Royals by Rachel Hawkins | Review

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Star-DividerRating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: May 1st, 2018

Trigger Warnings: alcohol abuse (never dealt with), violence 

Pages: 256

Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia

Genre: contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads blurb:

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.

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R E V I E W

I am trash for a royalty story, especially with the Royal Wedding approaching (when this review is posted the wedding will have already happened). I am an absolute nut about royalty, I don’t know why. Well, I do, but it’s literally just because my family has raised me this way. So, when I saw this book called Royals floating around on Goodreads I knew I had to pick it up. I’m so glad I did as well, this was one of the funniest and unrealistic books I have ever read. Now, don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it immensely. I saw someone say this is Pippa Middleton’s side, which I thought was excellent.

What is Royals about though? This book follows Daisy, a girl from a middle of nowhere town who works at a rip off of Walmart. A very normal life. One little problem, her sister is dating the crown prince of Scotland, Alex. Not only that, her sister is now engaged to the crown prince of Scotland. And with a scandal initiated by Daisy’s ex-boyfriend she is shipped off to Scotland for the summer in order for her to be more manageable. This also means she has to change her own look, from her Little Mermaid like hair to her style. Adding on to that is cancelling her summer plans with her best friend, an actual pain in the ass. Unfortunately, the fun doesn’t end there for sweet Daisy because going to Scotland means a group known as the Royal Wreckers now surrounds her, lead by the crown prince’s very own younger brother, Seb. There is a mess between Daisy and these boys, particularly her brother in law (aka the media trying to say there’s something happening between them, ick). This basically means that now Daisy has to have a fake boyfriend with the boy she can’t stand from the group, Miles. Humour is everywhere in this novel, especially with Daisy and Miles’ interactions. There is never shortages of laughter. There is also never a shortage of drama, if you aren’t into rich privilege drama then I think this will not be the book for you at all. However, if you want a fun book and can bypass the drama this is for you!

Even better is that there is both a f/f and m/m side relationship. Obviously, I want to see these highlighted in the sequel. I mean I really want the sequel to be the story of Princess Flora. If I don’t get that I will be crying.

Anyway, let’s jump into my overall likes and dislikes of Royals by Rachel Hawkins.

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L I K E S

MILES AND DAISY ARE THE CUTEST

These two, oh my God. I am a sucker for a good enemy to lover’s romance. It’s a little bit of a mess. This was perfect for that. There isn’t much to say on the duo apart from the fact that the build to their relationship was well executed, if not a bit too fast in areas. I just gushed over them and I adored the banter between them, I wish there had been some more development to their actual relationship but not much I can do there.

NORMAL SIBLING RELATIONSHIP

I can’t say I ever think I think of the siblings when there is a ‘normal’ girl marrying into a royal family. However, that’s probably because I’m an older sister and my little sister is the definition of a turd – though, I could see our relationship in Daisy and Eleanor. The whole family dynamic was actually very similar to my own families in some way. My mum and sister are always making jokes and doing things I deem ‘inappropriate’ – much like Eleanor does to her family in Royals. However, to add a dislike to this, I do wish the relationship between sisters had some more on page time. I feel it could have significantly added to the characters depth.

ROYAL STORIES ARE MY FANTASY

I said this in my reviews for A Princess in Theory and The Princess Trap (both books I highly recommend) but I love royal stories. As a young girl I held onto that dream I would be a princess a bit longer than others, I think it was because of my personal home life that I wanted to be whisked away. Who knows. I just love royalty. This story was enough to help me in those final weeks wait for the Royal Wedding between Harry and Meghan. So, basically, what I’m saying is this is my one of my new favourites.

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D I S L I K E S

DRAMA FELT ICKY SOMETIMES

I think it was the fact that the alcoholism on the page was never challenged. There is a lot of alcohol mentions anyway, which already had me a bit uneasy with the text. However, the biggest problem is definitely the drama that comes from the Crown Prince’s brother Seb. I felt that he was really just there to make drama and do nothing else. His whole personality was that of clear privilege and it was really frustrating to read his interactions with Daisy or any girl because they would all bend over backwards at first for this turd. I’m sure there is a lot more depth to him though that will no doubt be in the sequel, knowing my luck the sequel will be him being the love interest. Yuck.

WHY WASN’T THIS LONGER

Ultimately, I just wished Royals was longer. I felt it ended just when it was getting good, which I guess is the point and a reason for me to pick up the sequel. It just felt like it could have done with an extra 50 pages at times to really establish a relationship between characters or the family dynamic. I’m not sure how to even really put it into words.

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Overall, Royals really hit that sweet spot I needed of contemporary fun and royalty. It was the perfect mix for me, personally, but I can definitely see why others wouldn’t like it. I’m beyond excited for the sequel and can’t see what else is in store for these characters! Star-Divider

Happy reading everyone!

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