Kindle Edition, 176 pagesPublished April 9th 2015 by Outskirts Press, Inc
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 Stars
Perhaps this girl is different.
I pushed myself up and nearly stopped breathing again. The man who I had just knocked to the ground was none other then Prince Jarin. Definitely not the shadow, I thought. “That’s it, you—” the prince began as he pushed himself up and raised his fist. “Stop!” I guarded my face with both hands. “Katie?” “Ah…hello, fancy meeting you here,” I stammered. Even though Katie is a royal princess, all she knows is how to be a spy. She constantly goes from mission to mission, never getting the chance to understand her birthright. This all changes when her father sends her on a mission to Floric with the cover of being a princess who is trying to win the prince’s heart. This mission proves to be very different from the others with a shadowy figure to chase, secret passages to explore, secrets to keep and the problem of betrayal that she is about to discover.
I just have to say that right from the beginning, I was intrigued because I love a good princess story, especially when she is a strong and capable woman. Of course, it doesn't hurt that we share the same name. Speaking of names, there are two other characters in this story who share names with my kids!
Katie is a princess by birth, but is trained to be a spy and she's really good at what she does. Being a spy would give me a panic attack, but not this Katie! Her father sends her on a mysterious mission, where her cover is to be who she really is--a princess. This is hard for her because she doesn't really know how to act, but following her instincts proves to be the key to success. She is so honest and down-to-earth. I love the way she worms her way right into every aspect of the situation, including her relationship with the king. I really enjoyed the humor, adventure, and of course, the romance.
There are many great characters and situations in this book. The mystery is a fun element that really brings out strong personality traits and is cleverly done. However, there are a few instances when I would have liked more information or more emotion to be played out. I like to be involved in getting from Point A to Point B and not just told what happened. There are some typos, but the story is engaging enough that they're only a minor nuisance.
This is a fun read for almost all ages, as it is clean and entertaining, without the smut and gore.
Content: very mild romance; mild violence (no gore); nothing else of note.
About the Author:
Cassie M. Shiels was born in Idaho, but moved around the Pacific Northwest while growing up. She has always enjoyed books and was one to be found, reading late into the night, on the school bus or before she did her homework. In middle school she determined that she liked creating her own stories as much as she liked reading them; so she decided she wanted to be a writer and keeps working on making that dream come true with every story idea that bounds into her head. She is also a certified childbirth educator and loves teaching new prospective parents about childbirth.