Release Date: August 21st, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Age Group: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting... until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she "should "help them. Soon Miri finds herself 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. Picking up where "Princess Academy "left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom. -GoodReads
Reading this book was like meeting an old friend after many years apart-it was a bit awkward and a bit nerve-wracking, but soon enough, we were laughing and crying around every bend. Princess Academy was one of the first books I remember ever cherishing, and I was excited to delve into new adventures. Shannon Hale did not disappoint. Her writing never misses a beat as she almost poetically explores ideas of ethics and morality. Miri has grown much since we last met her at the end of the previous book, and this story, while remaining close to the innocence that has consistently labeled Hale's writing as middle grade, developed into deeper, darker issues that I found refreshing and interesting. Though it is the second book in the series, I would say that you wouldn't have to read the first to read this one, as it does a nice job of explaining events in the first, though perusing through Princess Academy would absolutely add color to this wonderful world. A quick and enchanting read, I loved every second of it -definitely a satisfying book for nostalgic fans.