A Farewell to Charms: A Book Review


A Farewell to Charms by Lindsey Leavitt

Summary: Desi Bascomb is a princess substitute prodigy–she’s the fastest employee ever to advance to level three in the Facade Agency, and the youngest to ever be a full-time sub. But now with all eyes on Desi, the only thing she wants is a moment alone to talk to Reed, who’s a Facade legacy and secretly a sub for princes As Desi trains for her new role, she spies more than a few cracks in Facade’s perfect appearance. But uncovering the agency’s dark past might require more than a princess sub can handle by herself. Desi is no damsel in distress, but sometimes a girl needs a knight in shining armor.

{kindly taken from Goodreads}

My Thoughts: This is the finale to a great series, so if you haven’t read books one and two yet, I recommend doing so! There are some spoilers ahead :) I am happy to say that I am a Lindsey Leavitt fan, which is clear by the fact that I have read two of her books in the past week! I adored the first two books in the Princess for Hire series, but I only just got around to the conclusion now. It was a satisfying finale, but when compared to the other two, it didn’t quite make the mark for me.

Desi has an absolute dream job: the ability to substitute for princesses when they just want to escape. This idea had me hooked from the very beginning! Now that the rules and the testing and the mistakes have all been covered in Desi’s past adventures, this book really covered the question of “What happens next?” Desi was a strong main character. She had her flaws, like every good protagonist would, but she was really easy to connect with, and I thought her actions were all well-thought out. Lindsey Leavitt did such a nice job creating a realistic, relatable middle school girl, that it was easy to forget that she was a sub for princesses around the world! I liked seeing how her relationships with the ones she trusted, like Meredith and Reed, developed. The drama with Kylie, her best friend, was a good addition to the story, as well. I found that the friendship drama added to Desi’s character, because she was stuck in the conflict of telling Kylie the truth or not at all.

The plot was a bit of a throw-everything-in-your-face type story. There was a lot going on, and the things I wanted to hear more about were put off to the side. I totally understand that this was the final book in the trilogy, and everything needed to tie together, but some story lines felt a bit forced {ahem, the mom’s surprise?} while others deserved some more attention. {Desi’s subbing for Princess Vanna, for example.} However, the author was able to successfully wrap up Desi’s story at Façade, and I was happy with the way she ended it. It will probably never happen, but I would love an add-on with what happened a few years later with all the characters :) Wouldn’t that be fun?!

Overall, the conclusion to the Princess for Hire series was what the cover promises – a light, fluffy read with a few laughs and some drama mixed in. My lasting impression was that it was solid. With having read the other two books, though, I was kind of hoping that it would be outstanding.

Pros: Wonderful development of the characters.

Cons: A few of the sub-plots felt out of the place, and the story was packed.

Heads Up: Pretty kid-friendly!

Overall: I give it 3 1/2 stars {*** 1/2} and I recommend it for ages 11 and up.

Have a terrific night!



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