Brief History of Montmaray

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  • ISBN-13: 9781864718874
  • Publisher: Random House (Au)
  • Publication date: 11/28/2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2011

    Highly recommended--captivating read

    Sophie may be a princess, but she must deal with typical family issues like difficult siblings, crazy relatives, and loss of her parents. While she lives in a castle, it is falling down around her! She is grappling with who she is and what direction to take her life in, just like any other 16 year old. Michelle Cooper has created a captivating world on Montmaray and Sophie recounts her madcap life there in a compelling way.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    Sophie FitzOsbourne lives on the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray. She and the rest of her family are royalty, even though their subjects are few and the castle is falling down around them.

    Princess Sophie decides to keep a diary of events so that the history of Montmaray will not be lost. She chronicles the everyday happenings on the island, discusses the tragic death of her parents, and also touches upon the political unrest in both Germany and Spain.

    The whole world seems to be on the brink of something terrible/wonderful, and Sophie is left to tend to her younger sister and insane uncle, the King of Montmaray. Inevitably, Sophie is forced to make hard decisions, but she does it with a princess' grace.

    I have always been a fan of sweeping, epic tales, and A BRIEF HISTORY OF MONTMARAY feels like one to me. Michelle Cooper has all of the bases covered - adventure, romance, suspense - they all can be found in this novel.

    I enjoyed reading Sophie's perspective on things - What would happen to Montmaray if another Great War took place? Would Sophie be forced to leave the only home she has ever known? Her narrative is strong and very detailed.

    The author also does an excellent job of including conversations that Sophie has with other characters. We get to see all points of view through her diary. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and am looking forward to more stories from Michelle Cooper.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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    Even though I was certain Montmaray was not a real place, I continually second guessed myself throughout reading the text. Cooper does such a fantastic job of creating a believable history, topography, and culture for this imaginary island that it makes it difficult to believe it's not an actual place.

    Also, typically I don't like the whimsical girl 1st person narrative, but I believe it worked for this story very well. However, there were sometimes where the journal concept Cooper uses to tell the story breaks down a bit. By that I mean specifically that the events and the way Sophie is relaying those events seem less like a girl writing in her journal and more like a standard 3rd person omniscient narrator.

    The most accomplished element of the book is certainly the intertextual weaving of historical fiction with historical fact over the course of the history of Montmaray with the rest of Europe, as well as the discussions that arise between the characters about their roles in the world as European royalty given the tumultuous nature of Europe at the time. The war feels real told through the eyes of Sophie as does everything else about her little island kingdom. I recommend this novel to readers 13-17.

    -Lindsey Miller,

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