Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Undercover Princess, the first book in The Rosewood Chronicles. Next week I’ll be talking about book five, the recently released Princess Ever After, but for now let’s have a look at how the story begins. A big thank you to The Write Reads for all his hard work, and a big thank you of course to Penguin for the ebook of Undercover Princess, and beautiful hardback of Princess Ever After.
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.
Although parts of the main storyline were predicted in the blurb, this was an engaging read. With plenty of descriptive language to get lost in and the majesty of Rosewood to absorb you, there is so much to love.
Lottie has given herself a mantra to live by, and meeting Ellie Wolf tests all her powers of dedication. However, the duo quickly hit it off, and are soon firm friends. The ‘oops, you think I’m a princess and I haven’t corrected you’ storyline took a few turns along the way, proving that sometimes foot-in-mouth situations really can cause the most dramatic of actions. When Jamie, a friend of Ellie’s from Maradova, arrives, her patience is tested even further: with his sworn duty being to protect Ellie, this now includes educating Lottie in how to be a Proper Princess.
There are hints and echos of potential budding romances throughout the book, just little dashes of it peppered in, which is lovely, but more important is the dedication of friendships that ripples through the pages. The loyalty that Jamie has for Ellie might be his job, but the same in return she feels for him, they both feel for Lottie, and Lottie feels for both of them in return (you with me?) is not professional; it’s love.
No story can be smooth sailing and there are plenty of challenges for this emerging trio of friends, with more still to come I am sure. It’s the kind of first book that makes you certain this is a series you’re going to pay attention to; I’m sure this is absolutely going places.
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
Thanks for stopping by for this review today. As I said above, my post regarding book five is coming up next week, and there are lots of reviews around for both books at the moment, which you can track using the hashtags on the banner.