The Story

When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.

Lottie is thrust into the life of royalty - a world filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she'll soon discover that reality doesn't always have the happily ever after you'd expect.

My Thoughts

In the spirit of great childhood classics from Mallory Towers to Hogwarts, Connie Glynn gets her heroine’s parents out of the picture and sets the first of her Rosewood Chronicles series in a boarding school, providing excellent opportunities for all manner of ‘parties, politics and princesses’

The Story treads a difficult and fine line between one character’s classic fairy tale princess that might appeal to younger readers, and another’s wild child bad ass plot involving intrigue, danger and a whiff of romance which older readers may be more likely to enjoy. I watched this carefully as the novel progressed at a thrilling rate and am happy to say the author walks that tightrope proficiently, cleverly giving us a book that will appeal to both audiences and which ends in a satisfying and gratifying conclusion neatly paving the way for a sequel.

The characters are well drawn and the setting of the school and the castle in Maradova bewitching. There are some clever roles including the Partizans and Portmans as well as the mysterious Leviathans of whom more, I feel sure, in the sequel.

Great storytelling, an original plot line and an edgy take on the classic fairytale formula. A compelling read.

If you enjoyed The Undercover Princess here are some more novels set in boarding schools:-

Angela Brazil’s Boarding School Stories

Worst Witch (Jill Murphy)

Witch Week (Diana Wynn Jones)

Murder Most Unladylike (Robin Stevens)

Mallory Towers (Enid Blyton)

The Harry Potter series(JK Rowling)