I wasn't a big fan of the first Princess Academy.
I finished it and thought it was interesting but wasn't sure about the whole quarry speak thing. I enjoyed the characters though and a lot of the ideas presented.
This book was more to my taste. It was great to be back with the characters I enjoyed before and their reactions to being plunked down in the city out of their comfort zone. Lots of good questions raised, conflicts, and just the right amount of blossoming romance.
Clean and well written, I'd choose this one to read again over the original.
You will need to read the first one to understand this one. Palace of Stone is not meant to be read as a stand alone book.
Which Princess Academy did you like better?
Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . . until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she should help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city.
Picking up where Princess Academy left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom.