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The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt

Published by Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 272

Ages: 10-18

Goodreads Summary: Desi Bascomb’s job as a princess substitute has gotten a whole lot more glamorous now that she’s advanced to Level 2 within the Facade Agency. Magical make-up, roller-skating celebrities, and the chance to see Prince Karl again are just some of the major perks. Not to mention, she’s landed the role of Fairy Queen in her school’s production of Midsummer’s Night Dream (opposite her best friend’s crush. Which is a little weird, but at least he wears a donkey head during their kissing scene). Life should be perfect, but Desi can’t seem to shake the feeling that there is more going on with the agency’s magic than she’s told. Like why is this mind-bending power exclusive to royals? Is it possible that there could be a bigger way to make an impact in both parts of her life?

Desi’s on her way! With the first installment of the Princess for Hire series completed our leading lady is moving on to bigger and brighter things. Namely, a major role in her school’s play where she happens to be one of the youngest in the cast and she’s also being bumped up to a Level 2 at the Facade Agency where she “stands-in” for real-life princesses needing a vacation. Everything’s going great until she discovers there may be more to this magical ability to impersonate princesses. Not only that, there may just be more to friendship with Reed who also happens to be her best-friend Kylee’s secret crush. Things go dramatically down hill suddenly and she’s left wondering if her life really is as perfect as she once thought it was with her new career.

Seriously, what’s not to love about a young girl who has magical abilities that enable her to transform into princesses in need of a bit of R & R? It’s nearly every young girl’s dream to grow up and be a princess, but in reality could you imagine the stress? The image that must be upheld, engagements to attend to and much more. What’s so wonderful about Desi’s job is that it’s more like a “princess for a day” gig and that to me sounded perfect. Having not read the first book in the series yet(I’m definitely planning on it!) I did feel a tad bit lost in the beginning, but within pages I was caught up and moving forward with Desi.

As for the story in this second in the series, I thought it was fantastic. It’s the perfect read for tweens especially and will keep their interest from the first to the very last page. What I really enjoyed about it was the focus on Desi’s work, schooling and other interests. It wasn’t a book all about her being head over heals in love with a cute boy, though there was a bit of that it just wasn’t the main focus and I was really happy to see that. I especially liked the little surprises along the way, most of all the one at the end!

Lindsey Leavitt’s second novel in the Princess for Hire series, The Royal Treatment, was an excellent read and one I’d quickly recommend to tween girls. This is the perfect story for those looking for a quick fun read about a girl just trying to make life work when there is so much going on. Who can’t relate to that? The Princess for Hire series is going strong with this second book and I for one am dying to know how the next book pushes the story forward. An absolutely fun read for tweens and teens everywhere!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 9 to 16. Take a walk in the shoes of a princess for a day. A bit of magic mixed with the everyday life of a normal tween girl that makes for a fabulous read!

Find The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt at the following spots:
Powell’s Books
Barnes & Noble

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