The Princess in the Opal Mask - YA Review by Grace KL

Reader: Grace KL
Age: 14
Title: The Princess in the Opal Mask
Author: Jenny Lundquist
Publisher: Running Press
Pub Date: 10/22/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: At the moment, I can't decide whether I would recommend this book.  The political maneuverings were well described and the identity themes were quite well done.  However, the dialogue in tense or action scenes did not flow, and I had difficulty picturing the setting.
Memorable or Forgettable: One nice part of this book was that romance was not the main theme of the book, as it has been in other books like this one that I have read recently.  The parts where the two main characters grappled with their own feelings versus their duty to the two countries also felt very real.
Cover: The mask on the book conveys a sort of mystery which was involved in the book.  I would have liked to see something pointing to Elara's background on the cover as well.  One thing I liked about the cover was that the mask stood on its own--either of the girls could be wearing it.
Age Range: 12 through 15
Quality: 2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

tags:  suspense / fantasy / ya lit

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