**Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to The Write Reads for having me on the tour for Undercover Princess.**
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 badass princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series THE ROSEWOOD CHRONICLES.
Princes in disguise, and daring sword fights? Not quite, but an undercover princess trying to be like every other teenager and an ordinary girl who’s desperate to be more has proven to be just as exciting.
‘Undercover Princess’ is the first installment of ‘The Rosewood Chronicles’ series and it’s a sweet, enjoyable opener that hooks you from the first page. I’ve always enjoyed a good fairytale, and I love that this book offers strong, young female protagonists that other teenagers can relate to and aspire to be like.
In some ways, I could see my younger self in Lottie. I was also ambitious, hard-working, and determined – well, I still am! It was so refreshing to read about a character that was just like me at that age. Although, I admit I had a little less of an exciting childhood and wasn’t ever enlisted to pretend to be a princess!
Lottie’s friendship with Ellie is wholesome in some ways. They’re polar opposites but their friendship seems to click and make sense. They really show how great teenage friendships can be, even if their circumstances are more than unusual.
The fairytale backdrop of the prestigious Rosewood Hall is also very pleasing. I’ve always appreciated the fairytale aesthetic and this book is jam-packed with it – as you’d expect! The only letdown is the lack of adult representation as it is very limited. There’s no real authoritative figure throughout the entire book which doesn’t make a great deal of sense. If anything, you’d expect the most prestigious school in existence to have some very imposing authoritative figures, but it doesn’t.
However, this middle-grade YA book is an easy, fun, and super cute read that you’ll thoroughly enjoy if you’re into the Fairytale trope/aesthetic and love the occasional nods to some classic favorites such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and even, The Princess Bride. I rate it 4/5 stars.