Today I’m pleased to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for the Rosewood Chronicles.  This blog tour’s a little different than most, it’s celebrating the release of the fifth book in the series, Princess Ever After, but seeing as I’ve not read any of the series yet, and wasn’t familiar with The Rosewood Chronicles until just recently, I’m going to be reviewing book one today Undercover Princess.  A huge thank you to The Write Reads and the publisher Penguin for a free copy of this book and the chance to be on this tour, now let’s see what I thought of this book…

Title: Undercover Princess (#1 The Rosewood Chronicles)
Author: Connie Glynn
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Younger teen fiction
Book format: Digital
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Description: 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.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is a lovely story which I did enjoy from the start.  Lottie has worked hard studying and has finally managed to get a chance to go to Rosewood Hall, a boarding school for the teens of some of the richest families in the world.  Lottie isn’t rich, she entered the school as a rare bursary student, but it isn’t long before rumours start about Lottie, rumours that she’s more than she seems.

I liked this story from the start and it’s easy to get into right away.  There is a brief prologue following some other characters and then the majority of the story follows Lottie as she experiences her first time at Rosewood and begins to settle in.  I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters, there’s a mix of different students at Rosewood and Lottie soon makes friends with some of them including her roommate Ellie.  I liked how different Ellie and Lottie were and how well they fit together despite a few problems when they first meet.

The story is interesting.  I like how a misunderstanding begins about Lottie but later escalates until everyone believes she is a princess.  I don’t want to spoil the story but it is good and I like how we get to see more of the place where the real princess who is at the school comes from, Maradova.  There are several characters who I liked including Jamie.  He’s very different and at first we don’t quite know what to make of him but things are revealed as you read on and I enjoyed his character and relationship with both Lottie and Ellie.

Although I did enjoy this story, it was a little predictable in parts.  The prologue at the start was not really necessary in my opinion.  There were two moments when two different characters have something revealed about themselves, and the prologue meant that these two moments that probably should have been some great twists, were things I had already worked out, and so didn’t feel such a shock.  I also felt like Lottie, though I absolutely love her love of princesses and her overall character, for her age she felt a little too naive.  The book is aimed at older children/middle grade, though I was initially confused as it was listed as YA too on NetGalley, however it does feel like a younger teens book and is a good and fun read, though a touch predictable in certain places.

The ending is good and satisfying.  I like how everything works out.  There were some good moments where I didn’t know what would happen and I like how dramatic things got towards the end with something big happening to Lottie.  I do like how things wrap up and the fact that there’s obviously a sequel book, or books, where we get to know more about the characters, which I am keen on reading.  It’s good book and I love the royal twist and how we get to see some magical royal moments, but overall this book was good but just wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be.  I am definitely keen to read more of the series, I want to see what happens to everyone, but the fact that it felt a little predictable in places, and that unnecessary (for me) prologue, made it a little less than perfect for me.  I think it may also have been some confusion for me about what age it’s aimed at too, as the characters are all fourteen/fifteen, and not children and are starting to experience romantic relationships which I don’t usually read that much of in middle grade books.  But it is still a good and fun read for younger teens. 🙂

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About the author

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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

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Thank you for visiting my stop on this ultimate blog tour. 🙂  Although this is the last day of the tour please do check out the other stops by searching #TheRosewoodChronicles, #UndercoverPrincess and #PrincessEverAfter on twitter. 🙂

What do you think of this book?  Do you like books with royalty in them?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂