Monday, March 13, 2017

REVIEW: "Secrets of a Reluctant Princess" by Casey Griffin (YA Romance)

by Casey Griffin

Publisher: Entangled: Teen Crush
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publication Date: March 7th 2017

Alter Ego, Nerds in Love (LARPing), Finding Yourself
Other Books by Casey Griffin:


My Review

Description from Publisher:
At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.

Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.

Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her. The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

This had some really fun adventures, mishaps and action. I could picture every scene so clearly, it was like I was watching a fun teen rom com movie. It was indulgent in that same way, asking you to suspend your disbelief over several things, yet it was charming and such an incredible ride you had no issue with that.

The LARPing was so well-described, both in the way that someone not familiar could understand and in the way that you coud see trolls and magic spells and epic battles.

The school drama was the most indulgent as there is no way most of that would happen. Those kids would be expelled left and right but it is also unlikely that mean girls could rule the school. I did feel that this just adds to the humor and understanding of Andy though.

The message to be true to yourself and unafraid to show it is an oldie but always a goody. I liked the way that the theme was woven in and felt the mesage was obvious but not heavy-handed.

The romance here was really sweet and made me smile. It felt genuine too, including when Kevin doubts Andy. The humor was nice and punny and, well, I am a sucker for a good (or deliciously bad) puns!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Casey Griffin
Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can.
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