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The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy

(Pennyroyal Academy #2)

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Perfect for fans of The School for Good and Evil comes the eagerly anticipated follow-up to M. A. Larson's Pennyroyal Academy, hailed by the New York Times as a "breathtakingly exciting novel" with a heroine who "deserves a special place in a new pantheon of capable, feisty and, yes, admirable literary princesses."

When Princess Cadet Evie returns to Pennyroyal Academy, she
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Published 2016
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Amber
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evie and friends are back in a brand new adventure. As their second year of PennyRoyal Academy commences, Evie and the other Princess Cadets are busy trying to survive their school year. Can they though while fighting off the Vertreiben a terrible organization of witches? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a great second installment of the PennyRoyal Academy Trilogy. If you love fantasy stories aboue princess and wtiches, then be sure to check this book out at your local library and
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Mehsi
The second book in this amazing series with tons of training, princesses, drama, witches, dragons, and so much more!

I was so happy when I had the chance to read this book, I loved the first one and I was very curious as to how the story would continue. What kind of stuff would happen in Evie's second year at the Academy? Would there be witches? How would her relationship with Remington go (ship ship and ship)? Would any of her friends have to leave the academy (because we are still at Pennyroyal
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Khai
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It begins around the end of Evie's summer before her second year as a Pennyroyal Academy Princess Cadet and follows her through her second year. Fed up with her dragon family and antsy to get back to the fascinating world of humans, and most importantly to her friends and her beloved school, Evie sets off early to travel to Demetra's home of Blackmarsh. Along the way, she witnesses something disturbing that hints to a new enemy threatening them all. Soon enough, Evie's once ...more
Lenni Jones
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Silvara Wilde
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The first book concentrated a lot on what was happening inside the Academy. On the lessons, friendships, intrigue and day-to-day. This one had a little of the school day stuff, but mostly skimmed over that to focus on the friendships, things that happened before school started, and the mysteries Evie was trying to solve.

For a lot of the book, the four friends were separate from each other a lot. Not in physical
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Dana
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Evie's second year at Pennyroyal Academy, a three year version of Hogwarts that trains Princesses and Knights in a boot camp-type setting, complete with a fairy drill sergeant. Princesses main weapons are courage and love and they prevail against witches. However, since the academy regularly kicks out girls who are unworthy of becoming princesses, some of the unhappy flunkees have made their own secret society of unhappy campers who are opposed to the princesses. This story, like the ...more
Dana
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is Evie's second year at Pennyroyal Academy, a three year version of Hogwarts that trains Princesses and Knights in a boot camp-type setting, complete with a fairy drill sergeant. Princesses main weapons are courage and love and they prevail against witches. However, since the academy regularly kicks out girls who are unworthy of becoming princesses, some of the unhappy flunkees have made their own secret society of unhappy campers who are opposed to the princesses. This story, like the ...more
Anya
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun adventure that shows that boys can be princesses, princesses can be dragons and the family you make matters as much as the one you're born to. Not quite as amazing as book one, but a series for young readers for sure.
Liza Nahas
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't find this one as inspiring & go-girl-power as the first one, but it was still clever and enjoyable.
Jennifer Strong
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, young-readers
Exciting and heartbreaking. It's just as fascinating as the first. I can't wait for the third and final book!
*Ramya*
This book was an absolute stunner. It definitely lived up to it's predecessor (Book 1: Pennyroyal Academy) and I cannot wait for the third book to come out!


Recommended for ages: 9/10+
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: I liked that the book told us a little more about about the world than the first book did. We hear a little from townspeople and such (fan mail!). Still, we don't know anything about the politics or how well the kingdoms get along or if there are other languages or continents, etc.

This book had the same problem that the first one did in that it just isn't believable. If the kingdoms are so desperate for trained princesses and knights, why are some cadets literally getting
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Kate Claveau
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book of Pennyroyal Academy is a good book, but the first one was beyond that, and it was kind of a let-down compared to everything that happened in the first book. It feels like things that were already facts in the first book are things that we have to re-evaluate, such as different barracks and different characters and friend groups turned upside-down. Character arc's like Basil's acceptance of being the first male princess had to be re-iterated, which honestly felt kind of cheap.
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Erin
Got some strong Harry Potter vibes while reading this. A very similar setup: Evie is now the chosen one (here known as The Warrior Princess), she left her family early to return to school (and never really reconciles with them, which I hope is forthcoming in the third book), she has friendship troubles, teacher troubles, and a quest to save all princess-kind before the end of her school year.

The world-building isn't quite as deep or consistent as HP, but there are a lot of details that I love
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Kimberly Fields
I enjoyed this sequel to Pennyroyal Academy, though not quite as much as the original. Demetra's new friends and Maggie's anxiety about being thrown out didn't really serve much purpose, other than to ramp up the tension a bit. But, the situations were so predictable that it didn't help too much. I also thought the girls were rather slow not to figure out who was really in cahoots with the Vertreiben (I figured it out right off the bat). There was plenty of action, but mostly this was just a ...more
Gospodyina
Its fine. I dont think I would have liked it remarkably more having read/heard the first book; he almost insultingly ensured all the major points were explained in this one. The biggest drawback was the audiobook narration. Every phrase had the same rhythm and tone. Everything. Long descriptions of a room, huge battles, the aforementioned blocks of explanation of the last school year, all the same. You could autotune the entire book with about 4 pitches. I guess it speaks well of the book that I ...more
Lily
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, although a sequel is, in my opinion, better than the first. Its thrilling, and it makes the reader want to never put it down. When I first read this book I read it in a couple of hours, and I didnt want to stop it. At the end of the book, I wanted to read the next one immediately, and weeks after, I was still thinking about the characters. ...more
Lizard :)
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Oh my wow, this was awesome. The second book in the Pennyroyal Academy series was just so good! I love how M. A. Larson connects even the minutest details from the beginning to the end of the story while simultaneously developing his plot with the natural ease of flying bird. All this to say, I just love this series, the characters, the plots, the imagery, the magic, etc.

Captivating, intriguing, uplifting... I'm currently reading the third book and I can't wait to see how it all wraps up!

Great
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Wendie Berry
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This sequel was very good even though I could not remember the plot of the first one. I had read it over a year ago and have since read so many stories, that I couldn't remember the original plot. I liked this book very much and it could stand alone. Although there were some references to the first book, it wasn't necessary to the plot of this one that you had read the first
Ellen Zarate
I love this series for elementary readers! It's smart, well-written, has great character development of a relatable cast, and is filled with page-turning adventure. Evie is in her second year at Pennyroyal Academy. She faces witches and other dark forces while trying to advance in her princess training. This book has a great balance of real-life friendship drama and fictitious adventure.
Susan B
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Things fell into place in the second Pennyroyal Academy books. Evie and friends save a famous queen from the Veirtreiben. Evie has become famous as the Warrior Princess and is bestowed many gifts from the townspeople. Remington is expelled from the academy when helping Evie. So I am asssuming she will find him again in the third sequence
Nicole
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great sequel to the first. The beginning of this book is the thing that I missed at the end of the last one. I think I needed just a bit more closure. I love that this is about girls learning to be brave, strong, and compassionate. They go up against evil and defeat it with compassion. I love that they are training along side the boys. It shows a great strength that is expected from the girls.

"...you will learn courage, compassion, kindness, and discipline, as well as a host of other practical
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Jennifer
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't hate this book, but I felt that the plan the characters came up with in the end was illogical (borderline nonsensical) and spectacularly ill-advised, which ultimately made the plot feel contrived.
hallie bertling
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
i probably would have loved it more if i'd have read the first one more recently! but i think this is an amazing series-- clever & well-written.
faerie tale princess/knight academy without cliche.
dig it.
Sherri Bliss
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think my daughter and I enjoyed this one even more than the first.
Saundra
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Progressive fairy tale/fantasy fun!
Christen
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuation of the plotline, the story felt a little formulaic but still a solid story.
LisaSunshineGirl
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can't wait for the next installment!
Eileen
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was before I started writing regular reviews on Goodreads, but I know I enjoyed this even more than the 1st one and was very disappointed to have to wait for the third book.
Booklover
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I can't help but feel this is a rehash of Harry Potter in so many ways. I found Evie's treatment of her sister to be pretty terrible and the infighting between the original gang and the new additions to be tiresome at best.
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