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The Princess Diaries (Princess Diaries, 1)

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In this installment, which I firmly believe is a bridge to ease readers into From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, Mia is twenty-six, working full-time and about to get married to Michael Moscovitz. Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels). I'll stop. (I'm worse than Mia sometimes.) I won't even go on a rant about how Michael somehow, despite having no experience with vaccines, manages to produce one that is 99.9% effective(!) and Mia doesn't so much as consider making the details available to other countries, or her claim that the police in Genovia are universally beloved. I won't. Now as an adult reader, I do find it kind of interesting and fun that with regard to Mia’s issues throughout The Princess Diaries with her best friend Lily Moscovitz and her staunchly traditional and Genovian nobility grandmother, while these two characters at first appear to be rather majorly different, well, with regard to their arrogance, obstinacy and their my way or the proverbial highway kind of Weltanschauung both Lilly and Grandmère are actually annoyingly similar but with the main issues being that at the end of The Princess Diaries Lili Moscovitz apologises to Mia and sees the errors of her ways whereas the Mia’s grandmother dies not and likely never will. Mia whines and whinges and wonders why everything happens to her. ( Yeah, Mia…my heart bleeds for your plight)

John Paul "J.P." Reynolds Abernathy IV: Initially known as "The Guy Who Hates It When They Put Corn In the Chili", J.P. meets Mia via Grand-mère's school musical in Party Princess. Anyway, fans (like me!) were thrilled to find out that Cabot was writing another book about Mia, and especially excited to find out that this one was for adults! So a portion of the proceeds of this book will go to Vow for Girls. 100% of funds raised by Vow For Girls goes directly to local organizations advancing girls’ rights! Meg is now writing a new children's series called Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls. Her new paranormal series, Abandon, debuts in Summer of 2011. Helen Thermopolis: Mia's mother. She has a career as an artist and spends most of her time in her studio.It was also hilarious to look at some of these characters due to spoiler purposes, and sobering too (especially if you read about a certain character’s death from the excerpt posted from Royal Wedding). The Princess Diaries is what got me into YA in the first place. I grew up with Mia's obsession with her A-cup boobs, attending royal functions, witnessing her mom marry her Algebra teacher, snagging Michael (and losing him five books later), battle depression, and her ultimate happy ending. Forever Princess remains my favorite Princess Diaries book to date.

I wasn't expecting much of a plot. The plot is predictable, but it is comical and enjoyable. However, the plot only really appears in the last half of Ransom My Heart and it's extremely clear who the antagonists are. When he finnaly 'satisfied' himself with Finnula, he was then again, unsatisfied at the same time. Yo! When Hugo wants to marry Finnula she goes all 'oh I don't know'. (Although she was going to marry his father, but thats a diffeent story.) Well a bit too late for having second thoughts. When she refuses to see him, he barges through her bedroom door and has his way with her again. Michael's dad thought this was so hilarious, he bought dozens of copies to give to his friends and even his patients. Michael's asked him to stop, but his dad won't listen. Jet? He’s hired a private jet? Who does he think he is all of a sudden, Christian Grey? I am not okay with this. I'm not some shy virginal college student who only owns one shirt."Nostalgic value. I first read the Princess Diaries as a wee tweenager and the series still holds a special place in my heart. Mia has such a distinct voice and it's just comforting to dive into her world again (even midst the pandemic)

She is the tallest girl in her class, has feet like skis, mouse-brown/dishwater blonde hair that is triangular in shape and a chest line that is flatter than a surfboard. Princess in Waiting – Between canceled dates with her long-sought-after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn’t there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title? I didn't expect Sheriff de Brissac to have a heart. I thought he was going to be an antagonist, but he's a genuine character and a hero. The Nostalgia—I loved Meg Cabot when I was younger. She was absolutely part of my foundation as a reader. I was really excited to revisit Mia and her friends and family for this reason. But I think I remembered the books wildly differently…

Project Princess – Princess Mia embarks on an epic adventure for one so admittedly unhandy: Along with her cohorts from school, she’s off to build houses for the less fortunate. It doesn’t take Mia long to realize that helping others is very hard work. I read this book years and years and years ago. I remember thinking I'd start it as a silly read and ... being pleasantly surprised. I had fond memories of this book so when it showed up on my library's app feed as an available audiobook... and I saw that it was narrated by Anne Hathaway, I was feeling nostalgic. I borrowed it. I expected more from the worldbuilding since 1920's England seems so vague and it just seems like a generic countryside to me. There was nothing that distinct about Stephensgate or any other village they came across. So, I was disappointed by that factor. And you gave me so much Fat Louie content but you don't even introduce me to Mia's babies!!!! What is up with that Meg!? She's seriously not happy about the news, but makes a compromise with her Dad: that she'll keep going to school like normal, but would spend the summers in Genovia doing the princess thing. She wasn't expecting her formidable grandmother to come to New York to give her princess lessons, and she wasn't expecting the same grandmother to leak the story to the press. Now she's suddenly popular but it's the last thing she wants.

Also, if you are a fan of this series Meg currently is posting Mia entries about Genovia dealing with the crisis free on her blog. You can thank me later. Way too many exclamation points and too much use of all-caps. Also it's not funny at all (except when there's typos) even though it's supposed to be humorous. It's just dumb. Ransom My Heart, written by the Princess of Genovia Mia Thermopolis. He’s a tall, handsome knight with a secret. She’s an adventurous beauty with more than a few secrets of her own. Finnula needs money for her sister’s dowry, and fast. Hugo Fitzstephen, returning home to England from the Crusades with saddlebags of jewels, has money, and lots of it. What could be simpler than to kidnap him and hold him for ransom?

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Ransom my Heart has some of my favourite romance tropes such as strangers/enemies-to-lovers, love interests being forced together due to the most absurd circumstances and fake dating (or in this case, fake marriage). However, I've read books that make better use of these tropes. There isn't much chemistry between Finnula and Hugo. From the moment Hugo meets Finnula, he's attracted to her, but that attraction is mostly sexual. All he cares about is getting Finnula into his bed. The sex scenes in Ransom my Heart are also pointless and does nothing to further the plot or develop the romantic relationship between the main characters.

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