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The YA Bookshelf
on 24 December 2016
I meant to post this last year when The Princess Diaries series re-released with new covers, the only problem with that? I read it a few weeks early so I wrote my review and saved it, intending to post on release day. Unfortunately, I got a little late so I kept pushing this back to post reviews of books that were newly released and well, here I am a year and some months later finally getting round to posting now… Better late than never right? *hides*
I am a massive fan of Meg Cabot’s earlier books, I own almost every book she published before 2010 except The Princess Diaries, I’ve watched the films yet I’ve never actually read the books except for the third one way back when (thanks to a cousin of mine). I think it was the fact that there’s something like 13 books in the set and we all know that even though I love reading anything over five books (and even that’s a stretch for me) and I start to get bored. I would much rather read standalones or trilogies. And even though I’m probably 10 years out of the target audience for this book I couldn’t say no to taking a trip down nostalgia lane.
I was all set to give this book a five star rating, that is how certain I was that I would adore this book. Imagine my astonishment then when (once I got reading) I realised I really wasn’t liking Mia or her father or Clarisse for that matter. Mia came off sounding ungrateful and all woe-is-me when really there was no need for it and whilst film Clarisse and Phillipe were endearing, I really did not like the book versions of them. Thankfully though, I started to see a change in Mia towards the end of the book, so here’s hoping that she becomes likeable as the books go on.
There are some characters in the books that aren’t in the films, like Tina. I really liked her character (and Michael’s). Speaking of Tina, she is the only element of the books that isn’t in the films (and I wish she was) otherwise the films - the first one at least - are a pretty close adaption of the books.
You know when you read a book that was (first) published quite a few years and it feels dated? That wasn’t a problem here. I actually forgot at times that we were reading something that was published almost 15 years ago, only remembering of course when the technology of that time was mentioned.
I’ve got to say, I love these covers! I’m tempted to buty the entire series so I can have all of these pretty covers gracing my bookshelves.
Overall, Despite my feelings for Mia, this book seemed promising and I actually find myself want to see what comes next, so I will probably read the other books. If I do I’ll definitely review them.