"Why did real life have to be so dull? Why did boarding school seem so...beige?"
Sophie is an orphan.
Both her parents are dead and her guardian doesn't seem to really care about her.
She is almost invisible to everyone else in her poor, threadbare clothes and hardly ever stands out, unless it is for the wrong reasons. Her dream is to go to Russia; a dream which her two friends don't seem to understand. Why would she want to go to Russia?
What they don't know is that nearly every night Sophie has a dream. A dream where her father is alive, with her, and they are both in the icing covered, magical land where crystal snowflakes fill the air. Russia.
When a strange woman comes to the school, and picks her, selects her amongst all the other more sophisticated, rich girls, to go to St Petersburg to visit, Sophie is delighted. She feels wanted, and a spark of excitement zips round her body as she finally sees her dream coming alive...
"She knew where they were going. Always the same place - a place conjured from his stories, dreams and memories."
When the trip to Russia doesn't go to plan and Sophie and her two friends find themselves abandoned in the freezing snow on a deserted platform, the girls really don't know what to expect. What they get is Princess Anna Volkonskaya, a desperate women intent on only one thing - finding her family's long lost treasure - a rope of magnificent diamonds. A woman who believes Sophie might hold the key to its whereabouts...
I absolutely loved Sophie's character. She was quite, dreamy and forgetful and totally realistic and relatable. Even though she seemed so utterly normal and shy I didn't really doubt that she had such courage and bravery in the face of danger, even death. I know if I had been in her position I would probably have resigned myself to the fact that I was going to die young and burst out crying or something but Sophie is special. In a way that she doesn't realize, and throughout the book Sophie battles with princesses, befriends white wolves and finds herself; as a daughter, friend, and something really special...
The Wolf Princess was packed full of adventure, mystery and excitement. With old, crumbling castles, a mysterious, glamorous and secretive Princess, sleigh rides in the snow through magnificent forests, unexpected friends, and lies and secrets filling the decaying castle; this book will not disappoint. With a fairytale-esque feel to it all you need is to curl up on a sofa with a warm drink and you will be captivated. Jump on that train and steam through silent, snowy forests to this winter wonderland.