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A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
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Nov 25, 09

bookshelves: got-at-fcpl, historical, youngadult, dcpl-has
Read in November, 2009

Sophie FitzOsbourne is a princess--not that it does her much good.

Her kingdom is a small island between England and France, called Montmaray, inhabited by a few villagers; mad King John, her uncle; her cousin Veronica, who feels more like an older sister; and her tomboy sister Henry (officially named, but never called, Henrietta). The story is told in the form of her diary.

Even though I enjoyed this right from the beginning, at first it felt a little too similar to _I Capture the Castle_ (witty, diary-writing young woman--check, eccentric family--check...), though that wasn't a bad thing since I _love_ ICC. But it began to take a darker, more serious turn about halfway through, and the story ended up quite differently. That's my only complaint, that after all the suspense, the ending felt a little rushed and unresolved.

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