Review: THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)THE FALSE PRINCE
Jennifer A. Nielsen
342 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: April 1st, 2012
Source: ARC from Blogger
Rating: LOVED

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

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.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

   The False prince was complete awesomeness. The False Prince was everything a good book should be. Once I finished reading it, I immediately started reading it again. It has so many twists and turns that even if you hated reading you wouldn’t want to put this book down. I first saw this book on Good reads and as I read the summary I was like O.K. this looks like a pretty good book but I had no idea that I would ever be able to read it.

   So when my older sister gave it to me I eagerly took it and began to read it. I had high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed at all. It just has so much action and adventure in it that it could also be described a thriller…. almost. And even though there are plenty of books with the same story line I doubt they’re as good as this. Jennifer Nielsen has truly done a wonderful job writing this book and I cant wait for the second book to come out. Even though the book says that this would be great for kids 8 through 14 I’m a hundred percent sure it will be enjoyable to people of any age.

   The only thing that I didn’t like was that it wasn’t that long, if it was I would’ve been able to have enjoyed it longer. That’s the only problem I had with the book. Because it was just great other than that. I rate the book and the cover 5 stars.

*This review was written by my 13 year old brother, Calidude*

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    ashelynn hetland

    March 9, 2012

    Great review, Calidude! I'm really excited for this book and your review makes me want to read it right now.

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    March 9, 2012

    This sounds like a great middle grade story and I've been looking for one.

    Thanks for the great review!

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    Simply Kayla

    March 9, 2012

    This book sounds very interesting and this review makes me want to read it :) Great Review!

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    March 9, 2012

    Haha I love it when you want to read it all again, sign of a great book! I haven't heard much about this one so so far it seems to have really great feedback! Lovely review! :)

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    March 9, 2012

    “…everything a good book should be”–awesome! I love when all the book's elements comes together to transport you to another world. Great review!

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    March 9, 2012

    After a review like this I know I have to read this book. I love action and adventure. It just really sounds great. Thanks for the awesome review!

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    March 9, 2012

    I'm so excited for this one!!! I can't wait to get started on my arc of it! :)

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    Cialina at

    March 11, 2012

    I saw the trailer for this book and I absolutely got excited for it. :) I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

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    November 14, 2012

    I've been reading more and more reviews since this book is almost released. The reviews have been stellar. I need to read this book.

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    Jaime Lester

    December 1, 2012

    Must, must read this book. I actually had a copy in my home and had to return it to the library before I read it. Not cool at all. I have to get it back into my hands immediately. For you to read it twice in a row? Yep, definite must-read!