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Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess--sweet! In the wink of an eye, she's whisked off to a remote, romantic kingdom for the "shoot." But something's amiss: First, she finds out she bears an uncanny resemblance to the real princess, who has run away following the death of her father, the king. Then she learns that the conniving regent plans to use Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess--sweet! In the wink of an eye, she's whisked off to a remote, romantic kingdom for the "shoot." But something's amiss: First, she finds out she bears an uncanny resemblance to the real princess, who has run away following the death of her father, the king. Then she learns that the conniving regent plans to use her to take control of the country, now being fought over by rebels. As the plot twists and turns, Jenna discovers just what she's made of--and just why she resembles the missing princess so much!


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Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess--sweet! In the wink of an eye, she's whisked off to a remote, romantic kingdom for the "shoot." But something's amiss: First, she finds out she bears an uncanny resemblance to the real princess, who has run away following the death of her father, the king. Then she learns that the conniving regent plans to use Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess--sweet! In the wink of an eye, she's whisked off to a remote, romantic kingdom for the "shoot." But something's amiss: First, she finds out she bears an uncanny resemblance to the real princess, who has run away following the death of her father, the king. Then she learns that the conniving regent plans to use her to take control of the country, now being fought over by rebels. As the plot twists and turns, Jenna discovers just what she's made of--and just why she resembles the missing princess so much!

30 review for The Princess Plot

  1. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This is a fun book. Lots of action, suspense and intrigue. I've tried to get some of the kids to read it at school but I think they were put off by the pink cover. I was afraid it would be just a 'girly' book and I wasn't really in the mood for one but wanted to read it so I could booktalk it when school starts again. I was really surprised at how much fun it was. It isn't a 'girly' book at all. I hope they change the cover because both girls and guys would like this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    My first comment about this book is that it is an unusual story. I picked it up for my library at a recent book fair and it has a pretty steady circulation; not hot, but definitely not dusty either. Both the book and the blurb are attractive: pink and princessey with a pirate-looking skull; a young girl wins a dream movie role and is catapulted into real danger. For the most part, I would say that the story lives up to this expectation, especially if that expectation is from young dreamy-eyed My first comment about this book is that it is an unusual story. I picked it up for my library at a recent book fair and it has a pretty steady circulation; not hot, but definitely not dusty either. Both the book and the blurb are attractive: pink and princessey with a pirate-looking skull; a young girl wins a dream movie role and is catapulted into real danger. For the most part, I would say that the story lives up to this expectation, especially if that expectation is from young dreamy-eyed girls. Jenna finds herself filling in for a young princess who she looks remarkably similar to and discovers that there is very real intrigue, politics, and class issues at stake. In general, I like the way the political problems are handled. They are intriguing and dangerous without the normal political complexity, which works well for a middle-grade novel, even if they are somewhat simplified. However, I do have two problems with the book. First, the resolution of the book is a little too easy, considering the theoretical depth of political problems in the story. And second, there is a crucial part of this story that I just don't believe. Jenna leaves home and hops on a plane with adults she has only just met without ever having spoken with her mother. She just goes off without a thought in her head, which I find troublingly stupid. She tries to phone her mother a few times, but seems content with (faked) texts. First, I doubt Jenna would be able to fly to another country without identification, and secondly, I find it difficult to believe that a girl who is as sheltered as Jenna has been just suddenly chooses to ignores her mother. I think I find her stupidity at the beginning of the book to be annoying, making the rest of her actions unbelievable. However, as long as I can overlook this huge character flaw, I enjoyed the story. It was fast-paced and different: girly-girls rescuing the day among (somewhat) modern kidnappers and gun-wielding revolutionaries with a dose of royalty and celebrity dreams along side.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miss Clark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 Stars A very enjoyable and engaging story about Jenna, a young girl who is raised never knowing who her father is or the truth of her identity, but who is sucked into the political turmoil of Scandia, which is on the brink of civil war following the death of its king, and tricked into pretending to be their princess Malena, to whom Jenna just happens to bear an uncanny resemblance. We also get to have snippets from the POV of Malena, Jenna's mother, the Regent and several others. The emotions 3.5 Stars A very enjoyable and engaging story about Jenna, a young girl who is raised never knowing who her father is or the truth of her identity, but who is sucked into the political turmoil of Scandia, which is on the brink of civil war following the death of its king, and tricked into pretending to be their princess Malena, to whom Jenna just happens to bear an uncanny resemblance. We also get to have snippets from the POV of Malena, Jenna's mother, the Regent and several others. The emotions were very realistic, the politics both interesting and very illustrative of actual situations, which helps readers to have a better grasp of such incidents, and although the ending was satisfying enough, I really would not mind seeing a sequel to this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessikah

    3 stars..ish... The cover of this book was too delicious to pass up. Yummy pink with sparkles and a skull and cross bones to make it look bad ass, and though the cover is delicious like a cotton candy cupcake at Crumbs, the book is just ok like a smaller vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting... which many people like because its comfortable. Much like this book. The story goes that Jenna, daughter of an over protective mother who is an etiquette teacher for a living (really, does anyone actually 3 stars..ish... The cover of this book was too delicious to pass up. Yummy pink with sparkles and a skull and cross bones to make it look bad ass, and though the cover is delicious like a cotton candy cupcake at Crumbs, the book is just ok like a smaller vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting... which many people like because its comfortable. Much like this book. The story goes that Jenna, daughter of an over protective mother who is an etiquette teacher for a living (really, does anyone actually do this?) takes one chance in her life to sneak behind her mother's back and audition to be a princess in a film. While she believes the other girls including her BFF (yes this term is used just like that numerous time throughout the book, unless the author got lazy and decided to just write BF) are prettier than she is she gets the part and is immediately scooted off to a country she has never heard of, while in an alternating plot her mother is seemingly deceived and kidnapped. While on "the set" Jenna is given a makeover to look like the country's beloved princess Malena, who she is a dead ringer for... except for her dark hair, dark eyes, tan skin, the fact that she is a bit shorter than Malena... and plumper... but really DEAD RINGER... no one can tell the difference when she is put in a wig and given contacts and told to not speak.... So the story moves along at a very fast pace, if not a predictable pace. No surprises lurk behind the twists and turns for us with an analytical mind but a younger group may actually not see them coming. A younger less perceptive group but if they picked up this book, especially based on the cover they will not mind and may even suspend what they see coming and feign surprise. I started to get lost when the book began over using abbreviations like OMG! OMG! but none the less I would give this book to tween girls looking for a mystery with a hint of pink... even if the actual mystery has more a hint "DUH!" than pink.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com Jenna and her friend get invited to audition for a movie about a princess. Little does Jenna know, it's not actually for a movie. Without telling her overprotective mother, she auditions. She makes it to the final round, not believing that she's been singled out and chosen above all the other girls in her town. But instead of filming a movie, they take her out of the country to fill in for a real princess during her salute to the crowd during her Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com Jenna and her friend get invited to audition for a movie about a princess. Little does Jenna know, it's not actually for a movie. Without telling her overprotective mother, she auditions. She makes it to the final round, not believing that she's been singled out and chosen above all the other girls in her town. But instead of filming a movie, they take her out of the country to fill in for a real princess during her salute to the crowd during her birthday - so that the princess can enjoy her day in peace. She's still dealing with her grief over her father's death not two months prior. While Jenna's auditioning, the real princess has escaped from her boarding school and is heading for safety. Political issues are cropping up and she knows that her uncle, the regent, will be siding on a very important issue. The two parts of the country are at odds: the southern half is wealthy and happy while the northerners struggle with poverty. When the king was alive, he was working towards strengthening the country - together. But now that he's dead, things have gotten worse. The regent is going in the opposite direction. The princess knows she's got to make a stand, but with someone standing in for her, how will she get the chance? Meanwhile, Jenna's beginning to figure out that something's not right, but she's not sure what's really going on. THE PRINCESS PLOT is one part political drama, one part mystery, and one part fairy tale, all included in a very fun read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maryam AlNaser

    I've had this book on my bookshelf for years, and since I recently picked up its sequel, I though it was about rime for me to read it. The first thing I noticed straight away is that it's for a younger age group. Not middle grade. The awkward age in between. The age where people would actually use omg and bff in real life. So that kinda put me off, but I continued reading. Some parts are a little bit predictable, but some parts weren't. This may have started like a 'omg-im-so-cool' pre-teen I've had this book on my bookshelf for years, and since I recently picked up its sequel, I though it was about rime for me to read it. The first thing I noticed straight away is that it's for a younger age group. Not middle grade. The awkward age in between. The age where people would actually use omg and bff in real life. So that kinda put me off, but I continued reading. Some parts are a little bit predictable, but some parts weren't. This may have started like a 'omg-im-so-cool' pre-teen story, but holy heck it didn't continue like it was one. There was plenty of suspense and some political stuff in there, too. It was awesome. I won't be lying if I said that this book shocked me. Because it did. 4 out 5.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Oliviafeldman

    best book ever! Must read

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    It was a streach for everything to stick together, but overall a great story. BTW, don't let the cover full you! :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    ((Silver O. Smith - I have failed at failure. ))

    LOved it. Future readers it is not the sappy type of book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pascal

    It was ok. It lost my attention, and I lost interest. I don't think it was the right book for me, but I think many other people ay like it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Valery

    Cute story. The writing style takes some getting used too, and it was slow in several places. More on the girly side, but may work for some young boys as well. For my clean readers: I don't remember much in the way of language but there is violence, bombings, and talk of murder. Also kidnapping, both adult and child, through misdirection. Good story to help discuss choices for your kiddos and the dangers of life. No romance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jesten

    This book lacked personality, but it had a clever plot. I think that it being translated probably sucked some of the life out of it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Man, German’s children’s book are a head trip. Over the years, I’ve read a handful of children’s books originally published in German and translated into English, and all of them are much darker and more sinister than their English counterparts. Oh, and on that note: This may be the worst title and cover design ever for a book that’s pretty dark and sinister in its own right. A bright-pink cover with a whimsical name like The Princess Plot may sound like bubblegum fiction – and this book may Man, German’s children’s book are a head trip. Over the years, I’ve read a handful of children’s books originally published in German and translated into English, and all of them are much darker and more sinister than their English counterparts. Oh, and on that note: This may be the worst title and cover design ever for a book that’s pretty dark and sinister in its own right. A bright-pink cover with a whimsical name like The Princess Plot may sound like bubblegum fiction – and this book may have moments of seeming light and frothy – but there’s nothing about this story that’s particularly whimsical. Stuck with an overprotective single mom, fourteen-year-old Jenna rebels by going to an audition with her best friend, where she’s picked to play a princess in a movie. I know what you’re thinking. That sounds like The Princess Diaries (which is the ultimate bubblegum fiction) only fluffier. To which I say: keep reading. Because Jenna, upon getting the part, is whisked away from her home – without even talking to her Mom – by a bunch of strange adults who suddenly tell her they’re going to another country, where they need her to stand-in for the princess, who is grieving for her recently-deceased father. What follows is political intrigue, kidnappings, terrorism, and other subjects not usually handled with such directness in children’s books. An underlying tension lurks about in many of the scenes that’s disturbing because, while Jenna seems oblivious, as an adult, I had a good idea of what could happen to her, and there are moments when I thought Ms. Boie might drift towards that line. I’m not entirely sure my tween self would have picked up on the full expanse of underlying danger (thank goodness for wide-eyed innocence), but I still think I would have known something was wrong. I generally dislike “Children’s Books Disguised as Entertainment That Beat Children Over the Head with Learning Important Things,” but this one I liked. Overall, it worked in introducing some adult concepts without seeming like a preachy lesson. My biggest complaint, though, is the translation. I haven’t read the book in German, so it’s entirely possible it reads similarly in that language, but I really think this is an example of a book that’s probably not going to get the English-speaking audience it deserves because the translation lost some of the book’s original magic. Also, I’m not crazy about the ending, but I can see why it was a sort of necessary resolution for what is, at the end of the day, a children’s book. Recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    this review was originally posted at a-thousand-ships.blogspot.com Ships Launched: 773 When I first read this book, I had no idea that it was originally a German bestseller. Yes, I'm a tad ignorant. In The Princess Plot, a young girl named Jenna wins a starring role in a princess movie against all odds, but mysterious things begin to happen when she arrives at the filming location in the foreign country of Scandia. Boie did a great job with creating the country of Scandia. Every country has its this review was originally posted at a-thousand-ships.blogspot.com Ships Launched: 773 When I first read this book, I had no idea that it was originally a German bestseller. Yes, I'm a tad ignorant. In The Princess Plot, a young girl named Jenna wins a starring role in a princess movie against all odds, but mysterious things begin to happen when she arrives at the filming location in the foreign country of Scandia. Boie did a great job with creating the country of Scandia. Every country has its problems, and Scandia certainly has its fair share of them. Made up of two islands, the South has always been rich and successful, but the North has been taken advantage of for years. They are one step away from a civil war. Jenna seems like a normal teenage girl. She is insecure at times, and in difficult situations she tries to be brave and do the right thing, but a lot of the time she cannot help but panic. We don't really get much information on Malena, just that she is sad that her father is dead and that her people love her. Her character doesn't really have much depth. Jonas, however, we know a little more about. We know that he misses his mother and that he has a strong friendship with Malena. He seems rude and sullen a lot of the time, but when you get to know him better you find that he is not like that at all. Norlin is a bad guy, yes, but you cannot help but feel a little sympathy for him at times. That is not the case with Bolstrom. He is rotten through and through. The plot of The Princess Plot (ha ha) is interesting, if not a bit fantastical. It's easy to get swept up in all of the action and drama. The one thing that annoys me with this book is the writing. I understand that it is first and foremost a German book, and the English is translated from that, but I must say that the writing seems halting and, well, fake at some points. I find myself snorting at certain phrases and thinking, "Real teenagers would never say that." The translator, David Henry Wilson, is obviously not a teenage girl and never was a teenage girl, so of course he does not know the things that teenage girls know. Take, for example, this description: "The young man smiled. He was good-looking, film-star good-looking. He was supercute." (pg. 21) Um... supercute? Since when is that one word? Since when do teenagers use that to describe guys? Please excuse my nitpicking. It just annoys me a bit. Other than those little things, The Princess Plot is a pretty entertaining book. Read it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    This German import, translated by David Henry Wilson, takes readers on surprising twists and turns. It starts of when Jenna and her best friend Bea decide to audition for a movie after seeing an announcement for the tryouts. She know that her mother wouldn't want her to do it because it is not the proper thing, but Bea talks Jenna into going anyway. When they arrive, they learn that they are trying out for the role of a princess in a story. Jenna is surprised to find herself chosen as the leading This German import, translated by David Henry Wilson, takes readers on surprising twists and turns. It starts of when Jenna and her best friend Bea decide to audition for a movie after seeing an announcement for the tryouts. She know that her mother wouldn't want her to do it because it is not the proper thing, but Bea talks Jenna into going anyway. When they arrive, they learn that they are trying out for the role of a princess in a story. Jenna is surprised to find herself chosen as the leading contender after the director and his staff first meet her. While she highlights that her acting skills may not be up to snuff, they highlight that she just has the perfect presence for the role. They want to jet her off to the Kingdom of Scandia to do a dry run. Jenna knows her mother would really not want her to go, but the director makes a call home and sets things up. When she arrives in Scandia, Jenna learns that she will be standing in for the real princess for an event. She ooes well, and the production crew wants her to continue doing such events. As time goes by, it quickly becomes apparent to the reader (and less so for Jenna) that something is not quite right in the kingdom. She is drawn into the center of a developing civil war between the rich and powerful south and the poor and used north. The reader gets glimpses into what is really happening with scenes centering around the princess, her uncle, and the rebels from the north. I thought the story could have been a little tighter in the telling, but I found it to be really interesting. Jenna has always wondered about her family and why her mother is so into proper etiquette. In her experiences she learns about these things and so much more, including the fact that she has more inner strength than should have thought. The story is a little predictable, but I found that it was more tied to the fairy tale feel of the story rather than anything else. This is basically a modern fairy tale with just a touch of Twain's The Prince and the Pauper thrown in. Of course, you have to suspend belief in realism for some of the plot details, but we have to do that with all fairy tales. I think fans of Gail Larson Levine's books will pick this one up and enjoy. There are a few times when the language becomes "stiff," but I think that it is do more to the translation from German into English. I have a feeling that the translator stuck to a closer translation, which can leave American readers with a different feel than they are used to.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Li

    Was a little confusing at first but it's a good book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Jenna is tired of her mother always being so overprotective, so when the chance comes along for her to audition for a part in a movie, she decides to go for it without telling her. All of Jenna’s friends are auditioning; why shouldn’t she? The movie people tell her that the role for which they are casting is the part of a princess. Jenna doesn’t think that she’s very princess-like, so she can’t believe it when they tell her that she got the part! She can’t believe that they didn’t even have her Jenna is tired of her mother always being so overprotective, so when the chance comes along for her to audition for a part in a movie, she decides to go for it without telling her. All of Jenna’s friends are auditioning; why shouldn’t she? The movie people tell her that the role for which they are casting is the part of a princess. Jenna doesn’t think that she’s very princess-like, so she can’t believe it when they tell her that she got the part! She can’t believe that they didn’t even have her read any lines, either. When she mentions this, the movie people say she has great “presence” and that is what they are looking for. She doesn’t think that her mother will let her be in a movie, but, to her surprise, when she texts her asking if it’s okay, her mom texts back and tells her that it is! With that, the movie people take her on a private plane to Skandia, the (fictional) country where the movie is being filmed. However, Jenna soon finds out that there is no movie—and that she has become a part in a crazy plot involving the princess of Skandia. Jenna needs to get home before anything worse happens! This is a great book! It not only is (mostly) realistic; it is also full of suspense, adventure, and survival. Jenna is a very likable character who the reader will root for throughout the story. Suggest this to those who enjoyed The Princess Diaries (Cabot), but warn them that it’s not all fun and romance!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Super fun book! Listened to most of it on a play-a-way on our trecherous road trip over Thanksgiving (10 hours in a snow storm to get to 5 hours away location--and that was only part way to our goal). The play-a-way died on chapter 22 leaving a van full of very disappointed listeners. Once I checked out the library book, the 14 yr. old boy and two 11 year old boys fought over who got to finish the book first! Even though the main character is girl and the cover is pink--this book is full of Super fun book! Listened to most of it on a play-a-way on our trecherous road trip over Thanksgiving (10 hours in a snow storm to get to 5 hours away location--and that was only part way to our goal). The play-a-way died on chapter 22 leaving a van full of very disappointed listeners. Once I checked out the library book, the 14 yr. old boy and two 11 year old boys fought over who got to finish the book first! Even though the main character is girl and the cover is pink--this book is full of adventure and plots! It is not a "girlie" book. Originally written in German and then translated into English. I loved that it is very British sounding--so much easier to imagine everything happening in the fictional European nation of Scandia. Excellent springboard for discussions about prejudice and perceptions. Along with discussions about greed and power--how when power is used unrighteously it leads to destruction.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book started very slow and I struggled with the constant changing of perspectives. However, once the book progressed I got used to them and really enjoyed this book. The movie idea was brilliant; what teenage girl doesn't want to be a movie star? And of course she was naive enough to believe everything they were telling her. The meeting of Jenna and Malena was very well done. How protective her mother was made perfect sense once you knew she was the missing princess. Bea was a great friend, This book started very slow and I struggled with the constant changing of perspectives. However, once the book progressed I got used to them and really enjoyed this book. The movie idea was brilliant; what teenage girl doesn't want to be a movie star? And of course she was naive enough to believe everything they were telling her. The meeting of Jenna and Malena was very well done. How protective her mother was made perfect sense once you knew she was the missing princess. Bea was a great friend, and the only one who believed that anything was wrong; her parents when she was finally proved correct were amazing. This had action, adventure, mystery, and a happy ending. I am very interested in reading more to find out if her father gets away or gets captured and what happens to the rest of his followers?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Noelle H

    This was a great book. It definitely kept me guessing. It was as longer book, so it had more details in it. It was fun to read. During the ending of the book, I couldn’t stop reading it. I usually don’t read during the weekends, but I couldn’t help myself. I didn’t know what was going to happen. It’s one of those books where when the character is confused and doesn’t know much, you’re confused and you don’t know much. In the middle of the book a lot is revealed, but it’s only until the ending of This was a great book. It definitely kept me guessing. It was as longer book, so it had more details in it. It was fun to read. During the ending of the book, I couldn’t stop reading it. I usually don’t read during the weekends, but I couldn’t help myself. I didn’t know what was going to happen. It’s one of those books where when the character is confused and doesn’t know much, you’re confused and you don’t know much. In the middle of the book a lot is revealed, but it’s only until the ending of the book where you really know what is actually going on. This book was suspenseful. Sometimes I get bored reading books as long as this one, but this one was different. I really liked it and I would extremely recommend it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Threegirlsandabook

    S- Possibly the most confusing book I have ever read. "The Princess Plot" tells the story of a mssing princess adnd a young, similar looking girl who is taken awaky by officials to serve as a replacement while the princess is being relocated. Sounds like a great tale, I know. But let me tell you, this book is anything but that. "The Princess Plot" skips to conversations where you have no idea who the people are and what they're talking about. Half of the things they are saying are boring and S- Possibly the most confusing book I have ever read. "The Princess Plot" tells the story of a mssing princess adnd a young, similar looking girl who is taken awaky by officials to serve as a replacement while the princess is being relocated. Sounds like a great tale, I know. But let me tell you, this book is anything but that. "The Princess Plot" skips to conversations where you have no idea who the people are and what they're talking about. Half of the things they are saying are boring and unneccessary to the plot. THere is about fifty pages of interesting text in the entire 400 page book

  22. 4 out of 5

    Georgina

    I loved this book!!!!! It was so suspenseful all the way through. I found this book in a box of books that our friends had given us before they moved house. AMAZING! The whole book was really detailed but not boring at all. I loved the characters and how the book only gave away small clues until the final "punch" at the end. Well done Kirsten Boie!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janell

    I tried to have a good attitude about this book. But for the most part, it was extremely predicable and the characters were ridiculous. I understand that it's for junior fiction, but even younger kids are going to see the transparency of what was going on. And then there were random phrases and words mixed in that young kids would NOT understand. So it really didn't work much for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Louie

    Awesome. I really liked this book, since it was so much more than I expected. The Princess Plot is a political story at its heart but what I really liked about it was the multiple narratives, the fast pace, and the epic plot twists. This is a read for anyone who like multi layered stories, fast pace, and mystery. I am definitely reading more of the authors work.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Rating: 1.5 Stars When I finished this book, I was overcome with a sense of undeniable joy. Not because I enjoyed or liked reading this book, but because I knew I would never have to read it again. That pretty much sums up my review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fashiongirlgoldberg

    This book was really kind of weird. It had the whole princess and the pauper thing, but weirder. Maybe the whole book felt so weird because it was originally written in Polish or something. It felt really old fashioned, but eveyrone had cellphones. weird? Oh yeah.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaelyn

    The main character was incredibly stupid (in terms of seeing all the warning signs that were literally STARING HER IN THE FACE WITH GIANT NEON LETTERS), I saw 99% of the plot twists a mile away, and the characters weren't done that well, but I will probably end up reading the rest of the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Another great cliff hanger book. Great details and great for any age!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    My library had this as an audio-book and i wanted something simple and fluffy to read. I know this was meant to be YA, but i thought it was really uneven in it's target age group. Maybe it was because the narrator spoke slowly and like she was speaking to a toddler, but there were points where it felt like it was aimed at 10 year olds and times where it was trying to (poorly) compete with other YA dystopian novels. It really wasn't even in the storytelling. The story started out like the prince My library had this as an audio-book and i wanted something simple and fluffy to read. I know this was meant to be YA, but i thought it was really uneven in it's target age group. Maybe it was because the narrator spoke slowly and like she was speaking to a toddler, but there were points where it felt like it was aimed at 10 year olds and times where it was trying to (poorly) compete with other YA dystopian novels. It really wasn't even in the storytelling. The story started out like the prince and the pauper (kind of)-Jenna is chosen to play a princess in a movie and is whisked away to the country of Scandia where she looks so much like the real princess she is asked to pretend to be her while the princess gets a break. Only she soon finds out there is more to it than meets the eye. I had huge problems with the plot. Jenna was basically an idiot that acted much younger than her 14 years. Her mother has been established as someone who is so protective and overbearing, she won't even let Jenna hang out at her friends house without turning up to take her home. Jenna has always listened to her mother, yet sees no problem in going away alone with a random film crew to another country (she's never been out of the country before), and doesn't find it strange that her mother is suddenly ok with her going alone and only talks to her through texts. She doesn't question the fact that the film crew need to fly her away immediately, and doesn't think to ask about contracts, money or any logistics. She doesn't find it strange that she's asked to pretend to be the princess without having met her or why the film crew are so close to the royals. She's incredibly slow to grasp her situation and any reveals that happen throughout the book are obvious with the amount of clues and plot point that are thrown at you. The whole north-south civil war is fine although badly done, but there are plot point that are ridiculous to move the story forward. Young girls are cleverer than this book would have you believe. There are so many better YA stories out there. Do not read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nahari Lippman

    Despite the book's semi abrupt start and end (no big deal actually), it was compelling (and enjoyable) enough to earn a five star from me. Plus it's also an easy-read book, you should not have problems reading this unless you prefer to see/use the word "said" than "cried". It's more of a middle grade specific book, but I think all ages should be able to enjoy this. PS: Politically speaking, this is one of those novels that shows why Constitutional Monarchy is the best form of government.

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