Book Review: ROYALS by Rachel Hawkins

Rachel (Scorpio Book Dreams) sent me a copy – and I’m so grateful she did!

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 3.5 stars
Series: Yes - first book
This books has been republished under the title PRINCE CHARMING

Synopsis:

royalsMeet 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.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


Review:

I loved AMERICAN ROYALS earlier this year, so when I had a chance to read another contemporary in an alternative universe centered around misfit royals and outsiders I jumped at the chance.

It’s a fun, light-hearted romp with rakish royals that fully embraces all the cliches (calling them out even as they happen). It’s short and I was laughing at several points, so it was a great refresher book after some large, hefty (but great) fantasy books I’ve been reading recently.

Daisy is so out of place, her personality so different to the nobility and the chaos she causes is hilarious. This endeared me to her immediately, her wish to live a normal life despite her sister marrying the Crown Prince of Scotland. She has no idea how to act “properly”, and her bluntness gets her into enough trouble.

The way she gets involved with Miles is due to a fake dating scheme designed to take media attention from rumours of her and the rakish Prince Seb – and he is a disaster mess of a prince if ever there was one. His friends – the Royal Wreckers – are a melting pot of fun and mischief waiting to happen. Other than Miles, the boys all merged into one, but that felt a bit like the point.

I wish there had been some more world building. I was left with so many questions about how this alternative Britain came to be. How does Scotland have royalty separate from the English? The monarchies of England and Scotland were combined in 1603 under James I (of England, IV of Scotland). Did that not happen? Does this mean Scotland is independent from England? Or is this a Jacobite line from when the Georgians came to the English Crown? Why is the royal surname Baird?

This might seem like a small trivial thing, but it really bothered me. I know my country’s history, and so I wanted to know how and why this was version of reality was different. At no point was any of it addressed and so the world felt very flimsy, like no effort was put into reinforcing the concept.

I think at some point I’d like to read the next book (HER ROYAL HIGHNESS), but not immediately. It does feel rather odd to read contemporary romance, though I am enjoying it. I want to dive back into fantasy, and try to read some more sci-fi.

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