Today I'm reviewing a book provided by Netgalley called Hush by Stacey R. Campbell. Hush is the first in the Lakeview series and is the story of Blakely Henry a small town girl whose only concern is enjoying her senior year at Lakeview Academy without any boyfriend drama. Something which seems unavoidable when British exchange student, Max Ryder shows up suddenly with questions about her adoption. Little does Blakely know, but Max has been sent to Lakeview to figure out whether or not Blakely is the sole living heir to the throne of Tamura. But Max isn't the only one searching for any heirs to the throne. Someone who has already gone to a lot of trouble to kill off the royals of Tamura and they'll do anything to keep Blakely off the throne.
Hush was a fast read and is perfect for those looking for something in the vein of The Princess Diaries. All of the characters were very well developed, and the plot was intriguing - who doesn't imagine being a princess every so often? But my favorite part was the setting of Lakeview Academy. Campbell builds it so well that you can almost see it in front of you. My only issue is that at times Hush seems to breeze through any potential serious lessons and instead goes the easier route by only lightly touching upon any serious issues. That being said, it doesn't necessarily detract from the book because let's face it, we live in a messed up world and sometimes you need a light and easy book. I would highly recommend this book for middle schoolers and for adults looking for the reading equivalent of a good Hallmark movie.
Check back tomorrow for my review of Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor.