01 April 2015

{Book Review} Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel by Meg Cabot

By: Me My Shelf And I | 01 April 2015 at 12:07 AM | | | | |

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Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel
The Princess Diaries #11
Author: Meg Cabot
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow & Company (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishing)
Pages: 448
Rating: 5 Birds

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding--but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.
For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.
But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone--especially herself--that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

Shut. Up! I fully know this is not your typical way to start a review, but when it comes to The Princess Diaries, it's the perfect way to sum up how fantastic the book was!  Everything for the past 15 years has been leading up to this.  Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo found out she was a princess at the tender age of 14.  Since the beginning, everything has been about Mia and how she's had to deal with not just being a princess, but life in general.  A life where she grew up with her mother, Helen...spent summers with her father, Prince Phillipe, and endured that which is her "grandmere", Dowager Princess Clarisse Renaldo.

Coming from reading this series, and waiting so long for this final chapter in Mia's life to come out, I have to admit that I expected a lot!  The beginning of the book alone wowed me because it wasn't in typical fashion of a diary entry - but I'll leave it at that.  Mia is now age 26, and dealing with her grandmother's slight insanity (though who am I kidding, she's been crazy for the last 10 books!), her father having what seems to be a true midlife crisis, Michael - who throughout is just wonderful, and the threat of oneRoyalRabbleRouser.  She also is learning more about the political stance of Genovia through the campaign for Prime Minister by her father, and also Cousin Ivan.  Mia doesn't stop doing Mia though - her aim is to keep turning Genovia around in a way.  She's always been one to care about everyone around her, and this book was no different.  What happens though when you find out things aren't what they truly seem?

Cue even more drama and secrets in the Renaldo family!  As if it weren't bad enough that Mia found out as a young teen what her true heritage was, she learns more about her father and what he spent time doing while longing for her mother, Helen!  Helen is an artistic spirited woman and Phillipe never wanted to tie her down, so what did he do?  He let her go.  What, in turn, did that result in though?  More dating, more schmoozing, more "free" time?  Not only is this run for Prime Minister crucial (namely to one Dowager Princess Clarisse Renaldo), but anything said by any member of the Renaldo or Thermopolis/Gianini could potentially ruin it all.  So could any action or secret, which Phillipe holds.  What is the secret though?

Though this is called "Royal Wedding" - the majority of the story does not fully function around just that.  Prince Phillipe campaigning to be Prime Minister, Mia running a youth center, maintaining friendships and a relationship through threats of someone who's clearly jealous (you'll even find out who RoyalRabbleRouser is), and finding out all sorts of secrets are just a few of the facets that make this book come alive.

I'm not going to lie, I shed a tear when it was over, but know that some other adventures await this Princess and her [Redacted].

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8 comments:

  1. Ahh! I love The Princess Diaries. I need to see if I can find this one on Edelweiss or Goodreads.

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    1. There is a link to it's Goodreads page in the post. I'm so glad you are excited for it! :)

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  2. I have always loved this series@ I can't wait for this book, but I also don't want it to be over!

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  3. I'm such a huge fan of this series. It was a big part of my life growing up; I would anticipate the books, read, re-read...Can't wait for this sort of epilogue book. I think it's bit unnecessary for the series, sure, but honestly, I bet is still a lot of fun to read, especially for those of us who sort of grew up with Mia!

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