When Desi Bascomb gets discovered by the elite Facade Agency–royalty surrogates extraordinaire–her life goes from glamour-starved to spectacular in a blink. As her new agent, Meredith, explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula “Royal Rouge,” she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
This one was a cute read, and great for the summer. It is definitely more middle grade than YA, but everyone looking for some warm fuzzies should grab this. It's got a great message! Desi helps princesses share who they are with the rest of the world, and her self-esteem grows as well. Heck yes, girl power. I would have liked a little more character exploration, but I'm planning on checking out the rest of the series.
Princess for Hire
By Lindsey Leavitt
Published by Disney Hyperion
In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.
Action-packed for sure, and it starts with a bang! I'd say this one does have some more adult content, but that readers shouldn't shy away from it. There's some violence, and the chaos of children being trapped together in an enclosed space. The story was gripping, but at times I didn't particularly like the main character, Dean. I liked that the book was from a male POV, but at times he felt really self-centered. Of course, by the end he seems to have a handle on that.
By Emmy Laybourne
Published by Feiwel & Friends