Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles) by Connie Glynn ~Goodreads~
Published by Penguin Random House 2017
Hardback edition 384 pages
Lottie Pumpkin is an ordinary girl who longs to be a princess, attending Rosewood Hall in scholarship.
Ellie Wolf is a princess who longs to be ordinary, attending Rosewood Hall to avoid her royal duties in the kingdom of Maradova.
When fate puts the two fourteen year-olds in the same dorm, it seems like a natural solution to swap identities: after all, everyone mistakenly believes Lottie to be the princess anyway.
But someone’s on to their secret, and at Rosewood nothing is ever as it seems…
Undercover Princess is what I would describe as a sugar sweet tale of two girls and a secret mission to swap lives during their time at the boarding school called Rosewood. Both have different personalities; Ellie is a badass rebel, and Lottie is a studious well-behaved girl who always follows the rules.
With a very parent-trap kind of vibe, the girls swap identities, and one of the, being the ‘undercover princess’. They have fun with keeping the secret, but someone has figured that something isn’t right and they’re determined to uncover the truth.
Ellie and Lottie definitely have a lovely friendship that becomes very much like sibling love. They become inseparable but not seclusive to the other girls.
I think what I really enjoyed was that it felt like I was reading a Disney original movie but in book format. It definitely has a sprinkle of The Princess Diaries crossed with Harry Potter, and it worked well.
I was definitely attracted to the stunning cover of this book, but having also followed Connie on YouTube for sometime and enjoying her impressions videos, I was excited to see what she was like at writing a debut. It isn’t the most original idea in terms of plot, but it was fun and sweet. I definitely think fans of Carrie Fletcher would enjoy this story too.
I would add also that this book seems more suited to girls from ages 10, and not under the umbrella of young adult because of the language and style. It wasn’t quite ‘grown-up’ enough in terms of its themes to be considered a young adult, so perhaps middle grade instead, and I think Connie’s target audience are a similar age if not a little older.