The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nalia was raised as princess and heir to the throne, but after her sixteenth birthday she is given the life altering news that she isn't really Nalia. Sinda (her real name) was a stand-in or decoy while the real princess was hidden away for her protection. With the arrival of the real princess, Sinda is sent to live with her only living relative.
Being sent away was an emotional part of the story. Can you imagine parents just sending away the child they'd raised? I'm sure a king and queen have much less interaction and bonding than traditional parents, but still, what a horrible thing to do.
Adjusting to a totally different lifestyle is very difficult for Sinda. She also finds out that she has magic. She returns to the city and discovers that there is much more to the princess swap than everyone knows.
This was a very enjoyable story. Fun characters and a fast read.