Friday, 10 March 2017

Review: Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin

At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.

Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.

Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her.

The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Entangled: Teen 
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Entagled Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Adrianna Bottom moved to Beverly Hills with her parents when their toilet empire became successful. Not only were they expanding to the California area, they were also going to be the stars of a new reality TV series called Bathroom Barons. Adrianna was less than thrilled to have cameras following her when she just wanted to fit in. She had a not so pleasant high school experience at her old school. She was teased and made fun of because of the family business and because she was geeky and not popular.

This book was cute in its own way but it was really busy. There was the reality TV angle, a love triangle of sorts, the family dynamic, the high school popularity scene and the LARPing angle. Add in a ratings hungry producer, a ton of unfortunate situations while pretending to be someone else and a ton of trust issues and it was almost enough to make my head spin.  Although it had a lot going on it did manage to somehow work.

I won't lie. Adrianna/Andy made me cringe on numerous occasions. As someone who was so used to being bullied and teased, she neglected to do anything when it happened to others at Beverly Hills High. There were a few times that I wanted to reach inside the pages and give her a good shake.

Kevin was the shining star of this book for me. I really, really liked him and how he handled the bullying that came his way. He stayed true to himself and his beliefs from beginning to end. At times, I felt like he was too good for Adrianna/Andy. However, he did help her to see the errors of her ways and lessons were learnt along the way.

Over all, Secrets of a Reluctant Princess was an entertaining story with a nice moral that I'm sure teenagers will enjoy.

About the Author
Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can.
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