Sunday, June 30, 2013

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 342pgs

The Story

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

The Review

I've read nothing but amazing and glowing reviews for this book (everyone I know seemed to love it), and since I was so desperate to read it, I finally got myself a copy to see for myself just what an amazing read it was and I hoped to join ranks of those who'd loved it as well. Now while I liked the potential the book had, what it offered and the sound of the storyline itself, but unfortunately I found nothing particularly likable about this book which is such a shame really, considering I love the fantasy genre and I was really looking forward to this title.

I don't what it was exactly but I just got nothing from this book. The story was predictable, the characters faded into the background (not even the main character could save them all let alone himself) and nothing in the entire world Nielsen created got me invested in the storyline either. There was . . . nothing as sad as it is to say so. I just needed something more because something major was missing to make it an even greater tale and I guess it's my loss on this one because it's not for me.

Overall, THE FALSE PRINCE will probably appeal for younger readers than myself, but other than that I was quite disappointed with this book and it just wasn't what I was looking for originally.

The Rating
1/5 stars


  1. Oh it's always frustrating when a book fails to live up to expectations. :( I haven't read this one yet, but I know it's available for free on audio soon, so I was hoping to try it then. Sorry it didn't work for you, Erin, but lovely honest review!

  2. Awh, I'm sorry to hear this :( I always hate it when a book disappoints me after reading so many glowing reviews. I'm still interested in trying this one, but thanks for the honesty!


    1. I hope you still enjoy this book. Guess it just wasn't for me. Sadly.

  3. I had this one on audio and it ended up glitching a little over halfway through. I wasn't even particularly unhappy that I was forced to DNF it. Definitely understand where you're coming from here.

    -Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

    1. That's a shame. But yeah . . . this book just wasn't for me.

  4. :( So sorry to hear that you didn't like this - and that you got nothing from it. As a fantasy lover too, I'm looking forward to reading this but after reading your great and honest review, I'm a bit hesitant.

    Precious @ Fragments of Life

    1. Many other readers liked this book, so I hope you're one of them. I liked the concept of the book but . . . yeah just wasn't interesting enough for me. :(

  5. Aww I'm sorry you didn't like this one! Especially since you love fantasy. I loved it but no book is for everyone. Thanks for the honest review.


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