Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel Review

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Warning***Some Spoilers***

Title: Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel

Author: Meg Cabot

Publisher: William Morrow (HarperCollins)

Flap Copy:

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch.  Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?”

I love me some Meg Cabot. Amazon hints this is the “comes the very first adult installment”, which I am thinking means more adventures of Mia. SO yay!! But I kind of was annoyed with this book even as I loved it.

A book titled Royal Wedding makes me think we will get more wedding than we did. I have to say, I was a really disappointed. Cabot is making a middle grade series about the half-sister of Mia (I am all for it) but this book really felt more of a spring board for that series then an actual book about Mia and her wedding.

Mia actually jumps through all the wedding planning and headaches of dealing with her situations (I will not spoil it) to briefly mention the wedding. I understand all the reasons for this: they want established readers to pick up the new series, BUT I felt rather cheated. I picked up a book expecting to get Mia and her wedding preparations. Like an inside look a royal wedding. That was not what I got.

Don’t get me wrong: love Meg Cabot. She is one of my favorite authors. But this was not her best book. I hope there is a whole adult series about Mia because that would be interesting, but I am not sure this book had the WOW factor the first Princess Diaries book had.

Would I have acquired this? Yes, and I would have shared these concerns with Cabot. I love the Princess Diaries series and I wish this book felt less like a spring board for something and more cohesive to the series.

My Fantasy Publishing Team: Meg Cabot

There are some writers that come along and, as a reader, you just fall in love with them. You can fall in love with their writing style, their stories, or their personality. For me, Meg Cabot is that author. I not so secretly wish could work with her.

Ever since I read The Princes Diaries, I have wanted to work with Meg Cabot. I even have the story I want to work with her on planned out (Look for that post later). Her writing has  humor and heart. I absolutely adore her all her books. But Meg Cabot is a cool author. Check out her blog! It is hilarious!

Let’s be real: Meg Cabot just looks like a fun person.

If I were her editor,  it would be one of the highlights of my career. The people who get to work with her are to be envied!