Friday, April 20, 2012

Princess for Hire: Where do I sign up?

By Lindsey Leavitt
Hardcover, 240 pages
Disney Hyperion, March 2010

When Desi Bascomb gets discovered by the elite Facade Agency–royalty surrogates extraordinaire–her life goes from glamour-starved to spectacular in a blink. 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 series 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.

Princess for Hire is the first book in a series. Did I read it first? Nope. My library hadn't shelved this book in yet. Book two The Royal Treatment, however,  was mine on hold. (Nice fresh crisp copy.) I couldn't wait for this one to be ready, and so I read book TWO first! I wouldn't suggest doing that. Well, not if you think you'll end up LOVING the series. You really have to do it the right way! Read in order!

That said,  I really liked this book. And the only reason why I would rate it 4 bites out of 5, is only because I read it second. I knew what was coming. And I was just wanting it to get to that scene.  I wanted to get to that point. But I still enjoyed the book. But I think I like the second even better. But I could be biased since I did read it first. 

Pricky teases for me liking books about princesses. Whatever! I guess I just like fairytales! She's the odd one, right? Anyway I thought Desi was going through jobs so quickly--one right after another, whereas in book two I didn't really feel that way. It seemed almost unrealistic. Yeah yeah yeah there's bubbles/princesses-for-hire fake thing going on, but still--it seemed TIRING for Desi. How is she not zombie exhausted?

I did wish that we could hear more about her home life-but that's only because I KNEW what was going to happen! Again-don't read book 2 before book 1. Just don't. 

Anyway, still liked the book! I'll be looking forward to book #3!

Rated: 4 Bites (Only because I read book #2 first.)

Hungry for a copy? Princess for Hire is now available at booksellers everywhere. 

P.S. Labeled also as "life-swap" but it's not technically swapping, but a one-say swap!

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