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The Princess in the Opal Mask

(The Opal Mask #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,169 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . .

Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria's royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face—including Wilha herse
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Running Press Kids
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Miriam Robarts Near the end of the book, they mention the beginning of summer, & at one point it mentions 3 months passing, so I think it starts in early spring, but…moreNear the end of the book, they mention the beginning of summer, & at one point it mentions 3 months passing, so I think it starts in early spring, but I'm not 100% sure.(less)
Miriam Robarts Which one?! :)

Yes, it is a loose retelling. Camilla is right, it's a different storyline, but I would say it's based on the same idea.

The original "T…more
Which one?! :)

Yes, it is a loose retelling. Camilla is right, it's a different storyline, but I would say it's based on the same idea.

The original "The Prince and the Pauper" was written by Mark Twain (in 1881), so it looks like the book you are referring to is a retelling of Mark Twain's classic. There are several book & movie adaptations, as well as several princess versions. I hope you got a chance to read this one, and I hope you enjoyed it!(less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
The stares are agony. People look at me, not as someone they may wish to know, but as a macabre curiosity, a freak that both intrigues and repulses them. Men hold their children tighter, fearing that the rumors may be true, and I have the power to harm their family. Beautiful women glare at me, feeling upstaged by the grandeur of my jewels and dress. The peasants worship or revile me, calling out their well wishes or ill will in equal measures.
None of them want to look past the Masked Princes
Tomoe Hotaru
Just to get this out of the way: if what you want is a romance, with perhaps some sisterly competition of who-gets-the-prince, complete with your whole hair-pulling and mud-slinging routine, then walk away from this book.

I suppose that's one of the good things about The Princess in the Opal Mask; it could've gone down a catty, rage-inducing route, but it steered clear of it. The relationship between Wilha and Elara, albeit a little hostile from one side and understandably cold, was not a product
Whitley Birks
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I’d give Elara’s part of this book five stars, Wilhamina’s part three stars, and so the average comes out to four stars. The book was easy to get sucked into, in part thanks to the invisible and smooth writing, and I found myself eagerly reading it long past the point where I should have gone to bed. But as much as I enjoyed the plot overall, Wilha…just really didn’t do it for me. I read her parts the fastest just because I wanted to get through them.

Though I wouldn’t
Books are TARDIS
The plot at times appeared to be a bit too simplistic. Some of the events were just too convenient, like how some of the characters obtained a few key facts, the information just happened to fall into their lap, no effort required on their part. There were a lot of other things as well that went in favor of the protagonists way too easily (view spoiler). There ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book as part of the Good Reads giveaways. This page turning story had me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen to the two main characters. A story swept up into the medieval world of Princesses and Princes, deceit, and a curse, there was romance, complicated relationships, hidden pasts, and tons of secrets. The mystery unraveled itself quite nicely, and left me eager for the next installment of Jenny Lundquist's next book. I will definitely keep this series on my wa ...more
Kate Willis
Jul 01, 2018 marked it as unfinished
I hesitate to write reviews of books I have not finished, because you never know if the book really does turn out to be amazing without finishing it. So please be sure to read some positive reviews as well! This is just my personal opinion of the book. ;)

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Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
*I won this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. In no way has this influenced my rating or opinion of this book.*


I know, right?

Now, there is a prince in this novel . . . though I’m not sure if you could call him charming. And there are other guys around, but this isn’t one of those YA fairytale novels where the girls fight over prince charming.

So Elara and Wilha are complete opposi
The Captain
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! I have no idea where I first heard about this book but it sounded like a prince and pauper type story so it went onto the ports fer plunder list. I love those types of fairy tales and was excited to pick this one up. It turned out to be a fun romp that I read in one night.

There are two girls who eventually do switch places. The highlight of this book for me was Elara. She is feisty and determined. I particularly liked the way in which she interacted with her foster family i
Jill Williamson
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend and was so pleasantly surprised to find that I couldn't put it down! Read it in two days. I liked both girls a great deal and wanted to find out how they were connected. Thrilled to find that book two is already out. I'm buying it now. I'm also excited to find another author who writes entertaining books I can let my thirteen-year-old read. My daughter will eat up this story. ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist
Book One of The Princess in the Opal Mask series
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

Official Summary:

One Legend Determines the Fate of Two Lives

In the faraway village of Tulan, sixteen-year-old Elara has spent her entire life as a servant, trying to track down her real name. The name she was given before being orphaned.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

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Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . . .I love this description and it fits this story SOOO well! What would you do if you found out your whole life was a lie? Elara has been raised by a foster family who has mistreated her and called her worthless every day. Other words they have used to describe her are unwanted. unlovable. hideous. However, Elara is a survivor and is constantly finding ways to take walks and find her own adventures. Little does she know that everything she has en
Jamie Coudeville
This book really surprised me. I hadn't heard much buzz about it, it is 7 years old and it has been on my to read list for quite some time. I had a hard time putting it down. I loved both of the main characters, though Wilha took a minute to warm up to. This book had a couple of tropes that I really enjoy. I already started the sequel. ...more
claridge | booknomnom
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Princess in the Opal Mask is the first book of 2014 that have me filled with so much anticipation. This book thrums with potential and every page esnares the reader with the perfect blend of mystery and mystique. (And what an apt adjective that is. Mystique.)

The Princess in the Opal Mask is about an orphan placed in the care of an abusive foster family in the fictional town of Tulan, in the southwestern portion of the Galandrian country. At first, it had the make up of yet another Cinderella
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am on some sort of a fantasy kick right now. I don't usually do fantasy. I have problems with name pronunciation and feeling like I can't get my footing in this strange world. That wasn't as hard here. In this book, it was all about princesses and I can completely understand princesses. I really enjoyed getting into this book. I fell in love with this cover when I first saw it so getting it at ALA was a treat.

So this book...I really enjoyed the story and the Parent Trap type plot, but I was of
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this novel to be very engaging. It had some surprising elements to the plot even though the underlying themes of the book were fairytale cliches (unknown parents, hidden identities, twins who switch places, ect.) I found it interesting that the novel took place in a fantasy setting, but did not contain any other fantastical elements. It is set in a world without magic, but the fairytale tone of the novel and Lundquist's writing made the reader feel as if she was reading a traditional fan ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this and having to wait til Fall 2014 to read the second one is not cool. While I was reading this I really didn't want to put the book down. Elara and Wilha are both going on such interesting journeys, but geez I wish there'd been a bit more communication between the two.. maybe next book. ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book it was fun and cute. It's a retelling of the prince and the pauper but with a princess. ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of princesses, fantasy, masks, twins, sisters
Shelves: favorites
A book that has the words 'princess' AND 'mask' in the title is going to get my attention in a big way - and "The Princess in the Opal Mask" did not disappoint. Like a Mardi Gras celebration, it has all the mystery, romance and intrigue that its title evokes.

The two main characters are identical twins, Wilha and Elara, who were separated at birth. Wilha grew up as The Masked Princess of Galandria, made to wear a mask all her life and NEVER told why. As a result, all sorts of rumors and superstit
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel like this book just needed more...
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: medieval
A fun, fast read about twins separated at birth. Predictable but a fun adventure. I love reading young adult and rags to riches story lines.
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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There are so many reasons I fell in love with this book, but the biggest is that it has the magic that so many retellings lack: The Princess in the Opal Mask mixes the wonder of The Prince and the Pauper and the magic of Cinderella into one wonderful story.

The Princess in the Opal Mask is written in dual perspectives, focusing either on Elara, the orphaned child growing up as a servant to her host "family", o
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up just before lunch time and was practically glued to it until I finished it in the afternoon. Then I promptly started into the sequel.

It was good.

Main question of the book: Why does the princess have to wear a mask all the time? The answer, apparently, is way more complicated than anyone expected.

Okay, so, let's talk characters. Annoyingly, I can't say much here without spoilers, so I'll put it simply: Elara was brave and fascinating and not-al
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I haven't heard much about this book but I just loved the premise. The cover is gorgeous and you know how much we're all cover suckers. Shallow, yes, but who can resist a pretty face?

Not me and thankfully this book doesn't manage to let me down either!

Let's get this down and to the point.

The Princess in the Opal Mask was great. I wasn't so sure of the dual narratives that the author employed but it worked itself out in the end. I didn't know which character to root for in the beginning. The poo
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Willa has known nothing of the world outside of the castle walls. It is not as easy or as glamorous as you would think it would be for a princess. Willa has no friends, she can no go anywhere alone, and the worse part is that she keeps her face hidden behind a mask. Willa does not know the reason for the mask only that ever since she was born, she has been hidden away from everyone by a mask.

Elana is the complete opposite of Willa. She is an orphan. She does not know where she came from and Ela
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Surprisingly good. Or perhaps I should say, not bad? I had extremely low expectations for The Princess in the Opal Mask. It didn't take much to rise above my assumptions. However, I was still pleasantly...well, not surprised but content with the book.
The story line is nothing new. Neither are the characters. The writing is pleasant but not remarkable. In fact, it is satisfying simply because it provides a light tale and goes no farther. There is romance without immense angst, danger without rea
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Princess In The Opal Mask
By: Jenny Lundquist

When was the last time that you read a book, that made you ask so many questions you might explode? The Book is about Elara and Wilha Andewyn. This book is in 1st person but it has a unique way of switching the I voice between the two main characters. This book is a fantasy because it’s about two princesses who wanna find their life they’ve always longed for. Elara is a fostered 17 year old who lives with a family that all they see of her is a servant
Silverina La Mees
Goodness. Talk about a 180 degree turn. Sure. I didn't like Elara in the beginning (and the story jumped forward) but God I loved how the story just became better and better and I just couldn't let go of the book.
Of course mostly everything was predictable like ***** SPOILERS AHEAD*****

- how the squire turned out to be the crown prince
- how they came to fall in love


It was a great fairytale and I can ignore the fact that nobody explained WHY Travers or Lord Finley wanted Elara on the
Marissa (Rae Gun Ramblings)
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just adore this book. Quite honestly it blew me away. It's a wonderful unique story with interesting multidimensional characters. If you like a good princess story full of political intrigue and a dose of romance definitely pick this up. This book grabbed my attention from page one and had me hooked throughout. I thought the pacing was just right. Really I can't say enough good things about this. There's nothing too mature about the book so I think it would be safe for younger readers but it's ...more
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is nothing unlikable in this tale.

First, I fell for the medieval atmosphere and the history of Galandria, especially the opals. It was very interesting and it gives that fantasy feel. and the opal masks definitely gave a sense of mystery.

Second, in this tale, you would definitely love the two lead twin sisters, Wilhalmina and Elara. Each of them has shown contrasting yet equally beautiful stories. They were like the princess and the pauper. But much better. I liked how their characters f
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Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with thei ...more

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