The Perfect Combo of Sass, Royalty Shenanigans & Laugh-Out-Loud Humor: Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Monday, May 7, 2018


by Rachel Hawkins
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2
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Well, wasn't this an absolute blast to read? I may not be the biggest fan of books about royalty in contemporary settings, but I am a big Rachel Hawkins fan. With her signature wit and a whole lot of royalty shenanigans, Royals was just pure fun to read.

Daisy Winters is a regular American teenager who really wants nothing to do with the spotlight her sister, Ellie, is in the midst of. You see, Ellie is engaged to be married to the Crown Prince of Scotland, so her every move is scrutinized. All of a sudden, Daisy is whisked off to Scotland and is forced to deal with arrogant bluebloods and their extra af lifestyles. Daisy was the perfect heroine for Royals. She's smart, hilarious and so witty! Girlfriend had me cracking up throughout the book with how sassy she could be. Her relationship with her parents, especially her dad, had me grinning like a fool! The best part of Royals for me was Daisy's relationship with her sister. With the constant attention Ellie has gotten thanks to her newly engaged status, their relationship was a little frayed. But underneath it, all was a deep loyalty between the two. I loved the subtle glimpses we had to the adoration between the two. Their bond was certainly the driving force of Royals.

Now, I'm sure you're wondering if Daisy has a love-interest. Of course! It wouldn't be a Rachel Hawkins book without a fluffy romance! As always, Hawkins' cute boy had me sighing in happiness. Miles was such a pretentious snob at first, but as he is forced to interact with Daisy, all the layers of his character are revealed to the reader and I couldn't help but fall for the guy. The romance had a slight hate-to-love feel, and you guys know how I'm all over that. The secondary characters also made for such a colorful cast. I had fun getting to know all the royals, especially Flora and Seb, who were honestly so dramatic, I lived for them. I think where Royals faltered a bit was in its lack of real storyline. However, this isn't a book that's meant to be taken so seriously, and despite the lack of plot, I found it to be very entertaining.

If you're looking for a YA that's on the lighter side with loads of funny moments and a sassy queen of a heroine, then Royals is the book you need in your life! It's the cute YA we all deserve in our lives.

Do you like books about royalty? Are you a Rachel Hawkins fan?
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