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A princess-in-hiding and a pretender to the throne discover that nothing is as it appears in this exciting tale of mystery and deception set in the same world as Just Ella, from New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Cecilia knows that she is not just another peasant girl; she is actually the true princess of Suala, in hiding until the evil forces that killed her parents are vanquished. A commoner named Desmia is on the throne as a decoy.

As she gets older, Cecilia finds it harder to study statesmanship and palace protocol secretly at night and then pretend that she has nothing on her mind other than scrubbing the gruel stains out of her best apron by day. Cecilia knows that it is time to take charge. Along with her best friend, Harper, she flees to the capital city of Suala, determined to reclaim her throne. But when Harper and Cecilia reach the famed Palace of Mirrors, they discover they are in more danger than they could have ever imagined.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published on April 7, 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1481420224
ISBN-13: 9781481420228
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  • wiccanbat666
    wiccanbat666Monday, July 2, 2018 at 3:51 pm55 starsFeatured
    Writing style--4/5. Really good. Every now and then I got a little distracted because Cecilia would discuss something to the reader for a couple pages and I would get bored. But I was still very impressed. Age choice--2/5. Cecilia was fourteen. Fourteen! Seriously! Just the way she acted and thought, the stuff that happened to her, it all spoke sixteen to me. She was one of the most ME characters I've ever read, not sure what that says about me, and I guess I'm only fourteen too. So hmmmm... Ending--2/5 While I hadn't contrived the exact ending, I knew it would be something a little too easy. And it was. I had at least a dozen reasons of why the solution wouldn't work. Couldn't come up with a better alternative, however. Cecilia and Harper's ending was great though... :) Dialogue--5/5 No complaints whatsoever, which was great, actually kind of impressed. Conversations felt normal and non-contrived, with the ease of real life friends. I am jealous. :) Character development--3/5 Conflicted here. I didn't really feel like I knew the characters well enough to predict actions for anyone except Harper and Cecilia, but for an MC she was pretty average, with the exception of her high values. Relatable, but not exactly remarkable. My type of person in real life, not so much in a book. But then, personality was not relevant to the plot, and it was made up for in story. Not sure where to go with this.
    • HelloMonday, May 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm
      This book is a really good book. You should read it sometime.
      • kakey98
        kakey98Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 9:02 am
        This is a really great book, it keeps you guessing about who the real princess is, and goes out with a bang, and a shock that you can kind of see coming if you are good at looking for all the foreshadowing clues.
        • waterfalls
          waterfallsMonday, November 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm55 stars
          So AWESOME!!!!
          • sweettart23
            sweettart23Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm55 stars
            This book would be great for girls. It is really exciting and interesting. Haddix is a really great author, and you should read all of her books.
            • lillianna765
              lillianna765Friday, November 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm55 stars
              I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. YOU SHOULD TOTALLY READ IT. IT'S AWESOME! IT'S EXCELLENT! I READ IT, AND I WAS INSPIRED BY IT.

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