The False Prince: Book Review

April 12th, 2012 by

false-prince-jennifer-a-nielsenThe very first thing I need to say about The False Prince is that it’s published by Scholastic, which is the company that I work for. Now, we talk about a lot of Scholastic books around here (hello, Harry Potter fanatics, what what!), and normally I just kind of mention the Scholastic connection in passing — you know, so that I’m being totally honest, but you guys know that where I work doesn’t have any influence at all on which books I like or don’t like.

But in this case, I’m bringing up the Scholastic thing right from the get-go because you should know that The False Prince is getting a lot of buzz around the office. And why should you know that? Because all the hype led me to have SUPER high expectations for the book. And guess what: it totally surpassed my expectations! And that’s coming from someone who deliberately reads negative reviews of movies that I’m psyched to watch because otherwise I’ll have ridiculously high hopes that can only be clobbered by reality…

So that’s just my long way of saying: THIS BOOK TOTALLY ROCKS!

The first book in Jennifer A. Nielsen’s new Ascendance Trilogy, The False Prince follows Sage, an orphan who’s forced to compete in a deadly competition. Prove himself to be the best imitation prince, or else, well, let’s just say that the cunning nobleman who’s running the contest is determined that the losers will take the secret to their graves

To get the story from Sage himself, check out the official book trailer:

Yikes, that image of the blood-splattered and shattered crown gets me every time…

I’ve already lent my copy of The False Prince to a friend — I gave it to her, like, immediately after I turned the last page. It’s THAT good. So what are you waiting for? Go go go! And once you’ve read it (or if you’ve already read it), definitely leave me a comment with your thoughts!

— Karen

In the case of the Hunger Games movie, Karen avoided all reviews, articles, and even online fandom like the plague. And it worked! Expectations managed.

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9 Responses

  • Ms. Yingling writes:
    April 13th, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Yeah, I liked it, and it checked out right away. The cover is great. I am just really tired of medieval fantasy books! I’ll just hope the Scholastic binding holds up!

    • Angel writes:
      June 1st, 2015 at 1:09 am

      Your book looks awesome Nic, we are loiknog forward to seeing it in our local bookshop down here in Hawkes Bay !from Ellena, Jamie, Kira, Marie and John

  • Charlotte writes:
    April 15th, 2012 at 7:27 am

    That’s exactl what I did with my copy!

  • Anonymous writes:
    April 15th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I’m totally in love with this book. I so hope Jennifer’s publicist sends me the ARC of book 2.

  • Carey writes:
    April 19th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    For no good reason, I ordered this from Scholastic last month. I just read it to see if it was worth giving my daughter, who is 10 years old, and recommending to her class. I have read a string of great medieval fantasies lately, each one better than the last, but I didn’t have any expectations for this book. I loved it! Writing a little review on goodreads for friends to see, I searched whether it will be a series. I came across your blog entry here and just wanted to agree. It’s the best book I’ve ordered cold from Scholastic since “Cosmic” (another gem that I could so easily have missed!). My daughter is going to love this book!

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      April 19th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Hi, Carey. Thanks for your comment! I’m so glad to hear that you’re spreading the word about this book, because I really do think everyone will enjoy it. And I totally agree with you about Cosmic — that is an AMAZING book that doesn’t get nearly the hype it deserves.

    • broski writes:
      May 7th, 2013 at 10:28 am

      good
      good greatish

  • Keely writes:
    April 23rd, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I am in love with this book!! It is exactly my type of read!! Anyone know any books like this? 🙂

  • Laurel writes:
    May 10th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Bought the book for my 10 year old son and loved it. I hope he enjoys is as much as I did.

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