Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot Review: Princess Diaries Resurrected

July 14, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot Review: Princess Diaries ResurrectedRoyal Wedding by Meg Cabot
Series: Princess Diaries #11
Published by Pan Macmillan Australia on June 4, 2015
Source: Publisher
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction
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From Meg Cabot, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first new adult instalment, featuring the now grown-up Princess Mia!

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?

Royal Wedding is the first adult installment of the Princess Diaries series, which is a dream come true for fans. With a 6 year break in between, I’m pretty impressed that Meg Cabot resurrected her characters without missing a beat. I haven’t read the bulk of the series, but I jumped right back into the world of Genovia, where Mia, Michael, Lily and the rest of the cast are all grown up and facing the challenges of the modern day world.

The writing is crisp, funny and refreshing, just like the rest of the series. 26 year old Mia is as funny and charming as teen Mia. Despite her royalty and celebrity status, dealing with endless paparazzi, bodyguards and social media stalkers, Mia shares her thoughts on topics that are immediately relatable to women. Feminism, marriage, balancing your career with family, divorced parents, best friends and her sex life are all topics in Mia’s diary, told in a candid way. As a heavy reader of YA, it was refreshing to hear Mia’s perspective on issues that affect me today.

You would think that in the enlightened era in which we live, a single girl could have a boyfriend and a career and also a healthy sex life without getting called names.

The charm of Royal Wedding lies in Mia’s quirkiness and the cast, with the iron willed Grandmere, the caring and charming Michael, her bodyguard Lars who pipes in at inappropriate times and her struggling dad. She kind of lives in the moment and reacts without thinking of the consequences, which was funny as making a mistake could result in a media storm and *gasp* a decrease in her Rate the Royals rating. I loved all of the pop culture references as well.

Mia’s wittiness was pretty much what carried Royal Wedding. Because we’re reading from her diary, we’re not really experiencing first hand when some of these events happen. This made the book feel lengthy, at over 400 pages, not much seems to happen aside from the fun and quirky exchanges that Mia has with her friends and family. Aside from a few major life events, I felt like I was waiting around for something to happen.

Being famous is very hard work, but it’s also empowering, because you have influence over a large number of people and can do amazing things with that power. And it doesn’t even matter anymore how you happen to come by that fame, singing or dancing or posting a sex tape on the Internet or finding out that you’re a princess. It’s what you do with your fame that matters. 

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Royal Wedding is a candid, hilarious and entertaining resurrection of the Princess Diaries. Through Princess Mia’s account of everyday life as a modern day woman, she shows us that even adults haven’t gotten it together, that life is an ongoing journey. It’s fun, fresh and absolutely charming, containing the wit and the charm of our beloved characters from the original series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a review copy! 

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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42 responses to “Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot Review: Princess Diaries Resurrected

  1. Krysta

    I had no idea Cabot was continuing the series, though I did see there's a new book out about Mia's half-sister. However, I only ever read The Princess Diaries, so it's not like I've really been following this, I guess.

  2. I remember when I found out this book was being released, and I was ECSTATIC. I read all the Princess Diaries books in my last year of high school, and they mean SO MUCH to me. I adore them. And the fact that Mia is all gown up now is incredible. And I seriously cannot WAIT to read all about her new life.

    MICHAEL <3 I really hope nothing happens to these two because they are the OTP of this series.

    I'm super glad that Cabot has managed to just dive back into this series without missing a bit, and that Mia is still as funny as ever!

    Lovely review as always, Jeann <3
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  3. I'm ashamed to say that I've never read a Princess Diaries book… ever. Yet. D: But I did watch the movies and was immediately attracted to Mia's unique charm and also the Mia/Michael ship. 😉 I'm so glad this book still manages to be fun while also insightful and important! Awesome review, Jeann!
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  4. This sounds absolutely adorable. It might not be the most complex or thought-provoking book ever written, but it sounds like a heck of a lot of fun to read. Thanks for sharing and for putting this under my radar! Fabulous review Jeann – as always! <3

  5. I'm just wondering if I can still read this without reading the rest of the series! I know you've read some of the books, but I don't know, I don't want to start a new series. But I do want to read Royal Wedding 😛 what do you think?
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  6. readerswonderland

    I used to love the Princess Diaries movies and books, I can't believe it's been six years. I'm glad it doesn't feel like too much time passed in the book but the pacing seems like it might be a problem. The humor seems great though.
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  7. I enjoyed this one too Jeann, but felt as though the storyline was really lacking too. I assumed the bulk would have been wedding preparations, but it barely rated a mention. Couldn't agree more, it was Mia that carried the storyline with her sarcasm and dorkiness, I absolutely love her inner snark. Lovely review Jeann, so glad you enjoyed this one <3
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    • I know, I thought there would be much about the wedding too but there was more lead up to the proposal. Mia is hilarious!

  8. booksbonesbuffy

    This sounds like so much fun! It's been a long time since I've read anything in this series and an adult Mia is a character I definitely want to meet! Thanks for the review:-)

  9. Pearl Angeli

    Great review, as always, Jeann! I've never read any of this author's books though 🙁