Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pint-Size Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilson

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson (#1)
Pages:  342
Release Date:  April 1st, 2012
Date Read:  2012, April 27th-May 1st
Received:  Library
Rating:  4/5 stars
Recommended to:  11+

Sage - orphan, thief, troublemaker.  Rebellious.  Never taking orders.  But when his antics get him noticed, Sage is in for something bigger than anyone could have guessed.  He and three other boys have been taken in, forced into a game of deceit, a plan full of lies.  Who will win the prize?  Who will live and who will die?  Sage finds himself caught int he middle of a huge conspiracy, and he is the only one who can stop it.

Boy, I enjoyed this book one heck of a lot!  Written beautifully, masterfully crafted...Nielson has some new talent that everyone should read and love.  Intrigue!  Romance!  Conspiracy!  Princes!  Secret passageways!  Secrets - lots of secrets!  (And I hear Alan Tudyk saying, "Pain!  Lots of pain!")

I had my ideas about the plot from the very beginning (which I usually avoid).  A lot of them came to pass, which normally does not happen, those very few times I venture to guess, and which is why it felt a bit too predictable.  Some things never happened and a few I ended up discarding because, no, there's no way that could be the case!  Well, at least I was surprised where it counts, right?  Beautifully twisted.  My gosh!  I just sat there with my mouth hung open.  I laughed, incredulous.  It's amazing.

Sage is quite a catch.  He's 14(ish), totally cocky, and beyond a doubt brilliant.  He is without a doubt one of the most original MC's I've ever come across.
(Yes, there is a "but".)
He broke my trust, and my heart.  When I meet a character as vivid and personal as Sage, I throw my very hart and soul into the mix.  So while that one very spoilery twist shocked me and amazed me, I couldn't help feeling a bit betrayed.  It goes along with Sage's character in a way, but still!  After that, I didn't trust him like before and found myself pulling away from the story a bit.
Besides that, I loved Sage, the story, the shocking twist that once seemed impossible, and the rest of the cast.  I can't wait for more of Sage's story and to see what affect Roden, Tobias and Imogen will have on the story!

This book reminds me of...
Gold crowns (the kind you wear on your know, take a look at that gorgeous cover)
Rascal boys
Oliver Twist, The Prince and the Pauper, Scaramouche, and The Count of Monte Cristo (of which the latter two just happen to be two of the most brilliant books ever written)
Young love
Brillian boys who are undeniably attractive
Quick speed read

For the Parents -
Nothing!  Recommended 11+


  1. Sounds like a fun book! I'll admit that I have a soft spot for cocky boy's -d'Artagnan and the like- so it seems like I'll enjoy this one! Thanks for the review!

  2. Oh yes d'Artagnan! :D  Love him!  Oh I'm sure you'd love this book! :D

  3. 1. A KNIGHT'S TALE!!! Yay!!

    2. I'm SO happy you enjoyed it!

    3. "He's 14(ish)" Lalalaala I'm not listening. He's a perfectly legal 20-something.

    4. I am so, so so happy you liked it!

    5. I am totally in love with your new-ish "This book reminds me of" section.

  4. I just got this one on audiobook from my library, and I'm so excited to "read" it! My only worry is that I won't be able to finish it in fourteen days, since I'm working on another audiobook at the moment too. Still, glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! :)

  5. Wow Sierra, you really have me curious about Sage and his twist now! I'm like you, when I read I often wear my heart on my sleeve and fall in love with the characters, so I get really upset when they do things that hurt. Still, I live for moments like that as well because it means I'm involved, so I definitely need to read this one!

  6. LOL Yayayay!! i love when I come across another A Knight's Tale fan! :D  Hahahaha oh of course, whooops, not 14ish, what was I thinking?!?!  Hahaha this comment definitely made me laugh!  And thanks!  I really enjoy writing that part of the review. :D

  7. Ohhh no!  You'll totally be able to finish it, I'm sure of it, because it's soooo gripping and you'll want more more more!  I read it when I was in one of those reading "ruts" where I couldn't read more than a few pages at a time, but I still finished it in like 3 days.  It was great. :D

    Thanks for the comment! :D

  8. So glad you're planning on reading it!  I think everyone will enjoy Sage and his twist, and everyone should read the book because, quite honestly, most people might not be affected by it like I was.  And it wasn't enough to make me not like the book, so it's definitely worth a go!

    Thanks for the comment, Jenny! :D

  9. I will have to pick this up and I think I'll get it for my nephew who is turning 13. I've been looking for a book for him, so thanks!

  10. No prob!  You should definitely read it for yourself - very good book! :D

  11. I've heard so many glowing remarks about this book (including yours)! And I can't wait to read it! But I won't expect too much, because I might end up disappointed. Thanks for the review!

  12. That sounds interesting and I would like to read it. Great review!

  13. My local library has a copy of False Prince, and it is about time I bring it home and read it. It is one of those books that I have rarely heard one bad thing about from reviewers and bloggers that I trust most. Geez I wish I could read a book a day. That would be AWESOME! Thanks for another great review!

  14. The false prince is incredibly good. I'm not finished with it yet. It's the best book ever, though. I think Sage is awesome, not sure about Roden, and Tobias can be nice and stuck up at the same time. It's the best book ever. Everyone should read it.

  15. Also, Sage is 15.