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I don't know what the hell is wrong with me! I'm having3 star reviews and a couple of 2 star reviews latelythan I ever have before I usually know how to pick them but I'm off or something AND 3 STARS ISNT BAD! IT JUST MEANS I LIKED IT WELL ENOUGH! I think I know what's going on and I hope to fix it soon I'm happy for all of my friends who loved the book to death because there is nothing like a wonderful book 😊Happy Reading! Mel ❤️ The following two paragraphs were going to be my review before I reached the turning point of the story:In fairness to the book, I made this fatal mistake of reading another fantasy series after Harry Potter and poor book suffered from my biases So to make it clear, had I read the book at a different time, I would have probably loved it but forgive me if for the entire reading all I could think about was how badly I miss Harry Potter.I do appreciate the short chapters and that overall, it was a fastpaced fantasy read and that the premise (three orphan boys compete in order to be chosen as the false prince) was entertaining and engaging enough but this is one of those stories where I would honestly prefer a third person POV I kind of felt weary of Sage’s (one of the orphan boys) voice and it kind of made the story predictable I also thought Sage was not a very likable character He’s too proud, illmannered and too full of himself Then came that most shocking climaxAnd I had to eat all the previous words I wrote (except that I still badly miss HP and ultimately the reason I still settled for four stars) The revelation in this particular chapter felt like Hagrid (actually make that Graupy) backslapping my face leaving my two ginormous eyes unblinking, my mouth hanging open and temporarily incapable of speech So let me just refer you to the rest of my friends’ amazing reviews Take your pick!Sandra’s (She actually badgered me about reading the book Lol!) Masooma’s my big sister’sAlafiya’sAte Holly’s/Eilonwy’sNina’sSarah’sAnd Pang’s who also happens to be celebrating her birthday TODAY! Happy Birthday, my charming, sweet friend! Celebrate your special day the best way you can! BE HAPPY! 3 This book makes me want to put on my blandest Mr Darcy voice and declare it “tolerable…but not handsome enough to tempt me.” This book is fine I think many of you will notice its exercisebrightened eyes and charming irreverence and fall for it But for me, it was just okay If you’ve read any amount of young adult fantasy, you probably know where this book is heading just from reading the synopsis – or hell, even the title! I had a lot of hope that this book would go in an unexpected direction or bring something new to the table, but it didn’t Of course I had to stick around for the ending just to make sure but hopefully I can now save someone else the time If you think you know where this book is going, you probably do.I have read other books (like Finnikin of the Rock) that had predictable outcomes as well, but that one at least had gorgeous writing, three dimensional characters, and impeccable worldbuilding to keep me satisfied This book had none of the above My friend Tatiana recently used the term “fantasy lite” in one of her reviews and I think this book fits that label perfectly The worldbuilding is very simplistic and barely deserves the title “fantasy”: a vaguely historical setting with almost no real culture, religion, or background There is some small mention of a conflict with a few neighboring nations that is never developed The main character is an argumentative, willful, scrappy boy who’s discovered in an orphanage by a man looking to train and install a lookalike as king (a puppet king, of course) He talks back, he pretends to be foolish, and of course he’s so muchthan he appears to be In summary: he’s Eugenideslite.None of the other characters leftthan surface impressions on me and I found it difficult to care about any of them There is an attempt here at an unreliable firstperson narrator that doesn’t quite succeed Yes, Sage lies and pretends to be something he’s not, but the “little hints” about his true identity that are frequently dropped are so obvious that it’s hard not to get frustrated And even his deception starts to feel illogical by the end Why is he hiding who he is again? Why doesn’t he tell Mott? Or Imogen? Or Tobias? I can think of no reason except to possibly heighten the drama of his eventual reveal, which is so long in coming that I felt no excitement only relief when it finally came.Additionally, any intimacy that I felt with Sage’s point of view is effectively ruined by two sections of the book that are written in the third person Why? I can think of nothing that is gained by showing us those two scenes in the third person Yes, there is important action going on while the narrator is not present and yes, his entrance is supposed to be a big, climactic scene so in theory it might be nice to be able to see it as a member of the audience But when you’ve committed the entire book to Sage’s point of view, it feels glaring and alienating to suddenly be thrust into a third person perspective There are also a few scenes where Sage “checks out” for hours at a time His narration is allowed convenient lapses so that he may go off and do secretsecret things without the reader knowing about it It all feels as if the author didn’t quite know how to negotiate between an intimate first person narrator and the number of secrets that she wanted to keep from the reader The end result is a very obvious, distanced, boring narrative.Wow I thought that I was soso about this book but apparently I disliked itthan I realized I was originally thinking that even though I didn’t quite like it, it might still be a good recommendation for younger readers But don’t young readers deserve to have great characters, worldbuilding, and writing too? Why not read Finnikin of the Rock, The Thief, Book of a Thousand Days, Graceling, Crown Duel, or the many other wellwritten young adult fantasy novels instead?Also seen on The Readventurer. This was such a fun quick read! I couldn't put it down, I just had to keep reading I loved the main character and the way he not only kept secrets from other characters but from us as readers And the dialogue in this book was phenomenal I can't wait to pick up the next one and plan to do it very soon! Since there are quite a number of similarities of both plot and characters, I can't help but compare The False Prince to Now I remember why I gave this book 5 stars and it had me hooked just like the first time I love this series so much Listen, this book is so good it got my brother, who HATES to read, to freaking read.I was going into my room and my brother was sitting on the bed reading this book and I was screaming for ten minutes straight And my mom was standing there with her jaw dropped Listen, this book is really good It got someone who hates to read into reading It made me want to reread this book And I rated it 5 stars So listen,You should read it. Instagram || Twitter || Facebook |||| PinterestCarthya is a kingdom on the brink of war The royal family is dead The youngest son, Jaron, is missing, presumed dead A group of regents all have their eye on the vacant throne, and if one of them seizes power, it's likely that the entire kingdom will be plunged into ruin But one nobleman named Conner has a plan He's rounded up a group of four orphan boys Latamer, Roden, Tobias, and Sage that all have the look of Jaron His plan is to groom them, train them, and in two weeks, crown the one who has best taken to the role As for the others, welldeath.Despite being a thief and an orphan, Sage is a proud boy, and doesn't take kindly to Conner's cruel tyranny He sustains a number of beatings, whippings, and torments at the hands of his captor The other boys can't be trusted, either They're all in competition for the same thing, and if one of them fails, the survivors in this cruel competition will gain from their loss THE FALSE PRINCE is one of those books that sounded so good, I was afraid to read it, because I couldn't stand the thought of being disappointed This was in error THE FALSE PRINCE is awesome It's got all the things I love in YA court intrigue, surprising twists, peril, death, heartbreak, friendship, competitions, deception, and action Sage is an excellent narrator He has all the snark of Artemis Fowl, but the humanity and determination of characters like Katniss Everdeen that make your heart ache for them as well No matter how big a jerk he is, there's never a moment where you don't want him to succeed, because you feel in your heart that he deserves it.The only things that I can really ding this book for are the main twist I saw it coming pretty early on Also, Roden's and Tobias's characters started to feel pretty interchangeable in the last third of the book Roden especially did some things that just felt out of character This is just me being nitpicky, though I finished this book in a single sitting; it was just that good.Lord, I need that sequel That ending.5 stars *Download Pdf ↶ The False Prince ⇖ The False Prince is the thrilling first book in a brandnew trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's longlost son and install him as a puppet prince Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage Sage knows that Conner's motives are than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's pointhe must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove dangerous than all of the lies taken together An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats 3.5 stars Fourteen year old Sage is involuntarily hauled out of a rough orphanage by Bevin Conner nobleman in their kingdom of Carthya, as part of Conner's secret and treasonous plan (though ostensibly and debatably he has the ultimate good of the kingdom at heart): train a group of four (very soon three) orphans with the skills they would have as young nobleman, and pick the best one to impersonate the king's younger son Jaron, who was lost at sea four years earlier, at the age of ten Once his choice is installed in the royal family, Conner will be able to control the kingdom through this boy The group embarks on an intense twoweek period of tutoring and training, with a constant lifeanddeath battle between the boys to win since they suspect, with very good reason, that the losers will be killed to protect the secrecy of the plan But Sage can't resist rebelling against Conner, in both small and large ways.The False Prince is generally well written for a YA book and kept my interest, but I was irritated by several details: Sage's constant mouthing off I get enough teenage lip IRL, I don't need to read a book full of it insufficient worldbuilding It seemed like it was a general Europeanish 18th or 19th centuryish kingdom There was no magic that I recall, so I'm not sure why the author created makebelieve countries without bothering to flesh them out Two weeks (!!) is all that Conner takes to turn three ragtag orphans into literate, knowledgeable, swordwielding, horseriding princes? Not a chance You'd need six months, maybe a year, at least (Shannon Hale's Princess Academy got this detail much better.) Very spoilerish reason here: (view spoiler)[What king (supposedly a loving father) would have his 10 year old son spend several years fending for himself in an inadequate, hostile orphanage, with almost no supervision or protection? He would send him to some trusted friendhe MUST have had at least one trusted friendpreferably outside of the country, where he could grow up safe and cared for (hide spoiler)] Sick Latamer, hotheaded Sage, erudite Tobias and strong Roden have one thing in common a physical similarity to the 4year lost and probably dead Prince Jaron of the Kingdom of Carthya With the poisoned death of the royal family, the kingdom is at the brink of an upheaval and the socalled patriot nobleman Conner sees this as a perfect opportunity to bring forward the lost Prince Thus, it all comes down to the frail shoulders of 15 year old orphans who are literally in a do or die situation The False Prince is, in one word, BRILLIANT To me, there were hardly any faults to point fingers at The writing is perfect and the description is crystal clear to take you to the training of these competitors, introducing to you the history of Carthya, the royal hierarchy, the fun of swordfighting, horseriding and the customs and culture of the realm The chief aspect of Jennifer's writing is, however, the dialogues Crispy and witty, the dialogues paired with a piquant voice of the narrator, Sage keeps one fully engulfed in the novel.Now you maybe thinking that this book is perhaps a simple, straightforward read to the sabotage of the throne after the imposter Prince's training But let me ensure you the plot is anything but that The difficult and adamant working of Sage's mind is one feature which keeps the novel from sinking into just simple training There is one master twist awaiting to welcome you as well And the best part is that this twist could’ve easily made the novel a boring, predictable read but fear not The author sure knows how to develop and play with her readers' interests.In addition to the perfect writing, a world built with a realistic infrastructure and an amazing plot twist, there is one other treat viz; a strong, appealing central character Sage has a madcap, stubborn, and sharpwitted voice His powerful narration had me hooked to the book from the first page itself and I wanted to know what or how he would respond in the very next second He is definitely one of the best characters I've ever known Take a peak yourself:Once in a conversation with Mrs Turbeldy, I compared myself to a caterpillar that went wherever I wanted with barely any notice She compared me to a cockroach instead, who ran about freely in the darkness and scattered in the light It was meant as an insult, but I thought it was a fair comparison, even a compliment judging by how hard they are to catch.All other characters are masterfully created I had only a teensy bit issue with the ladies Imogen and Amarinda but I'm ready to overlook their average roles because in the grand scheme of the awesomeness of this novel it doesn't really count Lastly, the book has little to do with romance It majorly focuses on a strong protagonist guaranteed to make this novel one helluva ride for you Layered with intrigue, competition, adventure, adrenaline, whipsmart dialogues, a refreshing voice and smart, forward planning the book isn't one which you should leave into the ignoring hallows.