REVIEW: The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable

20 October 2012

Published: October 4th 2012
Publisher: Chicken House Publishing
Number Of Pages: 288
Book: For Review*
Format: Finished Copy
Genre:  Children's Books, Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery
Blurb:
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.
-from goodreads      
 "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.
*Thank you to Chicken House Publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

8 comments:

  1. Wow, amazing review! This book sounds fabulous, I would never have feeled intrigued if it weren't for all the great reviews of it :) thanks for posting!

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  2. I haven't heard much about this book but it sounds like a great read. Sophie sounds like my sort of character. Lovely review! :)

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  3. Haven't read this book but I thought it reminded me of Anastasia. Long lost daughter? Russia? Ha, just goes to show Disney is my only reference for this =))Still, I love the cover! And I've never encountered a forgetful protag which makes it all the more interesting!

    Great review!

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  4. I hadn't heard about this book before, and to be honest it doesn't seem like my kind of thing (and THAT COVER. Ugh). But great review! (:

    Actually I like "squeeze the pancreas" better than the original! :D

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  5. Hadn't heard of this one but it sounds interesting!

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  6. This sounds like such a lovely book, I love anything fairytale-esque and this one sounds so beautiful! I love the cover too! Thank you for the review :)
    I can't believe I've only just found your blog! I love it, and plan on spending a while reading through your older posts :)
    I hope you're having a lovely week :)
    Love, Ellie (reading-anddreaming.blogspot.com) xxx

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  7. This book looks amazing!!!

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  8. I've never seen this before, but from your review, I really like the sound of it! (The cover is beautiful too - all delicate and icy!)

    Sophie sounds like just the kind of character I'd like, and the mystery of Princess Anna's 'long lost treasure' sounds intriguing...

    Lovely review :)

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