Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Quick Pick: Royal Wedding, by Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries)

  • Opening lines: I don't know what's happening to me. I lie when I tell the truth, and tell the truth when I should lie.
  • Reason I picked up the book: I'm a HUGE Princess Diaries fan, and this book continues Mia's story, except she's now 25 instead of in high school. 
  • And what's this book about?
  • 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?

  • Favorite paragraph:
  • I'm totally aware of the fact that it would be much, much easier for him to be with a girl who could meet him for drinks after work at T.G.I. Friday's without it first having to be swept for bombs, or go to the movies with him without having a plainclothes sharpshooter sit behind us, or simply stroll around Central Park without being followed by a phalanx of photo-hungry press.

    But I'm never going to be that girl.

    And my worst fear is that someday he's going to realize it and dump me the way my mom dumped my dad, leaving him the brokenhearted, race-car-speeding, empty shell of a man he is today.

    Honestly, what good is owning a castle if the person you love doesn't want to share it with you?
  • Recommended for: Anyone who likes/has read the old Princess Diaries books, or who likes a good story. You don't need to have read them before reading this one, but it does provide a lot of backstory.
  • Something to know: Mia is now 25 in this book, so it's a little more PG-13 than the previous books in the series, which took place when she was a dorky high schooler (before becoming a princess). I'm not sure if this will be the last Mia book (I hope not!) but Cabot has also wrote a book that came out last month called From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, which focuses on a (no spoilers!) different character who enters Mia's life in this installment.
  • What I would have changed: Nothing! Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series always made me laugh when I was in high school, and this one was no different. Mia is still just as crazy as ever, and the format of the novel followed her previous ones, as well. 
  • Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Where can I find this book? Click here.

{Happy book birthday to
Royal Wedding today, too! June 2nd is its release date.}

*Disclosure: I received an e-ARC of this book from Edelweiss for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

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