Monday, August 3, 2015

A French Princess in Versailles by Anna Adams

A French Princess in Versailles by Anna Adams
Source: ebook
Pages: 443
Publisher: Smashwords
Release Date: June 30th 2014
Series: The French Girl; Book 3
Verdict: Buy

SummaryDetermined to escape a failed pop career and focus on her classical training, Maude Laurent moves back to France and enrolls at the prestigious National Academy of Arts. 

Between balls, concerts, and navigating in the French elite, Maude has to prove she’s cut out to become a professional opera singer in a world where pop music is regarded with disdain. 

Though she fights it, her past catches up with her when she meets an English teacher who takes her down an unusual musical journey where the risk is great and the reward uncertain and forces her to see a world beyond the safety of the Academy. When a chain of events bring her and Matt back in the same town, Maude will learn that music can bring people closer or tear them apart forever.

Review: In this third book of The French Girl series, A French Princess in Versailles, Maude's journey is further documented. After the second book, A French Star in New York, it is unknown what Maude decides to do. In this part of the series, we learn that she decides to go back to France and attend the best school for arts and music in the country. But of course, where she goes, chaos, scandal, heartbreak, and romance follow.

Maude remains innocent, passionate, and lovable. I love that so far, through the three books out of four, Maude's personality and character remains somewhat the same. Sure, she matures and develops, but her overall authenticity, spunk, and kindness remain a comforting constant as turmoil, drama, and scandal break out in her surroundings. 

Maude is able to go through challenges and go after her dreams. Her hard work is depicted clearly and it's nice to see her hard work pay off. As the book progresses, so does she, and it's all very wonderful. Plus, this book takes place mainly in Europe, and the detail is described so beautifully.

I'm also very happy to say that Matt has a huge role in A Princess in Versailles. Matt and Maude are together a lot, and every single time they were together (which I must say again, was a lot), I got the smilesies (a very happy symptom to have, which causes one to smile uncontrollably). They're just such a good pair. They push each other personally and professionally, and I think that is what makes them one of the best dynamic duos ever... at least in contemporary YA.

It does get a bit odd at some points, though, with details that I felt didn't have to be there. For example, many things that happened with pranks and friends seemed a bit too much, and there was some tragedy involving children and teachers (not as major as you'd be thinking, but still, pretty big of an event... which I won't spoil, of course) that I felt was just thrown into the mix. However, all of this was so minor that it didn't bug me that much. It really didn't stray away from the actual story, and because of that, those oddities were easily forgiven and forgotten.

Of course, like the two books before, A French Princess in Versailles ends in a way that leaves readers, like me, wanting more. However, this time, it ends on a peaceful note. There is obviously more waiting, but it's nothing urgent. It's just a go-with-the-flow kind of setting, and I love it so very much. 

And once again, and for the last time for this series, I will say, please stay tuned for the review of the next (and final... *cue the tears*) book of The French Girl series. 

Really enjoyed


  1. I'm glad Maude's personality has held true throughout the series! That is always good to see, as I don't like wishy-washy characters. Matt + Maude = romance, right? ;)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I really do love how she stays true to herself despite all that has changed in her life! And yes, Matt + Maude = Cutest Romance Ever, for sure! :)

      -Grace :)