*Minor spoilers for the beginning to follow, although I’m pretty sure these things are made clear by the book’s title and official description*
I’ll just start by saying that I ADORE the entire Princess Diaries series. I basically spent my teenage years growing up alongside Princess Mia, she was my book BFF. When the series ended, I was heartbroken but perfectly happy with the ending of Mia’s story. I never expected more to the series because Meg Cabot acted like she wouldn’t be writing more, at least not for a very, very long time!
So imagine my shock when I logged on to Tumblr one day and see the Royal Wedding announcement. I was insanely happy, how could I not want more Mia in my life?! Receiving and ARC for this book was such a privilege for me. Click below to read my review!
Royal Wedding picks up seven years after Forever Princess ended, with Mia and the gang having settled into life as adults, and Grandmere is as crazy as ever. Mia has been recently badgered by the media about her and Michael not being engaged after all this time, with headlines like “Why Won’t He Marry Mia?” So when Michael finally pops the question, Mis is over the moon happy. That happiness is short lived though, because when the couple returns from their utterly secluded beach trip they find chaos. Someone has leaked their engagement! The book follows Mia, in diary form of course, as she has to juggle planning a shotgun wedding, her father’s run for prime minister of Genovia, family surprises, as well as a plethora of other problems!
Now for what I thought about it:
This book was a delightful, easy read. While it didn’t always capture my attention the way other installments in the series did, I enjoyed reading it.
My favorite aspect of Cabot’s writing is,and has always been, her sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud so much during this book. It’s a very, very fun read, especially for those who have followed the series from the beginning.
Though we missed seven years of these character’s lives, the gap was seamless. Every character still felt the same after all this time, which I was very glad to see.
My only real criticism was that it didn’t feel to me that much really happened in the book, even though things did indeed happen. There were a couple of really big moments, but there was also a lot of filler that just didn’t hold my attention, and that’s what made me feel like things weren’t happening I think. One plot point in particular(it had to do with J.P.) felt a little phoned in and lazy, a stretch to portray him in a bad light. Overall though, these problems can easily be overlooked, especially for those who have been waiting for more PD books!
I would definitely recommend this book, it’s an easy, very fun read and long-time fans of the series will not be disappointed. 4/5 stars(probably really 3.5 but I just am really happy that this book even exists!) I am very hopeful that there are more(fingers crossed) Princess Diaries books on the horizon, which isn’t too hard to imagine with the way this one ended! So we shall see!