Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Publication date: August 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Series: Princess Academy, Book 2
Things I Liked:
I'm so happy to have more of Miri. I love seeing her and some of the Eskel girls make their way in a new place, a place very different from home. I thought the ethical questions in the book were really well done, really thoughtful. Hale truly didn't make things seem black and white, but many shades in between. Miri, as she tries to decide what is right, makes mistakes and changes her mind, and doesn't know quite what to do, but she learns and grows. I was really impressed with how the book ended. Hale did not try to tie things up neatly with a bow, she didn't have everything magically and instantly work out. In fact, what you think is the climax and denouement turn out to be only the beginning of the end. This is a great sequel and a complex look at the politics of a kingdom, but without being dull.
Things I Didn't Like:
A few times I was distracted from the story by some of the obvious things going on Miri didn't see (though, to be honest, I am not the intended audience and think this might be part of my annoyance). There are clear signs pointing, but there are also more surprises that aren't entirely evident at first. This will be loved by those who enjoyed the first book, and by tweens interested in dipping their toes into court complexities.
Start with Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
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BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
some minor scary parts, nothing too violent
Overall rating: ****
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