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Monday, January 4, 2010

Review: Princess For Hire (ARC) by Lindsey Leavitt

where I got my copy: ONE ARC Tours
where can you buy: B&N, Amazon, Borders
release date: march 16, 2010

When an immaculately dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and asks you if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you

a) run
b) faint
c) say Yes!

For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C—that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula "Royal Rouge," she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?

Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don't know? Or when a princess's conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off—and you know she would want you to change his mind?

In this hilarious, winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

This book has Disney written all over it. It not only reminds me of Princess Diaries but everything magical and every princess movie Disney has ever made. It is a cute, quirky new series that had me laughing and emphatizing with our new heroine Desi Bascomb. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary powers.

The story starts with Desi wearing the hideous groundhog costume at work, then her former best friend, Celeste came by and humiliated her in front of her boyfriend and Desi's long time crush Hayden. Devastated and utterly humiliated she went ahead and cried it out. Her boss Drake appeared and told her that he got this "wishing tank" and that she make a wish if she wants. Like every other heroine, she did try it with skepticism in mind and like all of them Desi got the shock of her lifetime. The "wishing tank" was legitimate. An agent named Meredith suddenly materializes from a bubble while she was in her bathroom and told her that she qualified for a surrogate job- impersonating a princess (with the use of a blush with magical pixie dust so she would look like the princess that she's subbing) and that she got Magical Powers.

Book one had three Princess Subbing assignment. Three different princess. Three different scenarios. Three that needs an impact. Not only she's helping this princesses, she's also helping herself. I love Desi, the book really showed how great a fictional person she is no matter how perturb her quasi romance and her social life. Meredith is right, she is a role model. (I'm giving my 8 year old niece a copy when it is released) I love the plot. (seriously how cool would it be if a job like this is available?) I love the ending, it left with a lot of promise. I can't wait to read more of Desi's adventures. It's going to be a good series. Recommended for all ages.

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1 comment:

brizmus said...

A book with Disney written all over it - man I've got to read this!

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