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Slow paced but fun
on 6 November 2011
I was expecting a fun read, maybe for people a little younger than me but I was after something like that. I may have got that in some aspects but in some ways this book is just as suitable for older readers.
The book was difficult to get into to start with - the narration is simple and seems a little stilted to start with. A hundred or so pages in I really got into it, the pace never really picks up and there are a lot of thing that are obvious and aren't discovered by the characters until the end, which was frustrating. The characters were also stupid at times and a lot of plotlines weren't plausible.
It was nice to see the development of Jenna from shy, overprotected schoolgirl to brave princess. I also enjoyed meeting the other characters of Malena, Nahira and Jonas, they weren't fantastically devloped, but it fit into the whole 'easy narration' thing.
The political intrigue of the plot was great and added a darker tone to what would otherwise have been a very easy and childish read. I loved the bad guys, they were very cartoonish over the top stereotypes but totally fitted in with the tone of the books.
Overall, it was a slightly childish read that I'd recommend to younger teens and middle graders as well as older readers looking for something nice and fast to read. The pace was slow, but the political intrigue kept me reading.