Thursday, January 27, 2011

Review; The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy

The Story: (from author's website) Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia has led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when she learns, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city, her best friend, Kiernan, and the only life she’s ever known.
Sent to live with her only surviving relative, a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. Then she discovers that magic runs through her veins – long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control – and she realizes that she will never learn to be just a simple village girl.

Sinda returns to the city to seek answers. Instead, she rediscovers the boy who refused to forsake her, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor’s history, forever.

My Review: The synopsis of this book pulled me in right away. Could you imagine learning that your entire life has been a fraud and that your parents aren't really who you thought they were? And that you aren't even who you thought you were? 

This book was interesting on many levels. I loved watching Sinda grow and realize her choices and actions had consequences. There is some mystery as to who is endangering the lives of the royal court and it's up to Sinda and her best friend Kiernan to solve before it's too late. There were some unexpected twists that I enjoyed as well. 

The storyline is fast paced in the beginning but begins to slow down more towards the middle. One minute Nalia is the princess and the next she's Sinda and her life is completely upside down. There is some romance that is very well written and appropriate for readers of all ages. I loved the magical elements to the story and thoroughly enjoyed the complex characters. Overall, I found this book to be very enjoyable and would highly recommend it. 

My Rating: 

This review is a part of The False Princess Blog Tour with The Teen {Book}Scene. You can follow along with the rest of the tour by clicking on the graphic below.


  1. Great review! Sounds interesting. I'm going to add it to my TBR pile :)

  2. Loved this story - don't miss The False Prince by Nielsen, great read after this read!



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