Book number 50 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge – we have made it!! It’s only October and I have read my yearly quota of books! Never fear though, I won’t stop here – lets see how many more I can read before 2017 is over! Anyway, back to my 50th book of 2017; Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn.
‘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.’ (Thanks Netgalley)
So this is a YA novel, and the first in the Rosewood Chronicles series. Another fun fact: it’s published TODAY! So you may need to go and grab yourself a copy and let me know what you think.
Back to the book…Lottie Pumpkin is our central character. She is a girl who has worked incredibly hard to get accepted into the prestigious school, Rosewood Hall, on a bursary. She is a typical fairytale character – she lost her mother when she was young, she has lived with her uncaring stepmother and she is a big fan of fairytales. BIG FAN.
Princess Eleanor Wolfson of Maradova, AKA Ellie Wolf is Lottie’s new roommate at Rosewood Hall. Following a misunderstanding of epic proportions, Lottie finds herself living her dream as a real-life (pretend) princess as she covers for Ellie, enabling her to live a normal life.
The story that follows is one where both Ellie and Lottie discover that their worlds are filled with secrets and betrayals as they learn that they do not always know who to trust. They discover that the life of a princess and the life of a normal teenager are not always what they expect as they become closer to each other while seeking the truth.
When I started reading this novel, I was a little unsure. It’s quite ‘fluffy’ in that everything is a little too good to be true. Lottie, the young motherless girl who has had to work hard to become part of such a privileged world suddenly finds herself a princess, and part of a world she never expected to be involved with. However as the novel progressed, and a threatening presence began to emerge, the novel developed more grit and began to hold my attention. I don’t want to give anything away as to who the betrayer is in this book (although I did guess before the big reveal) so you will just have to read this for yourself.
By the time I finished the novel, I found myself wanting to read more about these characters. I am excited to see where Connie Glynn will take them throughout the series. Ultimately this novel is about true friendship – one where friends will do anything to protect each other. This is an important lesson for all, and I am pleased to see it as a running theme throughout the book. This novel is aimed at young adults but I would happily recommend it to all – it is thoroughly enjoyable with great characters, a magical setting and a strong storyline. Let me know what you think!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📗
Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for providing me with an ARC of this novel.