My dear bookish friends,
Sometimes, upon seeing a book for the first time, you just know you will love it. I had that thought when seeing Undercover Princess for the first time, and I was not let down by my bookish sense. I loved it! A huge thank you to TheWriteReads, the author and Penguin for my spot on the tour, and my ecopy of the book!
Please read on to find out more about the book, and for my detailed review!
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.
Okay, how is it possible I did not know about this series until this tour?! I can’t believe I missed out on this for YEARS!!? I absolutely love this book, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series and get all the books in paperback!
When I first looked at the cover and saw the title and the blurb I already thought to myself, “Ooh yes, that sounds nice – I might like this one!” But then I read the prologue and WAS IN LOVE! Let me show you the bit that’s responsible for that:
“There are places in our world in which wondrous and whimsical things seem more capable of happening than anywhere else. You can recognize them because they are thich with an atmosphere that seems out of time and place with the rest of reality. Sometimes they exist naturally, such as hidden waterfalls or secret meadows filled with flourishing wild flowers. Sometimes they are man-made, like empty playgrounds at twilight or dusty antique shops rich with history. But occassionally, although it is rare, these spaces exist in a certain type of person. You may have met such a person yoursefl. They may not at first glance seem particularly charismaticor especially intellectual, but, as you spend more time with them, it seems they possess the power to change and achieve anything…”
I love anything magical, whimsical, mysterious, anything that speaks of a happily ever after, and when I read this passage I was immediately sucked in. Think The Princess Diaries meets The Princess Protection Program meets the Princess Switch, and you will have something like this book – and yet it is its very own story with its unique take on the princess and ordinary girl meet at a posh school and… well.
Lottie is an ordinary girl who promised her mother before she passed away to always be brave, and since her biggest wish was to attend Rosewood Hall – one of the best, most posh schools in England, she does her best to achieve this goal.
Lottie isn’t the only main character. There is also Ellie, an actual princess, whose only goal it was to spend a few more of her teenage years out of the spotlights of the other royalty. Her biggest wish is to attend Rosewood Hall (sound familiar?) and stay undercover for a little while longer. Only her father, the king, has other plans…
Through a misunderstanding, many lies and coincidences it so happens that Lottie ends up who people think is the princess, and that’s only just the beginning… But was Ellie’s father right, and is the princess (or the girl people think is the princess) really in danger?
I absolutely loved this story. It was deep, funny, hilarious at times, sometimes mysterious. It had friendship, a posh school in England, a royal family, an ordinary girl feeling out of place, parties, swapped identities, fairytales, and so much more. The writing style flows so naturally, I could hardly stop once I had started reading!
Definitely 5 stars from me, and I cannot wait to read on in this series!
Thank you all so much for reading, and do let me know if you pick up this book!