Princetta

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Princess Malva—the Princetta of Galnicia—flees her kingdom and an arranged marriage, only to find herself betrayed by the very man who promised to help her. Orpheus is the son of a sea-captain-turned-pirate and is determined to make a name of his own commanding a ship in Galnicia's royal armada. But when their paths cross on the high seas, so do their destinies. Together the Princetta and Orpheus will travel to edges of the Known World and beyond . . . a journey from which only one of them will return alive. ...

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Overview

Princess Malva—the Princetta of Galnicia—flees her kingdom and an arranged marriage, only to find herself betrayed by the very man who promised to help her. Orpheus is the son of a sea-captain-turned-pirate and is determined to make a name of his own commanding a ship in Galnicia's royal armada. But when their paths cross on the high seas, so do their destinies. Together the Princetta and Orpheus will travel to edges of the Known World and beyond . . . a journey from which only one of them will return alive. Shipwrecks, shark attacks, barbarians, and mysterious archipelagos await readers in this lavish fantasy-adventure written by one of France's most celebrated authors.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

VOYA
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900988
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 757,262
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne-Laure Bondoux has written many books for children and adults in her native France, including the Linus Hoppe books and The People of the Rats trilogy. A former educator and journalist, she lives in Paris with her two children.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    Such high hopes...Dashed

    This was not at all what I was expecting. I had to force myself through the first quarter of the book and just gave up because I have other, better, books that I could be reading. Sit in the store and read the first few chapters before you decide if this book is worth your time and money.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

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    yea it sucked

    yea it sucked

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    I absolutely loved this book, I borrowed it from a friend and no

    I absolutely loved this book, I borrowed it from a friend and now I am definitely going to buy my own copy. This plot is simply compelling and the sense of adventure is uncontrollable. It is a fantastic example of both fantasy and romance, definitely a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Twinx Review

    Having an excellent plot and being nicely written as well the Princetta is one of my favorite books. It is an exciting story of a young girl in search of adventure and escape of an unwanted marriage. Although only searching for a new and "better" life she finds love, treasures, death, and betrayal. A fantastic story for any lover of fantasy or adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Okay

    Princetta was a so so book. It didn't really have much action or romance and the ending was really sad.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    The book had a new story and was defiantly an intriguing read

    The book had a new story and was defiantly an intriguing read but the plot lacked severely and there were not enough details to help the characters seem like actual people and a good story surrounding them. The good parts of the book were it was a different story then a lot of books you find that seem the same as the last book you read but with different characters and a slightly different plot. I also liked the ending it was defiantly different then your average book with the predictable ending. You cant see this ending coming and that is one of the few things i like about it.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    I bought this book and wish I could take it back. When I bought

    I bought this book and wish I could take it back. When I bought it, it was more the a DOLLAR 99!!! I was JIPPED!!! This book could have taken soooooo many good directions but didnt. The main character (the princetta) was a HUGE JOKE!!! She cant fight and only gets in the way. She has NOOO PURPOUS!!! STAY AWAY!!!! WORST ADVENTURE STORY EVER!!!! ***SPOILER ALERT***** All best chatacter dies, so does her prince for no reason at the end, a twin, the chef, and anyone else who was a strong character but her best friend and the maid lady. I believe the Princetta should have died b/c she was pointless. If you want a good adventure story go read harry potter, which is saying a lot b/c I dont read it. Or if you want a Princess story, Read Twice Upon A Time: the one who took a really long nap By Wendy Mass. 1,000x's better. The ending was too quick with not enough adventrue. It was an Adventure book with out the Adventure!!! Just when you think you're going on a good ride and get use to the characters they die, meet a random goal where the princetta goes back home and time has pass. POINTLESS POINTLESS BOOK!!! RUN AND HIDE FROM IT!!!!!!!! Everything was predictable and the ending was even worse. Just like how the post that says "Such high hopes...Dashed" they were completely right. Thick book that waste your life and time. Dont read. Trust me on this. Want a love story read Hush, Hush or My blood approves, or a different story involving pirates or something or other princesses that DONT SUCK!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Uninteresting...

    This book was incredibly boring. It didn't engage me whatsoever and it took forever and a half just to finish it. I ended up just selling it off to one of those used book stores. It got me two bucks. I did NOT want it to become part of my permanent collection. No, sir.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    AWESOME

    I lllllllllloooooooooovvvvvvveeeeee this book best ever. Romantic and adventrous I would say that the ending is sad and not what i wanted. But whoever reads it will love it i sm sure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    One of my all time favorites!

    I love this book! I reccomend it to anyone and everyone! I think I have read it 3 times! Every time it gets better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2011

    not what you expect

    I found this in the YA section and fell inlove with it right away! Pirats, adventure, romance! Whats not to like? Well it was a bit misleading. There was barely a menton of pirates, more bad fortune than what I would call adventure and no romance. You spend a good portion wanting to cry and put the book down. Even the parts that should be happy, aren't.

    I didn't find a connection to any chracter other than Orpheus. Even though the book is about the Princetta, you don't get nearly as into her character as you do wih Orpheus. There is hardly ny romance between the two characters and most character interactions lack depth.

    The storyline has great potential and I encourage others to give it a chance. I won't deny the ending had me in tears because it is a bitersweet conclusion to a hell filled hectic journey and I like to imagine more depth to the characters than what we were given. I expected and craved more detail, depth and story.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    A Yearning to Read Review

    Malva is a beautiful, strong-willed young lady, the princetta of her father's kindgom, Galnicia. But there is one problem: Malva is being married off to the Prince of Andemark, a man she hardly knows and doesn't love. With the help of the Archont, her tutor, and Philomena, her chambermaid, Malva manages to escape her country - but only to fall into adventures she would have never dreamed of. A couple things about this book caught my eye. One, the name...a twist on the title "princess". And two, the cover art. It swirls and twists and the colors are bright and they contrast beautifully together. This truly was an adventure. The characters grow in such a way that makes them real and easy to understand. I could relate to most of them in different ways. They all had their own special gift or personality to give to the story to make it less and less like a book and more and more like a work of art. If you are looking for a book that has a perfectly happy ending, don't pick this one up. I am a big fan of books that end with sacrifice and sometimes even tragedy, because it gives the book a deeper sense of reality. Now, I don't have anything against happy endings...in fact, I'm a hopeless romantic who just LOVES a happy ending, especially if it is involved in a love story. However, when an author goes against what everyone else is doing and creates a sense of mortality in the characters, while still giving them enough class to stay loved and adored for a long time, I cannot help but stand and applaud. This is exactly what Anne-Laure Bondoux has done, leaving me a happy reader.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    MUST READ

    This book has multiple genres including realistic-fiction, adventure/action, romance, mystery, fantasy, tradgedy and sci-fi. The Princetta was originally written in French, and was translated to British-English. It's not hard to read at all. The book is seperated into three parts. The first part begins boring, but by the last few chapters of it I couldn't stop reading. The second and third themes are friendship. The main characters are Princetta Malva and Orpheus McBott. The Princetta (princess) runs away to avoid a forced marriage. Malva is a very stubborn, headstrong, and beautiful girl. Her parents send out a crew to look for her, thinking she has been kidnapped. Orpheus' father has just died, and Orpheus has discovered his father, a ship's captain, was a traitor to their country. Orpheus, desperate to leave the country, signs up for the rescue ship to find Malva. You can probably guess who the romance ends up being between. Things get interesting when Malva actually is kidnapped, two twin castaways are found aboard the ship, and the ship sails into a magic island where they become trapped. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll stop the summary there. The only negatives to the book were the boring beginning, and the sad ending. I almost cried, but the ending was still very good. It includes an echo, which was interesting. My only wish is that the character who died could have died in a more noble way. I would reccomend this book to anyone, (although it is a bit girly), who wants a good read. This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I strongly insist you should read it too.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    Good... but could be better... much better

    Princetta is a action packed book. It was a fasinating read but I think it needed more romance. The book is really romantic towards the end but then the book ends in tragitdy. I laways like when books end happly ever after... but this one does not. But I would recomened reading this book because of a great story line, tons of action , and orginal plot. And also because the princetta is a very relateable character. So read this book but be warned that it is not the type of book that ends happly ever after.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2009

    sooo Princetta.....

    Well to anyone who is considering reading princetta, but is not quite sure about it. You should know it is a book like no other. Its not at all what I expected. Which is good in some ways not so good in others. The not so good way is that the love story part is hardly there at all until the very, very, end. THEY don't even have many parts where THEY are together and I don't even remember hardly any conversations between THEM. Dont let that discourage you from reading this book however. It is deffinately worth the read. It is full of adventures to beautiful, yet dangerous place that capture your imagination with their uniqueness. The characters are extremely well developed. That was what kept me so into the book, the characters. They are all so different and I love how they each have to face their selves in a way. The different situations that they had to go through showed their characteristics even more. It is a wonderfully writen book despite the depressing ending. So if you would like to read a book full of adventures and suspense,strange places,rescues,fights and strange creatures this is the book for you if you dont like books like this well.......go read some boring book like shall we say Mobey Dick. I hope this helped your decision. from a opinionated reader.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    Beautiful Tragedy

    This was an awesome book with a sad ending. There was a lot of really awesome action and some seriously original plot (it did remind me a little of Pirates of the Caribbean with the whole going-all-over-the-known-world-via-sea theme, but just a bit) with a great message and a little bit of Romeo and Juliet-esque romance. A great read if you like adventure with a little fantasy-ish element to it.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    Great

    This book was Awesome! It is one of my favorite books. Yes, the ending was sad but it was worth reading:)

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    Great Story... Tragic Ending

    I LOVED this book right up until the final chapters. I cried like a baby lol I really wish there had been a good ending. In my mind I pretend it ended a different way lol

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    It was Okay.

    THis book held me captivated from the begining untill almost the end. My problem with the book was that the endind was terrible. I say you should read it for the adventure and not so much the love story behind it.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Thrilling Fantasy!

    When I first picked up this book to read I was excited because it was a fantasy, but hesitant after reading other reviews that said it had a depressing ending. But, when I got into the story and characters I found myself not able to put it down. It was creative and different then the other sea adventure books I have read. It is a very unique story that does have its fair share of sadness, but it helped the story line and made on emotionally impacted in the end. I enjoyed following each character and found myself emotionally attached to each on, especially the twins, being a twin myself. So, overall it was a great novel, yes depressing, but worth every page turned in the end.

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