Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess--sweet! In the wink of an eye, she's whisked off to a remote, romantic kingdom for the "shoot." But something's amiss: First, she finds out she bears an uncanny resemblance to the real princess, who has run away following the death of her father, the king. Then she learns that the conniving regent plans to use her to take control of the country, now being fought over by rebels. As the plot twists and turns, Jenna discovers just what she's made of--and just why she resembles the missing princess so much!
Why I read it: It sounded like a fun and fast read!
Review: I was expecting a fun read, maybe for people a little younger than me but I was after something like that. I may have got that in some aspects but in some ways this book is just as suitable for older readers.
The book was difficult to get into to start with - the narration is simple and seems a little stilted to start with. A hundred or so pages in I really got into it, the pace never really picks up and there are a lot of thing that are obvious and aren't discovered by the characters until the end, which was frustrating. The characters were also stupid at times and a lot of plotlines weren't plausible.
It was nice to see the development of Jenna from shy, overprotected schoolgirl to brave princess. I also enjoyed meeting the other characters of Malena, Nahira and Jonas, they weren't fantastically devloped, but it fit into the whole 'easy narration' thing.
The political intrigue of the plot was great and added a darker tone to what would otherwise have been a very easy and childish read. I loved the bad guys, they were very cartoonish over the top stereotypes but totally fitted in with the tone of the books.
Overall, it was a slightly childish read that I'd recommend to younger teens and middle graders as well as older readers looking for something nice and fast to read. The pace was slow, but the political intrigue kept me reading.
Overall Rating: C+
Stand Alone/Series: First in a duology
UK Release Date: 2nd March 2009
UK Publisher: Chicken House
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review