Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Princess For Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

Title: Princess for Hire
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Published by: Egmont
Publication date: 1st February 2010
Pages: 384
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

WANTED: teenage girl to serve as substitute princess. Must be willing to travel. Please call Meredith.

Desi's life sucks. She had to wear a stupid, furry costume at work, the guy she likes doesn't know she exists and her former best friend hates her.

So when she's accepted as a substitute princess, it looks like she might finally have a chance to shine...and there's a hot prince to meet!

But is Desi really up to the royal challenge? After all, the life of a princess isn't just tiaras and glass slippers...

Firstly, I just want to say that all the reviews I've seen of this book have said "But the bath on the front cover has nothing to do with the story!" Well, yes it does. In the first and second chapters Desi is in the bath when she sees the advertisment for a princess substitute. And personally, I think the UK cover is much nicer than the USA cover, but that's just me! Maybe because I'm younger than most book reviewers.

This book took a bit of time to get into, but eventually it had me staying up until 3am, desperate to find out what happened next!  What happened next was, I decided this was one of the best books I've ever read! It was surprisingly brilliant for an author's debut.


Desi:  Desi is the main character. At the beginning of the book Desi works at a pet shop wearing an embarrassing furry costume. Soon though, her life takes an unexpected spin and life changes for the better!

Meredith: Desi's princess sub agent. Meredith is always in her own little bubble (literally) and takes Desi to new princess gigs.

Drake: Desi's old boss from the pet shop. A slightly odd person, but quite funny as well.

Lilith: Pretends to be a nice, warm, funny person but actually she's really mean and hates Desi. She trains Desi when Desi first comes to Facade Agency.

Celeste: Used to be Desi's best friend but soon turned her back on her and got together with Hayden, Desi's crush.

It was very funny and I loved the idea of a princess substitute agency, and the way that everyone who worked there had different rainbow coloured hair! Meredith had green hair, and I seem to remember some of them had pink and blue hair!

Happy ever after...or a date with disaster?

My favourite character was actually Meredith because it was really funny when she was being stern and mean, because you could tell she didn't really mean to be.  The ending was fantastic and I really hope there is a second book! Overall I give this book 5/5.


  1. I'm making notes to pay attention for your March competition!

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic

  2. Great review, Amber! I'm reading this right now and I'm looking forward to getting back to it, now that I've read your review!

  3. P.S. I agree with you about the cover. It's perfect for the book!

  4. Hi Amber, I just noticed this review and wondered if you would like to link it in to the current monthly collection of books that people loved on Carole's Chatter. This is the link There are already over 25 great books linked in that you might be interested in. It would be super if you came on over. Cheers

  5. Amber, thanks for stopping by. I am now following you via Bloglovin and GFC. I hope to see you again soon. Cheers