Title: Princess Ever After
Author: Connie Glynn
Series: The Rosewood Chronicles #5
I received a free physical copy from Penguin Platform ,via The Write Reads Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
The Tour is celebrating the release of Book 5 in the series: Princess Ever After. Penguin Platform also provided me with an ebook copy of book 1 you can read my review here
Ellie is a rebellious princess who is no longer hiding her real identity. Lottie is her Portman, wishing that she could shield Ellie from the threat of Leviathan. Jamie is Ellie’s Partizan, a lifelong bodyguard sworn to protect the princess at any cost – but has mysteriously disappeared. Not all of the trio have made it back to Rosewood Hall. Can they be reunited? And at what cost? With the crown at risk, the stakes have never been higher . . .
I will preface I have only read book 1 in this series before jumping into this book. I do feel I did suffer a little by not reading the others. While the book does a really good job of introducing what had happened in the rest of the series I felt I didn’t have as much emotional connection to the characters that would have built up over the series.
This was a really nice conclusion to what was started in book 1. I really enjoyed how it resolved but I just felt it was missing the detail and adventure of book 1. It all seemed a little rushed while also not very much happening overall. It felt a little predictable. Even though I hadn’t read the rest of the series, I had somewhat saw the ending unfolding the way it did, including what probably seemed like some major reveals for other books in the series, I had guessed them all by the end of book 1 and that was a little underwhelming. I just didn’t find myself shocked or thrilled by any of the outcomes. They felt very contrived to give the perfect princess happy ending despite the message of the book being completely different. I kind of wanted more.
On the other hand I really liked the LGTQIA+ rep in this book. I liked how it was explored and how the potential Love triangle was resolved. I did enjoy the characters, I do think they are very well developed and I liked that there was evident growth in their personalities from book one. I still think this very much occupies the 11-14 age group which is not as well provided for by the YA and children’s markets, despite the ages of the main characters.
Overall, this was a cute fun and fast read that I enjoyed. I just wanted that little bit more of a punchier ending.