This book, titled The Princess Spy, isn’t about a princess. She also completes a grand total of one spying mission in the entire book. Boo. This is a clear case of bait and switch in my opinion! While there appears to be a fierce adult following of this series on Goodreads, I was bored. I think you will be bored too. I only finished it because I requested it — it’s like asking for a huge helping of your mother-in-law’s dressing and then realizing it tastes like cardboard. You know you gotta eat it, but it isn’t going to be fun.
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Margaretha’s resistance to her latest persistent suitor is growing weaker when a stranger shows up in her home and reveals that the man who has been courting her has some pretty unpleasant plans for her family and her people.
The straightforward plotting and simple dialogue make this more suited to younger or struggling readers. Teens and adult YA readers will likely grow bored with the plodding pace of the writing. I would compare it to an American Girls book but with more length and romance. This isn’t a terrible book, but the lack of text complexity definitely made it hard for me to stick with it until the end. Language and light romance are suitable for grades 7+.