Review: Royally Jacked by Niki Burnham

Royally Jacked
Author: Niki Burnham
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from Public Library (part of bind up – Royally Crushed)
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Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

Valerie’s life is pretty good. While she’s not the most popular girl in school, she does have decent grades, great friends, and a potential boyfriend. All a girl could want.

Then her mother announces that (1) she’s gay, and (2) she’s leaving Valerie’s dad for her girlfriend. Not what Valerie envisioned for her future. And just when Valerie is getting over this bombshell, her father tells her he’s gotten a new job as protocol chief for the royal family of some obscure European country.

Valerie’s world has come unglued. She can either stay in Virginia with her mom and her über-organized, veggie-burger-eating girlfriend, or go with her dad, leaving everything she knows for some place she’s never heard of. Valerie opts to go, and quickly discovers that it was a mistake — until she meets the prince, and all bets are off!

My Thoughts:

I liked this book, but I can’t say that it really stands out as awesome.  Wow, this book is really short!  It is only 192 pages in the Royally Crushed bind-up.  I don’t mind short books at all, but I did feel like since it was so short, I think Valerie should have met Prince Georg before page 74!

I also felt like there really wasn’t any conflict keeping Prince Georg and Valerie apart.  That is sort of a big part in a book like this, some kind of problem keeping the MCs apart.  So I can’t say this book was really exciting.

I also thought Valerie was a little ridiculous saying that people with red hair and pale skin can only wear neutral colors, and that finding makeup for pale-skinned people with green eyes is difficult.  Come on, that is just silly.  Look at Christina Hendricks – she has red hair and she is very fair, and she wears all sorts of colors, and has great makeup!  That is a small thing, really, in the whole story, but I couldn’t help roll my eyes.

I did like Valerie, though, and definitely Georg, but still, this book was only so-so.  It is a quick read, though, so if you are looking for something quick to read, check this out, but don’t expect it to be very exciting to have a lot of conflict.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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