I’ll be looking forward to reading the next in the series, if there is one.

And let me just say, there better be!

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The Verdict: 4 of 5 Stars