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Palace of Mirrors (The Palace Chronicles #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  8,089 ratings  ·  620 reviews
Cecelia lives like a peasant girl, but she knows she is truly a princess, hidden away as an infant for safety and replaced by a decoy commoner. When danger finds her in her small village, Cecelia decides it is time to act, setting out to claim her rightful place on the throne. But when she and her best friend Harper venture to the capital city and into the famed Palace of...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published September 30th 2008)
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Chelsea
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Chloe
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...more
Tessa Smith
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...more
Valerie
Mar 17, 2014 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Sharon
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...more
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-...more
Kyra
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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...more
Clarisse Coughlin
"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
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
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
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.
Tess
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
Samantha
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
Shayla Parker
2.5 stars

I liked this book a lot more 4 years ago when I was 12. In fact, in 7th grade I read this book over and over and over, probably around 20 times because I loved it so much! It's been sitting in my bookcase since 8th grade while I read other books and I decided to finally reread it because today is a rainy day and I wanted to cuddle up with an old friend.

This book is about Cecilia, a girl who lives in a remote Sualan village with her nanny. Thing is, she's the "true princess" and the Prin...more
Catherine
The end of the book almost brought this story up to two stars, but then Haddix had Cecilia opened her mouth and start talking again and ruined it.

Celilia is one of the most unlikeable, abrasive characters ever and Harper is not very far behind her. The narration left me cold. This story may have worked had it been told in third person, in first person, Celicia was just way too arrogant and snotty.

The story starts out so contrived and such a jumbled mess. While I enjoyed having Ella pay a visit...more
10-11 Estrella
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!
Anna
You know how people say not to judge a book by its cover, well I did exactly that and thought this would be a retelling of a princess story. Well, I was glad to know that I was mistaken. Don't get me wrong, I love new twists to a classical princess story (Haddix did a fine job with that in her book Just Ella), but I wanted something different.

Cecilia (such a nice name) has to go on a mission to reclaim the throne with her best guy friend Harper who also happens to play the harp. Ironic huh?

Even...more
Becky
I picked up this book at the library not realizing that it was a book in a series. I guess it could be considered the sequel to Just Ella (which I haven't read) but I felt that it was fine as a stand alone.

I enjoyed Cecelia and Harper for the most part. I thought the author did a good job in showing how most girls would look at being a princess and the disappointment when things don't turn out as expected. Harper was a fun friend, especially with how he had to learn the harp from his mom and her...more
Denise
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.
Allison
I did not expect a book this poorly thought out from Margaret Peterson Haddix. I have enjoyed previous works of hers, especially Just Ella. This book is set in the same universe and Ella is a major character in the second act, but it feels as though she was just shoehorned in so we could see the character one more time.
You can sort of tell that the seed of this book probably began with Sleeping Beauty. A princess is sent away to be raised as a peasant because of a great threat to her safety. How...more
10-11 Karrin
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.
Margret
Jul 09, 2009 Margret rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: younger girls who haven't read Ella Enchanted
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Ali Bell
What if one day you found out you were a princess? In the story, "Palace of Mirrors" by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Cecelia is a common girl with a big secret. She is the true princess of her kingdom. Her whole life she new something was different about her, but she just couldn't figure out what it was. She later finds the princess in the palace is just a decoy to protect her from the evil forces that killed her parents. I was very hesitant to read this book because it's about princesses and far a...more
Hannah
Wow... just wow. If I had a penny for every time the words True Princess appeared in this book I would be a millionaire.

This book was a huge disappointment. I have read a book similar to this before and it is a favorite of mine and just assumed it would be about as good as that one. I don't know if it's because I listened to it as an audio book or what, but the Palace of Mirrors left a sour taste in my mouth.

Before I completely bash this poor book, I feel as if I should state the one thing tha...more
Felicity
this book is so adventerous!!! hope u people out there can read it!!!!!
Cecilia
Duh. It's a fantastic read and our heroine has MY NAME!!!
Jessie
The princess is named Cecilia-I couldn't resist :)
Alcie Sties
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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“I wish, peevishly, that he didn't know anything about how soldiers sleep, how they protect their fellow soldiers. It would be nicer if I could share the cloaks warmth with him, if we could lie with our faces together, whispering into the night.” 16 likes
“I rise up on my tiptoes. He's already bending his head down, moving his lips toward mine. And then, well, I haven't exactly studied this, but I'm pretty sure that ours is not the most expert kiss in Sualan history. It's a little hard to figure out how we should tilt our heads so our noses don't bump. But this kiss is a promise, a vow. Come to think of it, it doesn't really matter that ours is not the most expert kiss in Sualan history. It's still the best.” 15 likes
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