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Publisher's Summary

Pennyroyal Academy: Seeking bold, courageous youths to become tomorrow's princesses and knights. Come one, come all!

A girl from the forest arrives in a bustling kingdom with no name and no idea why she is there, only to find herself at the center of a world at war. She enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons. There, given the name "Evie," she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steel glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies. As Evie learns what it truly means to be a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family, about human compassion and inhuman cruelty. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could ever have imagined.

Set in Grimm's fairytale world, M.A. Larson's Pennyroyal Academy masterfully combines adventure, humor, and magical mischief.

©2014 M.A. Larson (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“M. A. Larson has created a magical world of adventure - a world that shows who princesses truly are: people of character and courage and strength. No one rescues Pennyroyal princesses; they rescue themselves.” (Reese Witherspoon)

"Pennyroyal Academy is one of those books you want to parse out and make last. It is a breathtakingly exciting novel, and Evie deserves a special place in a new pantheon of capable, feisty, and yes, admirable literary princesses.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Flashes of inspiration light up a protagonist with plenty of spine… A sequel-worthy debut.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Erica
  • 01-01-2015

This book was bloody amazing!

This book completely exceed my expectations. Got it after I saw Reese Whitherspoon mention it on Instagram and decided I get it with some of my Christmas money. My one complaint is that it didn't continue on long! I could have read it forever. M.A. Larson, you sir, need to hurry with book 2!

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  • Katt
  • 16-08-2017

What a fun read!

I didn't know what I'd be in for when I downloaded this book, on a lark.
But I must say I am absolutely won over! The story is so engaging, I was drawn in by the action and taken by the vivid details. I confess, I even gasped, screamed, and cheered aloud in places.
If you're easily lost in a book, this is a wonderful adventure to wander into.

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  • Clayton Berry
  • 19-04-2020

Not exactly the next Harry Potter, but serviceable

Overall good, with some nice lore using established literature with a few good twists. A bit overdone with the “girls are scared of everything you can imagine every moment of their lives how do they even breathe” bit though. I think Hermione and Mulan are the only young, female characters who aren’t scared shitless all the time. Still, a good entry into a new series and a good audio reader though her inflections can be a bit odd to some.

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  • Kenneth Graves II
  • 08-04-2018

Enjoyable Enough

Was not the story i was expecting it to be expand was overall enjoyable with just a few flaws that I thing are due to myself not being it's target audience. Not sure if I'll pick up the next book but I'll keep it in mind for once I've completed my current pile of stories.

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  • Erika B.
  • 17-10-2017

Great book

when I first started I didn't think it was something I would enjoy, but it ended up being amazing.

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  • Amanda Telesco
  • 09-04-2021

Amazing

I loved this book I would recommend it to any young adult that loves fiction!

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  • Brandon Beckham
  • 01-07-2020

to frightening to be for children.

This book is too scary. I am a mom & I fell asleep while listening & woke up from a night terror that left me unable to slow my heart or go back to sleep.

It should have been in the horror category (which I stay away from) Now I have this crappy book, that I can't Exchange for a credit.... Due to 1 of the 5 reasons.

The sample didn't clearly depict how the book was just full of horrific nightmarish images. Being trapped, helpless, unable to escape & nowhere safe to go if you did get away from the dark evil 🖤 creatures.

I don't recommend for kids of any age. I don't recommend if you are not a horror story fan. I like. fantastical stories with adventure, struggle, & triumph.
This book is not fun, no humor, no joy, no hope, only darkness & no reason to read, unless you want nightmares.

This is a family audible account under my husband's name, this is not his review it is mine ‐Mik (wife)

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  • Niamh Casey
  • 04-11-2021

Good

It was a good book but the narration kinda rouns it. So sorry Susan Duerden I am not trying to be rude. Thow I did get used to it after a bit. Not for younger children or kids who have trouble spelling at night as so scary bits for ages 10+ or maybe even older depends on what kind of person you are. Good story thow. My favourite character is Remington.

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  • CM
  • 16-07-2019

Disappointed.

This wasn't good. The story was all over the place and the annoying narrator voice went down in tone at the end of every sentence. This made the experience a torment.

I really wanted to enjoy it but, unfortunately, I didn't.

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