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Royals by Rachel Hawkins

*This review will not contain spoilers*

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.

For some reason this one wasn’t on my radar until the very last second. I loved Rachel Hawkins’s Hex Hall books, but the Rebel Belle ones came out during an awkward part of my life, so I never really got into those. Nevertheless, I was surprised I wasn’t looking forward to this one. When I finally came to my senses, it was close to the release date so I could jump right in!

I’ve never been that obsessed with real life royal families, but I do love snarky girls who are snarky with annoying boys who are mushy on the inside. The added everything royal was just a bonus.

I think my humor has evolved into something really weird, cause I didn’t find this book hugely funny? I have heard lots of people talking about how hilarious it was, but I simply didn’t see it. It was light and fluffy, but most of jokes didn’t really reach hilarious on my scale.

If I’m being honest, I think I expected more from this book. Everything just felt sort of… aimless. It could be that I just haven’t read a lot of contemporary or stand alones in awhile, but everything sort of just felt open ended. I think there is going to be a spin off/ sequel. Same world, just different characters taking the spotlight. I hope it’s about that one super complicated story line cause, boy, would that be a ride.

Even if there is a spinoff, Daisy’s story still feels off to me. I do not want a sequel, but I would have liked a little something more at the end. I also think the ending had to do with Daisy’s character. She felt sort of one dimensional to me; like I never really got to know her very well. I know the outside, but I can’t imagine what she’d be doing after the last page. That probably adds to the open endedness I feel about the end of the book. I can’t create my own ending and pretend she’s going on about her life and everything is happy and good. I did like getting to know the side characters of this book. It was so interesting to see what they put out for the world and then what they actually were.

I really do not know what anybody really likes. I know royals have so much responsibility, but there just seems to be this big gap in everybody where there passions are and I think that threw me off. I mean, I know not knowing, I’ve been there, but it didn’t feel like they didn’t know, it just felt like they weren’t there. I guess that bugged me, but that’s strictly a personal thing. I just think it takes away from the character and I have a harder time connecting with them.

All in all, I just think this book wasn’t for me. I did enjoy it and it’s PINK. It was fun and fluffy and if you enjoy everything royal, I definitely recommend picking it up!

Link for Royals: https://www.amazon.com/Royals-Rachel-Hawkins/dp/1524738239/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527446669&sr=1-1&keywords=rachel+hawkins

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