“Cute.”Janet D wrote this review Wednesday, October 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow, amazing sequal to "Promcess Academy." Every chapter was action packed and the story never lost my interest. Wonderful book!”Megan McGary wrote this review Tuesday, July 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I didn't like this sequel as much as the first book. I thought the main character wasn't as intriguing this go around. I would have been disappointed not to have read it after reading the first book though.”Shay W wrote this review Friday, June 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Miri is summoned to the kingdom of Asland by Britta for the up-coming royal wedding. When she arrives in Asland, Miri falls in with some students at the Queen's Castle that are plotting a revolution. It is up to Miri to prevent blood shed on both sides.”Cecilia R wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not as good as I remember th first book being”S Hannauer wrote this review Wednesday, May 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In this sequel to the award-winning Princess Academy, we're back with Miri and all her fellow Mount Eskel dwellers, watching as she is invited to the lowlands of Asland with some other Eskelites to mingle with nobles, scholars, and artisans.
In the beginning, Miri's certainty that she would return to Mount Eskel in a year's time left a pit in my stomach, thinking she would find a reason that she had to stay in Asland and she'd never see her family again, and from that point on I was really ensnared in the emotional turmoil Miri had going in her head. Asland is of course a whirlwind of amazingness for Miri and her mountain-dwelling friends; she attends the academy and learns about the whole world, their history, their politics, and their ethics. I related to her sadness when she thought her own home had lost its history because of its failure to document, and was really impressed by the way the author brought out Mount Eskel's unique way of "documenting"--people of the stone have their own mysterious connections, as we've learned in the previous book.
Miri's relationship with Peder is further explored, which was a delight; she found him growing distant as he labored to learn his craft as an apprentice, and in the meantime she finds herself attracted to and bamboozled by a young revolutionary named Timon, whose strong ideas and compelling rhetoric pull Miri into an uprising quite before she realizes she's in over her head. Miri's strength as a character has always been in her vulnerability balanced with her idealism, and in the second half of this book her strength shines again to make us all remember why we loved her so much in the first book. Her doubts and fears are realistically felt as she realizes she has unintentionally helped put her friend Britta--the princess-to-be--in danger by fanning the flames on the revolution, and though scholars insist she must choose her path and cannot "do both," Miri knows there has to be a way.
So many choices pull Miri in impossible directions--Peder or Timon? Support the revolution or support her royal and noble friends? Stay in Asland or return to Mount Eskel?--and as usual, she finds her special Miri way to use her personal ties, her warmth, and her words to make things right and make her mark. Shannon Hale is as always right on point with her complicated and realistic characters, her compelling concepts and rich invented history, and her way of keeping big plots delightfully personal and believable. I loved it.”
“This was a good sequel to The Princess Academy. I like how fast paced Shannon Hale' s books are.”Ella of the Door in the air wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this better than the first title – more about politics and social justice (particularly reminiscent of French Revolution)
Sequel to Princess Academy – some summary information weaved in, but does help to have read the first one recently
Themes are well done – morality, ethics, choice (and false choices), home, friendship, family, class tensions
Shows Miri as such a real, complex person – she wants to be brave, but is also scared, unsure of what the right path is – or why there has to be just one path
5th and up”