Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Book Review: Prisoners in the Palace

Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel 
Prisoners in The Palace, is about the life of Young Victoria through the eyes of Liza Hastings; her lady-in-waiting, confidante, friend and young schemer supreme.  This delicious YA novel takes on a tour of Victoria’s inner secrets, fears, struggles, love and ascension to the throne. 
The story begins with the orphaned teen Liza Hastings- a noble born young lady whose family fortune is completely depleted.  She needs to work to support herself and so off she goes to Court. Starting at the bottom of the scale, Liza, whose knowledge of languages (especially German) wins her top position as lady-in-waiting to the young Victoria.
The tale takes us through awakening moments for Victoria where she realizes that she is being held back and treated unfairly by her mother and the awful Sir John (advisor and...a bit more than that to the Duchess- Victoria’s mom). Liza helps Victoria ‘grow up’ by showing her glimpses of what life is like on the outside.  Liza also helps sensitize and humble her towards those less fortunate.
This book is an easy read and extremely entertaining.  Although I laughed through many of the schemes, in many parts I also felt the hurt for those abused and used by Sir John.  Many of the scenes were vividly described and the feelings and emotions of not only Victoria, but her beloved Baroness and those who came through the Princess’ path seemed true to life.  Many times I caught myself believing that Liza’s story was real...and wishing it really was. 
Michaela MacColl writes an entertaining novel that touches historical facts meshed with fantasy.  This book is sure to delight the younger reader who will no doubt be led to read more about this fascinating queen.
You will love it!


Mystica said...

This book covers an interesting period in history. I like the part of the young Victoria!

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Kate the Book Buff said...

I loved this book too :) I think my favorite character was Inside Boy

Jenny Girl said...

Love the cover! Outstanding review Lucy. Thanks for the recommendation.

Unknown said...

Ahhh, I think this has to be one od the best historical fictions I've ever read! I loved the two covers and really enjoyed the wasn't boring like I find most historical novels. I just reviewed it too on my blog,

Lizzie said...

Great review Lucy, I loved this one. Did you by chance get a final copy or seen it? It is by far the most beautiful cover of 2010. It is foiled with amazing graphic design. If you get a chance check it out.