Friday, 5 October 2012

Review: The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable

Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this.

On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya, who takes them to her winter palace and mesmerises them with stories of lost diamonds and a tragic past. But as night falls and wolves prowl, Sophie discovers more than dreams in the crumbling palace of secrets.


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The wolf princess isn't at all the sort of book I normally read and I must admit I was lured in by the purple edges.

The wolf princess is a beautiful fairytale-esque tale of young orphaned Sophie Smith as she goes on the adventure of a life time. Sophie has had it tough. Her parents both died and her guardian doesn't much care for her. She lives in a boarding school owning the most threadbare of clothes and certainly never standing out from her peers as anything special.

Sophie has had a life long dream to go to Russia and as luck would have it and due to the chance meeting of a stranger she suddenly finds herself on a school trip to Russia. She is so excited and even when things start to go a bit weird and completely off the programmed schedule she completely gets lost in the magicalness of this new foreign place complete with its mysterious princess, a decrepit castle and a pack of wolves.

The reason why I enjoyed this book is because that magical fairytale feel was evident throughout and you found as a reader you were drawn in by the beautiful writing style. I also loved Sophie as a main character and following her story during which she discovered more about the person she was and didn't know about. I loved seeing her adventures through her eyes and I loved the relationship she developed with her two friends.

All in all a charming read which followed a magical adventure. 

2 comments:

Dr3am3r said...

Lovely review I agree with everything you said. It was magical and just perfect. :) great review.

Raimy-rawr said...

absolutely agree, this was a fantastic fairytale book! I loved it and its not usually the kind of thing I read either.