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review 2016-07-01 05:28
#TheAscendanceTrilogy: Fun story, boring everything else...
The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Runaway King - Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Shadow Throne - Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Ascendance Trilogy wasn't everything I hoped it would be.


I was hoping for an exciting Middle Grade story with well-written characters and a strong plot.  What I got was a moderately fun Middle Grade story with boring, flat characters and a predictable, forced plot.


The first book was by far the best.  Had it stayed a stand-alone, I think I would have enjoyed it much more.  Unfortunately, book one was followed by books two and three where the characters didn't change and plot got worse.


It's like a coming of age story, but no one came of age.


I'm sure the target audience of 10 to 12 years olds will be much more forgiving that I am, and the basic story was a lot of fun.  I'll be sharing it with my kids, but for anyone else looking for a kings-and-swords Middle Grade story, I'll send them to Brandon Mull's Beyonders before give them The False Prince.


Happy Reading!


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review 2015-03-16 20:34
The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen

WOW, great book! I could barely put it down. It is shelved in GR in Children's section, although it is not. It has conspiracies, murders, torture... And that twist!

I loved Sage's character, so rebellious and grumpy and clever.

Right now I can't write a proper review without giving too many spoilers, but it was really good. Started a bit slow but I grew fond of all characters eventually.

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review 2015-02-23 00:00
The False Prince
The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen I got this book because I was talking about the reading challenge I'm doing and wanted to know of any good trilogies that I could do on audio (I'm already reading a physical copy book at home and wanted something for my car. Beep Beep!). This trilogy was recommended. I thought it would be awesome! A kingdom in ruin and deceit left and right. I was intrigued and ready for action.

I was disappointed. I understand that this book isn't for my age group, but this book was so terribly written. I was bored. Sage was one-dimensional, though Nielsen did try. I didn't believe in any of the characters.

Things conveniently happened. Where did you get that crown? Oh, stole it several chapters ago. How handy, right? No. It's obnoxious. It's not coy. I get that some authors try to keep us in the dark and have things revealed as the story progresses, but this was poorly done.

The climax wasn't very climaxy. No faster breathing. No relief afterward. I was less than impressed.

I'm unsure as to whether or not someone reading this in the correct age group would be entertained. I don't think I would be.

Short review for a short book.

The only reprieve this book had was with the voice actor. Thank you to McWade. He played the cocky, annoying Sage very well. The voice was exactly the voice I would imagine for this character. Fitting in every way.

I'll take better notes for books, so my reviews are flashes of what I think I remember.

My rating and why: I gave this book three stars. I read it and it just wasn't for me. I wasn't a huge fan, but it was ..... ok.
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review 2015-02-05 00:00
The False Prince
The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen I will be honest about this book, it was ok, but i didn't get to the very end. I was simply bored. It took forever for the story to develop, and actually get to the point, but sadly by that time I've decided to move on.
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review 2014-12-16 00:00
The False Prince
The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen 1.5 stars
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