Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries #11), by Meg Cabot
Publication: June 2, 2015, by William Morrow and Company
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which 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 center, 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?
After discovering that this book is going to be a real, legit thing, I panicked like an old fan of Meg Cabot's books would. True story. Royal Wedding is the book that we've all been anticipating and waiting for, although we may have not seen it coming until a week before. Inside all of our hearts, I bet that we all knew that this was coming. And now? I WANT A SEQUEL. You hear that, William Morrow and Company? We're all obsessed, I'm telling you!
Royal Wedding turned out to be that perfect read where everything was going as planned. In terms of the plot, I mean. I'd surely not even classify it as an adult read, when it was just as cute and fluffy as the other ten previous books in the series that we've all known to come and love. My heart clenched every two seconds as Michael would do something cute or while they were on vacation, and I just really enjoyed it throughout. For me, I definitely wouldn't have switched my thoughts or experience to any other way, even to have a superb 5 star rating. This was definitely awesome the way it was, and I'm so excited to see other reactions in the coming months of others who previously adored Cabot's work!
"The frustrating thing about being in love with Michael Moscovitz is that it's impossible to stay angry with him, especially when he's got his hand wrapped around the back of your neck and he's resting his forehead against yours and that clean Michael smell of his is filling your senses."
|That's honestly what they are.|
I guess that I'm the type to try to see different views on romance when reading an extra-long series. I actually didn't even read all eleven books in the series (maybe around 8?) and Cabot just does a splendid job reminding readers who is who and what the storyline is based upon. We don't have our usual confusion that I especially have when I was reading Pretty Little Liars (sixteen crazy novels long) and I was so proud of the way this turned out. The plot is simple, too.
Mia and Michael have been together for a really long time, but Mia fears that they're still not ready to get married and have a family... yet. But then Michael takes her on an exotic trip, and he ends up proposing, and of course the rumours begin. She can't fake it all when everything is a hundred percent real, and she's actually never been happier. A few years after the end of the tenth book, Mia is as happy and as strong in character as she was back then and is ready for more surprises and shocks in her life. *smacks forehead*
When thinking about strong heroines, Mia is one of them. I've always liked her, to be honest, and seeing her as a grown-up when the beginning of this series started off with her being my age is extraordinary. She's changed so much, yet so little. Being royalty is so fucking hard, but reading from the viewpoint of an ordinary woman who seriously is lost in her world, too is interesting. Cabot adds tweaks and hints of experiences from our modern day society to thoroughly explain Mia's story and where it'll go from here. Royal twins? That's ought to be something gorgeous, and I'm hoping that we'll go from a newly-wedded woman to a mother. She'll be fabulous, and I bet that readers hadn't seen that coming for sure. It's just one of the utterly crazy shocks that authors like to give readers to scare them with those wicked heart jumps of ours. At least, in my situation this always occurs, hmmph.
When picking this up at my local library, I felt like a mother holding her child. You know, I might've had hearts in my eyes. I didn't even end up putting the book in my bag, just holding it all the way home. (But that might've occurred because there wasn't any room left in the bag, either. Anyways.) Throughout my reading experience, I felt jittery and happy, and it overall was just a positive read. We're not in the mood for some life-threatening plot twist where someone dies. And that's another reason why it's pure chick-lit, something that truly brightens my mood up always. This definitely has to do with why my feels were all over the place. Damn.
Although it was slow-paced, again, it was enjoyable. That's the only negative thing I have to mention, but it's seen that it's not an issue for any other reviewer as I scroll down its Goodreads page. I feel that because of the title, I may have just been waiting for the wedding day and the preparations right from the start, so honestly, you shouldn't get fooled. There's a lot of time and build-up before the main climax and point is revealed, and it's actually a pretty big novel when you think about it.
This story wouldn't have gone anywhere if it wasn't for the attraction between Mia and Michael. Although they had their ups and downs (like all relationships do), they were such a strong power couple and beat the stereotypes and obvious stuff of one person being royalty. Nothing, not one peep in their romance was about Mia being an heir to the throne and all of that—they're just a girl who's going to be a mother of two and a guy who likes science. Nerds, if you'd like to call it that. It's like a William and Kate story, and that couple was even mentioned, too. HOW MORE REAL CAN THIS POSSIBLY GET? Not too much further, my mind tells me.
I see this as the actual, best guide for a girl and how to do things. It includes: a kickass heroine, so much believable events, plot twists and jump scares and twins. Sorry for mentioning that, it might be a spoiler. Cabot knows the way to grab a key to a girl's heart, and it's with her sweet, sassy writing that seems like it's all of her personality. It's totally understandable that she didn't want to leave the world of the series that we are all obsessed with, HOW COULD SHE? And actually, how could she not write a sequel to this? We all need some continuation now that she began with Mia's adulthood. This wedding will eventually be broadcasted on television, I swear. (And I wish.)