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25819506Royal Wedding Disaster (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #2) by Meg Cabot
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

You are invited to a Genovian Royal Wedding in this second book pulled FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCESS, a Princess Diaries spin-off series, written and illustrated by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Cabot.

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison still finds it hard to believe that she’s a real live PRINCESS OF GENOVIA. Not only does she get to live in an actual palace with her newly discovered family and two fabulous poodles (who all love her and think that she’s anything but ordinary!) but she also gets her very own PONY!

Of course, things aren’t going exactly like she imagined. Her half-sister Mia is very busy learning how to take over the country while trying to plan a wedding and her father is actually getting remarried himself-to Mia’s mother!-and spends most of his time “renovating” the summer palace, although Grandmere says he is just hiding from the wedding preparations. Olivia hardly gets to see either of them.

Fortunately, Grandmere has her own plans for Mia’s wedding, and needs Olivia’s help to pull them off. Just when Olivia starts to think that things are going to work out after all, the palace is invaded by a host of new cousins and other royals who all seem to be angry at Olivia (although Grandmere says they are just jealous).

As the day of the wedding gets closer and closer, Olivia becomes more and more worried. For such a carefully planned event, it seems like a LOT of things are going wrong… Can Olivia keep this royal wedding from becoming a royal disaster? – Goodreads


Meg Cabot’s middle grade books, to me, are like eating a cupcake. There is something lovely and nice to them and Royal Wedding Disaster is no different. Taking place right after Notebook from a Middle School Princess and Royal Wedding. Although one does not need to read Royal Wedding or the original series for this book to make sense. Much like the first book, Notebook from a Middle School Princess stands alone.

In Royal Wedding Disaster Oliva is dealing with multiple new things in her life. From a new school, with a frenemy to dealing with her sister’s wedding Olivia feels like she can’t keep anything together in her life. The stress is understandably getting to her. What Cabot does is use humor and everyday situations to make this work.

  • A grandmother butting into wedding business? Check.
  • A new school where you feel lost and out of place? Check
  • A wedding where you don’t know what to give? Check

Throughout the novel the message is true and that is that Olivia is the same as she was in New Jersey, she just happens to be a princess with princess lessons. Princess lessons that are true life lessons even to the non-princess is all of us.

22718809From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #1) by Meg Cabot
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC provided by publisher. (THANKS!!!)
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star (3.5)
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

In FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCESS a new middle grade series, readers will see Genovia, this time through the illustrated diaries of a spunky new heroine, 12 year old Olivia Grace, who happens to be the long lost half-sister of Princess Mia Thermopolis – Goodreads



Part of my great Meg Cabot readathon this year was to prepare not only for the new Princess Diaries book, but the new spin off that involves Mia’s half sister. What I enjoyed right away was that I was pleased to find out that Olivia’s mom was not who I was expecting her to be! At the end of the last novel, Forever Princess, Mia’s father is infatuated with a woman, and I was silly to assume that was going to be Olivia’s mom. But! I also loved that, right from the beginning I was shocked, and I enjoyed that.

I also enjoyed Olivia as a character. She is not Mia. While she has the same struggles in school that Mia had, because those struggles are universal, her friends are different, her home life was completely different, Olivia stands on her own. Olivia lives in New Jersey with her aunt, her aunt’s husband and his two children. While she feels loved, she’s not sure that they actually love her. They tolerate her. They accept the money her mystery father sends once a month, but she feels so lonely at home. She knows she’s meant for more.

And she is meant for more! What she doesn’t know is that she’s meant to be a Princess! Of Genovia! With Princess Mia! The Princess everyone loves makes a guest appearance including an illustration by Olivia. While Mia never knew she had a half-sister, now that she’s aware of Olivia, she doesn’t plan on letting Olivia go. No matter what Olivia’s aunt says.

What I loved was how fiercely protective people were of Olivia, those who really loved her, including Mia and their father. While Olivia isn’t perfect, she is a realistic pre-teen. She overthinks, she worries, she wants to fit in and be loved. Universal themes that so many pre-teens and heck, even adults, worry about.

With use of her own illustrations, Cabot, starts a whole new series, in a universe that was already dear to so many people. I cannot wait to see where Olivia goes next.

6788532Princess on the Brink (The Princess Diaries #8) by Meg Cabot
Release Date: December 26, 2006
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Audio via Library
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

At last, Mia is a junior. An upper classperson. Free of her responsibilities as student body president. So why is it that everything is going so terribly wrong? What is she doing in Intro to Creative Writing? When she has made it through Algebra and Geometry, why must she be faced with Precalculus? And for the love of all that is Genovian, why has Lilly nominated her for school prez again? All this is nothing compared to the news Michael springs on her, however. On top of all the mathematical strife, her beloved boyfriend is leaving for Japan for a year. Precalc has nothing on preparing for the worst separation ever!

Turns out there is one way she might convince Michael to stay. But will she? Or won’t she? No matter what, Mia seems headed for disaster..– Goodreads


Princess on the Brink begins with Mia finally being a junior and with a brand new short haircut and life going fairly well. Then…BOMBSHELL. Michael, Mia’s perfect boyfriend, is going to Japan. For possibly a year. He has a valid reason, he created a robot that can save lives and that is a good thing. She does know that. But he also leaves in about four days. Yes. Four days. While Michael loves her, he’s excited to go to Japan because the farther away he is from Mia, the easier that it will be to not have sex with her. While he is willing to wait, he is sick of taking cold showers.

This was a hard part for me to listen to. Part of me, nope, most of me was annoyed with Michael, but that is also partly because all I have is Mia’s point of view. And it seems that he is pushing her into it, because that’s what she feels. I’m fiercely protective of teenage girls, and I want to hold her. But Mia is also strong enough to support herself.

Mia who doesn’t think she’s worthy of Michael, and Michael, who knows everyone views him as worthless to Mia. He wants to be worthy, and she’s a princess. He wants to do something with his life. Adult Ashley understands where Michael is coming from, sixteen year old Ashley probably would have had the same break down that Mia had.

Mia also has other concerns, like the fact she bombed the math portion of the PSAT and was placed into intro creative writing, so to Mia, the world is ending. Particularly because she is not doing well in intro to creative writing. Her! As if that wasn’t enough Lilly wants Mia to run for class president again, and Mia just doesn’t have time for that.

What I also enjoyed in Princess on the Brink was that Grandmere was more human in this novel, not just someone that Mia loathes, but Grandmere was hilarious. She gave Mia her room key so Mia could have sex with Michael and Mia totally didn’t get it. I could feel Grandmere rolling her eyes, if she was ever to do that. I mean, it’s not princess-y. When it does dawn on Mia what it the purpose of the room key is, she freaks out, and then accepts how awesome this is. Because if Michael and Mia have sex, then Michael will stay and not go to Japan.

JP is also prevalent in this novel, after the last one. About half way through the novel, JP brings up the factoid that everyone is wondering: will Mia be dating when Michael is gone in Japan. Mia doesn’t see why she should…until she breaks up with Michael. Yes, Mia did the breaking up and Michael is confused and lost and possibly more heartbroken than Mia is. In the 1301153background JP is dating Lilly, who then breaks the heart of Lilly. Then…Mia accidentally kiss JP. And feels horrible, particularly because Mia finds out that her father has always loved her mother and it’s heartbreaking. The last fifth of this book broke my heart in ways I did not know was possible.

Princess Mia continues off right where Princess on the Brink left off and Mia is heartbroken, and depressed, she’s just not aware of the fact she’s depressed. She stops doing anything, she stays in bed all day, she doesn’t want to do anything she once loved and her and Lilly are still not talking. Even worse, Michael wants to be friends. Just friends.

While I never approve of depression being used as a plot device because it’s a real, human, emotion, Cabot makes it work. The psychologist was human, he was a fully developed character who made Mia figure out that maybe she pushed Michael away because she feared he would dump her first and wasn’t this easier? Even though it clearly was not. He also made Mia go out of her comfort zone, even if this included talking to and hanging out with Lana, Mia’s arch-nemesis throughout the series. I also enjoyed that Mia bonded more with Tina Hakim Baba, Mia’s romance novel obsessed friend who she originally bonded with because they both have bodyguards. It was nice to see Mia break out of her shell, even if this meant she had to be heartbroken to do this.

What Mia didn’t expect was everyone around her to care about her well-being including Principal Gupta, who takes away her journal and locks it up. Of course Mia, being Mia, continues to write, just in other notebooks and on assignments. I mean, it’s The Princess Diaries series, she has to! Things also Mia didn’t expect to happen: that she blew up part of the school and that JP loves her.5820680

To the outside perspective, it has been obvious that JP loves her. Obvious to everyone but Mia actually. Mia has to work that out, she has to also work out that her royal background may not be what she thinks it is.

Forever Princess starts out, two years after Princess Mia, with Mia being accepted to…ALL THE COLLEGES! No really, it seems every college wants a chance at having Princess Mia. It also seems that Mia has submitted a manuscript to be published under a pseudonym, which makes sense, because she really wants this for herself.

Mia also has found out that the telling the truth hurts, so she is telling everyone white lies, like oh, she didn’t really get into college because Mia feels like she didn’t work hard enough to get into college without the Princess attached to her name.

I found it fascinating to see the amount of growth Mia has gone through in these novels. For the longest time, when I read these, I didn’t feel like Mia had that much growth, but in Forever Princess I was very proud of the person that Mia had become. For example, for multiple books all Mia could think about was the fact that after her senior prom is that she and Michael were going to have sex for the first time. Of course then Mia and Michael broke up and now she’s dating JP, but Mia no longer cares about senior prom. She doesn’t mind going, she just doesn’t want to go with JP…Mia doesn’t love JP the way that she loved Michael and JP always wants to be with Mia..always. It’s kind of weird. Also, the paparazzi is very invested in Mia’s relationship with JP to almost an uncomfortable level. Something they never cared about when she was with Michael she is happy to point out.

Throughout Forever Princess I found it hard to believe that the book had skipped two years and that Mia was still with JP and that her and Lilly were still not friends.  However slowly, Lilly and Mia become friends again. Lilly even pushes Mia and Michael back in situations together. JP has never sat well with me, from the moment he showed up I wasn’t a fan of him and this isn’t because Mia is dating him instead of Michael. He has to do with him being a slimy creep and Mia never noticing. Even though he’s “perfect” and they would have the cutest babies, she knows in her hearts of hearts she feels nothing for him. He always turns everything into a big show and makes it hard to believe he cares about Mia because he cares so much about himself.

I actually found the final book, Forever Princess fairly perfect. While parts of it annoyed me, I did find the ending quite fitting of this series and am glad there will be a book about the upcoming Royal Wedding!


Princess on the Brink: 4 stars  | Princess Mia: 4 stars | Forever Princess: 5 stars

6746342Princess in Pink (The Princess Diaries #5) by Meg Cabot
Release Date: March 29, 2005
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Audio via Library
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Princess Mia is dreaming about the prom – and contending with a hotel workers’ strike – in the fifth, supremely hilarious episode of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries. This time, Mia’s in the pink about the upcoming Albert Einstein H.S. prom, and she’s crossing her fingers that Michael will ask her to go. (They’re in love, so why wouldn’t he ask her, right?) But during Seven Minutes in Heaven at her b-day party, Mia learns that Michael is not the prom-going type. Good grief, what’s a princess to do?

To make matters worse, Grandmere has gotten a busboy fired due to a mishap with her pooch, Rommel, at a swanky restaurant, so when all of the city’s busboys go on strike, it causes a chain of events that result in Grandmere crashing at Mia’s mom’s place, her pal Lilly Moscovitz picking up a picket sign, and the prom being brought to a screeching halt.

Thankfully, staunch yet boy-wise Grandmere has a plan to change Michael’s mind and put everything back on track, making Mia the happiest “prom princess” on this side of the Atlantic – and readers more starry-eyed than Molly Ringwald in her prettiest pink frock.

Following up the brief Volume IV and a Half and introducing a new addition to Mia’s family, this knee-slapping fifth volume makes the series glitter brighter than ever, placing yet another jewel in Cabot’s crown.– Goodreads


Princess in Pink is all about Mia’s upcoming birthday and the biggest event of her life: prom. Problem is of course Michael hasn’t asked her to prom and she refuses to talk to him about it. We are on book five of the series, and Mia still isn’t really talking to Michael. Yeahhhhh.

She does have her fifteenth birthday and gets what she always wanted: a cellphone! What’s funny about reading this series a decade after it came out is to read the pop culture references and to find which ones are a bit dated. This is also not in a bad way, it’s just in a..cute way. There is also a lot put into this fifth novel. From Mia’s mom getting closer to the end of her pregnancy to her Grandmere getting the busboy fired on her birthday, Mia once again feels that her life is, understandably, ending. Then it gets worse, her boyfriend, perfect Michael, does not want to go to prom.

By not going to prom Mia, feels her world is spiraling out of control and worries that Michael is going to go off to college and break up with her and then proceeded to have a bit of a nervous break down. What I enjoyed was throughout Princess in Pink, that Mia has these dramatic versions of what should happen (but will never ever happen). It was relate-able, so relate-2068673able. Because who hadn’t imagined how certain events in this life should work out, even if it was dramatically.

While Princess in Pink is not a perfect book, Cabot and her writing continuing to be refreshing and a reminder of the feelings that are universal when you are a teenager.

The first thing that I enjoyed about Princess in Training is not the fact a new school year has started, but is that Cabot did a tongue-in-cheek nod to the two movies that they made based off this series. From the “fun Grandma” to the dead father, or even breaking up with Michael, I found that Cabot handled it perfectly and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sophomore year is not as easy as Mia was expecting. I mean, freshman year was tough, but it was only going to get easier right? (HAHAHAH) Things Mia are now worried about: surviving college with Lana and the fact her boyfriend is now in college and college boys expect girls to do with them, according to Lana. Mia is also still not overly communicating with Michael and that causes issues for Mia because WHY DOES MICHAEL NOT UNDERSTAND?! Well maybe because you’re not talking to him?

I also enjoyed that Lily, Mia’s best friend, broke up with Boris in the last novel because her hormones went off the charts and now she misses him; not just because he has recently gained about 30 pounds of muscle and is dating another girl in their group. None of this shocks anymore more than Mia. Because BORIS?! NOT BORIS! What Mia was also not expecting was that her BFF, Lily, was going to make Mia run for Student Body president and is pushing Mia for the win. Even though Mia does not want to win because she has other things to obsess about, like her country possibly leaving the EU. All of that though is overwhelmed by the fact that Mia is overly worried about the fear of having to have sex with Michael, right now. This very moment. While Mia and Michael do have a heart to heart, her re-telling makes the reader know that it’s very real and very painful. It doesn’t work out how her brain and she just wants her life to be perfect.

20889174Honestly, that is one of the things I consistently enjoy about Cabot’s series. Is the fact that while Mia continues to be a princess, her problems are universal: getting along with family, high school, best friends and boyfriends.

In Party Princess, Mia learns that being a teenager, a high school student, a princess, a girlfriend, and the high school president is not as easy as she was expecting it to be. If we’re being honest, Mia has never been that great at time management and that is shown throughout this novel.

While Mia is growing, she is very much still the same Mia that we fell in love with during the first book in this series. For example, everyone wants to send these scented candles to make up for the fact that Mia, as student body president, blew through money and now need at least $5,000 to hold prom at a super awesome place. Mia, of course, wants to do something better than selling scented candles, like getting money from her Grandmere.

I found it interesting in book seven of the series, Mia still hasn’t really grown. She is very much the girl that we first met. She’s shocked when her dear friends actually know who she is, and that her boyfriend doesn’t care that she isn’t a party girl. We as humans are a bit more predictable than we want to me. I would know, I spend a good portion of my life yelling “YOU DON’T KNOW ME” to my friends.

Mia also started to find, JP, the kid that everyone made fun of, kind of cute and extremely helpful. But what about Michael? Her one true love. The pivotal moment in this book was a party that Michael threw, and the exact moment that Mia made a fool of herself. She didn’t act like herself, she drank a beer, danced with JP, and made a general fool of herself. It was painful to listen to actually.

This is the book that Mia is reminded that not everything is about her. From Lily and Michael’s own personal problems, to Mia’s Grandmere, Mia is quickly reminded that she is not the center of the universe and sometimes it is important to put someone else first.

Princess in Pink: 3 stars  | Princess in Training: 4 stars  | Party Princess: 3 stars

38505-ml-40117The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1) by Meg Cabot
Release Date: September 19, 2000
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Audio via Library
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty–no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?– Goodreads


As someone who has seen The Princess Diaries movie at least 100 times, I decided it was finally time to read the novels. Okay, that’s not fair. I have read the first book in the series..years ago. So I decided to start fresh, from the beginning and it did not disappoint. What I forgot about the first book in the series was how young Mia is and how much I love her. Love her, but also want to shake her because while her humor is on point, I forgot how self-centered she is.

Until I remember that she’s 14 and she just found out that she’s a Princess of a small country. OF COURSE SHE IS GOING TO BE SELF CENTERED AND FREAKING OUT. Who wouldn’t be if they found out that! What I also enjoyed about the first book is the fact that Anne Hathaway read it. I know, that’s something that doesn’t matter to most, but as an audio book fiend, the narrator does matter and I will be upset when she stops narrating them.

The first book, The Princess Diaries is a good starter book. It gives you a good feel of the characters, Mia, her parents, her grandmother, her best friends, and the group that effects her the most at school. More importantly you get a feel of the  time 19567484period that Mia lives in. She lives in 2000 New York City. There is dial up internet, and a lack of everyone having a cellphone, and Mia journals in an actual journal. It’s authentic and enjoyable.

The second book, Princess in the Spotlight, we pick up essentially where The Princess Diaries left off. But a bombshell is dropped on Mia’s life. Yes, she is still a Princess, but now her mom is pregnant…with her algebra teacher’s baby.  Awkward right? Plus Mia is still fighting with her Grandmere, because Grandmere doesn’t understand what being a teenager is like. But it was still relate-able, because while I have never fought with my grandparents about being a princess, there is always that time you feel that people just don’t understand you.

Mia also has a secret admirer and has her fingers crossed that it is Michael, her BFF’s older brother. After The Princess Diaries, Mia finds out that Michael isn’t as bad as maybe she thought he was. And maybe things will be okay.

Of course they aren’t. Not everything can go that okay for Mia, and really where would the fun in that be? And that’s one of the many likable things about The Princess Diaries series, although she is the Princess of a small municipality, she dealt with the same thing that everyone deals with: school, boys, life.

Princes in the Spotlight is about Mia not only being on a popular news station, but about her mother and the growth of the family. When her Grandmere gets wind about the fact that Mia’s mother and teacher plan on getting married she is thrilled! and happy to help plan the wedding by turning it into this giant state event, something no one but Grandmere wants. I mean, her son isn’t even marrying Mia’s mother!

Why does it have to turn into this huge event? Who is Mia’s mystery man?! Princess in the Spotlight is a quick paced novel that B9E15BAF-DCCF-45AF-ACB8-18B7B787024AImg100covers this very weird, and oh so awkward teen years, but also an exciting glimpse into two weeks of Mia’s life. It is also a good reminder that help in life often comes from very unexpected places.

Princess in Love starts off with Mia starts off with stating the fact that one should be careful that they wish for. Something most adults know, but most 14 year olds do not know. Mia wanted a boyfriend, and then she got one. Alas it is not the boyfriend that she was expecting. She is dating Kenny, not Michael, and it’s not that Kenny isn’t lovely, he is. Mia just doesn’t feel anything for Kenny including sparks or love. Something Kenny tells her, that he loves her.

Mia is of course extremely uncomfortable during this because she does not love him. Mia knows the right thing would be to break up with Kenny, really she does know this, but that is also easier said than done. Her life seems to be crumbling and Kenny seems to be a bit of sanity in her life? Mia isn’t sure, all Mia knows is that everything has gone crazy and she would life to go a bit back to normal. Well as normal as a teenage princess can be. Her Grandmere is still driving her up the wall, her mother is still married to her algebra teacher and Mia just wants pass high school algebra and actually figure out her love life.


Princess in Waiting is the fourth book in the Princess Diaries series, it is also where I figured out the book series actually ended perfectly with Princess in Love.  In Princess in Waiting, I was reminded that Mia is 14 years old with her first actual boyfriend. Not counting the boyfriend, Kenny, from Princess in Love, because Mia doesn’t count him, which isn’t really fair to Kenny, but that’s Mia.

Princess in Waiting is also the first audio book that is not narrated by Anne Hathaway and I missed her doing Mia, because she is Mia! This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the new narrator, I was just not used to her and if you aren’t aware, I do like predictability.

There was also nothing wrong with the fourth book in the series, it just did not excite me. I wanted to shake Mia, because Cabot nailed the 14 year old girl so well, and I want to shake most of them.

I will also be happily continuing on with the series, because I do enjoy it, even when I want to shake Mia because she doesn’t tell people how she feels. Even though that is hypocritical because I don’t always do that myself.


The Princess Diaries: 3 stars | Princess in the Spotlight: 4 stars | Princess in Love: 3 stars| Princess in Waiting: 2 stars

13061500Awaken (Abandon Trilogy #3) by Meg Cabot
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Point
Source: Netgalley
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn’t want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn’t fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.–Goodreads


Oh this series. I understand that is not the best way to start a review, but sometimes it is the only way. Pierce spent this series much like in the previous books frustrating me, but at the same time made me love her more. I mean she’s a teenager, she is going to be frustrating. Looking back on my teenage years, was there a time I wasn’t frustrating? Probably not. And that is OK. But Pierce is much of the same.

Of course she is now Queen of the Underworld with her boyfriend, King of the Underworld, who is a teeny bit strange.  John is not only weird because he is, you know, dead, but also because he wants to get married and wants to get married now. He introduces himself to everyone as “Hello, I am John. I want to marry Pierce, but she will currently not let me because she says this is not the ways of present day.”

I know.

There is an interesting turning point where Pierce becomes an even stronger girl. Don’t get me wrong, she has been pretty strong throughout this series but there becomes a point when you can feel the light-bulb go off above her head and you’re like “YES! YOU GET IT! GOOD FOR YOU!” Not to say there weren’t moments in which I wanted to kill her, of course there were those moments.  But again, she’s a teen who is dealing with a lot of shit.

This is also the first book in awhile that I have felt like Meg Cabot is back to the Meg Cabot that I know and love and that makes me excited for the future.

9397967Abandon by Meg Cabot
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Point
Source: ARC provided by Kara via Cuddlebuggery LBBA
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld – Goodreads


This is the story of Pierce, a girl who once died, and then tried to move on from that moment. The problem is she can’t move on. John her “guardian angel” continues to find her. Pierce is torn by John. She knows that he is not a good guy, but she continuously has an attachment to him. While Pierce isn’t overly strong, she also isn’t a pushover, and of course John does have this need to protect her.

John helped to save her years ago and has been watching her ever since. Yes, a bit creepy, I know. But he feels a very deep connection to her which makes it okay. (That’s a bitter rant for another day.) Pierce tries to leave her past behind her, of course her first day at her new school and everyone knows about the fact that she seduced a teacher at her previous school (long story) and that she is now in D-Wing, which no one admits to being apart of. D-Wing is the wing of the school where the “losers” are part of. No one talks to D-Wing, yet, the popular kids want to be friends with Pierce. Pierce is known and lives in a gated community which allows them to be part of a school tradition.

The real stand outs in this book; however, are not Pierce, or even John. It is actually her Uncle and her cousin Alex who don’t have nearly enough page time. Pierce does however bond throughout the novel with her Uncle and Alex, which allows for more fun scenes with them. Pierce slowly has become an outcast with what happened at her old school, the whole dying thing, and the whole coming back to live thing while once visiting the Underworld. But again, even with being an outcast, the popular kids love her because she makes it easier for them to build a coffin per school tradition.

Yes, this book seemed like a giant info-dump with no real ending. While that can be okay, sometimes, as a first in a trilogy I feel there should have been more to hook the reader into this book. The fact that Meg Cabot wrote it, and I love bad boys is what is keeping me around. No one who knows me will be remotely shocked by that announcement. The bad guy is also kind of thrown at the reader from left field.

I am a huge Meg Cabot fangirl. She reminds me of being a tween/teenager. I love and adore her books. That being said. This book, and Cabot’s writing, left a lot to be desired, which of course, made me sad. Mostly because there is something lacking from Cabot’s writing that didn’t always exist in previous novels. I will however be continuing on with the series when it ends in July.