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!