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The Decoy Princess By Dawn Cook,

  • Title: The Decoy Princess
  • Author: Dawn Cook
  • ISBN: 9780441013555
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • Princess Contessa of Costenopolie knows everything a royal should about diplomacy, self defense, politics and shopping She ought to She had every reason to believe that she was groomed to rule But her next lesson is in betrayalThe sudden arrival of her betrothed, a prince from the kingdom of Misdev, has forced Tess s parents to come clean She s no princess TheirPrincess Contessa of Costenopolie knows everything a royal should about diplomacy, self defense, politics and shopping She ought to She had every reason to believe that she was groomed to rule But her next lesson is in betrayalThe sudden arrival of her betrothed, a prince from the kingdom of Misdev, has forced Tess s parents to come clean She s no princess Their real daughter was raised in a nunnery for fear of assassins Tess is nothing but a beggar s child bought off the streets as an infant and reared as a decoy.So what s a royal highness to do when she discovers she s a royal target Ditch the Misdev soldiers occupying the palace, use magical abilities she didn t even know she had, restore the real princess to the throne, and save her own neck But first, Tess has to deal with the scoundrel who s urging her to run away from it all, and the Misdev captain who s determined to thwart her plans
    The Decoy Princess Princess Contessa of Costenopolie knows everything a royal should about diplomacy self defense politics and shopping She ought to She had every reason to believe that she was groomed to rule But her

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    1. I m really not sure what annoyed me about this book Well I had a list of things but everything seems so vague now Evidently the biggest flaw is how boring it was No no I remember It s the girl The girl is the most annoying part She s very idiotic And yet also very turned on By men If she mentioned how big Jeck s shoulders were one time Like I do not need to be reminded of that shit I got it Oh but here we go about how broad his scarred up back iswell oh gee golly get your skirts up girl and ju [...]

    2. Tess is not a princess She was brought up as one, but sadly the secret is out She is a decoy, raised to die in the real princess s place.However, Tess isn t easily killed, as a variety of assassins have learned over the years She is, in fact, highly skilled at throwing poison darts.But it will take than that to defeat her former intended and his Misdev soldiers suddenly occupying the palace As well a certain maddeningly unshakable captain bent on hunting her down.The Decoy Princess is a lightni [...]

    3. Three and a half stars At points, it was nudging a 5, but at others Very uneven, but had a lot of good stuff in it Including the fact that Tess s supposed parents weren t the monsters that the King and Queen in Eilis O Neal s The False Princess were With a lot of tightening up, this could have been awesome instead of enjoyable.

    4. This girl totally rocks She was trained to be a princess but while she was being trained to be that, she was being trained for something better I love the strategies and how complicated, how human the characters are.

    5. Princess Contessa of Constantinopolie has a pretty good life She s an expert shopper, has parents who love her and are good rulers, and is looking forward to her upcoming engagement to Prince Garett of Misdev So what if a few pesky assassins try to get in her way She s been well trained to ward them off, she s not worried.Oh but she should be Prince Garett, not taking the advice of his father arrives in Constantinopolie early, almost six full months before the formal engagement is announced His [...]

    6. It s rare that I will put a book down without finishing it, and I hacked my way through three quarters of the novel before I dropped this one, but by that point I was only reading to see if she got together with The Guy I skipped ahead that storyline gets dropped almost altogether The prose is clunky and overblown, with every single hand gesture being described in vivid detail as if we are watching a movie instead of reading a book Her curls, for example, are described again, and again, and agai [...]

    7. I really enjoyed Dawn Cook s Truth Series so was looking forward to reading this one Honestly it took me quite a while to get into it I started it multiple times over the period of a month It just wouldn t hook me and I kept putting it down I finally had a long car ride and listened to it on audio Once I made it through the first five or six chapters I really started to enjoy it It s not a favorite but it had plenty of originality and I immediately started the 2nd book when I finished this one.C [...]

    8. You ever get the feeling that the author switched horses about halfway through the book That was the sense I got reading The Decoy Princess I picked this one up at our favorite local used book store thinking it was a nice crossover for Michele I a touch of historic fantasy, a light romance, some action and intrigueWhat I got was an oddity It feels as though Cook started off writing this as an adventure romance, something occuping the same neighborhood as Laura Kinsale s The Shadow and the Star a [...]

    9. I really didn t want to like The Decoy Princess, by Dawn Cook After all, it follows in the same vein as too many of my own fantasy stories young woman from a commoner s background thrust into intrigue Now, my stories frequently involve inappropriate pairings of woman and dragon, and nothing like that happens in this book.When I read the first three chapters, I was disappointed We, the readers, already know the big revelation coming up Tess is going to be told that her whole life is a lie, that s [...]

    10. Read Fall 2011I just did not enjoy it It has some great elements, but nothing ever coalesced into an intriguing whole The action is too fast, jumping right in without any understanding of this world Which I ll admit sometimes works well, but not here.The main character, Tess, finds out her life has been a lie when it is forced out that she is nothing but a decoy, a bait and switch for enemies of the crown, all because of some ridiculous Red Moon prophecy She has to cleverly and magically I mean [...]

    11. When I had an opportunity to review Kim Harrison writing YA fantasy under a pseudonym Dawn Cook, I knew I had to take it Marguerite Gavin as a narrator was perfect, creating saucy, vibrant characters and keeping it fun At first glance, The Decoy Princess reads like a lighthearted, easy YA fantasy book with a spoiled, self entitled princess as a heroine, but don t be fooled There is darkness here, a fair amount of bloodshed, and some very difficult choices.Princess Tess is a young, boisterous 20 [...]

    12. All her life, Princess Contessa of Costenopolie has been raised as a proper princess should, well versed in fashion, diplomacy, politics, and shopping However, she s also been trained quite thoroughly in how to protect herself, by Chancellor Kravenlow, who has spent years teaching her how to use various easily hidden weapons, including venom laced darts Tess has never thought much about it, really Being a princess is a dangerous job, and sometimes a girl has to protect herself However, every ski [...]

    13. I ve been reading alot of books lately where the girl is always in need of being saved, while her romantic interests are falling over themselves trying to protect her That is not the case with this book Our story begins with a young princess named Tess, eagerly anticipating her wedding day Your typical princess story Right Wrong She soon learns that while she was raised lovingly by the king and queen, she is only a decoy the target of numerous assassination plots in order to safeguard the real h [...]

    14. At first I was leary about reading this book I ve loved Dawn Cook s alter ego Kim Harrison for some time She writes delicious urban fantasy As such, the idea of switching gears for a high fantasy novel seemed odd to me I wasn t ready I kept putting it off I was an idiot.The premise behind The Decoy Princess is the reverse tale of rags to riches Princess Contessa, Tess to those who know her, is happily living the life of luxury and about to be engaged It all comes to a screaming halt when she bre [...]

    15. I m frustrated about writing this review I ADORED this book I really did In fact, I was thoroughly excited about the sequel, and ate up the sequel as soon as it hit the bookshelf in fact, I preordered it What a shame, though I was so disappointed by the sequel that I tossed both books away and haven t looked at them since Perhaps I was just angry because she didn t wind up with the guy I wanted her to don t worry, I won t say who , but I think it was than that I m not sure My suggestion is to r [...]

    16. Tess is not a princess She was brought up as one, but sadly the secret is out She is a decoy, raised to die in the real princess s place.However, Tess isn t easily killed, as a variety of assassins have learned over the years She is, in fact, highly skilled at throwing poison darts.But it will take than that to defeat her former intended and his Misdev soldiers suddenly occupying the palace As well a certain maddeningly unshakable captain bent on hunting her down.The Decoy Princess is a lightni [...]

    17. I love Kim Harrison, and this book shows some of her best skills a new, complete, believable world a spunky heroine and cool heroes However, I had some issues with it as a whole 1 for a spunky princess with kick butt skills she gets caught A LOT and 2 it seems to be luck most of the time and not her own skills Tess is amazingly self absorbed for most of the book and Duncan seems like a doormat to her sometimes Other than that, the plot is fun and I have a feeling that the second in the series wi [...]

    18. I LOVED this book The strong female lead, a love triangle, a kingdom to save, deceit, hidden strength and even m agic What could I ask for in a book What made me give it a 5 star was the ongoing romance Because even at the end of this first book, we didn t know who she ll end up zith Personally, I m a HUGE Jeck fan.

    19. This was a really fun book to read Well written, good dialogue, very little deus ex machina, it s a new take on the prince princess on the run from the evil person who s trying to murder the royal person and take over the kingdom , in that the main character in this book only initially thinks that she s the princess.

    20. A fun read, but not one of my favorites Dawn Cook has great characters, and I m excited to read the second one for development in their relationships Tess is a fun mix of girlish princess and assassin I would have liked her to kick some batooty with her whip, but the darts were fun, too Can t wait to see of Jeck

    21. I probably shouldn t give this a 5, since I don t actually remember it very well I read it at a high stress time, and it didn t get a chance to fully sink in but I remember I loved it enormously I mean, a princess who stores darts in her hair and can actually use them Awesome

    22. This is the first book in Cook s Princess duology Dawn Cook also writes as Kim Harrison I enjoyed this fun fantasy adventure novel The book is very YA in tone and is mostly about the heroine figuring out who she is both in an actual and philosophical sense.I listened to this on audiobook and it was decently done It wasn t my favorite audiobook because I didn t like the voice the narrator used for Tess and found it distracting I never really got used to it I would recommend reading this on in pa [...]

    23. The Decoy Princess starts out very slow, and I struggled to maintain interest, but after the first twist and you ll recognize it as soon as you get to it , the book picks up significantly and doesn t ever really let up.Though the main, surface level story is great, the teases to an underlying world are intriguing, and the best part of the book.Most of the characters are unashamed tropes, but it works well and it results in some really interesting characterization In particular, there is a relati [...]

    24. This has been on my TBR for YEARS, since I was a child and found out about the Truth series by Dawn Cook aka Kim Harrison It was recommended to me by Kim s husband, Tim, who said that he liked the Princess series even than the Truth series, so I just had to read it Overall thoughts on the two series the child in me still delights in the Truth series, but the Princess series was still an enjoyable read

    25. It starts as a decent adventure story, then goes weird and never recovers I m sure the most common word in this book is darts And her name is Princess Contessa Still better than Sinjin St John, but it s getting close.

    26. I much prefer Urban Fantasy over Fantasy but since I was starved for a new Kim Harrison Dawn Cook novel I decided to give this a shot I loved it This author is one of the best writers out there.

    27. Tess has been raised as a princess of Constenopolie for 16 years, but when her betrothed comes to visit, she finds that she s been a decoy princess, a place holder for the real princess and a target for those trying to assassinate the true heir This go south quickly Tess castle is taken and she barely escapes with her life, bent on revenge but also with responsibility for her unknown sister This book is a grand adventure similar to Crown Duel, which is one of my favorite books of all time If I d [...]

    28. Die Abenteuer von Tess 01 Die Tochter der K nigin Dawn CookEin toller Auftakt zu den Abenteuern um Tess Die Tochter der K niginKlappentext Tess oder auch Prinzessin Contessa von Costenpolis kann sehr gut auf sich selbst aufpassen, denn der Kanzler des Reiches ist der Ansicht, dass eine gute Ausbildung besser sch tzt als jeder Leibw chter Doch als ihre Eltern ermordet werden, muss Tess nicht nur f r sich, sondern um das Schicksal des ganzen K nigreichs k mpfen auch als sie erf hrt, dass ihr bishe [...]

    29. I picked up this book because of a recommendation, but still had some difficulty getting into it at first However, once I connected to the story, I couldn t put it down I realized the problem came because of the title, not because of the story, so I m going to spoil the book for you despite my normal efforts not to The spoilage is this the knowledge that she is a decoy, despite being something Tess is unaware of for the first 31 pages, is only the tip of the iceberg where the book is concerned.I [...]

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