Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

From goodreads: Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . . until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she "should "help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city. Picking up where "Princess Academy "left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom.

I received Palace of Stone from amazon yesterday! Because I had one of those days where I was carpooling kids around a ton, I had a lot of time to read. And let's be honest, I had to stay up late to finish the book!

My kids love book trailers. If you want more info about this book, here's a link to this one (I just love Shannon Hale's website...check it out, it's pretty fun!): Palace of Stone trailer 

I loved this book, but not as much as the first. Part of the charm of Princess Academy is the original setting and the innocence of the characters. In this book, the girls are all a little older and a little wiser. However, Miri is still innocent enough to get caught up in a political agenda and an unintentional betrayal. Even though city life changes her a little, she's still the same lovable character from the first book: loyal to her mountain and friends, level-headed even in sticky situations, and accepting of new ideas. I liked how traveling to a new place broadened her perspective, but made her appreciate home at the same time. That's one of my favorite things about traveling!

This book showed how Miri applies lessons she learned to real events in her life, how she researched both sides of a question, and her courage to initiate change. I love that this book continued with the theme of the first that one person can make a difference, even a girl who lives with goats! 

Rating: 4
Age: 11+
Published: 8.2012

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