Welcome to my stop on Undercover Princess Blog Tour!
I am always excited to join #TheWriteReads for a book tour. A book with a great set of characters, set in a posh boarding school, that was all that it took for me to read it but then there is royalty and you know how I love that. I do have to say that the perfect demographic for middle grade and young adults, it reads very easily and everyone can enjoy it.
Title: Undercover Princess
Author: Connie Glynn
Publication date: 2nd November 2017
When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.
Lottie is thrust into the real world of royalty – a world filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she’ll soon discover that reality doesn’t always have the happily ever after you’d expect…
A thrilling world of parties, politics and bad ass princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series THE ROSEWOOD CHRONICLES.
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Oh dear, this was just the cutest thing ever. We start out with Ellie, the crown princess of Maradova who really defies tradition by attending a boarding school in England. She hopes that she will be able to hide away from royal duties for as long as possible until she is announced as the crown princess of Maradova. After convincing her parents, they agree that the only way they would be able to keep her safe is to make sure that when she attends Rosewood Hall, she must hide her identity and should anyone find out they would send over someone who would keep her safe.
Then we meet Lottie who has worked so hard to attend Rosewood Hall on a scholarship. She has always loved and would say at one time in her life aspired to be a princess. The epitome of perfection and poise. Suddenly, she is suspected to be the princess who is attending Rosewood Hall undercover and while she does everything to tell them that she is in fact not, the rumour had taken on a life of its own. Just when she decides to just let them continue to believe what they want, she finds out that her room mate was in fact the real Princess of Maradova.
With the rumours of the Princess of Maradova in Rosewood Hall, it took no time for the Royal family to hear and to send in Jamie Volk, who happens to be not just Ellie’s childhood friend but her Partizan. Basically, Jamie is a ‘highly-trained’ bodyguard who has been trained from birth for his role beside Ellie. After much back and forth (not gonna spoil it), they decide that Lottie continue to pretend to be the princess and do all the princess duties which means that she needs to learn all the etiquettes appropriate for a princess. Watching Lottie learn all these learn things while still managing to keep up her grades was just multi-tasking on a different level. It is the level of dedication I need to carry out my adult duties.
I really loved the great cast of characters we had, even the snotty bratty ones, the posh culture and how even within certain groups we have people who are left out. Imagine having all the money and still being the butt of the joke, I just can’t. Definitely loved how accessible reading this book was, it really brought themes like royalty and the power and privilege that it affords to someone who is not royalty in a different way than we have seen in books like the Princess Diaries and The Selection series.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars
Thanks for reading.