Author: Debbie Rigaud
Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today I am going to be talking about another Young Adult book. Specifically a royal romance book. If you have been following me you know that I have said many times that I really love Young Adult books especially when they are cheesy and quick easy reads. This book is one of those books. And I loved it. So without further ado let us get into the Goodreads summary.
Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.
Truly Madly Royally is the typical ya royal romance book. If that is not something you are into then you will absolutely not like this book. Zora is a queen and has me loving every minute she is in the book. I particularly love how much work she does for the after school program she started. I think that it adds a good little bit of extra story to the book and I really liked that it is not something that is mentioned once and then forgotten about. Zora is always talking about her after school program kids, and ya know….get to know prince Owen better. Owen is kind of a hit or miss character for me. He is very polite and nice, which I do like, but other than that he is very blah. We really do not learn much about his background, but I sort of think that is intentional. Owen is a white male and I think that maybe Rigaud did not focus on too much personality building for him so that the spot lite was not taken away from Zora, which I can respect.
If I had to have one criticism it is that I think the book is too short. I would have loved to have read more about Owen and Zora’s relationship post royal wedding and post the summer program at the university. Since this book released last year it is possible that a second book could be coming. I hope there is a second book coming. Despite thinking Owen was dull I still want to know more about their relationship. There are so many ways that it could go and I would enjoy reading any one of them.
Overall I think it was a cute book and I was happy I picked it up. It had me smiling and laughing the whole way through and it was a fun book to read while on my lunch break to get my mind off of everything that was going on at work. Would definitely recommend it to a younger YA audience, like probably middle school age, but I think anyone would enjoy it if you like a quick read. I am looking forward to looking at more books from Debbie Rigaud and am hoping I can find even more that I enjoy!
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