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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin - Book Review

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Review by Suze

Adrianna Bottom's father is famous for his Bottom's Bathrooms and Accessories. It's why they've moved to Los Angeles where they're getting their own reality show. Adrianna isn't happy with her parents' decisions and doesn't want to be on television. Especially not because the director seems to want her to be someone she isn't and he's always there to film her most embarrassing moments. Starting at a new school is already scary, but constantly being in the spotlight while trying to make friends, meeting someone cute and having to aim to be popular is a difficult job for her. Adrianna doesn't know what to do and how to behave, which is why she has to keep more and more secrets from the people around her, which isn't very handy when there's a camera present almost the whole time.

Adrianna wants to make friends, but hanging out with the most popular girls at school has a price, they have rules she has to stick to. One of them is ignoring Kevin, the guy she really likes. The crowd she's spending her time with doesn't accept him and she's being advised to find someone else to hang out with. To be able to see Kevin Adrianna joins his larp group while being in disguise. Because she wears a wig and a mask Kevin and his friends have no idea who she is. Will this way to get to know him work in Adrianna's favor or will it eventually backfire and ruin her chances with Kevin and the new friends she's just made?

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess is a story about self confidence and allowing yourself to be the person you want to be. Adrianna wants to please everyone, but by doing so she makes things very difficult for herself. She's a sweet geeky girl who has to try to be someone she's not. She does a lot of introspection and eventually discovers what is important to her. It's a long journey filled with embarrassing moments, beautiful meaningful connections, friendship, peer pressure, secrets and fun. I loved the versatility of it and couldn't wait to find out if she'd find happiness or not. Kevin is a kindhearted and talented guy and they are a great match. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see if they would have a chance together.

Casey Griffin has put many interesting elements into her story. There's a real life television show with a director who only thinks about his ratings, Adrianna wants to fit in at a new school while trying to escape the cameras as much as she can and her father has a terrific original business. I especially liked the larping aspect of the story. The vivid descriptions of the costumes, rules and battles are making it come to life incredibly well. I loved Casey Griffin's obvious love for her topic, which results into a unique and unexpected plot with a strong finale. The ending is entertaining, surprising and sweet. Secrets of a Reluctant Princess is a fabulous original story written with a great sense of humor.


Secrets of a Reluctant Princess is a great choice for readers who love YA stories about finding yourself and having the chance to be who you are combined with amazing costumes and roleplaying.

About Casey Griffin

Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can.


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One very lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Secrets of a Reluctant Princess and a Tiara.


  1. This sounds very good. I would hate to be on TV especially when the most embarrassing things are highlighted.

  2. It seems like Adrianna has a very good reason to be upset with her parents.

  3. Sounds interesting . Thanks for the review !

  4. I've never been bullied or bullied anyone, but I've seen it done to others, back in school (mostly through nicknames and indifference). I'm ashamed to say I really didn't defend the kid, and I'd like to think I'd do something today, knowing what we do now about the subject and its consequences.

  5. Sounds funny and sweet. I will definetly be reading this.

  6. Sounds good thanks for the review!

  7. I'm interested in books of this genre. Seems like a lot of fun.

  8. OMG Even now years later...the thought of being a teenage sends shivers of dread down my spine, it was mostly awful! I cant even being filmed on Reality Tv at any age much less as an awkward teenager!

  9. Bottoms Bathrooms? What a wonderful name!