Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Princess Diaries II & III

Princess in the Spotlight & Princess in Love
Meg Cabot
257 & 229 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: PaperBackSwap.com and the library, respectively

You can read the Goodreads summaries here and here.

While I'm still enjoying this series immensely, the second two novels were not quite as amazing as the first novel.  In Princess in the Spotlight, we follow Mia as her mother announces her pregnancy and upcoming nuptials to Mia's algebra teacher, Mr. Gianni.  Grandmère, naturally, meddles in the whole affair while continuing to give Mia her princess lessons.  The story continues in Princess in Love, as Mia prepares to take her first official trip to Genovia, she must also pass her finals, find a date to the non-denomination winter dance, and find a way to break up with her boyfriend who she is not actually in love with.

As with the first novel, I thoroughly enjoyed Mia's voice as she wrote in her diary, as well as the little extra tidbits she throws in, such as copies of the entries she wrote for her English journal (that she had to turn in!) and Lilly's rejected English paper proposal.  The only thing I'm not enjoying in these novels is the character of Lilly.  I know she's supposed to be out there and annoying, but her character really grates on me.

Can't wait to read the next book and see how Mia's trip to Genovia went!

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