Friday, 11 May 2018

Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins


by Rachel Hawkins
Publisher:G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Release Date:May 1st, 2018
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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 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.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings her signature humor, love of Americana, and flair for romance to this page-turning Princess Diaries turned-upside-down story.

As an avid YA lover and reader over the years, I've compiled my own personal list of authors I know I will almost always enjoy reading. Rachel Hawkins is one of said authors. Being the brilliant mind behind one of my favorite paranormal Young Adult series, the Hex Hall series, and the Rebel Belle trilogy, I was absolutely elated at the announcement of Royals. Just in time for the wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry, I was eager to get my hands on a copy and dive in immediately, and thanks to Penguin Random House of Canada I was able to do just that!

"Miles looks at me like he's wondering what sins he committed in a past life that have led him to this moment, and I decide today might actually be kind of fun after all."

Royals by Rachel Hawkins is the perfect summer read. Featuring snarky characters, a handsome love interest, and teen drama with a twist of paparazzi, I absolutely adored Royals from start to finish. Daisy Winters, Royals' protagonist, was very relatable and down to earth. Coming from a humble family and working as a part timer at the young age of sixteen, Daisy never imagined that her older sister would fall in love with a prince, and have them whisked away to the safety of the castle in order to shield the family from the sneaky tabloid. Unfortunately for Daisy, the drama doesn't end there. While Miles has been appointed to show Daisy the ropes of being regal, Prince Sebastian causes havoc wherever he goes, and plans to take Daisy along for the ride.

I'm not usually a huge fan of overly fluffy and sweet books, particularly ones that are more geared towards younger readers and feature fictional royalty in a modern and contemporary setting. However, as I'm a reader who completely trusts the writing of Rachel Hawkins, I was certain it would not let me down. Royals, indeed, was the fluffy and sweet read I expected it to be, but it was also charming and heartwarming. Daisy and Miles were an iconic duo. Their ups and downs together felt like I was reading a screenplay for a Hallmark movie (ie; movies like My Summer Prince, Crown for Christmas, etc.) It also featured the perfect dose of romance and 'aww' that I absolutely needed right before the summer. It was an easy title to breeze through, almost leisurely, and had an excellent supporting cast of interesting and relatable characters. Royals, overall, has quite the potential to grow into a larger series, perhaps even with story arcs about other mentioned characters throughout the book. Overall, Royals by Rachel Hawkins was a great read. I highly recommend Royals to fans of Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. This is a book I desperately want to read so I’m really glad you liked it. I hope I will too once I get my hands on it, but I’m almost sure I will.