Monday, August 8, 2011
Book #16- Princess
Princess for Hire
By: Lindsey Leavitt
Synopsis (from Amaon.com): When a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and wants to know, like, now if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you:
c) say yes!
For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite c)--that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent, Meredith, explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula "Royal Rouge," she can transform temporarily into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don't know? Or when a princess's conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off--and you're sure she would want you to change his mind?
So what did I think?
Overall: I have been following Leavitt online even before her novel came out. She was so excited when she got her first shipment in!! I even won some boomarks from her blog on Livejournal. With that being said, I LOVED her book. Desi was such a great character and you can tell that the book was thought out. I mean, a magic bubble? Who thinks of that suff? LOL
Characters: Desi is the main character and in the opening chapters, you get a feel of who she is. You start to feel bad for her in the first few pages!!She would be the perfect fit for any princess. Her lve interest Hayden is like all of those cute boys you dreamed about when you were their age. Pretty, but dumb. I also don't think the story would have worked if she didn't have Meredith as her guide. They fit perfectly together.
Setting: Leavitt provides the perfect amount of description where you know what it looks like, but also where you can put your own ideas in. I can see myself walking into that magic bubble and into a posh office. Also, the places she goes to are very well described. It's like I'm the princess for hire too!!
Googie's Grade: 5 out of 5 stars!!
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