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Undercover Princess

The Rosewood Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)
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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn.

When fairy-tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.

Lottie is thrust into the real world of royalty - a world filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy, Jamie, she'll soon discover that reality doesn't always have the happily ever after you'd expect....

A thrilling world of parties, politics and badass princesses, this is the first book in the brand-new series The Rosewood Chronicles.

©2017 Connie Glynn (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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This is so lovely and cozy, a story well told!

Love how Connie narrated her story, so well read. Can't wait for book 2, pre-ordered!

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This book is EPIC!

I love this book it is so interesting and everything changes at the right time and the right amount of times! I am really excited to read or listen to the next book in the series!

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Enjoyable

a bit predictable but an excellent and compelliny story with delightfully intriguing characters. Excellent performance, enjoyed the Connie Glynns read

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Couldn't believe my ears

This has to be one of the most badly written books I've ever come across. I realise that this is a young adults book and I fully expected it to have a youthful style and appeal. However I didn't expect it to be written in such a juvenile way. There is no proper world building, detailed description is non existent, I have no clue what Rosewood is supposed to look like, and the characters are two dimensional. Where is this set? Where is Maradova? What time is this set? Is this our universe or a different one?

SPOILERS!!!
The tunnel that Lottie finds doesn't get any mention other than it's use for over hearing a conversation. None of the obvious questions are asked at all, why is there a tunnel there? What is it used for? How is it that they manage to find the other end of the tunnel when they don't know for sure that is runs as far as the creek? And if Lottie was so worried about her first day why would she as a goodie two shoes climb into a tunnel and risk making herself late? She didn't go and find her friends to try to sort out the misunderstanding because she thought she would be late, however she says she actually got to class early???

The author has a very strange idea of the kind of relationships that girls have. I have no idea if these girls are supposed to be straight, gay or bi? I know of no girls that climb into each other's beds and cuddle, describing the way one whispers into the others ear. What is the 'static' that she keeps mentioning? Usually that's only associated with a romantic or sexual nature. The whole hair dying scene at the beginning is bizarre, if this girl who has short hair dyes her hair on a regular basis she would be capable of rinsing it without assistance and if she's going to strip down to just her knickers to wash it out surely you'd just get into the shower??

There's no explanation as to what has happened to Lottie's father, he's mentioned 'as working as', but it's cut off before the sentence is finished. Lottie lives with her step mother but her father doesn't seem to be on the scene, what's that about? Her step mother sounds vile, not actively abusive per say, but negligent and begrudging. If she didn't want to care for her then why isn't Lottie with her father. Or grandparents?

There are so many cliches in this book, the girl who wants to be a princess but isn't. The girl who is a princess but doesn't want to be. The bodyguard that is obviously going to be Lottie's love interest. The fact that the Ellie has an uncle who has been disowned and they don't know where he is, well that's obviously going to be Lottie's father, so the girls will be cousins and so everything will be wonderful.

The 'threats' that aren't threats are ridiculous. The note under the mattress, so is this a fantasy book with magic in it?

Did not finish, very disappointing.

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Great book

I loved this book so much! Can't wait to listen to the next one!! :-D :-D

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Love it!

I honestly can’t wait for the next one! Amazing story.... so excited to see the relationship between Lottie and Jamie :) very exciting things to happen... definitely recommended to all ages who love a good mystery romance/friendship, perfect!

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Loved it.

Absolutely loved it. stayed in bed to finish it! great characters, storylines and relationships! Can't wait for the next one!

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I couldn't finish it

I couldn't finish it. I don't know who this is supposed to be aimed at.

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my new favourite book

I've listed to it twice already, and each time i discover something new! it never gets boring!

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educating

a young girl pretends to be a princess to protect the real princess.
and finds herself out of her depth when someone tries to kidnap her, thinking she is the real princess.

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  • E. Cejvan
  • 14-11-17

The shape of career to come

Following this new author on YouTube in the lead-up to the launch of her first book, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I'm not averse to, or above reading young adult fiction books, but it's also not a genre that makes it onto my list all that often. Based on the hints and glimpses of the story the author promoted through her channel, I couldn't help but get the feeling that this would be a Harry Potter meets The Princess Diaries. And if it were, it would be worthwhile exploring. Boy was I pleasantly surprised.

The story, the characters, the setting, and the pacing are all extremely well crafted. It had me intrigued from the very beginning. In many ways it reminded me of my fondness for The Prince and the Pauper, but with a much more modern and layered spin. One thing I am still having trouble getting over, is how well the author captured the principles of duty and honour. In numerous parts it had me choking up, and a handful of times outright tearing up and sniffling. Evoking such emotions is challenging for even more seasoned writers with many more years of life experience to tap into. Given the author's age, I have to say that my hope for the future has been renewed.

Connie Glynn, you are an unstoppable force. I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Nekomewleta
  • 04-11-17

Overall very enjoyable

Connie’s reading was wonderful. I believe it really made a beautiful version of the story, told with such care.
The story itself is sweet and dramatic. The characters are likable and make for an interesting group.
Overall, it’s a nice listen if your looking for something that isn’t too heavy and want a younger YA fantasy vibe

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  • Hojable
  • 19-02-19

Not Appropriate for the Stated Age Range

Warning potential spoilers ahead.
On the inside cover of this book it reads, “Ages 8 - 12”. My 10 year old daughter checked this book out from our local library. We began reading some parts of the story together and admittedly I became interested in the plot so, I decided to get the book on Audible and listen to it.
The main characters of this story range in age from 13 - 15 and the author almost hyper sexualizes them with waaay to intimate encounters with each other. I don’t know of any kids this age that would even be having encounters like the ones described in the book. Listening to some of the encounters made me as an adult uncomfortable and I began to wonder what my 10 was thinking as she read the book.
One of the scenes in the book describes how the main character comes to realize two other female character who are maybe 14 are in “love”. Now, it’s not the two female characters that bothered me, it was the fact that they are 14 and “in love”. It was too much of an adult situation for two 14 year olds.
I decided to ask my 10 year old daughter about how she was liking the book. I was thinking maybe I was just being too critical and if my 10 year old wasn’t picking up on some of the same things I was then I wasn’t going to make an issue of them. So, I asked her what was she liking about the book and what maybe she wasn’t liking. She told me the book was really interesting and she couldn’t wait to read what happens next and at first that was all she said. Then a few minutes later she says, “mom, there was a part of the book that I thought was weird”. She then went on to describe a scene between the two main characters who are 13 year old roommates at Rosewood. In this scene one of the girls is dyeing her hair with out a shirt on. The roommate comes in and begins to help her with rinsing out the hair dye. The author then goes on to describe the girls “sinewy, flat-chested body” that could easily be “mistaken for a boy. Yet, there was nothing masculine about her; her frame was somehow soft and delicate, almost genderless”. This part of the book, not necessarily these descriptors by themselves but the hair dye scene as a whole made my daughter feel uncomfortable.
In conclusion, I really don’t think this book is appropriate for an 8-12 year old. If the author was going to put this kind of content in a book the characters should have been older, maybe 17 - 19 and the book should have been marketed to an older age range.

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  • SFJules
  • 05-09-18

Amazing!!!

It’s such a cute book I think there will be an amazing fan base it’s just beautiful I’m very happy that unlike most YouTube books I’ve seen she worked hard on making a ligament story unlike most YouTube slime books

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  • Maverick’s Trove
  • 07-03-18

What a fun new series!

Would you listen to Undercover Princess again? Why?

Of course! Connie Glynn has a nice therapeutic voice which nice when someone is reading a book to you. The storyline is well written and you get attached to the characters.

What other book might you compare Undercover Princess to and why?

Fated (The Soul Seeker series by Alyson Noël)

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Lottie Pumpkin, she is very nice and thinks before she speaks which is always good.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Best friends with a princess

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for book 2. I'm defiantly going to have to re-listen to this book. I loved listening to this book on long car rides.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-18

My opinion

I love it so much♡ I was amazing! I can't wait for next one! yay

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  • Cristina Barrancos
  • 25-02-18

The Undercover Story

The Undercover Princess was the first audiobook I've ever listened to. When I was trying to choose which book to pick I decided that I wanted a light read that would allow myself to adjust my reading skills to audiobook world. I chose The Undercover Princess because I thought it would be like the Disney movie Princess Protection Program. I knew the story so it would be easier to follow through. I could not be more wrong. This story has nothing to do with the movie. The magic surrounding it's so much more mesmerizing. I was expecting some kind of cheesy love story but instead I was presented with a beautifully constructed friendship based in loyalty, protection and adventure. Not a predictable friendship based on the similarities both Ellie and Lottie had but on their differences. Night and day. The sun and the moon. I was absolutely attached to the characters. I really related myself with Lottie, I adored Eleanor Wolfson and her wild personality, I hated Anastacia with all my strength (not in the end bit of course) and I respected Jamie. Never for a moment I had expected the story to turn out the way it did. It was unpredictable, well written and meaningful. What can I say? I'm utterly in love with it. I haven't loved a book this much for a very long time. I can't wait to read the second book! Until then, I will do my very best to be kind, brave and unstoppable!

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  • nelly
  • 21-12-17

great! a bit short maybe?

great story ! very cute. really enjoy the pararell. and the charecters. but i feelt the story a bit.... not explanartory? or rushed maybe? loking forvard to the next on !

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  • Rosie
  • 19-12-17

A Wonderful Journey!

The book was so beautiful and absolutely enchanting. A read that anyone would enjoy and lessons that can be learned by all! So looking forward to your future works Connie~

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  • Christian Jewell
  • 06-12-17

A wonderful fantasy!

Connie Glynn is a wonderful writer and I hope there’s more in store for Lottie, Ellie and the rest of the Rosewood gang