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Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #1)

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Pennyroyal Academy: Seeking bold, courageous youths to become tomorrow's princesses and knights….Come one, come all!

A girl from the forest arrives in a bustling kingdom with no name and no idea why she is there, only to find herself at the center of a world at war.  She enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Josephine Depends on the person you are intending to have read it. The descriptions are intense and may be scary for some children. The phrase "bloody hell!" is…moreDepends on the person you are intending to have read it. The descriptions are intense and may be scary for some children. The phrase "bloody hell!" is used fairly often. There are a couple visions of near kissing and then one kissing scene.(less)

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☘Misericordia☘  ✺❂❤❣
Can I admit I hated it on sight? It's a pathetic DNF of a fairy tale involving a Fairy Drillsergeant, nicely counterbalanced by a Prince Forbes (how on earth did we manage to do without King Blackstone, treasurer Goldman Sachs or a Queen Morgana Stanley?). And don't let me rant about the Headmistress General at Pennyroyal...

I couldn't stay with this story, it seems to have been designed with a view to be extremely evocative but instead went straight to the dark side of rambling. A lot of charac
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish, 2016 did I just read?

It's like someone had a crazy dream one night and woke up and said "I'm going to write a book about that." The thing about dreams is that they rarely have any logic.

I should've known it wasn't going to work out from the first sentence: If I'm still in this forest by nightfall, I'll never leave it again.

Which doesn't seem like such a bad start until you read sentence number two: The girl's eyes darted through the misty pines.

WHAT?? Please tell me you did not just swi
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Princesses, Witches, Dragons, and Knights, oh my!

A young girl who has no recollection of who she is rescues a young boy named Remington who wants to become a knight from a wicked witch before they travel to a school called Pennyroyal Academy who train young girls to become Princesses of the Shield who fight Witches. Upon meeting some new friends who don her "Evie" (Eh-vie) after the staff calls her Cadet Eleven after she doesn't know her own name due to a memory curse, Evie tries her best to sur
Jacobe D.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pennyroyal Academy is the story of a young girl that bravely ventures out into the woods. She is in search of one thing, and one thing only--Pennyroyal Academy; the magical school that has provided the most successful Princesses and Knights since the time of Princess Pennyroyal herself. Since the blood administration had been lifted, meaning that anyone, even those who are not royal, could now go, the girl thought that this could be somewhere she actually belongs. Wearing only a small layer of s ...more
Hazel West
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I had expected to like this book before I read it, but it's also one of those you end up liking more and more as you get into it. Overall, i thought it was a very nice story, and I liked it a lot!

Cover--Yea or Nay: I do like the cover, and it's not even so pink that I feel embarrassed to carry it around haha. It has a very fairytale feel to it, and, hey, I love dragons.

Characters: Evie is a wonderful character. She's just the kind of girl I like to read about in th
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Pennyroyal Academy. I haven't read a book that made me go from 100 (love) to 0 (hate/dislike) in a long time. Usually by the halfway point, I can figure a book out and know that I will either 1) love it 2) hate it or 3) have a love/hate relationship that makes me want to read the book so I can mock.

So, here are some of my random thoughts and musing throughout the book.

Basil – This young boy is forced into an all-girl princess group because his mother wanted a princess and didn't have a girl. N
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Holy Mary Sue.
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I feel like this book was written specifically for me. The plot, the character, the DRAGONS. It's like everything I love and then it was a book.

But... the pacing was off. And that just really jilted me the wrong way, knocking off and ENTIRE star and a place on my favorites shelf. It seems like a year, or at least a school year should have passed. Correct me if I'm wrong, but that was the plot suggested, a school year. but there was no changing of the seasons, and I felt like I was in the story f
If it wasn't for a GR reading challenge I wouldn't have read this book. Sure, I love fairytale retellings but this one just didn't appeal to me. And I think I know why.

First, the author is a dude. I didn't know that when I read this book so I just thought that Evie had a really flat personality. Now it makes more sense. Yes, Evie was having an identity crisis but the way her personality was portrayed just didn't seem relatable.

Then there was the romance. It was predictable and meh. The dude wa
Nov 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like it, I really did. But the story was disjointed... the flow started and stopped at a weird pace. Bits seemed left out, while other bits seemed like useless filler. There were a number of times where I had to pause and think wait, how'd we get here? And on top of that, some of the biggest "surprises" were surprisingly predictable. I wanted to like it, but Pennyroyal Academy falls drastically short of all the promise and hype.
Steve Streza
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review contains a couple minor world spoilers, and is based on a prerelease galley which may have been edited by the final release.

Pennyroyal Academy is unlike any book about princesses, witches, and dragons that I have ever read. It paints a tale of princesses not being the dainty damsels in distress that have long been the trope of fantasy, but of strong and empowered warriors who protect the land. Much in the way stories like Artemis Fowl have redefined classical fantasy ideas in a more
Barb Middleton
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fairy-tale
This book was hard for me to get through. I almost abandoned it several times, but a student recommended it so I kept plugging away. Actually I started speed reading. The plot is all over the place, information is given in either large doses or not enough, and the characters are stereotyped along with the whole princessie thingamajig. Except for Basil. He's a boy that is with the princesses instead of the knights. He says it is because his mother had 22 boys and he's being the girl she always wa ...more
Elisa B
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When a girl with no name, finds herself lost in an abandon forest with no one to trust, the story begins. In the forest, is a home for witches and dragons. She travels far and wide to search for a mysterious place called, Pennyroyal Academy. While she is hiding under a tree from a thunderous day, a flyer slaps against the tree from the wind. It says that anyone that wants to can enter the competition at Pennyroyal Academy and be one of the princesses there. She finally gets to her destination bu ...more
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
"Pennyroyal Academy sat atop a grassy plateau, a kingdom unto itself. Its towers, keeps, and battlemented wall gave it the look of a jeweled crown."

Sounds cool, right!? Well, I was fooled to.. (that's probably my favorite sentence in the whole book hence the bold quotation) Okay now I'm going to be a debby downer:

It's so so soooo slow and it really feels like it has no direction except trying really hard to be Harry Potter. Yes, I understand that could have been a good thing. Harry Potter, yay!
Actual rating 3.5 stars. An interesting take on the traditional fairy tale retelling. Evie has no idea who she is but heads off to the Pennyroyal Academy to try to become a princess. She becomes close friends with Maggie and Basil. In her training as a princess she learns how to defeat a witch which later comes in handy when she ends up saving her friends. The character development was a little flat overall, but I do think it was alright. The little bit of romance between Evie and Prince Remingt ...more
Red Book Buyer
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the story but multiple times I had to flip back a few pages to see whether I missed something. Choppy at times; hopefully there will be one more proofing on the book before it is officially released.
“All of it pointed to one simple fact: to be a princess was to battle witches.”

I have been meaning to read this book for a while now, but never had the chance to do so, until the day I found this book at a fabulous price at a book store (I just love finding English books). They also had book 2, but I wasn't sure if I would love this one (again, I have a 4+ stars requirement for my bookshelves these days), so I left it. I am currently still kicking myself for not bringing it with me. Now I can j
Brandy Painter
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Fantasy boarding schools are nothing new. They weren't even new when Harry Potter was published. But certainly trending and hot right now are Fantasy boarding schools where a fairy tale tradition is somehow incorporated into the world-building. Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson is the latest such book and is a fun inventive take on the concept.

A young girl completely lacking memories of her past except a few snatches here and there, not k
Ms. Yingling
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
A girl stumbles about in the forest, wrapped in spider webs, with just a note that she should go to Pennyroyal Academy, an institution that trains young women of royal blood to fight witches. Luckily, since there is a war on, they are taking girls even if they don't have a pedigree, so Cadet Eleven (or Evie, as her first friend decides she should be called) earns a place. She has been befriended by the handsome prince Remington, whom most of the students swoon over, but is given a hard time by a ...more
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.75 stars. Basically, an inverted Harry Potter series, with a male writer (masquerading behind two initials) writing about a female protagonist. Cadet 11/Evie/Nicolina is on a quest to train as a warrior princess to battle the war being waged by witches while boys are training to become knights to battle dragons. Under the tutelage of a fairy drill sergeant, the girls are taught skills with their primary one being compassion. The lead female characters are strong (Evie, Maggie, Basil) whereas m ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, this one is a lot deeper and intense than expected! I love how the definition of a princess is reworked into something I'd love girls (and boys!) to aspire to, and the main character goes through a lot of great growth. Definitely recommended.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice, entertaining, very young adult story.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
As if a random fantasy generator cobbled together a novel, with no logic, humor, or human emotion to hold it together.
Abby Jean
Jun 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
how could i not like a book set in a magic academy? it could be boring and poorly written, that's how.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was bad. I’m just going to come right out and say it, it was really bad. The concept sounded really great, you know I love me some boarding school, fantasy, mixed up fairy tale books but like damn this book just totally dropped the ball on all of this. I’ll give it one thing, I really liked how the witches were done in this book, but that was like ten pages out of this entire book. So beyond a really great witch premise, this book had nothing. It immediately switches tense on the first ...more
Lindsey Sanders
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got this in the juvenile section so I was expecting a lighthearted story about princesses and knights. This was not that story. It was full of drama and surprises and the princesses are pretty good fighters. The story did feel a little disjointed in places but overall not bad. There was a little kissing but nothing I wouldn't let my kids read. A fun one to listen to with kids.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
I couldn't even get half way through, it was so incredibly basic.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon!
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Não tem spoilers :)
Portguese only, sorry! :/
that was a lot of fun. It was like a mix of Gail Carson Levine and Jessica Day George. Lots of dragons and knights and princesses and magic and castles. Sometimes that's all you really want and this definitely scratched that itch for me.

I only have 2 complaints about it: Firstly there's a line at the beginning about how the crowd is full of princesses of all colors and I got so hype when I read that because hell yeah, princesses of color, honestly not something I ever get to see in fantasy book
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“A Princess of the Shield is courageous. She is compassionate. She is kind, and she is disciplined. Without these four core values, a girl may have all the crowns and castles she wants, but she will no more be a princess than she will a dragon.” 2 likes
“All she wanted was for him to leave, yet all she wanted was for him to stay.” 1 likes
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