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The Wolf Princess

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,393 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 4th 2012 by Chicken House (first published October 2012)
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Kelsi It looks like it, but I'm not entirely sure. Though she does live in London, England, so maybe not.
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Kelsi I wouldn't, just because there are a few words that are hard to pronounce, such as Russian words. And it's also very descriptive.

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1.5 stars. It's a highly forgettable and predicable Middle Grade novel written for an audience of 12 years old or above. The story takes place in Russia but it is as unrealistic as you can get, not to mention those 13 years old girls in the story are as stupid and immature as a five years old kid. I don't hate this book but I'm irritated by how juvenile and unrealistic everything in the book is. What a shame, the book cover is so pretty.
Leigh Collazo
Aug 11, 2013 Leigh Collazo rated it liked it
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WHAT I LIKED: When I think back to this book months or even years from now, I probably will not remember much about the characters or the plot. For me, the crisp, wintry setting ruled this book. The once-beautiful ice palace that has fallen into disrepair, the lonely white wolves howling in the dark, the gorgeous images of fresh, untrod snow sparkling under a cold winter moon. These are the things I will remember most. Beautiful, haunting, desolate, cold, white,
Jun 28, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok
Got 126 pages into it and am rolling my eyes at the sheer unbelievableness of it all. The girls are extremely dumb if their "stranger danger" alarms haven't gone off by now. A strange man knowing their names and telling them a princess wants to meet them? The princess being so overjoyed to meet them? Getting incredibly P.O.'d that Sophie hasn't signed the paper? Really? Not one of those things made the girls think that, maybe, something wasn't right? Sophie feeling magically "at home" in Russia? ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Mihail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Опитах да бъда позитивно настроен към тази книга, но не мога да пренебрегна големите проблеми, които имах с нея. А те бяха доста. Не мразя тази книга, но не беше много добра.
Angela Young
Oct 16, 2012 Angela Young rated it it was amazing
Cathryn Constable has a rare and extraordinary imagination which will enchant young girls (and much older ones) all over the world. They won't be able to help falling in love with Sophie Smith and the magical, snowy, icy, sparkling, strange and beautiful Russia she finds herself in. The book opens with Sophie's haunting dream memory of her father which sings its way through the story, and the courage Sophie has to muster to conquer the difficulties she faces is convincing and skilfully written. ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Allison rated it did not like it
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I truly love it! Both of the present and the history of this story.

Most probably I'll reread it again.

And I seriously ship Sophie and Dmitri...

It would be in a dream if there is a book about those two in the future. ƪ(⌣)┐
Sep 25, 2015 Rowan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Echt een stuk leuker dan ik in het begin had verwacht! Maar pfoe het hoofdpersonage was af en toe niet heel snugger en daar ergerde ik me soms mateloos aan. :p
Binnenkort een uitgebreide recensie op mijn blog!
Dec 26, 2016 Klinta rated it did not like it
Although at the beginning this book had some mistakes and unbelievable twists, they seemed to be forgivable. And although it did bother, it didn't stop me from continuing the read.

But once I got to about half, it just turned into such a bad book. It was a complete nonsense and well... кошмар, if we really do need to drop at least one word in Russian in every single chapter.

The story was very predictable and I don't think that there was anything at all that surprised me. The writing wasn't comp
Sep 22, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
Every year at work they run a 'Children's Book of the Year' event - we get given about a dozen books to read then we all get together to discuss them, an author usually appears to do a talk and then we vote for our favourite book. This is the first one I picked up off that list for this year.

I chose this one first because I liked the cover, the pages were purple and it looked pretty - shallow reasons I know, but you have to start somewhere!

Sophie Smith is at a boarding school in London, sent th
Jenny Schwartzberg
I read this as an eARC from NetGalley. I'm still thinking about my reaction to it. It hits a lot of my buttons, i.e. an English orphan girl longing for family, friendship, adventure, travel to Russia, history, with references to the Russian Revolution and pre-revolutionary Russia but is set in the present day. No, this is not an alternate history. There is a trace of the otherworldly that is hinted at in the very title... The language is rich and the descriptions evocative of a lost time and pla ...more
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
May 11, 2015 Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen] rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kids
Recommended to Lala_Loopsie by: my library
I'm not gonna coment on this book, there is nothing i can say. I found it quite predictable...

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Jan 23, 2016 Seamaiden rated it really liked it
3,5 stars

The story and characters aren't remarkable or anything but the book left me with a lovely sensation. It's almost so easy to guess what's going to happen but as soon as you start treating it as a lovely fairy tale you can enjoy it for what it is.
La princesa de los lobos es una novela juvenil con una edición, cabe a destacar, increíblemente bonita. Sus páginas son lilas por fuera, es tapa dura, tiene muchos adornos en plateado que brillan y una portada preciosa. Su edición sencillamente me llamó tanto la atención que tuve que leer la novela. Y la verdad es que me he encontrado una historia fantasiosa muy original y perfecta si tienes entre doce y quince años.
Empezando por esto, como acabo de comentar, es una novela para adolescentes en
Jun 12, 2013 Jacqueline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10-14 year old girls or anyone looking for an uplifting story
Shelves: arc, middle-grade
Let's make this clear: I have never been a huge fan of princess stories (particularly the Disney versions). As a result, this book is by it's very nature something that I would not normally read.
Despite that fact, I found it to be an overall cute book. The plot line was extremely predictable and cliche although I don't think that I have yet come across many of these "long lost royalty" type books in a modern setting. I therefore was more than a little confused about the time period to begin wit
Nov 19, 2013 Ariadna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La princesa de los lobos nos cuenta la historia de Sophie Smith, una chica que no cree tener nada de especial a la que le encanta soñar con los hermosos bosques y la magia de Rusia. Cuando un día es posible que se cumpla su deseo de viajar al país que siempre ha deseado visitar hará lo que esté en su mano para poder ir. Una vez allí vivirá una gran aventura junto a sus amigas Marianne y Delphine en el palacio de Invierno de la princesa Volkonskaya, donde los aullidos de los lobos le desvelarán u ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Luna rated it liked it
Shelves: uk-authors
3.5 stars

The Wolf Princess is the perfect winter read. There is plenty of snow and a little magic.

Cathryn Constable has struck a good balance between background story and Sophie starting her adventure. Sophie, as well as her friends, a fully-formed characters although Marianne and Delphine have a tendency to disappear when convenient.

Sophie is sweet, she is also incredibly trusting and at times a bit slow on the uptake. The reader will figure things out a long time before Sophie manages. On occa
Evolet Belova
Nota: 6/10

Me ha gustado bastante. Es una historia muy sencillita, pero bien escrita, entretenida, dentro de lo que cabe, original y con algo mágico. Es muy juvenil, mas tirando a infantil, pero no tanto... ideal para niñas de entre 9 y 13 años... aun así a mi me ha gustado mucho, dame algo que transcurra en Rusia y ya me tienes en el bote... así que esta novela no iba a ser menos... Para mi La princesa de los lobos ha sido como un cuento de hadas, un cuento de princesas y lobos en Rusia. Es una
Mar 18, 2014 PickyReader marked it as did-not-finish
This is probably a good book. Tis a shame that I will never know how good, because I just cannot get past the weird beginning.

The beginning is just... I'm not entirely sure what is up with it. Maybe the author knew what she was trying to say, but couldn't pull it off well. Why does nobody like Sophie, except for the Russian lady? What's up with the Russian lady anyway? I suppose that part is supposed to be part of the "mystery" but it's just written so awkwardly.

I can't get past the characters
Ms. Yingling
Oct 22, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Later: So confused! I thought that this was time travel, but it wasn't, not really. I kept waiting, and waiting, but it seems that the girls were just sort of taken by this woman who wanted them to help find lost Russian diamonds because one of them had a link to a royal family.

Not time travel, not alternative history. Not bad, just not what I expected it to be!

(Earlier:I like anything with time travel, but my students don't, and princess books are a hard sell at middle school. Interested to se
Mar 25, 2015 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot was entirely too easy to guess. I hated how Sophie is so... stupid or innocent, I can't even decide. IT WAS SO OBVIOUS THAT ANNA IS A TURD AND SO IS THAT FRENCH FRIEND, WHY ARE YOU EVEN CONSORTING WITH THEM
May 26, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
Very interesting. A bit hard to understand some dialect, but a good read.
Jan 25, 2017 Makena rated it liked it
This book is about a girl named Sophie who is on a trip to Russia for school. Sophie and her friend take a wrong turn. They soon find themselves being rescued by a princess who's name is Anna Volkonskaya. While they are with Anna Volkonskaya she tells them stories and secrets of diamonds that have been gone for ever and many more. But at night time she hears wolves and doesn't know what to do.

Since Sophie and her friends went to Russia for school, they got a little lost and took the wrong train.
Maya M
Oct 25, 2016 Maya M rated it really liked it
Oct. 25, 2016
Maya Margalit
By: Cathryn Constable
The wolf princess

This book in my opinion was quite hard to understand and follow. But it was pretty exciting. There are three friends and they get to go on a school trip to St. Petersburg Russia. (They are located in England). And their " Adopted mom " I guess you could call her that was taking care of them for their stay got on the train with them but made the train stop and left them on the train by themselves and I am going to stop right here i
Merve Erkarslan
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Oct 24, 2014 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Wolf Princess is the story of an girl named Sophie and her school friends Delphine and Marianne. They are selected from their peers to go on a special trip to St.Petersberg, Russia at the invitation of a mysterious woman who visits the school one day. This is a dream come true for Sophie who has always been enamored with Russia and doesn't usually get to attend the more exclusive school trips because she is a charity student at the school. Sophie's parents are both gone and she lives with a ...more
FC Zuzia
Możecie mi kochani powiedzieć, gdzie my mamy naszą Polską zimę? Tę z zaspami, białym puchem, który skrzypi pod butami i bałwanami, które zostały ulepione przez dzieci, ponieważ zrobiły sobie przerwę od zjazdów na jabłuszkach lub na sankach. Mi bardzo tego brakuję, nawet jakbym miała oberwać śniegiem, a chłopacy mieliby wielką frajdę i powiem szczerze, brakuje mi śniegu. Nawet organizatorzy wielu dyscyplin sportowych mają teraz problemy, ale nie tym się dzisiaj zajmujemy.

Historii nikomu nigdy nie
Rachel Meyer
While an enjoyable read, this book certainly isn't stellar. For one thing, the whole series of events seems a bit improbable. Plus, I feel the mystery could have been played up more. However, it's fine for kids.
Oct 25, 2016 Mik rated it it was amazing
I really like this book and the secrets wrapped within. It's a great suspenseful tale of a girl learning who she is and meeting people and furry along the way that will have a special part in her heart forever!
Dec 29, 2016 Andra rated it it was ok
Oficial, aceasta a fost cea mai previzibila carte care mi-a picat in mana. Si nu stiu daca vinovata este traducerea, insa modul in care a fost construit textul nu mi-a placut deloc.
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Cathryn Constable read Theology at Cambridge University. She then worked at Vogue, W, Elle Decoration, Elle and The Independent.

She also wrote for a number of publications including Tatler, and The Sunday Times, before turning her hand to writing for children.

She is married with three children and lives in Islington, London.
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