I have seen a real transition with reading over the last year with my daughter. Now aged nine, all of the picture books have gone and having loved books about fairies and animals, she now loves longer books with good characters and storylines and particularly stories that she can relate to. Royal Rebel by Carina Axelsson definitely ticked all of those boxes. As soon as it arrived, she was itching to read it as the cover is bright and appealing.
In Royal Rebel, we are immediately launched into the busy world of newbie vlogger Tiara Girl and her excitement that her videos are starting to get more and more views. It quickly becomes apparent that the girl behind Tiara girl is no ordinary girl, she is, in fact, Princess Lilian of Waldenburg. Or to give you her full title, Her Royal Highness Lilian Athena Isabella Marie, the Crown Princess of Waldenburg. Her mother is the queen and she will be the future queen.
In between school, princess classes and royal engagements, looking after her guinea pig Zoe and Coco the dog, Lily still finds time to vlog and she loves fashion and DIY. With the help of her best friend Leonie, she makes videos in the secret turret of the castle she has discovered. The tricky part? She has to keep her real identity secret from her Tiara Girl viewers and she has to keep Tiara Girl secret from her parents who would not approve. Can she manage to do it all and still be Tiara Girl?
This is a really light-hearted, fun and easy to read book. My daughter loved it from page one. The idea of a princess being a secret vlogger and the fun she has along the way makes for great reading. There is tension too, as Lily has to give two interviews to a journalist for a top teen mag in one day; firstly as Tiara Girl and then as Princess Lilian. Does she manage to do both interviews without getting caught out? I won’t tell you of course, but it is hilarious.
Royal Rebel also sparked some interesting conversations with my daughter as Waldenburg, the small country where the book is set has a 900-year history of being a Queendom, a matrilineal and matriarchal society and that means that the ruler is always a queen. My daughter was fascinated by this and the fact that she knew the word kingdom and had never considered that it could be a queendom. It does have an element of ‘girl power’ which we both liked.
But mostly, it is just a fun read with short chapters, lots of Lily’s lists (she likes making lists) and a bit of a cliffhanger too at the end of the book. There are two more books to come in the series and we have already preordered the second book; Royal Rebel Designer which is due to be released in June and my daughter can’t wait for the next book.
Royal Rebel by Carina Axelsson was published by Usborne and is available to buy for £6.99
We were sent a copy of this book for the purpose of a review. All opinions are our own.