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Palace of Mirrors (The Palace Chronicles #2)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  10,839 Ratings  ·  737 Reviews
Cecelia looks like a peasant girl and lives in a village so small that it's not even on the map. But she knows that secretly, she is the true princess, hidden away as a baby to be kept safe from the enemies of the kingdon. A commoner named Desmia was placed on the throne as a decoy. Cecelia has always known that when it was safe, she would be taken out of hiding and return ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 30th 2008)
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Chelsea
Aug 21, 2008 Chelsea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
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Sharon
Aug 19, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!

Well my favorite part was Harper, to be honest. I'll get to him in a second.

Writing style--4/5. Really good. Every now and then I got a little distracted because Cecilia would discuss something to the reader for a couple pages and I would get bored. But I was still very impressed.

Age choice--2/5. Cecilia was fourteen. Fourteen! Seriously! Just the way she acted and thought, the stuff that happened to her, it all spoke sixteen to me. She was one of the most ME characters I've ever read, not s
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Chloe
Apr 21, 2013 Chloe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is disappointing.
She's 14, and I'm younger, but even I could have done better.
HONESTLY.
She was supposed to be educated for God's sakes. Not a complete moron.
Did she honestly think that Desmia would just step down from the throne and say, "Oh, you're the real princess, and I'm fake. Well, now you're here, I guess I'll go now and abandon all the riches and food and starve to death outside the castle! (wide smile)"
NO, BITCH, JUST NO.
Her good friend, Harper, decides to help her to get h
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Tessa Smith
Aug 27, 2013 Tessa Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you always grew up as a princess in hiding? Then, what would you do if suddenly, there is a twist to it that nobody expected? How would react if everything you were told was only partially right?

In “The Palace of Mirrors” by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Cecilia has grown up always believing she was the one true princess. Her parents, the king and queen, were killed in a betrayal. The queen lived long enough to send her baby daughter into hiding, until the murderers were broug
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Valerie
Mar 07, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pre-teens
Shelves: fantasy
Picked this up at a B&N while waiting for others to finish shopping. I only finished a little over 50 pages but by then I was into the story, so I put a hold on it at the library. Going back to the world of Just Ella was nice and she even pops up in this story as well. It reminded me of when I was still a new reader and that was nice.

Cecilia can be a bit self-important but then again she is the 'true princess.' She is good if flawed but I didn’t dislike her at all. Cecilia does learn and gr
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Anne Osterlund
Celia is the true princess.

But she can’t tell anyone. At least she’s not supposed to. She has been raised in secrecy in hopes of thwarting the assassins who killed the late king and queen.

However, TOTAL secrecy is a bit unfair. And unrealistic. I mean, really. What is Cecilia supposed to do when her best friend, Harper, ditches her on a fishing expedition, then stops speaking to her due to a misunderstanding? Clearly, she has no choice but to sneak out of her cottage--in the middle of the night-
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Cecilia
Nov 28, 2013 Cecilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Duh. It's a fantastic read and our heroine has MY NAME!!!
Clarisse Coughlin
Jan 30, 2012 Clarisse Coughlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You are the true princess. We will protect you. We will keep you safe until the evil ones are vanquished and the truth can be revealed..." (Palace of Mirrors, pg 1)This is the secret that Cecilia has had to keep all of her life and in the book Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix. On a mission to protect herself when danger to her strikes in her own villae, she along with the help of her best friend Harper must take a dangerous and risky journey to protect herself and maybe Cecilia wil ...more
Kyra
Dec 02, 2008 Kyra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Stewart
I listened to this book on CD, and chose it because I had enjoyed Haddix's Just Ella. This one really didn't work for me. The narrator read it like she was running through a sheet of exceptionally thick honey---S-L-O-W. I kept thinking "PLEASE, get on with it!" but the text itself took forever to have anything happen and would explain and re-explain and tell every non-interesting detail there was to tell, so I can't put total blame on the narrator.

The story had some nice twists built in but it
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Rose M.
Oct 27, 2014 Rose M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome!!!!!!!!! I could not stop reading it because it had a lot f drama, adventure and suspense. What was kind of weird was that it had a twist at the end that changed the whole story. I liked that there was a lot of foreshadowing in the story and it was really fun guessing what was going to happen next. From page 1 it is very interesting. At first I thought that it was going to be boring but I at least read a couple of pages and I really liked it a lot!!!!!!! I think you should ...more
Tess
Apr 17, 2009 Tess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a horrible book. I was amazed by how bad it was, and didn't even want to finish it, but because I wanted to know how the story ended, I stuck it out, hoping the ending would be better than the beginning and middle. It's a book set back in time, when Kings and Queens ruled the land, yet the dialogue of the book is modern day, which was terrible. The main character Cecilia says things like "totally" and she uses phrases that could only be in modern day english. Also, the way she drones on ...more
Kristin
I'm not always the biggest fan of Haddix's books, and it did take me awhile to get into this one, but once I was into it I enjoyed the story. She develops her characters well enough that you actually care about them, which she doesn't do in some other books I've read by her. I hope she does well with the final 39 Clues book!
Kiersten
A surprisingly quick read. I probably would have enjoyed it far more had I actually remembered what on earth happened in Just Ella, which I have not read in four years. I didn't realize until after finishing that Ella was...well, Ella, which made her seem like an extremely random and somewhat jarringly out-of-place character. Still, it was fairly enjoyable even as a standalone novel, apart from the prequel. I absolutely loved Harper. Sweet, funny, a musician (albeit a very reluctant one), noble. ...more
Rosie
Jan 02, 2010 Rosie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the books assigned to me as a reader for the Garden State Teen Book Awards. When I picked up the book from the library I immediately noticed the pink cover with a picture of a princess on it and instantly let out a groan. This did not look like a book I would ever choose to read. But that is one of the benefits of being on the Garden State Teen Book Awards Committee, you read books you normally wouldn’t read. Despite the horrible cover of this book, I surprisingly enjoyed this fa ...more
Kristin Grieshop
The book called "Palace of Mirrors" is an excellent example of a 5-Star book in my opinion. This is a 5-Star book because it has some suspenseful parts in it, and it makes you longing for more, so you never want to stop!
To me, this book was partially difficult, yet partially easy to read. It was a little difficult to comprehend at first, I was a little lost in the story in the beginning, but as I continued reading, I got caught up in the book, and I quickly understood what was happening.
This is
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Morgan Mescher
Oct 30, 2014 Morgan Mescher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Palace of mirrors was definitely a five star book. I would say this because the suspense, and dramatizing events that happened in this book. The amount of abuse done to prisoners and the switch of princesses. The book Palace of Mirrors is a book for young adults. The way the real princess has been hiding away and the people found her. The way the fake princess locks her up in a tower to "keep her in hiding." I would definitely recommend this book. This is one of my favorite books and probably t ...more
Samantha
Apr 12, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the best books i have ever read! it is filled with all the great things a book should have. there is a girl, Cecilia, who is hiding for her safety. she thinks she is the true princess- along with 11 other girls. you have to read it to see who is the true princess, who wants to have them killed, and how cecilia gets to the palace with her best friend, Harper. that isn't his real name, he plays the harp, just like me! you have got to read this book! there is a fake princess, De ...more
Brooke N.
Sep 10, 2015 Brooke N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series. I actually read this one a while ago but forgot to put a review for it up. I really liked the characters. Though I felt like Cecila could be a bit of a whiner at times. And I wish we could have gotten to know more about Harper and Cecila's friendship/romance.
Another thing I really liked was all the plot twists! I didn't see them coming! It made a great fast read. The romance is cute and clean. Plus we got a visit from Ella! I for one loved Ella and was supper happy w
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Estibaliz79
Más bien un 2 1/2, porque aunque se encuentre en la sección juvenil, resulta tan infantil como el de "Mi nombre es Ella" (y la verdad es que lo digo sin haberlo leído), que en la biblioteca se encuentra en la sección ídem.

La historia no carece de originalidad, y el final tiene su punto, pero en la sencillez del relato, la concepción de personajes y la moraleja, la cosa se queda un poco vacía para los que ya no somos niños, aunque disfrutemos de todo tipo de historias.
10-11 Estrella
Oct 10, 2010 10-11 Estrella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
i loved it! it has romance mystery and friendship! it has all the things i like to read about!
it was a little bit boring at the beging but then like in chapter 3 and so on the action came in and i just didnt want to stop reading!
cecilia is told she is the true princess of saula but turns out that
they are 12 other girls that are told the same!
i think this book is amazing! i think anybody that likes princess books are stuff like that should read this book!
Denise
Jun 06, 2009 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first this appears to be just another fairy tale, a princess in hiding and a pretender on the throne, but it has some unexpected twists. It's a fun read, quick and easy, and quite entertaining. I thought Haddix would be out of her element in this genre, but good writing is good writing. Definitely geared toward girls.
Hilary
Oct 16, 2015 Hilary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Written for pre-teens and MAYBE early teens. Far too young for my to enjoy but might be something I'd recommend to my 10yo daughter. Audiobook reader was awful. She read too slowly and the voice she used for the MC was grating and obnoxious. Unfinished, though I may give the print version a try again someday.
Margret
Feb 24, 2009 Margret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: younger girls who haven't read Ella Enchanted
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10-11 Karrin
Sep 08, 2010 10-11 Karrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a book that interested me in many ways I would suggest it to anyone that enjoys books were they throw things at you like BAM BAM BAM!But you have to stick with it because mostly in the beggining it isn't very interesting.
Bella
Jan 16, 2015 Bella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book ever! It only took two days for me to read it and I love it! Best book ever! So unexpected throughout the whole book!
Brooks
May 15, 2016 Brooks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was better than the first one in the trilogy. It wasn't as predictable and was overall cute.
Linden
May 25, 2015 Linden rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I couldn't put it down and would definitely recommend this book to any person who likes books that have fantasy and adventure!
Felicity
Aug 18, 2009 Felicity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is so adventerous!!! hope u people out there can read it!!!!!
Grace
Apr 11, 2013 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
REALLY GOOD! Just read it.
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more
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The Palace Chronicles (3 books)
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