Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Must Read Title: The False Prince

One of the downsides to reading as much as I do: it's really hard to impress me. I used to feel obligated to finish a book once I started it. Not anymore. There are too many other books worthy of my attention to force myself to finish reading something that doesn't capture me.

THE FALSE PRINCE captured me from page one. Honestly, this book is freaking brilliant.

Sage is one of the best characters ever. Fighting everyone and everything, for reasons that aren't always clear at first to the reader, Sage is complex and funny and wonderfully developed. Whether brave or stupid, watching him grow into a role that he SO doesn't want was an absolute thrill of a ride. I literally did not want to put this book down until I got to the last page.

While technically I didn't care for the info dump in Chapters 42-43, at that point it didn't matter. I was in love with the characters, in love with the book and eagerly anticipating the climactic scenes ahead. As soon as I finished reading (okay, I went back and reread some of the juicy parts!) I handed this one to my 12yo and told him he had to read it. He devoured it and wanted more.

And therein lies the downside: it's the first in a trilogy. We have to wait another year to read the next one.

This will definitely be a read-aloud on this summer's road trip. It's one of those books that has enough depth to intrigue adults, will appeal to male or female and doesn't have objectionable material for younger readers. Yeah, it's the perfect book.

Wish I had written it myself :)

15 comments:

Andrea Mack said...

I recently read this and really enjoyed it. The story was fun and the main character had an interesting voice. It's funny, because the first line of the book really seemed awkward and I thought I wouldn't like it, but after I got past that, I loved it!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I so agree with you. If I could be in love with a book, it'd be this one. Can't wait for the second book in the series.

Laura Pauling said...

I've heard so much about this book! Hope to read it soon!

PJ Hoover said...

I loved this book as did my entire boys' book club. This turned out to be "the book" that made a difference for a lot of them! So cool!

Kristan Hoffman said...

Dude, sounds awesome! I've heard of it but had no real clue what it was about. Thanks for the heads-up. I'll put it on the TBR list asap. :)

Barbara Watson said...

This is on my to-read list! I've heard such great things about it.

Krispy said...

I've seen this one around and am totally intrigued by the blurb. It's already on my TBR. Glad to hear you liked it so much! :D

Rosi said...

This sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the review.

Sherrie Petersen said...

Andrea: I totally agree with you. Not the best first line ever. But omigosh, the rest of the book sure makes up for it!

Natalie: I AM in love with this book. I can't wait to read it again with my family.

Laura: It's one of the best middle grade novels I've read.

PJ: I love that this book had such an impact on your boys' book club. It really is amazing.

Kristan: I hate to compare it to Potter because it's nothing like that, but it has the same level of crossover appeal. It's one of those books that can draw a huge audience because it's so well written and full of incredible characters. Love it.

Barbara: Anyone who reads or writes middle grade HAS to read this book. It's truly fantastic.

Rosi: It's a page turner for sure.

JEM said...

Awesome, going to check this out on Amazon now. Is it a middle grade?

Marcia said...

I completely agree with your first paragraph. I haven't read this one, but I too get weary of waiting for sequels sometimes.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Looks like I'd better add it to my list, though I might wait for the sequels to come out first.

I know what you mean about quitting a book that doesn't wow me. The only exception is if I bought the book. Though I did recently quit reading a book I bought because I just couldn't take it anymore. It was boring!!!!

Sherrie Petersen said...

JEM: Yes, it's a middle grade, but really, this book would appeal to any age. That's why I plan to read it out loud with the family. They'll all enjoy it.

Marcia: I totally agree. I actually have a few books on my shelf that I'm not reading until all the books are out.

Stina: Isn't it amazing that some books can be completely boring, and yet other people love them? I've come across several like that recently.

Sherrie Petersen said...

BTW, Stina, this is not one of them!!

Sherrie Petersen said...

Krispy: How did I miss your comment before? Brain dead!

I didn't just like it, I loved it. I honestly wish I'd been brilliant enough to write it myself!

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