Title: The Princess Plot
Author: Kirsten Boie
Published: Chicken House
Publication Date: May 1st 2009
Genre: Fiction, Princesses/Princes, Politics
Page #’s: 378
Age Group: 9-15
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!
My Overall Review:
The story started like a classic pre-teen tale, with the girls going out for frappes and coffees, but holy heck, it definitely didn’t continue like that.
The emotions were very realistic. I could relate to Jenna’s frustration of having an overprotective parent, and her feeling the need to know her family’s history. I also felt very mad at Jenna at some parts. For example, I felt like all readers can relate when I say that it was obvious from the beginning that there was something suspicious about the texts. I think it was pretty dumb of Jenna not to think much of it.
(SPOILER ALERT IN THIS PARAGRAPH) My heart also went out to her, when her father was revealed. I didn’t want Norlin to remain the bad guy, as he showed his affection for Jenna. I have to admit, I got teary eyed when Norlin stopped the dogs from being released.
I’m new to Kirsten’s writing, and I fell in love with the book as I read more and more. It reminded me of Cloaked, a fairy tale type of story in the present. The story was very detailed, but Kirsten didn’t stretch it on and on forever. Definitely not boring. Kirsten set a calm and mysterious tone to the story, that kept me wanting to read more, even at half past midnight. I don’t think anyone would be able to put the book down whilst reading halfway.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While it started like a book for young girls, the plot became deeper with twists at every turn. There were deadly adventures, scenes of political problems, and family mysteries. The different characters and points of view are what pulled me in most. There weren’t really villains or heroes in the story. On one page you rooted for some characters, on the next your total opinion changed.
I loved it, and would definitely read it again.