Saturday, 27 October 2012

Review: The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable

Title: The Wolf Princess
Author: Cathryn Constable
Author Info: Website
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 4th October 2012

Tell Me About It
Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this.

On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya, who takes them to her winter palace and mesmerises them with stories of lost diamonds and a tragic past. But as night falls and wolves prowl, Sophie discovers more than dreams in the crumbling palace of secrets.
My Thoughts
I absolutely love the cover for The Wolf Princess, and the purple edging on the pages makes it extra specially nice. The Wolf Princess starts off with Sophie, Delphine and Marianne in their school and them all looking forward to the upcoming school trip. They end up being selected to go to Russia and stay with a host family there. Upon collection from the train station the girls soon find themselves abandoned by Dr Starova on a train and they end up being left at an old ramshackle station waiting for whatever train comes through to take them home. Ivan comes along in his fantastic train, ushering them into a warm cosy carriage as it takes them to the Volkonsky winter palace.

While I fell in love with the book cover, it did take me a while to fall in love with the story itself. It wasn't until the girls got to the palace that the mystery begins to unravel and get interesting. The Wolf Princess is loosely based upon the story of Anastasia and the Tsar, which I found really interesting. As the mystery behind Princess Anna Volkonskaya is slowly unravelled I began to pick up a few hints and I slowly pieced it together, and was very happy and surprised with the end result. The scenery and buildings described in the pages sound like a little girls dream come true, who wouldn't want to live in a palace surrounded by snow in the heart of some woods in Russia. Getting to dress up in elegant clothes and eat like princesses. I alone would be happy with the snow and the animals.

The secondary characters in The Wolf Princess bring their own personality to the pages and I instantly liked Dmitri, who looks after horses and cleans for princess, and his sister Masha. Princess Ann was one that never truly piqued my interest, to me she was arrogant and self centred but after things are revealed I did feel a tiny bit sorry for her.
The Wolf Princess was a book that kept me interested and wanting to know what happens with Sophie. A perfect read to help you escape the real world for a few hours.

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