BOOK REVIEW: UNDERCOVER PRINCESS BY CONNIE GLYNN

Written by Youtuber, Noodlerella, Undercover Princess follows the journey of Lottie and Ellie. Lottie is thrust in to the world of royalty, secrets, and betrayals, as she finds herself pretending to be a Princess to protect her new room-mate at Rosewood Hall, Ellie Wolf – Princess of Maradova – and allow her to live a normal life.

Does anybody remember the Disney Channel movie ‘Princess Protection Programme’, starring Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez? This book is quite similar to that, with a slight bit of Harry Potter meshed in with it too.

Let me completely real with you guys for a second, because I don’t ever want to boast about something on my blog that my heart wasn’t fully with to start off with – I have never watched Connie’s YouTube channel and only came across this book because I kept seeing other book bloggers mention it on Twitter and Instagram, so I thought why not give it a shot? I love any books that involve princesses and royalty – count me in!

Undercover Princess took me at least five or more chapters to really get in to it, and usually with books, I don’t ever give them a chance if I’m not drawn in by the end of the first chapter, however, there was something seriously keeping me tied to this book so I persevered and it really did have me impressed by the end. So impressed, in fact, that I immediately purchased book two afterwards. Having said that though, I do really believe that 11 year old Shelby would have appreciated this book a whole lot more than 21 year old Shelby.

Connie described Rosewood in such an intricate way that I felt like I was actually there at this Disney Princess/Harry Potter vibe boarding school, where everything is delicate and gorgeous and British. You begin to feel that the characters in the book are also your friends and some of their names are absolutely magical and very fairy-tale like.

I really enjoyed reading Lottie’s story from being a commoner to becoming the Princess of Maradova – she handled everything with poise and grace, never allowing anybody to figure out the truth. She is so in awe of Ellie from the second she see’s her at the entrance of Rosewood Hall, making me wonder was this going to be a friendship or more? It was totally meant to be for the two of them to meet and I don’t think it could’ve worked out better for either of them. Lottie was obsessed with princesses and fairy-tales, whilst Ellie wanted nothing to do with that life – if the switch is being offered, who wouldn’t take it? The two are complete opposites of each other, Ellie being the more cool and out-going girl who consistently disappointed her family , Lottie being the timid, goody two shoes girl who just wanted to please her mother. That didn’t stop these two though, as once the swap was in place, they were inseparable and having the time of their lives.

Another thing that I really loved about this book is that romance is never really at the forefront… It’s focused much more on friendship. With the characters only being around fourteen years old, it’s a lot more realistic that relationships and romance aren’t completely on their mind, however, we do see slight connections between characters that allow us to think that they’re being to feel things for one another in a subtle and not to ‘in your face’ kind of way. What I have recently found out is that Connie identifies as aromatic and bisexual, which makes sense as to why she would have her characters so diverse. The lines between friendship and romance with Lottie and Ellie can sometimes be quite blurred – it’s hard to know whether their jealousy is triggered by a close friendship, or is it the beginning of a new romance? Another character in the book that you get to know quite a lot about is also dating the same gender and I think it is really important to have fourteen year old fictional characters be able to openly identify their sexuality and it be accepted. It will inspire other young people to find the courage to be themselves.

Although this book and I had a couple of disagreements, I would still definitely recommend it because the sequel book ended up being even better – so keep an eye out for that review, I’ll be talking much more highly of it!

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18 Comments

  1. February 18, 2019 / 7:55 pm

    Sounds like a good book for teens, or tweens. I don’t think it’s my cup of tea though, even at 48 I still love Harry Potter! lol ๐Ÿ˜€

    Sarah ๐ŸŒบ || Boxnip

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 11:29 am

      Hands down a perfect book for teens and Tweens, completely agree! I’d say if it was more Harry Potter than royalty, you’d enjoy it, but no I can’t say this would be your cup of tea either!

  2. February 18, 2019 / 8:17 pm

    Iโ€™ve never seen Connieโ€™s YouTube channel either, but this book sounds fun! I love everything royalty and โ€œswitchingโ€ places, so I may have to give this a try!

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 10:02 am

      It is really fun the more you get in to it!

      I love royalty and switching places too – just maybe not so much with the Harry Potter vibes haha!

  3. February 18, 2019 / 8:20 pm

    My 13 year old cousin loves this book, and I definitely think after reading you review it’s a
    good pick for her/ I’m not sure it would be for me though!

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 11:26 am

      It’s a perfect read for a 13 year old, most definitely! But as you said, it’s not going to be for everyone, especially anybody out of their teens!

  4. February 19, 2019 / 12:18 am

    Thanks for the review. This book sounds fun! I may add it to my tbr pile!

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 10:04 am

      You’re very welcome, Jen! You should do, it’s really fun to read ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jenny in Neverland
    February 19, 2019 / 11:13 am

    This definitely isn’t my sort of book but I like that the Romance wasn’t shoved down your throat. That’s the WORST. I used to watch Connie up until about a year ago and then I stopped but she’s just not the sort of YouTuber I enjoy anymore. Which is fine, you can’t like everyone on there! I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book but I’m glad you managed to get into it and enjoy it despite a rocky start.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 10:05 am

      Me too – I love a good romance book, but sometimes when it’s shoved down your throat, it takes all of the fun out of it! I’ve read many mixed reviews about this book to and I completely understand why being as I struggled for a while – luckily I got passed it and ended up actually enjoying it! Having said that though, I don’t think I’ll be re-reading!

  6. February 19, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    I LOVED “Princess Protection Program”. I have to check this out because I might like this!

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 10:06 am

      It was one of my fave movies when I was younger! Hopefully you enjoy the book ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. February 19, 2019 / 2:46 pm

    I’ve not seen the youtube channel either, but the book sounds good!

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 10:06 am

      Once you get in to it, it is actually really good ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. February 19, 2019 / 3:20 pm

    I’d never heard of this book, but It sounds really cute!

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 10:06 am

      Oh it’s most certainly cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. February 20, 2019 / 4:33 pm

    Isn’t it funny how our tastes change as we get older. I have read books befre with the same realization- partly I think for the sence of nostalgia ๐Ÿ™‚

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 11:27 am

      Totally agree with this! You believe that you’re going to love it because that’s what you loved once upon a time ago, but eventually you grow out of certain story-lines and you only realise it once you’re half way through and just aren’t enjoying them anymore!

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