Monday, 10 September 2012

The Princess Academy, Palace of Stone: Book Review




Revolution is the word on the commoner’s lips, and Miri must make a choice that could change everything. In the incredible sequel to the Princess Academy Miri is whisked away from the only place she has ever known, to go to the city of Asland to attend her friend Britta's wedding. Little does Miri know that her arrival was during troubled times for the kingdom… threats of a revolution are lurking around every corner of the city. Miri soon finds her self-tangled and torn between loyalty to her friend and hope in daring ideas that could bring incredible changes to the kingdom. Miri must apply all that she learned at the princess academy and knowledge gained along the way to figure out what she truly wants and what she is fighting for.

"No! She said because she had never felt so powerful. She was not one person; she was a crowd. She belonged to the mass of bodies and voices strong in number untied in purpose." This quote alone shows you that this book is not your typical fairytale. The Princess Academy, Palace of Stone is a spellbinding novel filled with twists and turns in the plot that leaves you guessing. Although this novel is set in a world of fantasy it is very easy to relate to Miri trying to follow her heart and head in a mess of choices. This book has an incredible mix of complex description and intriguing plot that allows you to truly put yourself in the books pages and the characters shoes. Shannon Hale writes with deep feeling and a web of emotions regarding love, friendship, hope, discovery and returning home. There are many themes within this writing but I think the main theme is following your heart. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and has ever been faced with difficult decisions to make.

6 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed your book review! You seemed to really connect with the book. I would read it over to revise for run-on sentences (check for comma splices), and also maybe change the word "complex" once, because it is mentioned twice in a short period of time. Also, perhaps add what the theme is in your critique paragraph, and if you want (this is totally optional) you could say an appropriate age. I really enjoyed reading it, and felt like you put time into your review!

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  2. Love it! However, don't forget that it should be close to 300 words! Right now you are over by 114 words, so make sure to cut it down. Otherwise, great job on writing a very intriguing review.

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  3. This book review almost felt like I was reading a descriptive book. It grabbed me and pulled me in very quickly. I love it!!! Write on.

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  5. What a great start already on your blog, Kirsten. I also like how you have organized your blog so things are easy to find, but we also have an opportunity to get lost on the main page! I can see your passion for reading in this blog clearly. Awesome start!

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