ARC Review: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries #11)

23215471Original Title: Royal Wedding

Year Published: 2015

Published by:  William Morrow Paperbacks (an arc was kindly provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review)

Number of Pages: 436

First Sentence: Prince Phillipe of Genovia Arrested.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

My thoughts:

This is the final installment in the Princess Diaries series, and it is a good one. Expect all the crazy schemes, clumsiness, and overall adorableness that is Princess Mia and her family. Not only does she have to plan a wedding, she also has to deal with her crazy grandmother, her out of control father and everything else that seems to work against her.

I’ve always had a weakness for this series and loved it when I was younger. There is so much one can relate to when it comes to Mia’s feelings concerning many things. The awkward teenage phase, the “how to behave around boys” insecurity, dealing with embarrassing family members, and just trying to figure out where you belong in this world. And this book takes the final step into adulthood. Mia finally has the man of her dreams, has managed to turn princessdom into a career she actually likes and overall feels more at home with herself. But as per usual in her life, something (or several things) happens that has her scrambling to regain some sense and order.

The humor is good in this one, and the plot feels semi-realistic. In fact, it feels totally realistic if this is your actual idea of how royals live their lives. There are a lot of things happening in this book, some twist and turns that are expected and some take you totally by surprise.

The negative thing about this book, and, in fact, all the books in the series, is that pretty much all the characters are very childish. Mia, her father, grandmother, her best friend and several of the other adults are just so childish at times and only interested in their own good. It get’s a little annoying at times and it is quite unbelievable that so many adults would be so childish. This characteristic is also one that I had hoped that Mia would get over, since it has been her main flaw since book one, and it would have shown great growth for her character. The lack of it almost makes it feel like the character has made no progress at all. It also has me wanting to grab these childish characters, shake them and yell ” GROW UP!”.

Do I recommend it? 

If you have read all the other books in the series then you need to read this.

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