Throw Back Review: Princess Academy

March 19, 2015


Every Thursday I want to feature a “throw back” review from my old blog.  I have so many books that I posted and loved on my old reading spot. I’m throwing back to join them all together

Princess Academy
Shannon Hale
336 pages
hard copy edition

From the Publisher:
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. Sent to an academy to learn how to become a princess, Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and even bandits intent on kidnapping the future princess.

Throw Back Review,
first posted August 29, 2007:

This book was perfect for it’s ideal audience. It’s a young adult fiction about a village, Mount Eskel. Here the girls are informed that one will be chosen to marry the prince so they all must attend a Princess Academy where they will be educated on how a princess should act and be prepared to meet the prince.

Miri, the main character is a cute 14 year old girl who finds herself wrapped up in the competition to be top of her class. She is torn between her home at Mount Eskel and the chance for a new home in the lowlands. She makes new discoveries while at the academy that can change her life and the way of all her village.

The book was quite a nice surprise and very refreshing. It was fun to cheer for the triumphs of Miri, and each of the girls. If I would have picked this book up as a teenager, around 13 – to 16 I would have adored this book!

Updated Review:

I am really happy with the three books in this series.  Like I said earlier this week, I’m not sure Shannon Hale sent out to write a series when she wrote this one, but I am so glad she continued the story.  I just miss these covers!  I love this older version!





What is your opinion – do you like this cover, or the new one above?  Have you read these books?  Which one out of the three is your favorite?

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