Skip to main content

Princess for Hire Trilogy

I adore Lindsey Leavitt's YA books. Sean Griswold's Head (my thoughts) is a wonderful story about family, friendship, and just a little bit of romance. Going Vintage has all the same elements plus, and is one of the best books I have read so far this year. (My review for this will post on Monday.) After finishing Going Vintage I decided that I should give Leavitt's fantasy trilogy for younger readers a try. They were so much fun to read.

Desi is a social outcast whose former best friend stole her crush. Added to that she has to spend her summer vacation dressed as a giant rodent for her job. Desi could use a little magic in her life. When she tells a fish at the pet store her troubles she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that Desi has magic and her fish conversation alerts the people who need to know this. Next thing Desi knows she is signing a contract to be a princess substitute, she applies a little magical make-up and transforms into the princess she will impersonate while the princess gets a vacation. Sound magnificent? Desi thinks so, but soon finds the job full of royal trouble.

This is how the first book Princess for Hire begins. The reader follows Desi on the hilarious journey through her princess sub test and through her three consecutive Level 1 assignments. Desi is a wonderful character: funny, smart, and full of grace under pressure. Her voice is very much 8th grade girl as are her confused thoughts regarding the people in her life and her crush on the popular boy. I really enjoyed how Desi's character grew and changed through this novel. She learns a lot from the princesses she impersonates about herself and what she wants.

The Royal Treatment follows Desi through her Level 2 princess assignments. She is more important now and more is required of her. On top of her job she is juggling with being in the school play and dealing with cute new boy Reed, her best friend's crush, who it turns out she has more in common with than she could imagine. Then there is the secret she finds out about Facade and where they get their princess transforming magic from. I didn't think this installment was quite as strong as the first, but it was still a lot of fun. Desi has several more crazy adventures and Reed is a wonderful addition to the cast of characters.

A Farewell to Charms finds Desi now a Level 3 sub and matched with a permanent princess. But Desi can not forget what she knows about her employer nor can she ignore the feeling that she must try to change what is wrong. Desi-with Reed's help-tries to uncover what is wrong and work to make it better. I liked Desi the rebel a lot and this story is a wonderful tale of a girl who stands up for what she knows is right even when it may cost her everything. I also love the portrayal of friendship between Desi and her best friend. And Reed continues to be awesome.

Tried and true fantasy fans may find themselves raising their eyebrows a bit at the world-building. I did. There are a lot of unanswered questions about how it all works. However, these books are so much good fun that I was able to let that go. I can imagine this making a really great Disney Channel series. AND THAT IS NOT A CRITICISM. There is a much needed place for books like this and I'm delighted to have found these. Bit is certainly enjoying them now that we have discovered them.


Comments

April said…
I love the Disney Channel so I don't see that as a criticism. :-) Well, I DID love it....I have high hopes for Girl Meets World. I should probably read these.
Brandy said…
You will like these. They are old school Disney channel type entertainment.

Popular posts from this blog

TTT: Most Recent Additions to My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed blog hop created by  The Broke and the Bookish  and now hosted at  That Artsy Reader Girl . This Week's Topic: Most Recent Additions to My TBR List From Most Recent to Least: What books have recently caught your eye?

Favorite Kissing Scenes

When thinking of a favorite things post I could do for February I decided it would have to be kissing. I've already done couples and I was feeling in the mood to do something fluffy and Valentine's related. So kisses it is. I read more MG than YA, and the YA I read tends to not focus on romance so this was actually harder than I expected it to be though a few jumped into my head right away. (And one of my choices does actually come from a MG book. One is adult. Gasp!) The actual scene from the book is quoted followed by my thoughts. The king lifted a hand to her cheek and kissed her. It was not a kiss between strangers, not even a kiss between a bride and a groom. It was a kiss between a man and his wife, and when it was over, the king closed his eyes and rested his forehead against the hollow of the queen's shoulder, like a man seeking respite, like a man reaching home at the end of the day . - The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner Turner doesn't write the

Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper  by Daniel José Older is everywhere. Best of lists. Award buzz. Blogs everywhere. It's one of those books everyone is reading and talking about. I had it on my TBR but decided I definitely needed to read it before the year was out just so I could weigh in on one of the most talked about books of 2015 if asked. It is deserving of every good thing said about it. Every. One. Sierra was looking forward to a relaxing summer break. Her plans involved hanging out with her friends and painting. They did not involve being chased by zombie like creatures and threatened by a magical power connected to her family's heritage she has never heard of. When murals begin fading all over her Brooklyn neighborhood, Sierra is perplexed. When her grandfather, who had a stroke, begins to apologize and starts repeating strange phases and insisting Sierra get the help of a boy she barely knows to help her finish her mural, Sierra is concerned but mostly about her grandfather. Then at a

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Serafina and the Black Cloak  by Robert Beatty is a thrilling tale of mystery and adventure set at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC in 1899. Having lived in Asheville and visited the house several times, there was no way I was going to pass up a chance to read this. (Also it's MG fantasy, always a bonus for me.) Serafina lives in secret in the basement of the Vanderbilt's spacious vacation home. She has lived there most of her life. Her father worked on the house as it was being built and is the mechanic who runs the massive generator and keeps the electricity going. Serafina is the chief rat catcher, slipping through the halls of her massive home secretly and quietly. She is light on her feet, sees well in the dark, and is quick enough to catch the vermin and keep them out. Serafina knows she if different and strange. Her father insists she stay hidden. But all that changes when one night Serafina witnesses a horrible crime. A little girl, a guest in the house, is fleein

YA Book GIVEAWAY!!!

On Tuesday I posted my Top Ten Books Read so Far in 2013 and promised to highlight more of this year's favorites and offer them in giveaways. This is the YA giveaway. This is open to anyone who lives where Book Depository ships for free . Book Choices: TO ENTER: Leave a comment below saying which book looks most interesting to you and leave a way I can reach you if you are the winner. (email address or twitter handle-If you are using Twitter it would be helpful if you followed me, @brandymuses , in case I need to DM you.) Entries after Monday, July 1 8:00 PM EST are invalid. The winner will be drawn as close to 8 as possible.  Yes, I still do my giveaways the old fashioned way.