Title & Author:
The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt
May 03, 2011
Desi Bascomb’s job as a princess substitute has gotten a whole lot more glamorous now that she’s advanced to Level 2 within the Facade Agency. Magical make-up, roller-skating celebrities, and the chance to see Prince Karl again are just some of the major perks. Not to mention, she’s landed the role of Fairy Queen in her school’s production of Midsummer’s Night Dream (opposite her best friend’s crush. Which is a little weird, but at least he wears a donkey head during their kissing scene). Life should be perfect, but Desi can’t seem to shake the feeling that there is more going on with the agency’s magic than she’s told. Like why is this mind-bending power exclusive to royals? Is it possible that there could be a bigger way to make an impact in both parts of her life? – Goodreads
I read Princess for Hire and thought it was really, really cute. I read The Royal Treatment and thought it was really, really good. The Royal Treatment really takes the world we learned about in the first book and steps it up a notch – all the way to Level Two, actually.
Desi, as a character, learned a lot about herself in Princess for Hire, but she continued to grow as a character in The Royal Treatment. I loved being in her head as she dealt with a lot of moral dilemmas, with what was considered right and wrong.
I loved all the things Desi had to accomplish before being able to go on missions. Learning about royal gossip, classical music, etc – it all made the whole princess double thing way more real because Desi actually had to learn all this stuff, rather than just being good at it automatically. That was a really awesome touch.
Okay, and the ENDING. I sort of guessed at it, but I didn’t really expect it, so it was a really freaking awesome cliffhanger and now I can’t wait for the third book in the series.
Overall, The Royal Treatment is a great follow-up to Princess for Hire. I had a lot of fun reading both books and I love how the story is progressing through them. If you’re looking for a really adorable, fun, and enjoyable book, I definitely recommend this series. It’s part coming-of-age, part princess, and part magic, and it all combines into one great book.