Sorry about how long it has been since I last posted, but my computor has been acting up.
Readers still lamenting the conclusion of Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" (HarperCollins) will eagerly embrace this first volume in the adventures of Desi Bascomb. The 15-year-old is stuck in Sproutsville, ID, where she is tormented by her ex-best friend, Celeste, and is working a miserable job at Pets Charming, where she is forced to dress up as a groundhog. Then she spies an ad for a princess sub and meets agent Meredith, who informs Desi that she has a rare magical gift that will allow her to apply royal rouge and stand in for any princess in need of a break. Desi is sent on three missions for three very different young women, and though she is told not to interfere, at last she sees her chance to make an impact. Though the plot is predictable and concepts such as royal rouge and getting from job to job in a bubble are silly and contrived, overall the novel is frothy fun. Desi is constantly comparing herself to seemingly perfect Celeste, and it is only through her new job that she begins to discover her own worth. This is a fast-paced and humorous read with a dash of romance. It's sure to leave readers longing for the next installment.
Desi hates her job. So when she finds an add in the newspaper, for becoming a princess replacement, that says to just 'Call Meredith', she does. And ends up flying in a bubble, and a magical replacement for princesses,
This is a really good series. It takes the kind of over used idea of a girl finding out she is a princess, or that she looks just like a princess, and takes it to a differant level. Now normal Desi is a magical stand-in for real princesses. But through a slip-up, she just might loose her job.