Skip to main content

Just One of the Royals (Leah Rooper; Kate Rooper)

Just One of the Royals (The Chicago Falcons, #2)

Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons
to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.

Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is
really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long-time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.

Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever...





I had no idea this was a series. I probably would not have read Just One of the Royals if I had known that since I don't like to read books out of order. However, this could stand alone and it's really not necessary to read book one first since you get the back story in this one. The authors did a nice job of filling in gaps from the previous book without info-dropping key plot elements. 

What they did manage to do, though, is make a very predictable story line. Typical cookie-cutter teen romance novel. In fact, one line in the book tells you exactly how book 3 will turn out. 

I found that the characters were not relatable at all. It was incredibly hard to make connections to both Daniel and Madison because there was not much depth to either. I also found it incredibly unbelievable that Madison's super protective and future-focused doctor parents would allow her to travel "across the pond" for an entire summer without so much as meeting the "adult" chaperone or doing any sort of background planning. There was zero thought given to that whole scenario which was problem number one. Little issues like that kept piling up as I read. 

I went into this book looking for a beach read. I wanted something light and fluffy that didn't involve a lot of brain power to sort out characters and plot twists. I can safely say I got what I was looking for. I can see the appeal this book would have for a certain group of readers. It's a good, clean romance that reads a lot like a Disney channel teen movie (i.e. Camp Rock or High School Musical). It just happens to not be the complicated, layered story that I prefer. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Armchair BEA 2012 Introductions (day 1)

First, let me start off by saying that I am very excited to be participating in Armchair BEA this year. Since this is the first day of the weeklong event, here are my answers to the interview questions:

Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Well, the answer the first part of that question, I am a middle school Language Arts teacher in Florida (and probably one of the only people in a coastal city that hates the beach). I’ve been married to my hubby for 10 years and have 2 boys. My house is a constant zoo and I’m turning 30 in a few months. There is a mid-life crisis in my near future, I’m sure, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
I started blogging in December of 2011 out of necessity. Seriously. My students know how easily I am distracted when they ask me about books (I eventually caught on to their tactics), so I started blogging out of a need for more teaching time. (I should go ahead and mention that I never talked books all day—even…

Feature Follow Friday

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!


This week's question: Do you have any furry friends?


These are my fur babies: 

This is what it often looks like while I'm busy working. As you can tell, productivity is high. 


This is Lilly waiting for her boys to come home. She'll spend the entire day just like this if she's not sleeping next to me in my office. 

This is Roscoe. AKA The Boss. He runs the show around here. And yes, he has a sweater AND a coat for cold weather. 

Review: The Search for Delicious

The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book


Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.


Gaylen’s quest leads him to the woldweller, a wise, 900-year-old creature who lives alone at the precise center of the forest; to Canto, the minstrel who sings him an old song about a mermaid child and who gives him a peculiar good-luck charm; to the underground domain of the dwarfs; and finally to Ardis who might save the kingdom from havoc.

My Review: I love this book! It is such a fun, easy, and enjoyable r…