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. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the... show more
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. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.
Publish date: July 6th 2005
Pages no: 314
Edition language: English
Series: Princess Academy (#1)
This is the type of excellent children's publishing that I craved as a preteen/young teen. It reads sort of like a middle grade, more accessible to younger readers than a lot of the YA MA books these days. This wasn't at all what I was expecting from the title and cover; I thought it would be fluf...
This might sound weird, but I have to admit that what attracted me to this book in the first place was that almost every major character was a girl. (Oddly enough, the bad guys are all male, but that is totally beside the point--I do NOT mean to give the impression that this is a girls vs. guys thin...
This is a book I both really enjoyed and find myself completely uninterested in reading the sequel. There's a lot of interesting stuff happening, but I left with the impression that the lowlanders really were a bunch of [redacted] [redacted] heads, so Miri's next adventure being set in their world s...
You know the weird thing is while reading this book, how much it reminded me of the book The Selection (my review of that book is here). Both feature girls being gathered from the kingdom to find someone to marry the prince. They get along with some girls, and not with others. She has a boy back ...