December 12, 2011

All I Want for Christmas (7)

I leave tomorrow to go back home to Vancouver (for any of you who don't know, I've been in the Toronto area doing an editorial internship for the past few months) so I've been busy preparing for heading back and haven't had much time for blogging, unfortunately. This will probably be the case for the next little while as well since there will be lots of preparations for Christmas at my house! But here's this week's "All I Want for Christmas" pick:

This is a feature/meme where I choose a book each week leading up to Christmas and say why it's made it onto my wishlist. I'd love to see what books everyone else is hoping to get (maybe I'll add a few of them to my own list!) I'll be posting my pick each Monday, but feel free to link up and visit other people's posts all through the week.

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
From Goodreads: "Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court.  But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection.  Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.

Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks.  But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.

Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history, forever.

A dazzling first novel, The False Princess is an engrossing fantasy full of mystery, action, and romance.
I don't know about you, but I love a good story about princesses, secrets, intrigue, and dangerous magic. Sounds like just my kind of traditional fantasy read!



  1. Oh noes! I forgot to put this one on my wishlist for Christmas, even though I want it really bad!! :( Guess I'll just have to buy it for myself then :) Great pick!

  2. I've had The False Princess for a while now so hopefully I can get to it by next year.

  3. I liked this one! The beginning was so slow (for me), but then it picked up and I had a lot of fun with it.


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