Sunday 9 August 2009

Princess Academy

Title: Princess Academy
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4

The thought of being a princess never occurred to the girls living on Mount Eskel. Most plan to work in the quarry like the generations before them. When it is announced that the prince will choose a bride from their village, 14-year-old Miri, who thinks she is being kept from working in the quarry because of her small stature, believes that this is her opportunity to prove her worth to her father. All eligible females are sent off to attend a special academy where they face many challenges and hardships as they are forced to adapt to the cultured life of a lowlander. First, strict Tutor Olana denies a visit home. Then, they are cut off from their village by heavy winter snowstorms. As their isolation increases, competition builds among them. The story is much like the mountains, with plenty of suspenseful moments that peak and fall, building into the next intense event. Miri discovers much about herself, including a special talent called quarry speak, a silent way to communicate. She uses this ability in many ways, most importantly to save herself and the other girls from harm.

LOVED this book! Who wouldn't want to go to a Princess Academy and learn how to be a princess in hopes of catching the Princes attention?! That's every girls dream! I love Shannon Hale, she is a great author of fairy tales with a twist. This book does not disappoint. It will capture adults as well as YA. You must read Princess Academy!


  1. very cool blog. i'm following you now. you should pop in/follow mine. i have all things books...
    nice seeing you.

  2. I love Shannon Hale, too. Of course, I've only read 3 of her books--and none have been the Books of Bayern yet! I know--I shock myself. Have you read Hale's "Book of a Thousand Days?" That was right up my alley for tweener fairy tale.

  3. LOVED this book too! I really enjoy Hale generally. She has some interesting things to say about reading and writing, too. :)

  4. I just finished Forest Born the 4th book in the Books of Bayern. I loved it. I won the book in some contest and so I read it and now I have to go get the others. I heard about her Princess Academy books but I was thinking they were more in this time not in her other world so I'll have to read them also.

  5. I haven't read any of Shannon Hale's books, but I keep clicking on links to her books! I aam definitely going to start reading them now!


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