Featured Review: The Secret Lives Of Princesses (Seven Steps)
About This Book:
ONE RULE. DON'T FALL FOR THE BAD BOY. Sixteen-year-old Jasmine Patel dreams of becoming a painter. When an art contest win gives her the opportunity to paint the school mural, she's overjoyed at the chance to leave her artistic mark on St. Mary's Academy. There's just one problem. She won't be painting the mural alone. Oliver Santiago is Jasmine's sworn enemy. He's hot, cocky, the school's resident bad boy and a total slacker. When a mix-up in the art contest entries puts Ollie's secret artistic abilities on display, he's out for revenge, and Jasmine is firmly in his crosshairs. But one chance midnight meeting changes everything, sending tempers flaring, sparks flying, and revealing secrets that change their worlds forever. Can Jasmine keep it together long enough to finish the mural on time? Or is this good girl about to go bad? Inspired by the story of Aladdin, The Secret Lives of Princesses is the fifth book in the St. Mary's Academy series. It's filled with romance, secrets, and just a touch of danger. Grab your copy of this unforgettable young adult contemporary romance today. St. Mary's Academy is a young adult contemporary romance series that brings classic fairytale characters to life in a modern day, high school setting. It's filled with angsty heroines, hot heroes, and drama galore. Be prepared. You've never seen fairytales quite like this. Book 0 - The Beginning of Forever Book 1 - The Boyfriend Agreement Book 2 - Chasing Mermaids Book 3 - The Golden Boy Book 4 - Stealing Hearts Book 5 - The Secret Lives of Princesses
*Review Contributed By Bethany Wicker Staff Reviewer*
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.
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