Book Review: The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt

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.

 Previous Reviews: The Ship of Lost SoulsHelp Me! The Emerald Atlas, Princess for Hire

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Teaser Tuesday (Mar-5)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt

Except I knew it wasn’t technological, but technomagical. 

The styles then were not particularly masculine, and so it was far from attractive to see Gavin in his ghastly knickers (with BOWS), his chest puffed out as he pranced around the floor.

 Staring someone down doesn’t get you understood. It gets you slapped.

 Previous Teasers:Feb-4Mar-2Mar-3

Book Review: Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

Synopsis: Desi’s life is a mess. Her friends have turned on her, her crush can’t remember her name, her job forces her to dress as a giant rodent, and her parents don’t understand her.  All Desi wants is to stop feeling invisible and start making an impact, so when a woman arrives in a bubble and offers Desi a job as a substitute princess she jumps at the chance. Okay, she screams first –who wouldn’t?-  and then begins her new life of filling in for royals when they need a secret vacation. But who knew being a princess could be so hard?

Hook: Who wouldn’t want a fairy-godmother type saying you have inherent magic in your being and asking if you would like to be princess for a day?

Plot: Desi’s life as a regular girl is predictable, but once she steps into another princess’s shoes you wonder what situation she’ll land in next. Once the reader understands the issue at hand, Desi does the expected when trying to improve her princess’s lives.

Location: Desi’s hometown is Idaho, but as a princess replacement she gets to travel all over the world, from Amazon jungles to Las Vegas to France.

Theme: This moral lying not so quietly below the surface is about female empowerment and self-actualization. It gives the reader a lesson that anyone can make a positive difference in other people’s life and to always be yourself.

Character: Meredith isn’t exactly the regular fairy–godmother type, but since she is actually an agent for princess that’s hardly surprising. She comes off as uncaring and impatient, but that’s just because she’s trying to help the princesses get ahead in the business and learn life-lessons.

Romance: Desi has a crush on a boy who is the stereotypical dumb jock who dates the most popular girl at school. She is blinded by his looks and fails to see his personality isn’t what she believes it to be even though he treats her badly. As a sub Desi begins to have a crush on the same prince the princess she is replacing likes, but that situation is mimicked by her real life and provides the new boy in town as a possible crush-replacement.

Character Development: Desi has a tendency toward invisibility when her ex-best friend isn’t busy humiliating her.  She has little self-confidence and cries easily, making her a prime target. As a princess substitute she does all the things she wishes she had the nerve to achieve in her own life, and knows it will help the princesses who feel just like her. In doing this, Desi begins to gain confidence and discovers her own worth.

Point of Interest: In the book, a shirt one of the characters is wearing says “Floccinaucinihilipilification” which is apparently the longest real word in the English language and apparently means to estimate something to be worthless.

Quote: Maybe that’s what made them fairy tales. Real life is never how you dreamed it.

The Verdict: The tone of the book is on par with someone quite young, with a protagonist who is only thirteen. This isn’t particularly the sort of book I would read at that age, and is perhaps better suited for someone a couple years younger. It is a cute book, and would be something a mother and daughter could read together as it is reminiscent of a cross between Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted.

 Previous Reviews: The Ship of Lost SoulsHelp Me! The Emerald Atlas

waiting on wednesday (sept-2)

Sorry you had to wait a bit longer today for Wednesday’s WoW meme! I am waiting for a book, quite literally, as it is something I asked for from the library. It is the first book in a series, and I am also on the reserved list for the second book.

Princess  for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
The Royal Treatment by LIndsay Leavitt

Now, I have not read anything by this author before, so I cannot say how good the books might be…. but I couldn’t resist  it! Any girl who ever wanted to be a princess wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to read about a female who was approached by a fairy godmother asking if she wanted to be a substitute princess. It’s like a dream come true! *L0L*

 Previous Waiting: Aug-1Aug-2Aug-3Aug-4, Sept-1