Middle Grade, Contemporary
Hardback and audiobook
November 2nd 2017 by Penguin
“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…”
Lottie: Lottie feels a bit naïve. And to be honest she does feel a bit one dimensional, which I was sad about.
Ellie: I think Ellie is my favorite character so far. She is someone how wants to live her own life no matter who she is and she fights for that. At the beginning I thought she would turn out to be a spoiled brat, but she didn’t, yay.
Jamie: I don’t really know how to feel about him. He hides his feelings and he really seems to care about Lottie and also about Ellie, but that relationship is far more complicated.
I missed the world building in this book, I couldn’t paint a picture of the school and the castle in my head, so that was a bit disappointing. Also I felt like the bad guy was a bad guy while has been done before. With that all the characters were so nice it was unnatural.
The ending was an opening for the rest of the series and it made this book feel like a set up for the rest of the series. And after finishing this book I watched a video of Connie in which she sort of confirmed my feeling and she was working on the second book.
Overall I was a bit let down by this book. The characters could have been given more debt to them and I would have preferred more world building. I did enjoy the audiobook which was done by Connie herself and that made it more enjoyable because that way things would get executed the way she wanted it to be.
Overall rating: 3/5 stars