Book Review: The Princess in the Opal Mask

Book Review: The Princess in the Opal MaskThe Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist
Series: The Princess in the Opal Mask #1
Published by Running Press Kids on October 22nd 2013
Pages: 352
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Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . . .

Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria's royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face--including Wilha herself.

When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

There are books that come along every now and then that take your breath away. And while The Princess in the Opal Mask did have its flaws, I was beyond pleased with everything I got.

Told from dual perspectives, The Princess in the Opal Mask, on the surface, looks like it would be just like almost every other fairy tale that you probably have ever come across. A girl who has always wanted to know who she is, and a girl who thinks she knows who she is, but not the whys of her world. Add in some bits of this and that, and you might think you have The Princess in the Opal Mask all figured out. I know I thought I did. However, you, like me, would be wrong. And in cases like this, I love being wrong.

From the very beginning, I wanted to love this book. It had everything going for it. The mystery of both girls' pasts. Who are they? Where do they come from? So many questions just sitting there waiting for answers. Did I get them all? Yes and no. Did everything turn out the way I hoped? Again, yes and no. But regardless of the unanswered questions and the plot not exactly going the ways I wanted, The Princess in the Opal Mask was unlike anything I thought it would be.

The Good:

Great characters. Simpy put, I loved each girl for a different reason. I wanted everything for them to end up tied with a pretty bow.

The Not so Great:

If I had to have one large, overwhelming issue with The Princess in the Opal Mask it would have to be the pacing. The beginning was almost too slow. The ending felt a little rushed. And the middle was nice, but still the pacing was off. Is it a book killer? No. However, I wish things could have gone more smoothly.

Final Verdict:

If you like fairy tales, if you like books with a twist, give The Princess in the Opal Mask a try. Not everything worked out perfectly, but the things that did work… did so incredibly well.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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2 responses to “Book Review: The Princess in the Opal Mask

  1. Awesome review! I'm so glad you reviewed this because I just saw it in the store yesterday and was wondering about it!  I'm a little worried about a slow pacing, because I get bored easily! But I kinda want to check it out still because I love fairy tales. And because the cover is beautiful! I do judge a book by its cover! 🙂

    Happy reading!

  2. Hmmm..I was unsure about this but I think I'm gonna give it a try. It's probably better as a library book than a. Purchase though, not sure if I'll love it. Sounds super unique but the pacing issues make me apprehensive. 

    Great review! 

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