Jennifer A. Nielsen: The False Prince

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E cause I m small I ll fight dirtyI knew this was going to be a Special Shelf book as soon as I heard Sage s voice narrating Really the story could have been downright awful it isn t and I still would have Special Shelved The False Prince on the strength of his voice alone Sage embodies the personality of my number one most coveted male character type ever yes even over alpha men The swoon is near uncontrollable Luckily I was saved from being a total creeper lusting after a fifteen year old because Sage s voice makes it very easy to imagine him as a completely adult 20 something Sage is one of those characters who has Sherlock Holmes Superpowers of Observation and Fantasticness Which is to say he s always about ten steps ahead of everyone can deduce master plans from a discarded gum wrapper and pulls it all off with the type of suave demeanor that never fails to make my knees wobble Plus he s an underdog with attitude and I have a massive weakness for hot underdogs with swaggering attitude Sage never seems to be able to resist needling those who lord over him even if it means he ll get a bruise for his uip He also lies like a pro so that combined with his stealth and sneakiness make him the type of character that makes a great thief or conman Basically think Han Solo plus Sherlock Holmes brains plus extra hotness and a smidgen of vulnerability and you ve pretty much got Sage Slow burn pacing As much as I love fast paced books my favorite kinds of books actually have a slow burn pace NOT to be confused with a sloooow pace which is chock full of a lot of boring filler In a slow burn pace plot details come together like a puzzle with intrigue building steadily and keeping me on my toes throughout the whole book Like a slow burn romance slow burn pacing strings me along with delicious little morsels and makes me beg for and The majority of The False Prince takes place in Conner s castle the noble with The Plan as he trains the boys and maliciously toys with their emotions because you see only the guy that s picked to impersonate the prince gets to live Backstabbing literally and shaky alliances abound amid secrets lies and a truth you may or may not see coming but is so astoundingly great that surprise level doesn t even matter I did guess the broad strokes early on but the details were a surprise that darn near broke my heart This is the first book in a series and it s very clear by the end of the book that there s a lot to come in this story Thankfully there isn t a dangling by your fingertips cliffhanger but it is very much like the end of The Fellowship of the Ring the movie where the first part of the uest is finished the whole fellowship is broken Frodo is poised to ust walk into Mordor and Aragorn is as hot as ever So yeah I m satisfied with everything I got and I can wait without suffering a heart attack because I know Sage is ok but BIG STUFF is coming and I cannot wait to be a part of it I can t NOT mention the romanceThe plot isn t the only thing set on slow burn Yes that s right Slow burn romance But really it s very slow burn because not much happens in this first book outside of lots of scenes with delicious tension There s even a touch of well it s not uite hate turned love but there s a little combativeness there and she isn t exactly falling all over herself to be with him and no she isn t insane or blind if you can believe it Really though I m not complaining at all I m firmly on the side that thinks it s much better to have the romance come together later on in the series Bottom lineI reallyI can tI Spots Fun with Friends just I m so unbelievably in love with The False Prince I don t even have the words to describe it I m so busy right now with packing and trying to get everything together to move in a few weeks but I was very irresponsible because I pushed everything aside including sleep AND foodust so I could devour this bookAnd then I went through serious mourning when I finished because of course there aren t any other books in the series yet and all of my other Special Shelf books are packed away So I went back and reread all of my favorite scenes in The False Prince And then all the other scenes And then I read my favorite scenes again And then I tried to read other books on my TBR but they re ust not The False Prince and I think I m going to cry I m so desperate for Or to put it in food terms if I were given the choice between reading this book or attending an unlimited pastry banuet filled with every delectable treat imaginable I would choose The False Prince HANDS DOWN I can think of no higher praise than that 5 Stars Special ShelfExplanation of rating system Star Rating Key Originally posted at Small ReviewWhat did I think of the seuel The Runaway King. Da ma totalmente privo di educazione e Sage è completamente ingestibile strafottente furbo e scapestrato I ragazzi sanno che solo uno di loro sarà prescelto mentre gli altri due verranno eliminati Tra false identità la competizione per il trono e per la vita i risvolti romantici e l'ambientazione fantasy uesto è un romanzo in cui prevalgono l'avventura l'azione i dialoghi con personaggi perfettamente caratterizza.

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Er s writing is however the dialogues Crispy and witty the dialogues paired with a piuant voice of the narrator Sage keeps one fully engulfed in the novelNow you maybe thinking that this book is perhaps a simple straight forward read to the sabotage of the throne after the imposter Prince s training But let me ensure you the plot is anything but that The difficult and adamant working of Sage s mind is one feature which keeps the novel from sinking into ust simple training Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestCarthya is a kingdom on the brink of war The royal family is dead The youngest son Jaron is missing presumed dead A group of regents all have their eye on the vacant throne and if one of them seizes power it s likely that the entire kingdom will be plunged into ruin But one nobleman named Conner has a plan He s rounded up a group of four orphan boys Latamer Roden Tobias and Sage that all have the look of Jaron His plan is to groom them train them and in two weeks crown the one who has best taken to the role As for the others well deathDespite being a thief and an orphan Sage is a proud boy and doesn t take kindly to Conner s cruel tyranny He sustains a number of beatings whippings and torments at the hands of his captor The other boys can t be trusted either They re all in competition for the same thing and if one of them fails the survivors in this cruel competition will gain from their loss THE FALSE PRINCE is one of those books that sounded so good I was afraid to read it because I couldn t stand the thought of being disappointed This was in error THE FALSE PRINCE is awesome It s got all the things I love in YA court intrigue surprising twists peril death heartbreak friendship competitions deception and action Sage is an excellent narrator He has all the snark of Artemis Fowl but the humanity and determination of characters like Katniss Everdeen that make your heart ache for them as well No matter how big a Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings jerk he is there s never a moment where you don t want him to succeed because you feel in your heart that he deserves itThe only things that I can really ding this book for are the main twist I saw it coming pretty early on Also Roden s and Tobias s characters started to feel pretty interchangeable in the last third of the book Roden especially did some things thatust felt out of character This is ust me being nit picky though I finished this book in a single sitting it was ust that goodLord I need that seuel That ending5 stars The following two paragraphs were going to be my review before I reached the turning point of the storyIn fairness to the book I made this fatal mistake of reading another fantasy series after Harry Potter and poor book suffered from my biases So to make it clear had I read the book at a different time I would have probably loved it but forgive me if for the entire reading all I could think about was how badly I miss Harry PotterI do appreciate the short chapters and that overall it was a fast paced fantasy read and that the premise three orphan boys compete in order to be chosen as the false prince was entertaining and engaging enough but this is one of those stories where I would honestly prefer a third person POV I kind of felt weary of Sage s one of the orphan boys voice and it kind of made the story predictable I also thought Sage was not a very likable character He s too proud ill mannered and too full of himself Then came that most shocking climaxAnd I had to eat all the previous words I wrote except that I still badly miss HP and ultimately the reason I still settled for four stars The revelation in this particular chapter felt like Hagrid actually make that Graupy backslapping my face leaving my two ginormous eyes unblinking my mouth hanging open and temporarily incapable of speech So let me Neimhaim (Neimhaim, just refer you to the rest of my friends amazing reviews Take your pickSandra s She actually badgered me about reading the book Lol Masooma s my big sister sAlafiya sAte Holly sEilonwy sNina sSarah sAnd Pang s who also happens to be celebrating her birthday TODAY Happy Birthday my charming sweet friend Celebrate your special day the best way you can BE HAPPY 3 This book makes me want to put on my blandest Mr Darcy voice and declare it tolerablebut not handsome enough to tempt me This book is fine I think many of you will notice its exercise brightened eyes and charming irreverence and fall for it But for me it wasust okay If you ve r The False Prince is THAT book I stayed up way too late in order to finish itand I m seriously considering throwing all notion of a sleep schedule out the window and rereading the whole book right now Originally posted at Small ReviewI call dibs on Sage seriously ladies don t underestimate Ato trovato Conner ha intenzione di formare un nuovo falso principe che reclami il trono come legittimo erede e che sia di fatto un burattino nelle sue mani Ha uindici giorni prima che la notizia della morte della famiglia reale sia resa pubblica e trova negli orfanotrofi del paese tre ragazzi potenziali sosia del vero principe Tobias è istruito e bene educato ma debole e remissivo; Roden è forte e bravo con la spa.

Since there are uite a number of similarities of both plot and characters I can t help but compare The False Prince to The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner But unlike Gen who is one of my all time fave book characters Sage the male protagonist in this book is sadly lacking in depth and not nearly as much funOr it could simply be that I m not the target reader obviously as the protagonists and sups were mostly young teenagers who behaved in a manner that made suspension of disbelief near on impossible And if I may say so that plot twist was unsurprising given the sheer scale of foreshadowing In allmeh 35 stars Fourteen year old Sage is involuntarily hauled out of a rough orphanage by Bevin Conner nobleman in their kingdom of Carthya as part of Conner s secret and treasonous plan though ostensibly and debatably he has the ultimate good of the kingdom at heart train a group of four very soon three orphans with the skills they would have as young nobleman and pick the best one to impersonate the king s younger son Jaron who was lost at sea four years earlier at the age of ten Once his choice is installed in the royal family Conner will be able to control the kingdom through this boy The group embarks on an intense two week period of tutoring and training with a constant life and death battle between the boys to win since they suspect with very good reason that the losers will be killed to protect the secrecy of the plan But Sage can t resist rebelling against Conner in both small and large ways The False Prince is generally well written for a YA book and kept my interest but I was irritated by several details Sage s constant mouthing off I get enough teenage lip IRL I don t need to read a book full of it insufficient world building It seemed like it was a general European ish 18th or 19th century ish kingdom There was no magic that I recall so I m not sure why the author created make believe countries without bothering to flesh them out Two weeks is all that Conner takes to turn three rag tag orphans into literate knowledgeable sword wielding horse riding princes Not a chance You d need six months maybe a year at least Shannon Hale s Princess Academy got this detail much better Very spoilerish reason here view spoilerWhat king supposedly a loving father would have his 10 year old son spend several years fending for himself in an inadeuate hostile orphanage with almost no supervision or protection He would send him to some trusted friend he MUST have had at least one trusted friend preferably outside of the country where he could grow up safe and cared for hide spoiler Now I remember why I gave this book 5 stars and it had me hooked ust like the first time I love this series so much Listen this book is so good it got my brother who HATES to read to freaking readI was going into my room and my brother was sitting on the bed reading this book and I was screaming for ten minutes straight And my mom was standing there with her aw dropped Listen this book is really good It got someone who hates to read into reading It made me want to reread this book And I rated it 5 stars So listenYou should read it This was such a fun uick read I couldn t put it down I ust had to keep reading I loved the main character and the way he not only kept secrets from other characters but from us as readers And the dialogue in this book was phenomenal I can t wait to pick up the next one and plan to do it very soon I don t know what the hell is wrong with me I m having 3 star reviews and a couple of 2 star reviews lately than I ever have before I usually know how to pick them but I m off or something AND 3 STARS ISNT BAD IT JUST MEANS I LIKED IT WELL ENOUGH I think I know what s going on and I hope to fix it soon I m happy for all of my friends who loved the book to death because there is nothing like a wonderful book Happy Reading Mel Sick Latamer hot headed Sage erudite Tobias and strong Roden have one thing in common a physical similarity to the 4 year lost and probably dead Prince Jaron of the Kingdom of Carthya With the poisoned death of the royal family the kingdom is at the brink of an upheaval and the so called patriot nobleman Conner sees this as a perfect opportunity to bring forward the lost Prince Thus it all comes down to the frail shoulders of 15 year old orphans who are literally in a do or die situation The False Prince is in one word BRILLIANT To me there were hardly any faults to point fingers at The writing is perfect and the description is crystal clear to take you to the training of these competitors introducing to you the history of Carthya the royal hierarchy the fun of sword fighting horse riding and the customs and culture of the realm The chief aspect of Jennif. In un regno sull'orlo della guerra un nobile Conner con pochi scrupoli e molto denaro decide che è il momento di impossessarsi del trono L'occasione è la morte per avvelenamento dell'intera famiglia reale re regina e principe ereditario Il secondogenito del re Jaron è invece disperso da anni uando la nave su cui si trovava venne assaltata dai ferocissimi pirati del paese vicino Visto che il suo corpo non è mai st.

Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband three children and a naughty puppy She loves the smell of rainy days hot chocolate and old books preferably all at once She is a former speech teacher theater director and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door to door pollster In her spare time Jennifer tends to panic wondering what she has f