Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Book Review
"Somewhere in the world I have a tiara in a little box. It is not safe for me to wear it...It is not safe for me even to tell anyone who I really am. But I know -- I have always known."
Cecilia knows that she is not just another peasant girl; she is actually the true princess, in hiding until the evil forces that killed her parents are vanquished. A commoner named Desmia is on the throne as a decoy.
As she gets older, Cecilia finds it harder to study statesmanship and palace protocol secretly at night and then pretend that she has nothing on her mind other than scrubbing the gruel stains out of her best apron by day.
Cecilia knows that it is time to take charge. Along with her best friend, Harper, she flees to the capital city, determined to reclaim her throne and face the danger head on.
When Harper and Cecilia reach the famed Palace of Mirrors, they discover complications: Princess Desmia believes an entirely different version of the story.
Acclaimed author Margaret Peterson Haddix returns to the charmed world of Just Ella, where a princess-in-hiding and a pretender to the throne discover that nothing is as it appears.
This is a really nice middle grade/ tween book. I loved the idea of the real and true princess being in hiding to protect herself and the throne. Every royal should have the experience to live among her subjects undetected, right? There was a great relationship built between Cecilia (the true princess) and Harper (her best friend) and they really learned how much they meant to each other. I thought that I had the whole princess story figured out but Haddix had some plot twists up her sleeve. I hate spoilers so I won't tell! You need to read Cecilia and Harper's story if you like princess books! Definitely a fun read!
You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.
Posted by Books Are Sanity!!! at 1:00 AM