Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway) @chapterxchapter @caseygriffinauthor @EntangledTeen

This story has quite an interesting plot. See what I thought and enter the giveaway below...

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess
by Casey Griffin
YA Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
March 7th 2017 by Entangled: Teen


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. 

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My Review

SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS was a humorous and sweet story about a girl trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be. With lots of high school drama, the craziness of a  reality show, strained family and friend dynamics, and a possible romance, it was quite entertaining. Recommended to those who enjoy some drama and humor mixed with some sweet in their contemporary YA.

I think the word I would use for this story would be fun. I really liked Adrianna in all her geekishness. I got frustrated when she didn't stand up for herself or others, but I also understood. I loved Kevin! He was such a great guy and a totally adorable geek. I loved his relationship with his sister and that he sketches. I also loved the chemistry and the banter between Adrianna and Kevin. Then there was Harper, who I wasn't too sure about at first, but who definitely grew on me. I also loved the larping. Totally freaking awesome! I loved that Adrianna designed clothes and costumes too. I also have to note that there's several parts where there are some seriously corny jokes that were actually quite endearing.

There were a couple of things that I thought could have been better. The drama was over the top in places coming off as unrealistic. I wanted it toned down. The crew for the show took liberties that didn't seem plausible, especially with Adrianna being a minor. Then there were Adrianna's parents who seemed to blame her for situations that they put her into and disappointed when she was doing what they had asked her to do. The ending also felt a little drawn out.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was definitely an entertaining read. I would have liked more development in some areas and less drama, but it was still a funny, heartfelt, and sweet story.

Content: Some innuendo, crude comments, and bullying.

Source: Received an ARC from NetGalley through Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

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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