Review | Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)Description (from the cover): 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 to be 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.

My Review: I recently re-read Princess Academy to get ready for the release of Palace of Stone. It’s been awhile since my first reading, but I liked the book better the second time around. I think any age will enjoy this novel, but especially tweens and a little younger. Miri is such a strong and smart female character. The fantasy aspect of this book is very creative and interesting as well.


Overall Rating: 4 of 5 stars false

Parent’s guide:

  • Sex: none
  • Violence: none, though there is a brief fighting scene
  • Language: none