In Which I Grow Bored and Force Myself to Read out of Politeness


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 SpyThe 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+.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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