Review: Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl

“Intrigue, plots, romance and witty characters will keep you on edge as you race through Victoria's road to the throne.”

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Title:Prisoners in the Palace
Author:MacColl, Michaela
Publisher:Chronicle Books
Pages:304

Goodreads: Prisoners in the Palace — London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza’s dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady’s maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant’s world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen?

Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is as rich in historical detail as Catherine, Called Birdy, and as sizzling with intrigue as The Luxe.

I have been trying to think for a while and compile a list of great historical fiction for the YA sect. I have had a hard time doing so. You can say oh there is plenty of it out there but no there is not. Most YA hist fic has some sort of paranormal or fantastical element to it. What I want to see is the Philippa Gregory of YA if you will.

Michaela MacColl has astounded me with this novel. I recently watched The Young Victoria and made myself a note to find some fiction surrounding her early life. I had read previously Jean Plaidy’s account of her childhood but nothing about her and Prince Albert.

When I got the email from Chronicle asking if I would like to review this book I bounced in my chair with happiness.

This book gives you fiction, scandal, intrigue, fantastically well written characters and it blends it all with history in such an amazing way that MacColl is set to be my new queen of YA hist fic!

It is said that a King is only as good as his people and in this novel that proved true for Victoria. If it weren’t for Liza, Will and other servants surrounding her that cared for her greatly and went out of their way to make sure Victoria took the throne she very well may have not had a throne in the first place!

The early part of Victoria and Albert’s relationship deemed true to historical events and I was very intrigued by Liza’s romance. This novel has it all for any lover of historical events.

For a limited time Chronicle has allowed me to share with you a link that will give you 25% off and free shipping your ENTIRE purchase of any Chronicle books! Just use the coupon code PRISONER when you check out. Click here to go to Chronicle and learn more about Prisoners in the Palace!

FTC Disclosure: I received a hardbound copy of this book from the publisher for review.

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5 Responses so far

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    I really need to read more non-paranormal/fantasy historical fiction too. One of my “10 books” challenge things for next year actually. Looks good this book.

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    I haven’t read loads of historical fiction but I really enjoyed this one as well.

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    Gee, I was just telling Michelle (GalleySmith) how I never heard of this book and now that I’m going through Google Reader it is every where! I added it to my TBR list after reading her review. Glad to see you enjoyed this as well.

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