My rating: 3 of 5 stars
For small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princes. That is, until she spots her boarding school’s new British exchange student, Max Ryder, staring at her. Why would a boy who looks like he stepped out of the pages of a magazine be looking at her? Because Max knows something Blakely doesn’t. Following the tragic demise of one of Europe’s most beloved royal families, Max has stumbled upon information he thinks may lead to a lost royal heir, and now he is on a quest halfway around the world to see if he’s right.
Sworn to secrecy by his university professor and the headmaster of Lakeview Academy, Max is admitted into an exchange program with the sole purpose of finding out the truth. But will his personal feelings for Blakely get in the way?
When a stolen email surfaces, Blakely and her friends’ lives are threatened, and Max starts to question what he is really after.
Okay, so this seems like a The Princess Diaries-ish book, what with the lost princess and all, but it’s a bit more like a The Scoop in a boarding school setting. So, since the blurb pretty much explain what you are going to get with the story, I’ll jump right into it – the story gives away everything in the start. No mystery at all! With a boarding school setting, the element of intrigue is such a familiar concept, and it wasn’t utilized. No, instead we know she is the lost princess, who kills the royal family, why Max is here, and from there you can pretty much predict everything in the book. It also doesn’t help that every character is introduced with their backstories right away, too – leaving no room for the reader to learn about the character. So, what was left, you might ask? The romance was the only thing going for the book, especially when the writing was so devoted to explaining everything away – and even that was a trope. The hot guy going for the girl who isn’t instantly falling at his feet; him finding her ‘not like other girls’ *eyeroll* and them having a lot of sexual tension, until inevitably they start dating only for her to find out he has been lying to her. I don’t even consider saying this as a spoiler, because that is pretty much what you can already expect. So, story-wise – didn’t impress; writing – didn’t impress; romance – was okay, cute at times. But really, what was with the names? Anyway, good for when you want a quick read.