Review: Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin

Title: Secrets of a Reluctant Princess
Author: Casey Griffin
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Published: March 7th, 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.

So, this one was a bummer for me. I wanted to like this book but it was simply impossible to do so.

Adrianna or Andy’s family came into the limelight overnight when his father’s business shot to fame. Now, they are even having their own reality tv show but all Andy wants is freedom from all the cameramen following her everywhere. With Kevin, she feels like she can be normal but becomes difficult when she is warned not to mix with him because he’s the school nerd. The only way she breathes in peace for a little while is by LARping but when all the secrets explode in her face, she has to step up in her game or lose everything.

The plot was enjoyable but a lot predictable. I almost DNF’ed it because it felt it was not going anywhere but it suddenly picked up momentum. This book had its moments but the negative factors overpowered it. When Andy’s family shoots to fame, they sign a contract for a reality tv show which becomes a complete nightmare for Andy. I don’t understand one thing, why does most of the parents in YA makes shitty decisions all the time, they seem less matured than the kids which is completely lame! Likewise, even when Andy’s parents knew what she was going through they didn’t do anything for a long time except for some screaming sometimes but it is not much until later that they take strict decisions.

I didn’t connect with the characters much either. I felt bad for Andy, though, she was in this mess because of her parent’s business but she didn’t stand up to her choices either but it was still understandable since she was bullied in her previous school for the very same reason. I wanted to like Kevin but he was too quick to judge and I am not much of a fan of people who judge too quickly even without knowing the other side of the story.

I really, really hated Lennox, he seemed quite unaware of that fact that NO MEANS NO!! It was later revealed that he was mostly acting due to Corbin’s talking but that doesn’t make this any okay! I don’t know how everything was rainbow and sunshine, in the end, all of it felt very unrealistic. Also, the LARing was kind of boring to read as well, I mostly skimmed those sections.

Overall, Secrets of a Reluctant Princess wasn’t much of a good read. The plot and the characters were predictable. The writing was easy to read but the pace differed throughout the book.

Recommend it?


So guys, have you picked this one up yet? If yes, did you enjoy it or was it a miss for you like me? Is it in your tbr?


5 thoughts on “Review: Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin

  1. sorry to hear that this didn’t work out for you. i see and understand why though because i would’ve felt the same way. i don’t like when some books try to bring so much problematic themes and it ends with a happily ever after unrealistically. i also don’t really like predictable books. hope your next read is a lot better!

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