Synopsis: Desi has been promoted to a level-two sub in her princess gig. She had to give up her job at the pet store to train in all things royal –not exactly a hardship- but now school has started and she’s gotten a role in the local play, so balancing everything has gotten a little dicey. Not to mention the fact that Façade seems to be stealing magic…
Cover: This novel retains the same aura of the previous in this series by keeping the compact and glitter while including some jewellery in the foreground. While this image is less cluttered, adding a girl into the compact mirror detracted from the “every girl” theme of the first.
Plot: Desi has moved on and up in the princess substitute program and with it has been given more responsibility. Not only will she get more intricate princess replacement jobs, but she has also been asked to be a “watcher” thus making this storyline differ from the first book of the series.
Character Development: With great power comes great responsibility, and Desi wants to continue using her Magic Potential (MP) for the greater good. Desi begins her quest for self-enlightenment (aka discovering what allows her to tap into her magic) and behaves in a way that seems a little too mature for a thirteen-year-old.
Romance: Desi is thrown together with Reed, the boy her best-friend likes, when they are cast opposite each other in a play. Sparks fly –and not always in a good way- between these two. While preparing for the play, Desi gets a princess job as the girlfriend that puts her in the vicinity of her prince-crush. But the more she gets to know him, the more she realizes how much she doesn’t know anything at all.
Memorable Moment: Get ready for a fairy-fight when two magical agents go drama-queen and have at each other, thus making a teenager seem far more responsible than her superiors.
Quote: The kiss was only a couple of seconds, but I felt like I’d been flipped over and smacked in the face with a rainbow.
The Verdict: While the first book was cute, by the second the series begins to grow on you even though it too is a little predictable at times. Where the last novel was a little Princess Diaries mixed with a touch Ella Enchanted, this novel upped the anti with an essence of Princess Protection Program… but what can you expect from a Disney-Hyperion publication? I am actually looking forward to seeing what might happen next.