If you are like me, you grew up with The Princess Diaries. You fell in love with Mia and all of the adventures that followed. I’m sure you, like me, were really excited when you heard Meg Cabot was releasing her first adult installment of The Princess Diaries. Find out what I thought of this book below!
Title: Royal Wedding
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Format: Paperback, 435 pages
Source: Received from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
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?
About the Author
Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse — at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flunked freshman Algebra twice, then decided to cut her own bangs. After six years as an undergrad at Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City (in the middle of a sanitation worker strike) to pursue a career as an illustrator, at which she failed miserably, forcing her to turn to her favorite hobby–writing novels–for emotional succor. She worked various jobs to pay the rent, including a decade-long stint as the assistant manager of a 700 bed freshmen dormitory at NYU, a position she still occasionally misses.
She is now the author of nearly fifty books for both adults and teens, selling fifteen million copies worldwide, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers, most notably The Princess Diaries series, which is currently being published in over 38 countries, and was made into two hit movies by Disney. In addition, Meg wrote the Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You? series (on which the television series, Missing, was based), two All-American Girl books, Teen Idol, Avalon High, How to Be Popular, Pants on Fire, Jinx, a series of novels written entirely in email format (Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, and Every Boy’s Got One), a mystery series (Size 12 Is Not Fat/ Size 14 Is Not Fat Either/Big Boned), and a chick-lit series called Queen of Babble.
Meg is now writing a new children’s series called Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls. Her new paranormal series, Abandon, debuts in Summer of 2011.
Meg currently divides her time between Key West, Indiana, and New York City with a primary cat (one-eyed Henrietta), various back-up cats, and her husband, who doesn’t know he married a fire horse. Please don’t tell him.
I was so excited to find out that Meg Cabot was coming out with another installment of The Princess Diaries. Usually I get tired of a series and think- what the heck can an author possibly do with these characters in installment #11?! The story is dead, move on… but not this time. I was so excited I knew I had to review this book.
The writing was great, and I really enjoyed that it was still written as a diary entries, and had newspaper articles, articles from the Internet and text messages thrown in. This kept with the style of the original books, but definitely brought it into “today’s world”. This also helped to progress the story along.
It was nice to be able to continue following Mia and her two best friends, and also to be introduced to new characters such as Michael. Michael seems so perfect for Mia! I felt like I knew the two of them and wanted everything to work out for the two of them so badly!
As usual, Meg Cabot was absolutely hilarious in this book- there were several really humorous sections that I just burst out laughing during. I really enjoyed reading the book and didn’t want to put it down. It definitely made me smile and made me remember back to when I was younger and was so excited to read the very first Princess Diaries.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read The Princess Diaries, and for those of you who haven’t- WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?! Either way, you should definitely pick up this book.
Overall, I give this book:
4.5 out of 5 hippos
Thank you to
for allowing me to participate in this tour.