From the Publisher
“Do not be fooled by a mundane plot description, Bondoux, author of the Linus Hoppe series, creates a novel that transcends both gender appeal and genre. Boys and girls will love this tale that sails past the boundaries of traditional fantasy. . . .The writing is luminous, and the potential for discussion immense. It is a highly original treasure waiting to be discovered.” VOYA
“This swashbuckling fantasy is chockfull of action, as the Princetta and her followers encounter sharks, pirates, fierce gales, monsters, evil villains and temptation. Rich descriptive language ... [a] page-turner.” Booklist
The Princetta is a compelling story that readers will be unable to put down. Full of excitement and adventure, it will cause readers to reflect on their own values and choices. Even though this story is set in a fantasy world, the characters feel like real people, and it is impossible not to be happy when things work out for them or mourn when things go wrong. A novel that both entertains and provides food for thought, it will soon become a favorite. VOYA CODES: 4Q 5P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Bloomsbury, 500p., Ages 11 to 18.
Danielle Cooper, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Arlene Garcia
Malva is the fifteen-year-old Princetta of Galnicia, a kingdom ruled by Tranquility and Harmony-for everyone but Malva, that is. Tired of being simply a pawn in her country's politics, she runs away on the eve of her wedding to Orpheus, a stranger selected by her father. All is not well for Orpheus either. He is the son of a renowned sailor but has never been to sea himself because of an illness that threatened his life as a child. Both are set to experience shocking betrayal that changes everything they believed to be true of their lives. And when their destinies finally cross, they will engage in adventure beyond their wildest dreams. Do not be fooled by a mundane plot description. Bondoux, author of the Linus Hoppe series and The Killer's Tears (Delacorte, 2006/VOYA April 2006), creates a novel that transcends both gender appeal and genre. Boys and girls will love this tale that sails past the boundaries of traditional fantasy. What may start out as an ordinary rescue adventure soon takes a left turn into uncharted territory, for both characters and readers alike will embark on a journey of self-discovery. The author dares to go where many American novels will not-into the depth of loss, sacrifice, and grief. The less-than-happy ending might devastate, but it is appropriate and true to the theme of the book. The writing is luminous, and the potential for discussion immense. It is a highly original treasure waiting to be discovered.
VOYA - Danielle Cooper
The Princetta is a compelling story that readers will be unable to put down. Full of excitement and adventure, it will cause readers to reflect on their own values and choices. Even though this story is set in a fantasy world, the characters feel like real people, and it is impossible not to be happy when things work out for them or mourn when things go wrong. A novel that both entertains and provides food for thought, it will soon become a favorite.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Malva chafes in her role as Princetta of Galnicia. Her head is filled with fantasies of faraway adventure rather than focused on her upcoming wedding. When her teacher, the Archont, gives her a way to escape, Malva flees from her parents and their rules. Boarding a boat, she and her maid learn of a perfect island, but discover that they have been betrayed, and the girls must fight to stay alive. This is only the start of the trials of the Princetta, who walks for weeks, lands in a harem, is rescued by ship again, and eventually finds the island that she has been seeking. Throughout the book, readers will have difficulty relating to the characters. Malva's insistence on looking for her island is tiresome and baffling, and her realization of the truth comes very late in the book. Because the writing holds readers at a distance, the adventures are not particularly compelling. By the end of the lengthy story, the series of encounters has become rather overwhelming. Tamora Pierce's books have the strong female protagonists, humor, and good pacing that this story lacks.-Tasha Saecker, Menasha Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Fifteen-year-old Malva, Princetta of Galnicia, has been educated by the Archont to chafe against the constraints of her position, and escapes her parents, the Coronado and Coronada, on the eve of her wedding. She and her maid Philomena, close as sisters, run away, are shipwrecked, rescued by fisherfolk and fall in with nomads from the steppes. The Archont turns out to be Malva's sworn enemy, and pursues her through her many adventures. She and Philomena are separated about halfway through the tale, and the brave young Orpheus goes in search of Malva at her parents' behest. Things get swirlingly complicated, with sea beasts, mysterious lands and new allies (a pair of twins, a silent giant, a girl named Lei from the harem of the Emperor Temir-Gai, who can heal but who speaks without articles). Stuffed as it is, the language is extremely clunky; characters appear and disappear without much development, and plot points tend to hinge on things previously unmentioned in the narrative. Additionally, Malva and Orpheus have little warmth or depth. Plodding and unsatisfying. (Fiction. 10-14)