Have you ever been minding your own business when suddenly an extremely handsome but incredibly brusque man comes up to you and says “you’re the lost princess of Awesomelandia, and I, as captain of the royal guard, must keep you safe from your enemies?” No?

Well, obviously it happens because there are TONS of wait-what-do-you-mean-I’m-the-lost-princess stories out there, especially in YA books. Sometimes the protagonist knows she’s a princess and she’s hiding out for her own safety, sometimes she has no idea she’s had a great secret her whole life, but almost always she ends up in that palace with that crown on her head! And what better time to celebrate these secret princesses than during Princess Week?

Since I’ve yet to get the news that I’m a secret princess, I’m ok with living vicariously through these lucky heroines. Check out this list and let me know if you like it or if I’ve missed any of your favorite secret princesses!

There may be some spoilers ahead!

BONUS: in honor of Princess Week, feel free to read Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer and Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix for free until May 8th!