Thursday, April 24, 2014

The False Prince Review

For the past few months I've been in writers rut. Except for a very few books, nothing I read stuck with me and everything fit the same mold. I've always considered myself a major book worm and I was having Reader-Withdrawal depression. WHY DON'T I LIKE READING ANYMORE?? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??? *cries in the corner.* But then.... THEN!! My amazing friend recommended a book to me. A book she promised me it was brilliant and new. So I figured, what the heck, and checked it out from the library.

Oh my gosh!!! It was so good! I finished it in two days. With much nervous tension and finger biting and wondering how it was all going to play out.

The basic plot is pretty straight forward:

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.

Like I said, pretty straight forward. It sounded like it would fit in with a few other books I had tried to read recently, especially the bit about long-lost princes and such. But I was desperate for a good read and I trust this friend immensely, so I dove into it and started reading. I wasn't disappointed.

First off, the main character, Sage. Sage is so freakin EPIC!!!! I loved him from the beginning. He actually had character! *jumps up and down* For me, liking him right off was a big step because lately main characters have either been bland, too perfect or all out bratty and obnoxious. Not that Sage isn't a brat - he is. But he is the best kind of brat, and I love him. He's very defiant and stubborn. He doesn't let himself get pushed around easily. He has a lot of fight in him and he isn't afraid to prove it. And he is brave. A bit reckless maybe, but brave all the same.

Then we had the two main side characters. Tobias and Roden. To be honest, I thought I'd like Roden more. Tobias seemed really hard to get along with and just.... No. No. Why wouldn't he shut up, dang it?? But by the end of the book I was TOTALLY a Tobias girl. First off he was like a Medieval nerd. Secondly, he had a lot of spunk too and he was fighting for his life the same as Sage. He was just trying to go about it differently. And third, he isn't such a bad kid once you get to know him. He's actually pretty brilliant. Roden on the other hand.....

I don't like Roden much.

There is a touch of romance in this book but it was so natural and sweet I didn't really care. Its more like they are very dear friends and, given time, they could be in love. Almost like, they might both be in love but they don't know it yet. I loved it. Imogene was cute and sweet. And she was a girl character I could actually LIKE. I really like how she and Sage were. Sage was so gentle and defensive of her. And she admired him. and it was just CUTE!!! But while there is a touch of romance, it isn't THE thing. which is nice. I like Romance better when its more in the back round and it sneaks up and you and makes you love it. I hate forced romance.

But Imogen and Sage just make me happy. And I wouldn't mind a bit more them. I ship It *grin* 

But back to Tobias and Sage. I am going to try and keep this pretty spoiler free, but in case I slip up, just try to be careful: Remember my thing with friendship stories? You show me a friendship story and I fall to pieces. They are my favorite. Well, I've been really in the mood for a good friendship story. Not that I haven't found a few already - Merlin & Arthur, Sam & Dean, Elliot & Hardison.... But I wanted more!! I am always looking for more friendship stories. Now, in this book there isn't so much of that - at least not in a BIG way. But its very much hinted at, ESPECIALLY near the end. The last chapter has this one amazing moment where I threw up my hands and squealed "FRIENDSHIP STORY!!!" You can see epicness being planted for the future with that one line. And that is also the line that completely sold me on Tobias. Tobias and Sage keep having these conversations where Sage says that he is going to win the competition. He will become the long-lost prince. He will be the new King. And at one point Tobias says this one thing...... And there is a spoiler here, but oh well. I love this line. Skip it if you don't want to know anything.



I had a lot of Tobias and Sage feels. I was on a Tobias and Sage high. I jumped up and rushed to find fan art. Any fan art. (well except the creepy stuff)

But there was none! *Gasp* It seems I have found another brilliant book which has no fandom. Just a tiny little village. In the middle of nowhere. And because it is so tiny it is very hard to find so no one comes there.

And apparently none of us villagers know how to draw.

And those that do aren't as good as my sister, so she has to come to the village and draw for me.

I  need fanart, sister of mine! MAKE IT HAPPEN!!


The friendship story aside, the book overall was brilliant. The antagonist AKA Conner, was definitely the kind of guy you could hate and feel fine about it. Cause he was not a nice man. And he did many terrible things. And I want him dead I think. Unless he miraculously changes. And then there are other characters whom you don't think you'll like and then you do. And the plot was solid and well paced. It reeled you in. It kept you enthralled. And it manipulates you into thinking you know everything then flipped the tables and suddenly you feel very dumb. There was one part especially that was a very whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?  moment.


Then you flip the pages back to make sure you read those words right.......


And then you just sort of sit there. And you're like. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!! OMGOSH!!


At least that was what I did.

Then I felt really stupid.

I finished the book pretty quickly after that, and when I read the last page I wanted to run around in long dresses and capes. And sneak out windows. And discover secret passageways to clamber through. And learn how to sword fight.
No one else had read it except for my friend. I was alone in my house with my feels. So I emailed her and yelled. And squealed. And fangirled. and She fangirled back because she loves it too.

And I rushed to put book two and three on hold cause I was on a Sage high and needed more.

They still haven't' come in.

Its been over two weeks.


I feel like I need to start stalking the library in a hood with my hands buried in my pockets, watching the people who enter the door with a keen eye to see if any of them have it. And then if I caught sight of the target, I'd rip it right out of his hands and run away laughing.

I might actually do that now.

I NEED more Sage!!!!!! 

So in conclusion, if any of you need something new, something amazing and are in the mood for fantasy, then this book is a great choice. I highly recommend it. Just check out the whole trilogy at once so that you wont have my problem and get eaten up with anxiety while waiting for book two and three to come in.

God Bless!! And Happy Eastertide to you all!!!

~Ben the Robot~


  1. I'M the amazing friend. *Jumps up and down and waves arms.*
    SOrry, if you haven't noticed, I am really liking that I get to run around and say I have friends.

    Medieval nerd. YES!!!!! He only gets nerdier in the next two books. I love him SOOO much!

    I need you to read the last one. I am not sure about Conner. He does didn't make up for his badness....but it kind of did....but it didn't...and I need help processing my emotions over it.

    I want everything to be a surprise...but I can't help this. Don't give up on Roden completely.

    Book three has another WHAAAA moment. That's what I love best about these books. Hardly anyone can pull of WHAAAA's anymore. And these were SO obvious, slap you in the face....but still completely surprising.

    I love it

    I have to read them again.

    I need to buy books one and two so I can hold them in my hands and read the paper. And hug it.

    I think between the two of us we make up for the lack of fans. But seriously, Sage needs more fans. Why doesn't he have adoring fans falling at his feet? They all need fans. Except for Conner. And other someones.

    I am getting all emotional now. I've had book three feelings all cooped up for weeks now. (I finished it the week before I came to see you.) It hurt and was so wonderful and I need you to read it so badly or they will burst out and I will not make it

    Go get a hoody and stalk your library. That's an order.

    Or come visit and borrow my copy.

    Jim the.....what am I? Explorer? Space Adventurer?

    1. Yes, you are the amazing friend. And thank you very much.

      I wont give up on Roden. Notice I didn't say I hated him. I was simply very angry with him.And he'll need to do something big to get my real liking again.

      I will stalk my library if just for you, Jim the Space Adventure. (and yes, that is who you are now) I need more Sage. Or well..... you know. HIM.

    2. It takes....a bit. It is hard, at one point....but he....yeah....

      HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Hugs HIM*

      Jim the Space Adventurer. (I like that. Can I have a ship?)

  2. Hi Bella!!!
    How are you? It's been a while since I've visited your blog. I have a lot of catching up to do....

    Jack mentioned this book to me and said she really liked it so I knew I needed to look it up. And now after your long, fangirly post (which I completely enjoyed by the way) I know I HAVE to find it and read it. Between the two of you, my Books To Read list just got longer- which is a GOOD thing. It's always a good thing to hear about more good books.

    1. yeah. I was trying to keep the fangirling to a minimum but it didn't really work out. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the review though! Its a really good book. Go read it!!!!

  3. Hi Bella! I'm still going through that too! I haven't read a book since... Hmm... i read a little about two weeks ago but before that, i don't think i read anything since last year. **slams head on desk OW! :P

    1. It is sonsad when you can't find good books :( read this one!!


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