Contemporary Romance with Aladdin Elements
THE SECRET LIVES OF PRINCESSES brings elements of Aladdin (one of my favorite fairy tales) into today's society. Jasmine has always had trouble figuring out who she really is. She feels like she constantly puts on a facade because her home life isn't as great as it seems. At school, everything seems perfect to others, except Ollie.
Ollie is the school bad boy and Jasmine's worst enemy. However, no matter how irritating he his, Ollie challenges Jasmine in a new way with the upcoming art project at school. He encourages her to become better. A romance may not be encouraged between these two people, but that doesn't stop it from blossoming. What Jasmine doesn't know is Ollie has a secret that will change everything, especially the way she sees him.
The is my first book by Seven Steps, but I'm interested in reading the others as well. I love fairytale retellings and Seven Steps does it in a unique way. Her book contains elements of the original Aladdin story, but she keeps it modern. The story takes place in a high school instead of the desert sands.
I absolutely loved Ollie's character. Yes, I'm a sucker for the bad boys, but there was something different about him that held my attention. I also could relate to Jasmine's character. Both of their characters are believable and realistic which keeps us grounded in the real world instead of the magic of fairy tales.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of Aladdin, contemporary romance, bad boys, and realistic characters.