August 01, 2018

#BookReview of Palace of Lies by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Palace of Lies (The Palace Chronicles, #3)
Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
About the Book: Desmia discovers the reality of royalty is far from a fairy tale in this third adventure set in the Cinderella-esque world of Just Ellaand Palace of Mirrors, from New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Desmia and her twelve sister-princesses are ruling Suala together at last, a united front. The kingdom seems to have finally gotten its happily ever after, but Desmia, trained by a lifetime of palace intrigue, is not so sure. She desperately wants to believe all is well, but she can’t help seeing danger around every corner.

And then the unthinkable happens, and Desmia’s worst fears are confirmed. Now, without the support of the sister-princesses she’s grown to rely on or the trappings of royalty that have always convinced people to listen to her, Desmia must find the courage to seek out the truth on her own terms—and to determine the course of two kingdoms.

About the Author: 
Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois. 

She has since written more than 25 books for kids and teens, including Running Out of TimeDon’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. DunphreyLeaving FishersJust EllaTurnaboutTakeoffs and LandingsThe Girl with 500 Middle NamesBecause of AnyaEscape from MemorySay What?The House on the GulfDouble IdentityDexter the ToughUprisingPalace of MirrorsClaim to Fame; the Shadow Children series; and the Missing series. She also wrote Into the Gauntlet, the tenth book in the 39 Clues series. Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and more than a dozen state reader’s choice awards.

Haddix and her husband, Doug, now live in Columbus, Ohio, with their two children.

Do I Recommend this book? Yes?

Notes and Opinions: It's actually been quite some time since I've read this maaaany years. I had to go borrow both the first and second books from the library because I couldn't really remember anything from it (duh I read Just Ella in middle school). This book was dramatic and adventurous all in one. I feel like instead of being it's own book (or a sequel) it just tries to reexplain any plot points form then previous books. But other than that, it was a quick read (other than having to reread the first two) and pretty interesting but not my favorite.


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