Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review: The Royal Spy


The Royal Spy
Cassie M. Shiels

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Even though Katie is a royal princess, all she knows is how to be a spy. She constantly goes from mission to mission, never getting the chance to understand her birthright. This all changes when her father sends her on a mission to Floric with the cover of being a princess who is trying to win the prince’s heart. This mission proves to be very different from the others with a shadowy figure to chase, secret passages to explore, secrets to keep and the problem of betrayal that she is about to discover.

About the Author

Cassie M. Shiels was born in Idaho, but moved around the Pacific Northwest while growing up. She has always enjoyed books and was one to be found, reading late into the night, on the school bus or before she did her homework. In middle school she determined that she liked creating her own stories as much as she liked reading them; so she decided she wanted to be a writer and keeps working on making that dream come true with every story idea that bounds into her head. She is also a certified childbirth educator and loves teaching new prospective parents about childbirth.

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This book was amazing. 

The king's antics, the banter, and the bizarre situations the prince and Katie find each other in made me laugh the entire way through the book. I could not help but tell people about the book as I devoured it in a couple days.

I loved the characters, too. Princess Katie was definitely a different princess than the stereotype. Her skills learned through training and spying made her the perfect person for the mission. And the mission was perfect for her own growth as a person.

One theme I noticed was about deciding for oneself what decisions to make. Three characters were forced to choose between the two controlling influences in their lives. One portrayed exactly what obeying two opposing masters looked like--someone undoing his own work and gaining no ground in either direction. This theme is something that impacts my life right now and I have never seen it portrayed so clearly in a book.

The plot combined the perfect balance of intrigue, humor, and romance. The mysteries kept me on my toes, the humor kept me laughing, and the sweet romance kept me wanting more. I look forward to Cassie Shiels's upcoming works.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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