A Farewell to Charms

A Farewell to Charms 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

  • Title: A Farewell to Charms
  • Author: Lindsey Leavitt
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 than a fewDesi 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 than a few cracks in Facade s perfect appearance But uncovering the agency s dark past might require than a princess sub can handle by herself Desi is no damsel in distress, but sometimes a girl needs a knight in shining armor.

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    1. *Warning: This review contains spoilers for those who have not read the first 2 books in the Princess for Hire series, Princess for Hire and The Royal Treatment.*I have to admit, I was pretty excited about this book. It even made my list of top summer book releases aliceinreaderland.wordpress. In Leavitt’s first book in the series, Princess for Hire, we meet the Desi, our sweet and quirky lead who wants to make an impact. I loved watching Desi grow and ended up gasping at the fantastic cliffha [...]

    2. I just can't believe that it's over. I'm so emotional right now. When I first picked up A Princess for Hire, I had NO idea how hard I would fall in love with these books. Desi is seriously my sista from anotha mista. Seriously, she's so awesome and I want to be her best friend. I am now completely 100% a Lindsey Leavitt mega fan. I've read almost all of her books and they all have a special place in my heart. I'm just sighing in contented bliss because the end of this series was pretty perfect a [...]

    3. Reading A Farewell to Charms was bittersweet. I adore the Princess for Hire series and am sad to see it come to an end. But I'm excited to read more from Lindsey.There is a lot going on in this last book. Perhaps a little too much, but there are so many different plot elements that need to be resolved. You have Desi serving as a Level 3 sub, further investigating & protesting Facade's practice of stealing magic, Desi and Reed's burgeoning relationship, conflicts between Desi and her friend K [...]

    4. I read this book for SSR this quarter.It was about a girl named Desi Bascomb who is a substitute for Princesses who needs a break from being royalty. Desi is one of the youngest and best girls in the business. She works at Façade, which is what the secret agency is called. Desi is not allowed to tell anyone about where she works or she will get her memory wiped by the agency. She has found out that the magic power used to keep Façade running is drained from people who have magic potential but [...]

    5. Basic InfoFormat: HardbackPages/Length: 288pgsGenre: Young Adult; Fantasy At A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: NoCliff Hanger: ehTriggers: n/aRating: 2 StarsScore SheetAll out of tenCover:8Plot: 6Characters: 6World Building: 7Flow:6Series Congruity: 9Writing: 8Ending: 7Total: 6In DeptBest Part: A nice ending.Worst Part: Love!Thoughts Had: gag; stop that; aw!ConclusionContinuing the Series: n/aRecommending: ehShort Review: Why must my books be ruined with love?! This book could have be [...]

    6. I was waiting all year for this book to come out because I loved the second book so much more than the first. I kind of presumed it would just get better and better. But to describe the third installment in one word, I would choose "ANTICLIMACTIC." Or perhaps "LACKLUSTER." Maybe even "YAWN-WORTHY." AND YES, ALL CAPS FOR EMPHASIS. BECAUSE I'M DORKY LIKE THAT. The suspenseful parts went by too fast and the protagonist's solutions to conflicts were far less creative than her t-shirt one-liners. How [...]

    7. I was lucky to get a copy of this before it's release(motherhood has it's perks). I have been so excited to see how Desi's story ends and A Farewell to Charms did not disappoint. There is real growth in Desi character and I loved the courage and strength that she showed. My favorite of the 3!

    8. This book was AWESOME, AMAZING, AND SUPREMELY COOL !!!! I totally love this series and this book. I UTTERLY wish, hope, and dream that Lindsey Leavitt is going to revisit this series and write a whole lot more books about Desi, Meredith, Kylee, and Reed. I will definitely be reading more of Lindsey Leavitt's books in the future.

    9. I never finished was an ok book thought. I was reading it to my tween daughter. SHe started liking other genres.

    10. If I had to use one word to describe the Princess for Hire trilogy, it would be:fabulous .Spoilers. Spoilers. Spoilers. You have been warned.Honestly, these books aren't as shallow or superficial as you would expect them to be. And you can go ahead and yell at me for automatically assuming that this series would be just frou-frou and frilly, but have seen the covers? Have your read their blurbs? Magical make-up that turns you into a princess I justified now? No? Fine. I give.And don't you point [...]

    11. **Rating**: 4 stars**Book Format**: paperbackI've been begging my parents for this book since about a year ago, and boy was I surprised when after my second-to-last ACT class, I came home and found this book lying on my pencilbox. I suppose it was my super spy/detective skills that brought my attention to it in the first place, but that's a different story for a different time. I'm just so in love with my parents right now that I can't even tell you how much I love them!I don't think that makes [...]

    12. This was a cute series – glad I finished it. Even though it seemed like one of those fluff books you read during the summer just to pass some time, there were some key life lessons to be learned in this series. The most important one was to do what was right despite circumstances and ignore all the pressure to do otherwise. I liked Desi – I thought she was cute and a decent main character. I guess due to the large age gap between her and me, there were a few instances where I didn’t really [...]

    13. The book isn't what you think it is to be. Farewell to Charms is surprisingly delightful after all those many twists and turns. Desi, as usual, is amazing and hilarious while her Prince Charming remains mysterious as ever. Still, it is a wonderful story for most young readers. I guess their age to be from young preteen (twelve) to older teens (sixteen). Really, there is no age range or restriction when it comes to reading books, but those ranges above are only a suggestion.But it is still funny. [...]

    14. 4.5/5**Spoilers for the earlier books**After loving Princess for Hire and The Royal Treatment, I was eagerly anticipating this conclusion to the trilogy. The previous book ended with suspense as Desi confirmed her suspicions that Reed was also a sub in the male branch of Facade.Through her discussions with Reed and her relationship with her agent Meredith, the world of Facade is vastly expanded. We see more of the other agents and managing staff as well as more about the ultimate designs and pur [...]

    15. ★★★★★ 5/5 stars!!! This was such a lovely end to a gem of a series. If you just base this series off of it's appearance, then you are completely wrong. Yes, it is labeled as a "children's" book but it's a lot more mature than you would think it is, and the main character Desi is really mature for a 13/14 year old. I was NOT that mature when I was that old!!! Lindsey Leavitt should have at least made Desi 15/16 But oh well. Anyways. This novel reaches beyond the scope of the hey-let's-j [...]

    16. Okay so at first I was skeptical about reading this series because the first book cover was way too pink, had "Disney" written on it and it was a jr. high fiction. But I didn't want to judge a book by its cover so I picked it up and read. Now I've just finished the last book in a little over 24 hours and I loved it!!Seriously don't let the cover deter, this series was great! It was such an original story which was refreshing after reading so many YA high school fiction stories about girl meets b [...]

    17. I got a free copy of this book at the winter ALA convention. It's the third (and final?) book in the "A Princess for Hire" series. Hey, when you're a princess (or prince) you need a little down time, right? But how can you, when you're expected to be doing all that royal stuff? that's when Facade steps in. People with magical talents, along with a little magical make-up, travel by bubbles to act as stand-ins for royals. Desi has been doing this for a while, and has some unique magical abilities. [...]

    18. - I don't really like how young Desi is. I wish she was just a little bit older, like 16-17 instead of 13. I think the story would be more suited for an older teen. She has a lot of responsibility, and a girl's relationship at 13 doesn't last. I'd like to think that Reed and Desi have a long lasting relationship.- I liked this one better than the second book, but not as much as the first. It was still funny and charming, but I'm not huge into the Jr. High drama stuff. - I liked how everything wa [...]

    19. Met the author this evening at a library event and found her to be delightful. I loved listening to her share her experiences with us and look forward to finishing this fun seriese next morning. . .Spent the morning neglecting chores, and let the kids have a little too much time playing on webkinz and animal jam on the computer while I lounged on the couch reading this fun conclusion to the Princess for Hire series. I was just sure that Desi would have her magic removed and mind wiped at the end [...]

    20. This book is a light read that I really like. Girly. Princess. Magic. Romance.So if you like any of the topics above, you are going to love this book!The main character Desi is mature and smart. I loved reading about Desi and Reed making a plan and their attraction to each other.The things that I don't like about the book is that Desi is too young for a romance that is going to last. She is also too mature for a 13 year old. (I am 14 and even I, who is mature in my school is not as mature as Des [...]

    21. A Farewell to Charms is the third books to a wonderful MG series PRINCESS FOR HIRE by Lindsey Leavitt. Desi is a smart, clever eighth grade girl who is a member of Facade, an organization of magical humans who substitute for royalty. With a few swishes of makeup on the cheeks, Desi is transformed into the likeness of her assigned princess. Then she lives that girl's life until the real princess comes back from her vacation. In this third installment, Desi's budding relationship with Reed, a youn [...]

    22. Since finding out that Facade weeds out those substitutes who aren't good enough--and takes their magic to use for their own purposes--Desi is determined to find a way to change that. As much as she enjoys being a sub, she doesn't feel right about Facade taking magic from others. And now that she realizes that Reed, the boy she's desperately trying not have a crush on since she knows her best friend likes him, is also a sub, she doesn't know how to steer clear of him, especially since he might b [...]

    23. This is an amazing novel that I didn't even expect to enjoy when I bought the 1st book in this series. Such a beautiful coincidence that I happened to open Princess For Hire. To be honest, before I opened the first book, I thought it would be just another princess story for girls who are obsessed with fairy tales. Well, I was wrong then. And now I just finished the whole Princess For Hire series. Sometimes in life you just need this kind of books -- cute, fun, and magical. Sure I think Desi shou [...]

    24. I was admittedly surprised by this book. I expected a much quicker happily ever after and then, you know, stuff after thatBut it's still sweet and it's still fun and it's a different sort of happily ever after than I thought but it was good. And I like having seen Desi grow through the series. I loved Meredith questioning her after its said and done whether she really wanted (view spoiler)[Caprice to have her magic just so she could return to Facade (hide spoiler)]. Desi has these great ideas bu [...]

    25. A Farewell to Charms was such a fun end to a great middle grade series. Aimed at a tween audience this series holds plenty of cross-over appeal to those who enjoy squeaky clean, fun reads like me.The first book in the series was my favorite but I've enjoyed both sequels. We get to see a lot of growth in Desi in this final book in the Princess for Hire book. I missed some of Desi's subbing antics from the first books but still enjoyed this series wrap up.If you are looking for good clean, lighthe [...]

    26. A nice close to this series, but perhaps I read them too fast and was tired of it by this last book in the trilogy. The storyline moved from the wonder of being a princess surrogate in the first book to larger issues of how magic is being misused by the company for the benefit of the few. Desi's schemes to restore stripped magic and uncover the perfidy of the council members is complicated by desperately trying to keep the magic-secret from her best friend, which looks like it is costing her her [...]

    27. This was a cute ending to a cute series, nothing spectacular and perhaps not as funny as the previous two. I felt the like character's fit better with their age descriptions in this book and I was less annoyed by the Idaho references (most likely because I got used to it than that they got better). The conclusion might have felt contrived except that the whole book felt a little that way so the ending just fit right in. I would recommend this books to adolescents who need a boost in just being y [...]

    28. Great ending to a perfectly adorable, fun series. This one had the lightheartedness of the prior books, with some grave concerns for Desi and her future with Facade--it was balanced very well between the two. I loved Reed in this one, and the in-depth subbing we got to see, as well as Desi figuring out how to use/trigger her magic, and what it meant to have magic. Such a fun book, and a great series. As I've said before, perfectly adorable. I can't wait for my little girl to be old enough to rea [...]

    29. This is such an adorable book! It was so easy to relate to Desi and I could totally understand her teenage problems since I'm about the same age as her! Few aspects of the beauty process were a little confusing but it didn't damper my experience with this book overall. The romance is cute and refreshing, especially because of its rocky and tumultuous path Reed seems really amazing and just every girl's dream guy Ah, I'm so sad that this series is finally over. At least their story will never be [...]

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