Fantasy, fairytales and anything that involves a royal is catching like wildfire and fortunately for the most part, it’s a subculture most fans are willing to embrace. With a twist, this fairytale is one of the cutest I’ve read in this genre for a while.
STORY: The Princess in the Opal Mask follows the feisty, Elara whose life is anything but easy. Raised by a family who is not her own, Elara is tough to the world and has no love for the family who’ve given her shelter but little else. Then there is Wilha. The young princess has had a very different life than Elara – she’s been brought up with privilege, yet no answers as to why her father insists she wear a mask that hides nearly her entire face. The two girls meet after forces greater than their own bring them together and forever change both of their futures.
The Princess in the Opal Mask Book Review, by Jenny Lundquist
Relative newcomer to the world of YA fiction, Jenny Lundquist (she’s written middle-grade fiction) has got a sweet adventure the first novel in a series of secrets and cute heroes. Alternating between the heroines, Lundquist does a fine job of shifting between the girls though some readers may find fault with their personalities. In different ways, both are hard to warm to. Elara is a bit of a sassy “brat” but she’s likable because of how she grew up. She has to be a fighter, someone who can fend for herself and insert her independence. Then there’s Wilha. Sheltered but the “good girl,” she develops a selfish side through the novel when she has a chance to escape, and while I like the adventurous side of her (and even sympathize), this also leads to an irritant.
The author is fond of loading up on would-be love interests. Each girl has someone from their past (Elara a friend, Wilha a fencing instructor) and then at their eventual destination, there is a prince and local boy waiting in the wings. True, one of them is out of the running early on, just the same, it seems a little bit unfair given how the novel wraps and doesn’t say much for the protagonists. Plus I’m also fond of James, the village barman, and think he deserves better than a disappearing girlfriend.
Fans of Melanie Dickerson should consider checking into these because the style of The Princess in the Opal Mask reminds me a great deal of her novel The Captive Maiden. With exception to a slow start, this novel is quite good as well as preferring the writing over Dickerson’s writing. Anyone who read Doon this summer will recognize similarities, and from all I read, you can also liken this to Lisa Bergren’s River of Time series. The “quality” of the novel is unexpected and I’m eager to read the eventual sequel.‘The Princess in the Opal Mask’ by Jenny Lundquist #FWarchives #YALit #Fairytale #BookReview Click To Tweet
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Author: Jenny Lundquist
Publisher: RP Teens
Publication Date: 2013
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Series: The Opal Mask Series – Book 1
Genre: Fiction; Teen/YA, Fairytale
Rating: 4 out of 5
With thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.