Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Palace of Stone

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I really hate giving Shannon Hale a bad review. It hurts a lot, but I feel as if Palace of Stone deserves it. It’s not cool how it’s a step down from Princess Academy...
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Shannon Hale

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Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written three books for adults, Austenland (now in production to be a major motion picture starring Keri Russell), Midnight in Austenland, and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, the author Dean Hale, and their four children. www.shannonhale.com
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 338 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 02 2016

Hale handles these threads ably, although a scene in which the Eskelites stop a villain by using their ability to communicate through stone—a homegrown talent called "quarry-speech"—has a whiff of comic-book superhero that feels out of place. Still, this is a fine follow-up to a novel that already felt complete.

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Below average
Reviewed by Valerie on Oct 08 2012

I really hate giving Shannon Hale a bad review. It hurts a lot, but I feel as if Palace of Stone deserves it. It’s not cool how it’s a step down from Princess Academy...

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