By Sarah Strohmeyer
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2013
Audience: All Teens
When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they've hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?
Once Zoe arrives, however, she's assigned to serve "The Queen"-Fairyland's boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money.
Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe's job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?
I was super excited when I saw this was a digital galley, and I snatched it up!
Be ready for a twist when you sit down to read this one. I didn't see it coming and it made the book so much more interesting!
The characters were a little thin. Their experiences overshadowed their personalities. However, Zoe and Jess were so kind to each other. Often girls are portrayed as being frenemies, and don't stay true to each other. When someone tried to tell Jess that Zoe betrayed her, Jess told that person to take a hike. I loved it! And Zoe thought about Jess more than she thought about herself. This story was a good example of what true friendship is like.
I loved the ending and hopefully we'll get a sequel! There's potential there.