Title: Undercover Princess
Author: Connie Glynn
Publication Date: November 2, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
Number of Pages: 441
From Goodreads: 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.
Thank you to The Write Reads for organizing and inviting me to participate in this blog tour. Thank you, Penguin, for providing me with a copy of this book through Net Galley and tour materials in exchange for an honest review.
I would say that words cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book, but since this is a review, I’m going to have to try to use my words. I am so glad that this book came into my life because it contained the perfect amount of magic and whimsy. I loved the characters and the setting, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
The first thing I want to talk about is the characters. I loved how Lottie and Ellie are like day and night, and I liked how they balanced each other out. I liked how the characters fell into each other’s lives and how they could help each other. I loved watching their friendship grow, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops and if it develops into anything more later in the series. I also really liked Jamie, and I thought Lottie, Ellie, and Jamie made an excellent trio.
I absolutely adored the setting of this book. I generally enjoy books that take place at boarding schools, and Rosewood Hall is an exceptional boarding school. I loved how exclusive it is, and I love that you can tell that it’s full of secrets. I’m looking forward to learning more about the school and its secrets as I read the rest of the series. I also like the world-building in general in this book; I like the idea of a mystery princess that no one knows anything about. I like the idea of the secret world involved with protecting the princess.
I liked the mystery aspect of this book. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was behind the mysterious messages that Lottie was receiving. I also enjoyed the puzzles that Binah, one of the side characters, created for Lottie and Ellie to solve. I thought all of the puzzles and mysteries added lots of twists and turns to the story, making it very enjoyable.
One last thing I want to talk about is Lottie’s mother. Early on in the book, we learn that Lottie’s mother passed away years ago. Later on in the book, there’s a scene where Lottie is trying to hold herself together on the anniversary of her death, and I found this scene to be very relatable. As someone who lost their mother at a very young age, I’ve struggled with anniversaries and trying to keep myself together on that day. It was comforting, to a certain extent, to see that kind of grief on the page and to be able to relate to it.
Overall, I loved everything about this book. Lottie and Ellie are such wonderful characters, and I cannot wait to see what their next few years as Rosewood Hall brings them.
Rating: 5 Stars!
Connie Glynn has always loved writing and wrote her first story when she was six, with her mum at a typewriter acting as her scribe. She had a love for performing stories from a young age and attended Guildhall drama classes as a teenager. This passion for stories has never left her, and Connie recently finished a degree in film theory. It was at university that Connie started her hugely successful YouTube channel Noodlerella (named after her favourite food and favourite Disney princess). After five years of publicly documenting her life and hobbies to an audience of 900,000 subscribers on YouTube, Connie closed the book on the Noodlerella project in a bid for more privacy and to pursue her original passions in the performing arts. Connie now writes music and fiction full- time. Follow Connie on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr @ConnieGlynn
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