The list author says: "The "Princess Diaries" series is a fun an educational series of books that explores the early (fictional) lives of women who went on to become famous princesses, queens, and leaders of their people. With the books spread across various authors, the level of writing and scholarly input varies across the series - this is a list of *all* the books, and whether or not (in my personal opinion) they are worth picking up and reading."
"A wonderful way to start the series, this breaks the European princess mold to show a young woman who is strongly involved in the lives and safety of her people. Historically sensitive, but a little frightening as a result."
"A little duller than one might expect for the princess who has traditionally been surrounded by such intrigue and mystery; this novel is for hard-core fans of the series who have finished all the rest."
"One of the few outright flubs of the series, this novel waters down Cleopatra into a perfect miniature adult Mary-Sue, and a monotheistic near-Christian (replace "God" for "Isis", and you're there) to boot! Pass this one up."
"A quick and pleasant read of the mother of King Richard (of Robin Hood fame), this novel is a pleasant addition to the series, as Eleanor is a princess raised in relatively "common" surroundings, which provides an interest contrast."
"A so-so addition to the series; "Elisabeth" is an extremely fast, rushed read and somewhat sparse on the details. Still, the character is interesting and the novel entertaining while it lasts, so fans will be satisfied with this installation."
"This fun and exciting addition to the series captures perfectly the spritely, youthful character of young Elizabeth, as she struggles with her father's cyclical attention and neglect - a must read in the series."
"A pleasant, if slow-paced addition to the series; the biggest flaw of "Isabel" would seem to be that the author wasn't willing to ruffle feathers by examining Isabel's actions with more scrutiny, and instead writing her off as somewhat two-dimensional. Still, the novel is well-written and Isabel's maneuverings are highly interesting."
"A fascinating look at a truly cloistered princess - despite all her fame and influence, only a few people ever saw her face while living, and few depictions survive her death. The daughter of the builder of the Taj Mahal, so many beautiful stories revolve around her influence in her brother's regime, and this novel is the perfect place to start."
"A sad look at American imperialism, this princess of Hawaii is the last of her royal lineage, as the Americans take over in a military coup and clumsily depose the royal family. Presenting both sides of this affair, this novel cannot fail to enthrall readers."
""Kazunomiya, Prisoner of Heaven" is another fascinating look at a non-European princess as she struggles to find an identity for herself outside of merely being a political pawn to convey legitimacy and favor to a man. Readers will enjoy reading with Kazunomiya, as she seeks to meet her soul mate."
"Sadly reading more like a narrative and less like a diary, this entry feels like a disappointment - so much was missed that could have been expanded on, such as Kristina's unusual flaunting of dress convention. For hard-core series fans only."
"A special edition in every sense of the word, Princess Redbird is a true Action Princess who saves her people through her wit and clever tactics in battle. Easily the best of the series, young and old readers will love this entry."
"Slow, meandering, and haltingly written, "Lady of Palenque" is difficult to find and difficult to finish. Of course, it's not easy to write about different cultures, but something essential has been "lost in translation" here - this was the only Princess Diary I had to force myself to finish."
"Thoroughly and accurately researched, this novel is more interesting and compelling than some "adult-marketed" Marie Antoinette novels that I have read! Readers will be astonished by the facts of Marie's young life, written in an engaging fashion that cannot fail to please."
"Immediately engaging and likable, this novel combines great story-telling with fascinating historical detail; readers will identify with Mary's intense feelings of being a fish out of water, and will enjoy following her through her childhood."
"A good addition to the series, but frustratingly short - most likely to conserve on historical details that may not have been available to the author. Another good example of a "tribal" princess with deeper insight into the daily lives of her people."
"One of the most feminist entries into the series, Sondok shows the constant and daily struggle between being "royalty" (and therefore, worthwhile) and being female (and therefore, worth nothing) in a sexist society. Readers will acutely feel her struggle to be taken seriously in her love of math and astronomy."
"This tribal princess story is deeply satisfying, as Weetamoo is trained thoroughly in the virtues and wisdom necessary to be a leader, rather than merely being chosen by an accident of birth; this is a wonderful addition to the series."