~ 2013 reads

Hush (A Lakeview Novel, Book 1) by Stacey R. Campbell

278 pages
Published January 23 2013
Finished reading on August 8, 2013
Rating: A-
Genre: Young Adult | Princesses
Source: NetGalley

Overview –

For small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princesses. That is, until she spots her boarding school’s new British exchange student, Max Ryder, staring at her. Why would a boy who looks like he stepped out of the pages of a magazine be looking at her? Because Max knows something Blakely doesn’t. 
Following the tragic demise of one of Europe’s most beloved royal families, Max has stumbled upon information he thinks may lead to a lost royal heir, and now he is on a quest halfway around the world to see if he’s right. 
Sworn to secrecy by his university professor and the headmaster of Lakeview Academy, Max is admitted into an exchange program with the sole purpose of finding out the truth. But will his personal feelings for Blakely get in the way? 
When a stolen email surfaces, Blakely and her friends’ lives are threatened, and Max starts to question what he is really after. From the exclusive rolling lawns of Canada’s most prestigious boarding school to the University of Saint Andrews’ hallowed grounds, Blakely’s quiet, unassuming life is turned upside down. Is she really who she thinks she is? Can she survive long enough to help Max unearth the truth?
My Thoughts

The love story of Blakely and Max was cute!  I like how Max, in all his hunk character, was able to show that being a hunk does not mean you have to be a jerk or rely on good looks and athleticism to have a good future.  Good grades is one thing, having a goal to attain is another. I love Blakely.  I love how no-nonsense was her character, does not rely on make-up to look good, her confidence and her love for active sports makes her really one-of-a-kind.  These days, you seldom find girls who does not make a drama over beauty and fashion and gossip.  Blakely was raised well, and fitting to be a princess.

I also love the friendship that they have with North and Riley which, I agree, can last a lifetime.  Their support and rapport made me feel the way Max felt, a tinge of jealousy for such a beautiful relationship.

Although it raises the question on why Blakely seemed to accept her station pretty well, it seems that part of the story is but a moot point in my view, because the one thing I loved about any good story is a happy ending where the prince get to kiss the princess, no matter how hush it can be.

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