Thursday, January 10, 2013

Review: Born to Rule: a Camp Princess novel by Kathryn Lasky

Born to Rule is a lower middle grade modernish fantasy about a summer camp for princesses. 

My sister found this one at our library's book sale, and she begged me to read it. She loved it.

I give it 3.5 out of five stars. 

The story centers around three princesses: Alicia, Kristen, and Gundersnap, all, I'd guess, around the age of 12.  The first half to two thirds of the book was about them doing princessy stuff, like catching song birds to train to sing, embroidery, having makeup lessons, etc., and a long set up for a mystery involving a ghost, a tragic romance, a missing tapestry, and some magic at the end.

My thoughts:
The characters were all really shallow, which, considering they were mostly pampered princesses, wasn't surprising. Most of them, however, had funny character quirks that made them (mostly) fun to read about.
For as short a book as it was, the mystery wasn't bad. The pacing at the beginning was a bit slow.

Up next on my reading list is The New Recruit by Jill Williamson (author of the Blood of Kings trilogy), which is about a Christian spy organization. I won my copy in a giveaway at The Life of a Teenage Writer.  And it's signed! To me! Squee!

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