January 1, 2016

4 Star Review: The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist #4star #bookreview @Jenny_Lundquist

Title: The Princess in the Opal Mask
Author: Jenny Lundquist
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: October 22nd 2013
Purchase: Amazon 
Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . .

Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria's royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face—including Wilha herself.

When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

You know, this has been sitting on my shelf staring me straight in the face for months now. It has been passed up by other books that grabbed my attention numerous times, and still sat there and waited patiently for me to get to it. I think it even silently called my name a few nights. I really don't know why I have waited so long to read this, but I think that our recent trip to New Orleans helped me decide that it was finally time to read this beauty. While we were down there, we saw some very beautiful Mardi Gras masks, and it reminded me of this book, I mean, who doesn't love beautiful masks? (These are ours from New Orleans)

Ok, so now on to my review...

This was a pretty fantastic book. At first, it took me a little while to get into it. I really hated Elara's foster parents. I also wasn't too sure on how I felt about her friend, Cordon. He seemed as if he was hiding something from Elara from the start, and that feeling turned into a truth later on. Also, Elara is trying to find out the truth about herself and who her parents are, since she was abandoned as an infant. She later find out the truth behind everything, or at least what she believes to be the truth.

I really liked the POV from both Elara and Wilha. You get to see into both of their worlds and see what each one is going through and feeling. I really can't wait to read the second book. I had to make sure that I ordered it from Amazon right away.

Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with their two sons and Rambo, the world's whiniest cat.


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