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 of the day: witches and dragons. There, given the name “Evie,” she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steel glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies. As Evie learns what it truly means to be a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family, about human compassion and inhuman cruelty. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could ever have imagined.
Set in Grimm’s fairytale world, M.A. Larson’s Pennyroyal Academy masterfully combines adventure, humor, and magical mischief.
Description taken from Goodreads.
4 stars to this book!
I enjoyed PENNYROYAL ACADEMY so much. It’s very reminiscent of old style, medieval stories with a fantasy twist. It’s extremely enjoyable, if a little quirky at times. I loved the characters more than anything else, as well as the romance and the action themes incorporated into the story. I definitely want to see more books like these, because this was more along the lines of the kind of Tamora Pierce fantasy that I loved during my huge MG phase.
Granted, it’s not straight up fantasy. It is a little modern at times in the speech, the ideas and just the themes. It also incorporated more romance trouble than I would have liked (which wasn’t entirely resolved), but I did really enjoy this book and I think it’s a story more girls should read, especially if they enjoyed the Tamora Pierce books. If you’re looking for something a little older than this, I would recommend DEFY by Sara B. Larson and GRACELING by Kristin Cashore. All in all, great read.
pg count for the hardback: 320