Monday, May 28, 2012

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Bloomsbury USA Childrens (April 17, 2007) 337 pages

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Description from Amazon:

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.

My Thoughts:

I seem to be having the hardest time coming up with things to say about the books I read these days! I think I'm suffering from a huge case of "mommy brain"!

It's been a couple of weeks since I read Princess Academy, but I liked it. It's one that I will keep just in case we end up with a little girl. I like the young reader books that offer lessons in a discreet way. There's action, adventure, a bit of magic, a prince, and of course, a tiny touch of romance. It was just a perfect book for the little princesses out there. It teaches the value of friends and family, treating those we don't overly like with respect and kindness, and even the value of education.

I think I remember Miri being 16 in the story, but I imagine it's a story that will most likely appeal more to younger girls,(pre-tween and tween-ish). I'm not saying it can't be enjoyed by older folks, but it does have an overall aura that would appeal more to younger girls.

I have to send you over to Homespun Light to see her little girl's reaction to this book. So sweet!

*Princess Academy: Palace of Stone (the sequel) comes out in August, just in case that might interest you.


  1. It is a sweet book. Great review!
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  2. I think my daughter would like this one!

  3. I almost pulled this one down off the bookshelf to read yesterday. Your review makes me want to snatch it up and devour it. (I think I can do that next week. And I think I will.)