- The Rosewood Chronicles #1
- Genre: YA Fantasy
- Length: 441 Pages
- Publishing: 2nd November 2017
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rosewood-Chronicles-Undercover-Princess/dp/0062847821/
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34042261-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 bad ass princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series THE ROSEWOOD CHRONICLES.
What’s it about (in a nutshell):
Undercover Princess is an action-packed tale of mistaken identity, friendship, and family.
What I Enjoyed:
I loved the fast pace and the steady flow of action. There are a lot of dangers at Rosewood Hall for a princess, and those dangers kept me glued to the page. The boarding school has a great deal going on, and I loved every minute of it.
I also enjoyed that the story still has the bit of whimsy that I expect from a story featuring royalty within all the thrills. The fairy tale quality surprised me as the events grew more dangerous, and it is such an interesting juxtaposition that I just loved it.
I enjoyed the complex relationships of which there are many. From casual friends to sisterly bonds to crushes and deeper relationships, each felt genuine and right at home in the boarding school setting. The relationships are so vital that they drive the story from beginning to end. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a story in which a collection of relationships are just as meaningful as the characters and the plot.
I enjoyed the mystery most of all. Figuring out who was behind the threats and mishaps is the compelling force that kept me focused on the story, and I loved the jaw-dropping reveal that came close to the end of the story. I never saw it coming, but it fits very well with the story up to that point.
What I Wish:
I would love for Lottie and Ellie to continue growing and developing as they start in this book and even twist in unexpected ways as life continues to throw challenges at them.
Undercover Princess has a prominent character-driven thread, and I enjoyed those characters very much.
Lottie Pumpkin is a commoner who carries around the tiara her late mother gave her. She rubs the tiara and repeats a mantra whenever she needs courage. I couldn’t help but adore Lottie for her innocence and developing inner strength. She never ceased to surprise me as the story went on.
Ellie Wolf is a girl after my own heart. She is independent and determined. With more spitfire-like qualities, she is the perfect complement to Lottie, even though it doesn’t seem like it at first. Ellie is the type of girl who will get things done.
To Read or Not to Read:
If you like whimsical princess stories with a hefty dose of thrills and action, then Undercover Princess is the perfect book for you.
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