Title: ROYAL CRUSH
Author: Meg Cabot
Pub. Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Being the newest princess of Genovia is WAY more complicated than she expected, but Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is getting used to it. She gets to live in an actual palace with two fabulous poodles, a pet iguana, her very own pony, and, best of all, a loving family to help her figure things out!
And right now Olivia, having finally admitted that she likes Prince Khalil as more than just a friend, could REALLY use some advice. What is a princess supposed to do once she’s found a prince she likes? With her half-sister Mia busy enjoying her honeymoon, Olivia turns to Grandmere for help.
The third book in the middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, written and illustrated by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Cabot.
As much as I loved Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries series, I just might like her From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess ones even more. We still have many of the characters we love from the YA books (Mia! Michael! Grandmere! An older version of Rocky!) but now we’re seeing them through the eyes of Mia’s half-sister, a current seventh grader and future wildlife artist. Add in middle school drama (which yes, is significant when you’re in–or even just work with or live with those who are in–middle school, but let’s face it, is waaaay less angsty than high school drama) and a main character who’s not only dealing with being a newly discovered princess but also has had to move to a different country–her family’s country–and you’ve got a great basis for a series.
In book three, Royal Crush, Olivia’s got a lot going on, as usual. Mia’s about ready to have her twins (and yes, she has them–and no, I’m not telling their gender or names; read it yourself!), there’s a nasty strain of virus ravishing Genovia, her school is all set to compete in the Royal School Winter Games (she wants to stay home and let her new niece and nephew imprint on her like baby ducks, but her plans here might be foiled by factors beyond her control), and she’s not sure why Prince Khalil doesn’t seem quite as friendly as he had over the summer. And isn’t sure if she cares. Because they’re just friends. Or, maybe they’re not. But maybe they are…
Ah, middle school.
Throughout it all, Olivia brings a fresh voice to the world of the Genovian royals and keeps us up to date with what’s going on with the Renaldos. Though this book would work pretty well as a standalone–Olivia keeps us current on most of what we need to know going in to the story–it really will have the most impact if you’ve read the other two. Plus, the characters and writing are so much fun you’re going to want to know the whole story–so go ahead and put them all on your TBR ASAP!
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg’s nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming.” She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.
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