My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
First Published: May 1st, 2018
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Royalty, Family Drama, Humor, Summertime, Romance
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.
Magic school, paranormal, princess story… Rachel Hawkins will write about anything and everything that comes to her mind and I love that about her.
Princess stories are my thing. I don’t care if they are unrealistic, as long as they make me want to become the heroine of the book and live this fantasy myself.
And boy do I want to be in Daisy’s shoes right now. It’s not as though she is on her way to become a princess (her sister is, sort of), but spending the summer at a castle with plenty of exquisite bachelors to choose from?
This is like Paper Princess meets Part-time Princess but for young adults. It is ridiculous but entertaining, absolutely predictable but interesting nonetheless, and filled with drama that is irrefutably necessary in a story about royals.
I’ve yet to dislike any of Rachel Hawkins’ love interests, for one simple reason: She knows what works for teens and what doesn’t. She knows what teen girls (I was about to say ‘‘we’’ but I guess I’m too old now) dream about and she delivers.
In other words, Miles knocked my tiara off.
I’m not ashamed to say that this was one of my most anticipated 2018 releases. Most people anticipate highly praised fantasy books, I like to get my hopes up about titles that are more under-the-radar, though I sure hope many will give this one a chance.
Just like Daisy Winters, it isn’t without flaws, but if ever you are in the mood for a romantic comedy and unfortunately there is nothing on TV, worry not because ROYALS will help you out.
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