Although, I am very tempted to make this a very spoiler heavy review; I am going to make this as a spoiler free as possible (but it won’t be spoiler free in regards to events which occurred in the first book) because it’s only my own excitement and need to talk about the book, which is making me want to go spoiler heavy!
If you haven’t read the first book in this series Undercover Princess then I’ll be honest this review and Princess in Practice won’t make a whole lot of sense. If you’ve just read the first book and you want to recap a little or if you are thinking of starting this series you can read my review of Undercover Princess here.
I’ll start by initially saying that although the first book in this series has a special part in my heart (partly because I’ve been a fan of Connie Glynn for a few years now); this book definitely took it to the next level with me and I am now fully invested in this series.
Without further ado though let’s proceed with this review…
Lottie and Ellie are back!
Head back to Rosewood Hall with your two favourite princesses in the sequel to Undercover Princess!
As they return to Rosewood after the dramatic events of their first year, Lottie and Ellie are hoping for a peaceful term.
But strange things are happening at Rosewood. Pupils are being poisoned.
Is the threat of secret organisation Leviathan growing closer?
Lottie and Ellie are determined to find the culprit; but danger could be closer than they think…
Judging a book by its cover (cover review)
For anyone who is even just mildly obsessed with pastels or princesses then this cover is a dream come true. I love that it keeps up the same colour palette as the cover for Undercover Princess and I personally love that the beautiful shade of pink is the main focus. The gold writing for both the series name The Rosewood Chronicles and the author gives an instant regal flair to the cover, demonstrating that, yes, this is a book highly concerned with royalty. The title itself (and I may be reading too much into this) Princess in Practice not only is very demonstrative of the theme of this book – this is definitely Lottie’s story about settling into her new role as Portman and through trial and error realising where she belongs and truly becoming a princess; but the two different writing styles remind me a lot of Ellie and Lottie. Ellie is a bit more bold like the font for the word princess whereas the word practice is in a fancier, more elegant script more characteristic of Lottie.
Based on her physical descriptions in the series, I believe the girl on the cover of the novel is Lottie with her tiara glistening on her head with Rosewood Hall visible right on her heart. And I can’t think of a more fitting image to sum up this novel to be honest.
To prepare for this review I went back and read my review of the first book in the series, which did not help me with keeping this review spoiler free, as I just want to yell in this review about which of my assumptions are true. Instead, I’ll say this, if you are looking for a novel targeted at children and young adults that explores a wide range of different sexualities in a matter of fact way then this is for you.
It is refreshing to see the characters not be tormented over their sexualities and reacting well to finding out other characters sexualities – for the audience this is aimed at this is definitely a decision I agree with and helps them to negotiate how they should handle such situations. However, I think it might also be valuable to show a character not react well and then learn and grow from their mistake, but honestly this is something that could be easily explored in other parts of the series and I don’t expect this series to cover everything (that’s too much of a burden for any series to bear).
I’m glad as well that Lottie’s relationship with Ollie is explored further in this book and I hope to see more of Ollie in the future. Binah, one of my favourite characters from the first book, makes more of an appearance, which I was delighted about. Essentially, the second instalment does what a sequel should do and expand upon the world it’s created. Princess in Practice does this brilliantly, building on the momentum of the first book, instead of suffering from sequel syndrome. I think a large way the book gets away with this is making the journey of certain characters trying to find themselves a central part of the book.
I wish to the bottom of my heart this series would have existed for me growing up (before I over analysed everything) and the representation in this book made my heart burst, especially as it’s targeted to a younger audience. It’s that charm that means I can forgive the momentum of the book being slightly too rapid at points, and some things not being as fleshed out as I would like. I would though love to have a series that shows events entirely from Binah or Anastasia’s perspective throughout the books.
Overall, Connie grows on the first book, not only going from strength to strength with her writing, but further creating a magical land of royalty, intrigue and mystery that I couldn’t help but to lose myself in. I will definitely continue to read this series and can’t wait to see the future that is in store for its characters.
Also, for anyone wondering I did the official online quiz and I got Ivy house though in a version online I got Conch (there’s also helpfully an information page at the back of Princess in Practice with information about each house).
4/5 – ‘Building on the success of Undercover Princess, author Connie Glynn smashes it out of the park with a sequel fit for a princess.’
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