The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal spins the princess fairytale in reverse. On her sixteenth birthday, Sinda learns she is not actually Princess Nalia, heir to the throne. She’s in fact a decoy that the monarchs raised in the castle in order to save their own daughter from a dire prediction – one foretelling a bloody death before she turned sixteen.
The story revolves around how Sinda comes to turns with learning who she is once she’s stripped away from the only world she’s known. Soon her hidden magic erupts and she comes back to the city to learn how to control it. When she visits the palace, she learns there is a larger deception concerning the princess. With the help of her best friend, and her new unpredictable powers she delves into palace secrets. I enjoyed watching Sinda embrace her mistakes as well as her successes.