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Palace of Stone: Princess Academy, Book 2 | [Shannon Hale]

Palace of Stone: Princess Academy, Book 2

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school - at the Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans.
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Publisher's Summary

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school - at the Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans.

Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place.

Picking up where Princess Academy left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely delightful new story that fans have been waiting for.

Public Domain ©2012 Shannon Hale (P)2012 AudioGO

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    Elise United States 01-30-13
    Elise United States 01-30-13
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    "HATED the performance!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe a child wouldn't mind the terrible, stilted performances of the various voice actors...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Miri, as always. She is smart and real.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Let one person, an actual actor or voice-over actor, do the reading!!!! The people doing the various voices were so wooden and bad that I finally had to stop listening and just check the book out at the library.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book was great. Shannon Hale never disappoints. However, the reading performance made me more and more irritated, to the point that I couldn't stand to listen another minute.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE Shannon Hale and I love most audiobooks. But this recording was almost as bad as listening to Lemony Snicket read his own books--in other words, unpalatable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 06-09-13
    Ruth United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2010

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "Great Second Book in Series"

    I really enjoyed this book. I've read all of Shannon Hale's books and have enjoyed almost all of them. I particularly like alternative forms of magic and quarry speech feels like one of those. Who would have thought that up? Not me. Anyway, I enjoyed the ethical and governmental questions as well as the love interests in this book. I thought it ended well and wonder if there will be another. I think this book could easily stand alone, but it would probably be best to read Princess Academy first. I also thought it was interesting how much power quarry speech had in the palace as well as other interesting effects on those who live there. Interesting and fun. All of Shannon Hale's books are clean. The children's books are very clean. That is a relief to those of us who worry about the books available to children everywhere. If you enjoy light fantasy written for the young and young at heart, you will probably enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. M. United States 03-23-13
    N. M. United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Reviewed as a comparison to Princess Academy,Book1"

    I began with the first Princess Academy book and I loved it. Overall, Shannon Hale, with her other books (Enna Burning) is a great author.

    The second book is a nice continuation of the first.

    Pros
    -I enjoyed the cute narration and musical quality that comes with Shannon Hale's audiobooks. The whole thing is a sensory experience and drew me into the story. I enjoy Full-Cast audio, multiple voices and sound effects. If you do too, then you will probably like this version.

    -Cynthia Bishop, the narrator, emphasizes in the right places and shows that she really understands what she is reading.

    -Teaches good morals for young girls (there is talk of muscles and dancing and kissing, so take that into consideration before letting young girls listen to this : ) *

    Cons
    -At times, the story felt boring. There is action, but it felt a little forced and I was left wanting more.
    -Sometimes the music in the beginning was a little cheesy, even for me, because the songs at the beginning of some chapters sounded almost ridiculous (like someone imitating an Adam Sandler's Opera Man!)
    -Many times when I thought the story would end, it kept going, as if the author couldn't decide on how to bring everything to a satisfying conclusion.

    Overall, this was not Hale's best book (try Enna Burning), but it will not stop me from listening to her other titles. I enjoy the light-hearted purity of all of her stories. *It would be great for 6th graders to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Worcester, MA, United States 03-05-13
    Susan Worcester, MA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hale's Lyrical Magic Continues"
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    Shannon Hale writes lyrically of the lives of young men and women as they are deciding who to be in the world. Palace of Stone continues the tale begun in Princess Academy, allowing us to watch Miri as she acclimates to life in the city and the poltical forces present there. We watch as she learns whom to trust and how to work her way through situations with no clear right or wrong answers. This is a novel for adults of allages, not just young adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WriterMom HEBER, UT, United States 01-05-13
    WriterMom HEBER, UT, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Shannon Hale is Consistently Good"
    What made the experience of listening to Palace of Stone the most enjoyable?

    The writing


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book. I prefer a simpler narration. The "songs" and echoes when someone had an inner thought weren't really to my liking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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