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REVIEW É Palace of Mirrors ¸ Somewhere in the world I have a tiara in a little box It is not safe for me to wear it It is not safe for me even to tell anyone who I really am But I know—I have always known Cecilia knows that she is not just another peasant girl; she is actually the true princess in hiding until the evil forces that killed her parents arSomewhere in the world I have a tiara in a little box It is not safe for me to wear it It is not safe for me even to tell anyone who I really am But I know I have always known Cecilia knows that she is not just another peasant girl; she is actually the true princess in hiding until the evil forces that killed her parents are vanuished A commoner named Desmia is on the. I spent so much of this book writing rude comments in the margins which I have to be pretty frustrated to do But the levels of stupid reached by the main character it's not Bella Swan but she's pretty stupidMy favorite moment coming when Cecelia has a long paragraph of back and forth thinking should she head towards the home of the knight who has protected and educated her all her life where as she explicitly says she will feel safe keep in mind this is LESS THAN AN HOUR after armed men on horseback stormed her house and would have captured or killed her had she not snuck out to tell her best friend her secret identity because you see she was SO SCARED FOR HER LIFE SHE WANTED TO EXPLAIN WHY SHE MIGHT TURN UP DEAD SOON Or should she head towards the capital where she has never been before with only her friend to help her so she can inform Princess Desmia that she Cecelia is here to take her rightful throne and Desmia can go away nowSo logically she decides to be noble and go to the capital to SAVE DESMIA FROM THE DANGERS OF PRETENDING TO BE THE PRINCESSOH MY GOD MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX THE GIRL IS SUPPOSED TO BE 14 AND WELL EDUCATED NOT A COMPLETE MORONThe entitlement complex just WAFTING off the page made the book hard to stomach but I bulled through because I wanted to see how it connected to her earlier Cinderella retooling Just Ella which I just might retroactively subtract a star from because it somehow spawned thisWell Ella shows up having braved a long journey across enemy territory to join her fiancee because she missed him and of course because she must have known that peace between the two countries would never come about unless SHE was there to make it happen at which point she immediately became BFF with Princess Desmia who uickly told Ella all her secrets and fears So Ella then helps convince Cecelia and Desmia that they should work together despite the fact that they are technically competing for the same throneOh right did I mention the 11 other girls who all claim to be the TRUE PRINCESSAnd finally it turns out that none of them are the TRUE PRINCESS because the TRUE PRINCESS died when the king and ueen were murdered So in the three days it took her to die the ueen INSTEAD OF I DON'T KNOW SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION OR WHATEVER adopted THIRTEEN INFANTS and sent all of them off with loyal knights telling ALL THIRTEEN KNIGHTS that they were caring for the TRUE PRINCESS BECAUSE THAT COULD NOT IN ANY WAY COME BACK TO BITE THE ENTIRE COUNTRY COLLECTIVELY ON THE ASSTHE MORE I THINK ABOUT THIS BOOK THE ANGRIER I GETAnd then the book ends with ALL THIRTEEN PRINCESSES RULING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH CAPITAL LETTERS IN THE WORLD FOR THIS BOOKTHIRTEEN FOURTEEN YEAR OLD PRINCESSES IN CHARGE OF A COUNTRY THAT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF A BLOODY WAR BUT IT'S ALL OKAY NOWThis book sucked

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Throne as a decoy As she gets older Cecilia finds it harder to study statesmanship and palace protocol secretly at night and then pretend that she has nothing on her mind other than scrubbing the gruel stains out of her best apron by day Cecilia knows that it is time to take charge Along with her best friend Harper she flees to the capital city determined to reclaim. Palace of Mirrors was a sweet break from true high fantasy On the younger side of YA this book follows Cecilia a girl who has been raised believing that she is the true princess of her kingdom When her home is attacked Cecilia and her best friend Harper go to the capital in hopes of claiming Cecilia's throne The dialog was cute and the character interactions were sweet There was a decent twist ending and moments of humor Palace of Mirrors is a three star book because it wasn't anything extraordinary No character had real motivation and the situations they got themselves into were rather ridiculous Overall this book was a fun uick read and something I would have enjoyed much as a younger reader

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Palace of MirrorsHer throne and face the danger head on When Harper and Cecilia reach the famed Palace of Mirrors they discover complications Princess Desmia believes an entirely different version of the story Acclaimed author Margaret Peterson Haddix returns to the charmed world of Just Ella where a princess in hiding and a pretender to the throne discover that nothing is as it appea. Celia is the true princessBut she can’t tell anyone At least she’s not supposed to She has been raised in secrecy in hopes of thwarting the assassins who killed the late king and ueenHowever TOTAL secrecy is a bit unfair And unrealistic I mean really What is Cecilia supposed to do when her best friend Harper ditches her on a fishing expedition then stops speaking to her due to a misunderstanding Clearly she has no choice but to sneak out of her cottage in the middle of the night and travel through the forest in the middle of the night and wake him up in the middle of the night to tell him the whole story And when Harper Celia return to the cottage to learn that it has been vandalized by the “enemy” what choice do they both have but to head straight for the capital in order to rescue the poor decoy princess who must naturally need rescuingClearly there is no other choice Now if only Harper and Celia can acuire some shoes So that the guards will allow the true princess through the gateAn entertaining romp through a kingdom a series of flawed choices than one surprise and some seriously bad harp music Palace of Mirrors is the companion novel to Just Ella Both stories are set in different kingdoms with different heroines; but I would recommend reading them in order as Ella plays a role in both novelsIf you enjoy this I’d also highly recommend Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl and The Princess Tales series by Gail Carson Levine