Sophia, Princess Among Beasts
In a kingdom besieged by poverty, war and despair, Princess Sophia must do whatever it takes to restore peace, and protect the people she loves

Sophia, Princess Among Beasts Details

TitleSophia, Princess Among Beasts
Author
ReleaseJul 11th, 2019
PublisherCentury
ISBN-139781780899817
Rating
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Sophia, Princess Among Beasts Review

  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    If you go into this expecting a normal JP book then you’ll be disappointed. Almost as if you crossed Outlander and Grimms fairy tales. Reads a bit as a YA but not eye roll YA. A quick read that is unique.
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books that seemed like it might be a good idea… until the author started writing it.The title derives from the way the king, his knights and even the mythical figures Sophia interacts with views the lower classes of the world- as beasts. If you thought that was too subtle, don’t worry- you’ll be hit over the head with it enough times for it to sink in.Princess Sophia is the MarySue- the kind, gentle, entitled, clueless waif who eschews needlepoint and harp lessons for swordp This is one of those books that seemed like it might be a good idea… until the author started writing it.The title derives from the way the king, his knights and even the mythical figures Sophia interacts with views the lower classes of the world- as beasts. If you thought that was too subtle, don’t worry- you’ll be hit over the head with it enough times for it to sink in.Princess Sophia is the MarySue- the kind, gentle, entitled, clueless waif who eschews needlepoint and harp lessons for swordplay and strategy (how else can she be the heroine if she can’t kill the bad guys?) Yet she wrangles a promise on her birthday from her warrior king father to stop expanding the realm, which makes everyone else see him as weak and losing his edge. Even a mythical figure named Ares now thinks the king’s a punk and it’s time to march on his lands. On her weekly errand of mercy to the local village, Sophia’s confronted by a tall, handsome, dark haired youth named Raphael. She also learns there’s an outbreak of plague (which in all her other trips she’d somehow never heard of it)- and the scene where she contracts it is both unintentionally funny and sets up the ridiculousness of the rest of the story. I don’t want to ruin it; you really gotta read this for yourselves.Just before the disease sets in, an assassin magically (literally) infiltrates the castle and eviscerates the king, who manages to hold on just long enough for a tearful goodbye. On her first day as Queen, Sophia sickens and dies as Ares’ army marches closer.Suddenly she’s being transported via an ogre-driven coach across the netherrealm to… wherever spirits go, I guess. But first, there’s a tender reunion with her long dead mother who makes the coach stop by… ordering them to… yet can’t stop the ogres ten minutes later from snatching her back. How’s this even possible you ask? Why’s it even happening in the first place? What the heck’s wrong with you people?Their destination turns out to be none other than Ares’ stronghold, populated by mythical creatures Sophia’s read about all her life (loves books, remember?) and several former residents of the village, including one particular tall, handsome, dark haired youth.For some contrived reason Ares brought Sophia here to be a bride for one of his mythical buddies. Naturally, any plucky princess would refuse and a few of these entities manage to get themselves killed (!) in the wooing process by one of the competition named Reiper. Sophia slides down to the village to seek out Raphael and learns that the residents have been conscripted to fight for Ares in his next battle (take one guess). So like any plucky princess, Sophia starts teaching the locals how to fight while whispering to them about REBELLION. Ares starts losing his patience and tells her to choose someone- or else! Reiper, as it turns out, is the magical assassin who killed the king, and has determined Sophia should be his, but Sophia thinks she should be Raphael’s.While Sophia gets chased through the castle by another of the would-be suitors, the castle gets attacked by the locals, who’ve decided REBELLION is a good idea. Two more suitors get killed, Ares retreats and Reiper seemingly kills Raphael. You read that right: a peasant mob storms the stronghold of a god and his retinue and runs them all off. You also read right the part about Raphael appearing to get whacked…Oddly enough, the ogre-driven coach shows up again, and Sophia demands they take her to see her mom. After some mystical mumbo-jumbo Sophia returns to the land of the living, none the worse for wear and just in time for the arrival of Ares’ army. You know the rest.This book is completely all over the place. It’s a bunch of barely strung together set pieces that the Main Character wanders through until they reach the signpost at the end. It’s a complete insult to your intelligence and an utter waste of time. James Patterson oughta be ashamed to lend his name to something like this.
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  • Marzie
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 Stars for me, bumped to 3 Stars for competent writingThis is the first novel I've read that was co-authored by James Patterson (and Emily Raymond). Although not stated in the promotional material it appears to possibly be targeting the Young Adult market based on subject matter and writing style. Princess Sophia (So-fye-uh on the audio edition) is a headstrong, if goodhearted, young woman who seems to have cost her father his life and kingdom. In a story that seems part cautionary fairy tale 2.5 Stars for me, bumped to 3 Stars for competent writingThis is the first novel I've read that was co-authored by James Patterson (and Emily Raymond). Although not stated in the promotional material it appears to possibly be targeting the Young Adult market based on subject matter and writing style. Princess Sophia (So-fye-uh on the audio edition) is a headstrong, if goodhearted, young woman who seems to have cost her father his life and kingdom. In a story that seems part cautionary fairy tale, part Goblin Market, Sophia appears to move through separate realms of life and death, trying to work her way back to a kingdom of which she should be Queen. She learns lessons of love and bravery during her travails.This novel has some interesting elements but the plot just lacked clarity for me. The explanations, such as there are, for Sophia's ability to penetrate the world of the dead, and for the fact that some of the denizens who follow her are beasts or more monster or goblin-like in their appearance are largely lacking. Sophia and her dearest servants are startled about revelations about her long-dead mother, but again, no real explanation. I felt some aspects of the book displayed stunning levels of cruelty, especially to animals but also to people, with the real monsters of the story reveling in their own cruelty. It was not an engaging read for me, as a result. As a result of some of the content, I can't really recommend it as a YA novel unless it's for a reader who likes horror/dark fantasy. Though the ending is positive, there's a lot of darkness in the book to wade through.CW: animal cruelty, attempted rape, murder, threatened and real eviscerations etc.I received a paper copy and an audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Megan BG
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting story! A quick read! Definitely seems Young Adult (the POV is a 17 year old girl) except for one scene in the book, so I'm unsure of what the target audience is. A mature older teen or young 20s would enjoy this book a lot.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    First, this book is classified as adult fiction, but it could be classified as YA. But that’s not even a significant problem with the book. The characters, the world, and the plot are so underdeveloped. This is the first book where there’s not even one thing that I could appreciate about it. The main character is supposed to be smart, strong, and accomplished, but she’s really none of those things. She gets lucky countless times and is praised for it. The only characteristic the main character p First, this book is classified as adult fiction, but it could be classified as YA. But that’s not even a significant problem with the book. The characters, the world, and the plot are so underdeveloped. This is the first book where there’s not even one thing that I could appreciate about it. The main character is supposed to be smart, strong, and accomplished, but she’s really none of those things. She gets lucky countless times and is praised for it. The only characteristic the main character possesses is beauty, which is described time and time again throughout the book.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    This book absolutely reads as YA... unfortunately not very good YA. I was disappointed by the lack of character development. The plot implies that the character's growth is what allows certain things to happen, but that growth seems limited to her spending more time in the village because she has a crush on a boy, not because she wants to learn how the world works. The ending (view spoiler)[ is also tied too neatly in bow where miraculous things happen to get happy endings with no explanation gi This book absolutely reads as YA... unfortunately not very good YA. I was disappointed by the lack of character development. The plot implies that the character's growth is what allows certain things to happen, but that growth seems limited to her spending more time in the village because she has a crush on a boy, not because she wants to learn how the world works. The ending (view spoiler)[ is also tied too neatly in bow where miraculous things happen to get happy endings with no explanation given and goes against the previous world-building. (hide spoiler)] Overall, easy to read with short chapters, but very little happens with the characters or the plot. Much better YA fantasy available. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC.
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  • Limecello
    January 1, 1970
    So I'm 6% in and ... :X we'll see - the prologue is kinda eye-rolling. Like a bad Disney intro. Pretty heavy handed and just ... lots of 🙄😐And then her ... I don't even know. Expository ... whatever of the castle ... not only is that heavy handed but what bothered me more is how utterly dumb the maidservants are. It annoys me when we have broad brush ... I mean idiocy first of all, but just "they're servants so they're dumb" or "they're women so they're dumb" or "they're not important so they're So I'm 6% in and ... :X we'll see - the prologue is kinda eye-rolling. Like a bad Disney intro. Pretty heavy handed and just ... lots of 🙄😐And then her ... I don't even know. Expository ... whatever of the castle ... not only is that heavy handed but what bothered me more is how utterly dumb the maidservants are. It annoys me when we have broad brush ... I mean idiocy first of all, but just "they're servants so they're dumb" or "they're women so they're dumb" or "they're not important so they're dumb."The instant wailing, the "oh but she said it's ok so it's ok." Then the *wink wink* "oh oops - ha ha I'm naked" bit. It just hit me in the "not so much quirky as trying too hard"And then her brute of a father - also I don't ... like her wish for her dad to never go to war again - what ... about defense? I mean it's just everything seems to be hit with a broad brush without necessary nuance. And I know I'm in early but ... gosh those are some red flags.Huh. I thought I'd tweeted about this book more but ... nope https://twitter.com/Limecello/status/...[Or at least I didn't thread it, and I'm too busy/tired/lazy to go digging for it, esp considering this is a DNF]It was just too much - the extremely one note characters ... the [omg because OF COURSE she writes bad poetry...] so I got to about 10% and ... of course the exceedingly heavy handed foreshadowing is her dad is going to die and she'll be the only one left when she goes to town - which the blurb would corroborate and maybe things get much better THEN but ... I'm out.Unless someone in the fiery reader circle of trust tells me to read this book with a high recommendation.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Classified as fantasy, adult, YA, and fiction this one has it all but only if readers are open to the idea as it's not the normal thriller you may have come to enjoy.While it does have thrilling moments it's more about the meaning behind the scenes or so it was with me as I read this new work by James Patterson.It's not everyday you read fantasy from this author yet I was transported to a magical land in which surely things don't go as planned.While Sophia is battling for independence as the two Classified as fantasy, adult, YA, and fiction this one has it all but only if readers are open to the idea as it's not the normal thriller you may have come to enjoy.While it does have thrilling moments it's more about the meaning behind the scenes or so it was with me as I read this new work by James Patterson.It's not everyday you read fantasy from this author yet I was transported to a magical land in which surely things don't go as planned.While Sophia is battling for independence as the two main villains Ares and Reiper are set to end this magical experience for all.For those who are sensitive to darkness and horror there is animal cruelty, attempted rape, and murder in this novel.In addition there is the connection between the living and the dead with monsters, evil villains, and the like as she battles a plague, attention from Raphael, and the ill equipped Ares to become Queen.Ahhh fantasy life is short lived as she succumbs to it all as Ares marches closer to the castle.Afterwards she's transported to the other world where spirits go while the plot continues to thicken while reuniting with her dead mother.Forced marriage to one of Ares's friends is not in her cards as her heart belongs to Raphael so she fights teaching others about rebellion.Reiper wants non of it and kills the King only to have the castle overcome by peasant mobs who decided to rebell.While this may bounce around it's for me the classic Patterson marker of why he is a storyteller not just a writer.Follow along...follow along...Not everything is made to make sense folks that's why it's labeled FANTASY!Sit back and enjoy and don't think too much into it all.
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  • Sarah Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Wow what a crappy book.This book reads like it’s a first draft - the chapters have no meat to them and a lot of “scenes” really aren’t fully fleshed out. Now I’ve only read one other book by James Patterson (and I really have no idea how much of a part he played in writing this book) but it seems to me his trademark is short cliff-hanger style chapters. I personally hate this style of novel. I find it cheapens the story because every other page the author has to needlessly inject a dramatic st Wow what a crappy book.This book reads like it’s a first draft - the chapters have no meat to them and a lot of “scenes” really aren’t fully fleshed out. Now I’ve only read one other book by James Patterson (and I really have no idea how much of a part he played in writing this book) but it seems to me his trademark is short cliff-hanger style chapters. I personally hate this style of novel. I find it cheapens the story because every other page the author has to needlessly inject a dramatic statement to end a chapter. Also, despite many very adult themes, this book genuinely seemed like a children’s novel. There is so little world-building, political explanation or character development that it seems very underdeveloped and shallow. There is also the absolute most deus ex machina in that ending. Just utterly ridiculous and, again, it made me question the audience. We adults don’t need a perfectly happy tied-with-a-bow ending. Adults know happily ever after is a lie. It was utterly stupid.I’m begging you not to waste your time reading this. I’m begging you to at least read it from the library if you do need to read it. Let the publishers know that just slapping James Patterson on a book won’t lead to mammoth sales if the book is garbage. You still need quality, not just celebrity, to sell books.
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  • Billy
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start out by saying this isn't an adult novel. Yes, it was marketed for adults but it's clearly written young adults. While I haven't read to many fantasy during my lifespan, the ones I have read have had detailed descriptions of the landscapes, castles, and creatures. That isn't the case here as Sophia Princess Among Beasts is written with bare bones descriptions that has just enough details to get you to the next chapter.The story has a first-person narrative told from through the eyes Let me start out by saying this isn't an adult novel. Yes, it was marketed for adults but it's clearly written young adults. While I haven't read to many fantasy during my lifespan, the ones I have read have had detailed descriptions of the landscapes, castles, and creatures. That isn't the case here as Sophia Princess Among Beasts is written with bare bones descriptions that has just enough details to get you to the next chapter.The story has a first-person narrative told from through the eyes of Sophia, who's described in the novel's blurb as being smart, beautiful, and accomplished. She might be pretty but she's far from being intelligent. She's more clueless than anything else, mostly thanks to her shelter upbringing. She grew up with the idea that if you're a beast then you have to be pure evil!Don't get me wrong. The overall plot is intriguing and I didn't hate reading it. As a YA novel, it's actually enjoyable. However, this was marketed for adults and because for that reason I believe other readers will be disappointed of how watered down the writing is for this fantasy tale. There's an interesting "beast" world hidden in the story and I just wished James Patterson and Emily Raymond took their time exploring it!
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  • Kassandra
    January 1, 1970
    I'm giving it 4 stars because I actually enjoyed it. I love james Patterson and his ability to write such easy, fast reads. They are always enjoyable! This one reminded me of a Alice in Wonderland meets wizard of oz and game of thrones. It was a very interesting concept and I really did like it. The beasts were described very well and the story flowed. My only complaint was the lack of explanation about this weird middle world of beasts and how Sophia got in and out of it as well as the half exp I'm giving it 4 stars because I actually enjoyed it. I love james Patterson and his ability to write such easy, fast reads. They are always enjoyable! This one reminded me of a Alice in Wonderland meets wizard of oz and game of thrones. It was a very interesting concept and I really did like it. The beasts were described very well and the story flowed. My only complaint was the lack of explanation about this weird middle world of beasts and how Sophia got in and out of it as well as the half explained story of her mother. I needed more on that but overall I read this book in 2 days and found it a wild ride.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    In all my years, I have never been interested in reading anything by James Patterson. As a librarian, I know he seems to have a new book appear about every other month. However, as I was shelving on Friday, I saw this title, read the synopsis, and couldn't believe it had Patterson's name attached. Of course, I'm thinking that his co-writer, Emily Raymond (real name or pseudonym?) had much to do with the tale. Nothing unusual, but it was a very satisfying fantasy, a fairy tale where the young wom In all my years, I have never been interested in reading anything by James Patterson. As a librarian, I know he seems to have a new book appear about every other month. However, as I was shelving on Friday, I saw this title, read the synopsis, and couldn't believe it had Patterson's name attached. Of course, I'm thinking that his co-writer, Emily Raymond (real name or pseudonym?) had much to do with the tale. Nothing unusual, but it was a very satisfying fantasy, a fairy tale where the young woman saves the day (oops, spoiler). Not everything is explained which I liked and didn't need to understand.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This is written for older teen readers and maybe mature younger teens. Sophia is a 17 year old who is devoted to the people in her family's kingdom. When the nightmares start and they start becoming reality she needs help in protecting everyone. She works hard to unravel an ancient secret to save not only her friends but herself. Great adventure fantasy that would probably appeal to reluctant readers. James Patterson writes for adults and teens with an appealing style and wonderful subjects. I r This is written for older teen readers and maybe mature younger teens. Sophia is a 17 year old who is devoted to the people in her family's kingdom. When the nightmares start and they start becoming reality she needs help in protecting everyone. She works hard to unravel an ancient secret to save not only her friends but herself. Great adventure fantasy that would probably appeal to reluctant readers. James Patterson writes for adults and teens with an appealing style and wonderful subjects. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Laura Henry
    January 1, 1970
    Wow this book was bad. I’m a fan of some of James Patterson’s writing especially the Women’s Murder Club series. However he needs to stay in his lane and get out of the fantasy genre. This story makes no sense, nothing is explained, the ending is too cookie cutter, and the main character is the most annoying person. I can’t even say that I liked one character, although by far the most interesting ones were the villains. The writing did not fit well with the story, nor did it even seem coherent. Wow this book was bad. I’m a fan of some of James Patterson’s writing especially the Women’s Murder Club series. However he needs to stay in his lane and get out of the fantasy genre. This story makes no sense, nothing is explained, the ending is too cookie cutter, and the main character is the most annoying person. I can’t even say that I liked one character, although by far the most interesting ones were the villains. The writing did not fit well with the story, nor did it even seem coherent. Don’t waste your time, this belongs in the trash not on your shelf.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I've never loved James Patterson more ever.He has given us a fairy tale too.I loved it.I love his mysteries and thrillers but now he's combined my sci fi interest too.Kudos! And a very interesting read too.Sophia relies on her past and present to survive.What a treat for my imagination and the journey with all the mysterious creatures and people made it eventful and full.Love Never Dies(a song to go with this story)by Lisa Loeb,a nice surprise.Words and music go so well together.The best of both I've never loved James Patterson more ever.He has given us a fairy tale too.I loved it.I love his mysteries and thrillers but now he's combined my sci fi interest too.Kudos! And a very interesting read too.Sophia relies on her past and present to survive.What a treat for my imagination and the journey with all the mysterious creatures and people made it eventful and full.Love Never Dies(a song to go with this story)by Lisa Loeb,a nice surprise.Words and music go so well together.The best of both worlds.James really likes to be creative and make us happy.It's working.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting take on life, death, life after death, and flowing among these. Sophia lost her mother when she was born and her father to a monster before a battle. She has read about all of these creatures and finds herself living among them. She has to defeat them to save her kingdom. The book takes readers along on this journey.It's a story of finding your courage and trusting yourself no matter how scared you are.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Princess Sophia, now queen, catches the plague. She finds herself trapped in a realm between living and dead with monsters from her favorite book and her father’s enemy. She has also physically turned into a monster. She has to use her wits to find a way to escape or she will die. She is afraid she is going mad. Does she have strength to live and face the monsters in real life?young adults will probably like this better than I did.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This book had a great concept and I think had the potential to be greater than it ended up being. It is very easy to read and but I felt like it wasn't nuanced enough to give credence to the worlds that the authors were trying to build and that made me sad as I was left wanting more both from a storyline/plot stand point and from a lack of depth. It had potential but its a good one and done book and I still liked it but it wasn't what I was expecting.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    A very good book for people who like fantasy novels, but want a story that takes a non-typical arc. This book mixes reality (Sophia is a princess in a palace, thrust in to being a Queen when her father is murdered) with a fantasy world. I'm not a huge fan of fantasy, but (as I've said before) I'm trying to branch out and read books that don't fit my "comfort zone" this year and this one is one that I'm incredibly glad I read.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Eh, that was resoundingly okay I guess. The pages flew by, the action happened and the character development was pretty minimal. I was lightly entertained and this ghost writer was perfectly adequate. I might try something that was just her. It felt more like a teen book than many teen books do these days...
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  • Sharon Pecci
    January 1, 1970
    James Patterson has a winner in this book. It is an exciting fairy tale, full of demons and beasts, a king, a princess, battles, diseases, and naturally, love. Probably Thebes’s story of the fantasy/fairytale genre I’ve ever read.
  • Lee Ann St Pierre
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting, fast-paced and enjoyable. The book seem inline with his other YA books but James Patterson appeals to all ages( can’t get enough). I received this book as a giveaway thru Goodreads. Thank-you.
  • Mikayla
    January 1, 1970
    That was literally the most random book. Totally confused by it, sped through it, maybe I missed a lot but other reviews coming in say it was just real strange all around. Everything about it was blah- but I should have expected as much from a new "James Patterson."
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  • William
    January 1, 1970
    The best book ever. Sophia is just so surreal and I feel like I know her in real life. She’s the best and this book is the best. Buy it now. Read it now. Do it now. She loves the color yellow. You know it’s going to be good.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of this book is much more interesting than the book itself. I feel like it would have been a much better story if written by a female author. While reading, I kept thinking, "you can tell this is a man writing what he thinks a female character would/should be." *Insert eye roll here*
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  • Erika Martinez
    January 1, 1970
    It was a good quick read I liked it. Except for the confusion magical teleportation. Between life and death. It was never really clear on what is going on, especially her skin. The author should have just left it out (magical stuff).
  • Joe
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful storyA great story by a great story teller. Lots of action, Harpies and monsters will not disappoint you. The attraction never goes away. You will love it.
  • Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Started off okay, but did not follow through.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I certainly enjoyed this story. The storyline was fast paced and enjoyable. The hint of darkness kept me entertained. The characters kept me engaged. I will definitely read this again.
  • Arthur Gumbus
    January 1, 1970
    I frankly could not wait for this book to end.... tedious beyond belief. After I was 200 pages in, I had made the commitment to time.... no turning back. My two star rating is a gift.
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