Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries #11) by Meg Cabot
Released: July 2nd 2015
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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Royal Wedding follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding - but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.
For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community centre, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements, Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.
But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone - especially herself - that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well? (from Goodreads)
I loved Royal Wedding. It was so cute, so adorable and literally everything I wanted from Mia as an adult. I was actually really nervous that I wouldn’t enjoy this book. I reread books 9 and 10 of the original The Princess Diaries series before starting this (didn’t have time for a full reread) to remind myself of everything that happened and how it all ended, so I was feeling kind of nostalgic and wasn’t sure that the new book with older characters could be as good as the original series. I had no idea what adult Mia would be like or what sort of problems she would be experiencing in Royal Wedding, but I can tell you now, I was worried for no reason.
Mia’s voice was the same as it had always been. Obviously she had matured, and was a little less panicky and awkward than she was as a teenager, but her fundamental personality was the same and I loved loved loved how that came across in the book. You could tell it was still Mia, and I was so happy she hadn’t morphed into a completely different person. She stilled bickered with Grandmère, she still made impulsive decisions at times, she was still very in love with Michael and it was so great to see all the characters I loved again! I really had missed them. Mia and Michael were so cute together, and even with the press hounding them, and the difficulties that came with getting married and all the other unexpected events they encountered along the way, you could tell that they truly cared about each other, and nothing would get in the way of that. I also loved seeing characters like Tina and Lily again (though I would have liked more Lana, because I always found her kind of hilarious). Grandmère was as bossy and interfering as ever (the scenes where she kept telling Mia to uninvite people to the wedding cracked me up), and Phillipe…well. He was a bit useless, wasn’t he? I mean, another child who didn’t know she was a princess? REALLY? How could he not tell his family? It would have been different if he hadn’t known that she existed, but he did! I don’t think his decision to keep it a secret was really excusable (Mia never got to know her own sister!), but maybe that’s just me. At least he had some contact with her, I suppose.
I did love the character of Olivia Grace (the secret daughter) though. She was sweet and quite different to Mia in personality (though they did share some traits). I liked that Mia tried to do her best by Olivia when she found out about her, and took the time to get to know her. It was nice to see them spend time together as sisters and I am now pretty intrigued to read about Olivia’s account of everything that happened in her spin-off series! I hope to see more of Olivia from Mia’s point of view as well though, in future books, and I hope they can become closer.
Plot-wise, I really enjoyed everything that happened and how Mia dealt with the various issues that came her way. The return of JP kind of surprised me - the nerve of that guy! Who did he think he was, seriously? He annoyed me so much, I’m glad Mia wasn’t putting up with it. I also thought the revelation towards the end, while a surprise to many characters, was actually kind of funny, just because of the way it had been hinted at throughout the book for the readers. I am definitely hoping for a sequel soon - I can’t wait to see what Mia does next!
Overall, Royal Wedding was a lot of fun, and an excellent addition to a series I have loved since I was a young teen! It was great growing up with these books, and I find it so awesome that I now get to read the adult series as an adult myself! Highly recommended.