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Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn
Published By: Penguin
Released: 2nd November 2017
Rating: 3.5 ★
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest 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…
When fourteen year old fairy tale lover Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, that last thing she is expecting is to find herself sharing a room with Ellie Wolf, the princess of Maradova. Due to a series of coincidences Lottie soon finds herself pretending to be the princess so Ellie can live a more normal life away from her princess duties. Lottie is soon pushed into the world of royalty – a world filled with secrets and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie but with school, the Maradovian ball and new boy Jamie, she soon discovers that reality doesn’t always have a happy ever after.
As a lover of magic and all things princesses I found myself drawn to Undercover Princess. A story about a princess, royalty and mystery? Yes please! However, I feel like a lot more could have been done with this story then there was. There was so much going on but a lot of it was just forgotten after a couple of chapters. Especially a certain mystery which I won’t spoil for you. I wanted to know more about it and was hoping to by the end of the book but I was disappointed when I didn’t. I know there are a few more books in the series mind you, so I am hoping the unanswered questions in this first instalment will be answered in the next few books.
The setting of Rosewood Hall was perfection. The descriptions were spot on and it made me actually want to grown down a few years and attend it. I could just imagine myself walking down the halls, going to the library and discovering secret passages. The bit I loved most about Rosewood Hall was the houses. I kept guessing what house I’d be in and it changed all the time. A sorting quiz of some sort needs to happen ASAP.
Lottie, as a character I found to be a little naive and doe-eyed. She had her head in the clouds a lot of the time and seemed a little bit too trusting of people. Despite this, I like how she found her strength towards the end and this did make me fall for her, even if it was just a tiny bit. Ellie, was probably the character I liked the most. Her rebellious side was comical every so often and the idea of a non conforming princess really appealed to me. Her relationship with Lottie was cute and rather sweet and I did get the feeling that it may blossom into more? We’ll have to wait and see for that one though. Despite not liking Jamie as a character at first I found myself warming to him. I am longing to learn more about his past and to see if him and Lottie have something between them.
Undercover Princess was a quick, magical read that kept me entertained. It was packed full of adventure and mystery and certainly reminded me of a Disney movie which I was all for. I’ll definitely be reading the next instalments , as I have so many questions I am desperate to know the answers to.
About the Author
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