Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn
Lottie Pumpkin is an ordinary girl who longs to be a princess, attending Rosewood Hall on a 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…
Christmas present ARC from Lauren ❤ which she originally got from YALC.
It’s been a while since I read something nice and light like this. I had somehow assumed the main characters would be a bit older teens though so it took me a moment to get used to the fact that they’re actually 14!
Undercover Princess was a little weird to me in that I actually enjoyed it but it also had some obvious issues, like the writing not being that great. Lottie and Ellie’s friendship was really sweet I kinda got the vibe that it may develop into a more romantic direction eventually. Ellie was a fun character even though it was a little strange that she seemed to get away with pretty much all rule breaking she did when people didn’t even know she was the actual princess. Lottie was also pretty relatable in some situations, like when she tried to correct the whole princess thing in the beginning but everybody talked over her. I really hated how she kept keeping secret after secret just for the sake of plot after she and Ellie had agreed multiple times they wouldn’t do that!
Some things felt a little flat, for example all we really know about Ellie’s home country is that their original language is some form of Russian except everybody there speaks English anyway. Most side characters – even important ones – were pretty much just names with maybe one detail attached to them. Jamie could have been a really cool character but Lottie was somehow only obsessed with knowing how he got his job and never really tried to learn anything else about him.
Lottie’s home situation really bothered me because they barely mentioned her having a dad and just living with her stepmother who didn’t seem to care about her at all sounded really weird. The only person to ask after her during the whole school year was her friend Ollie! I guess it was supposed to be a fairy tale evil stepmother situation…
Despite all the little issues Undercover Princess was still a quick, easy read that made me feel happy feels. In my mind everything in the book was colored pink.
Side note: I watched a couple of the author’s Youtube videos about the book and was surprised to learn the whole house thing in boarding schools is apparently not just a Harry Potter thing.