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Princess Academy: Palace of Stone Book Review

In August, we read the middle grade / young adult fiction, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale for our family book club. I couldn’t wait for the sequel, Palace of Stone! I’m just as excited to share my book review with you!Palace of Stone Book Review

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding.There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the Queen’s Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends’ ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place. Picking up where Princess Academy left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely delightful new story that fans have been waiting for. {Amazon}

I can’t say I liked Palace of Stone quite as much as Princess Academy, but it was very good! It was interesting to see how Miri adjusted to the different challenges of a big city, and how she kept her unique point of view despite the changes. My daughter was much harder on Miri as she struggled to gain her bearings early on in the book, but I loved how her motives were true to trying to help people. Throughout everything, she still has a wonderful way of looking at problems. I give it four slices!

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Princess Academy Book Review

I’m within four books of my goal for the year, with four months left! Now I’m trying to catch up on my book reviews. We read the young adult book, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, for our last family book club. Be sure to check out our fun meeting at Arizona Mama! Several years ago this was the first Shannon Hale book I read and it made me an immediate fan. I’m glad I read it again to share it with my younger kiddos and share my book review with you.

Princess Academy by Shannon HaleMiri 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. In a year’s time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates. {Amazon}

Not only do I remember the story better having read it a second time (it stinks getting old), but I saw and appreciated the depth of the story. It went from just a book with a strong feminine main character to one with many life lessons for us all, like diplomacy and seeking to understand people’s motives. And Miri’s still awesome! I couldn’t help look at myself and see how the same lessons apply to me. I give this book five slices!

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Friday Favorites: August 17

I’m loving monsoon season this year (except for the destruction its caused in a few areas). 100 degrees just doesn’t feel as hot when it’s overcast. The lightning show is definitely one of my favorites. Here are a few other favorites.

  • Took the kids to a Diamondbacks game. I love the stack of YA booksrewards from the summer reading program! There were even fireworks after the show; they gave the lightning a run for its money!
  • We had our family book club for Princess Academy. Did I mention I’m excited for the sequel, Palace of Stone, to come out on Tuesday?
  • I get to help out with the Junior Achievement project my kiddos are doing at school! Junior Achievement made my high school economics class awesome.
  • Also helping my son out with BSA popcorn sales.
  • Book club for Sherlock Holmes. (It was a big book week!) I made Molten Lava Cake in the crock pot. It was very rich, but good.
  • There’s a few more days to enter my Hallmark Giveaway. I love giving stuff to my friends!

I’m not the only one having fun this week, here are my favorites on the web.

  • Shot at Life Blogust campaign is still in full swing. Head over to formerly phread and leave a comment. Easy as that you’ve just provided immunization to a child in need!
  • I’ve always believed that reading is a key to success but Harvard Business Review sheds new light on the benefits of reading for leaders!
  • Food Renegade’s post on honey not being honey, doesn’t make me do the happy dance – but it’s good to know what to keep my eyes open for!

Don’t let me have the fun alone! What are your favorites this week?

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Friday Favorites: August 3

Happy August! Arizona started off the month with a flash – or several flash floods! We weren’t personally affected, but we see the results as we drive to school. It’s cool to see Mother Nature’s power, but it can be a little scary. So parts of the storm are included in my favorites. Here’s the rest of my favorites.

Other favorites I found online:

  • Blogust – What to save a life simply by leaving a comment? Shot@Life is running a campaign for the month of August with 31 different bloggers. For every comment left on the hosting blogger’s site, $20 will be donated to help immunize a child in a developing nation. I urge you to leave a comment a month and make a life-saving difference in the world!
  • Positively Splendid shares a touching first day of school experience that is worth the read.
  • Are you planning on photographing a newborn anytime soon? I Heart Faces has some great tips to keep those babies happy.
  • Even though I’ve been extremely disciplined and have only had one treat since Monday, these Reeses Rice Krispie Treats from Bakers Royale are tempting and beautiful. (There’s something I never thought I’d say!)

What’s your favorite today? Is it something fun or is it something meaningful?

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