Book Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Overall rating: 4/5
Readability rating: 5/5
Character rating: 4/5
Plot rating: 4/5
Cover rating: 3/5
Would I recommend: Yes. If you like romance or YA this is a classic romance story.

Also known as “Prince Charming.”

Goodread Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Perfect for: People who love a love story, who followed the royal weddings intensely, and those who secretly wanted to be Megan Markle.

Book Synopsis: “Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. 

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady…but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.” – Goodreads Synopsis

Spoiler-free review:

Definitely a fast read that reminds me of a healthy mix of Pride and Prejudice, Princess Diaries, and the fake relationship trope. And boy do they get me with the fake relationship trope.

The book is sweet. It follows some tropes to a T and shrugs off other tropes quickly. I found some of the twists to be unexpected (even for me who can guess everything) and the characters to be vibrant and full. The rest is very predictable but it’s a romance so that doesn’t bug me too much.

I enjoyed listening to this as an ebook because the narrator gave some fun accents for me to enjoy as character after character was introduced.

Spoiler review:

Daisy is surprisingly relatable. Her whining and annoyances are…legitimate. She doesn’t feel over-the-top and, honestly, I agree with her most of the time. Which is a surprise when it comes to a young adult romance. I tend to be too logical for the flights of fancy that YA novels try to have when talking about romance, but Daisy is down to earth. She’s normal.

Her family isn’t. The whole situation seemed weird. Her sister marrying into royalty, her super weird yet kinda-famous-at-one-point parents (or at least parent), but that was easily moved passed once you got through the first chapters.

I honestly thought they were going to try to push Sebastian and Daisy together until Miles showed up. Miles is 100% a Mr. Darcy. Softer, gentler, and a little less sure of himself, but Mr. Darcy nonetheless. Probably a more preferred Mr. Darcy to me, mostly because you can only brood so much.

The issues the characters faced felt pretty real for being a rich, noble group of characters. The restrictions of being royal were presented next to the fun of it. It didn’t make being rich and royal this lofty escapism. The story felt down to earth and real. You felt for some of the characters…even if they had everything handed to them.

I was also genuinely surprised by some of the twists. I thought Sebastian and Daisy would get together at first, but then it moved to Miles. And Sebastian being in love with Daisy’s sister while trying to date a girl Sebastian’s sister was in love with was not the love triangle (or weird love square that was kinda one sided when it came to Elle) I was expecting. And though I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles, it was nice to see it not be about the main character picking between two guys. Good on you, author. Good on you.

The story was genuinely sweet. A little predictable, but what romance isn’t? And I would gladly read more from this author.

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