Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Royals

Rachel Hawkins

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

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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins serves up a deliciously royal romance, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

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.


Advance Galley Reviews

I read her other books, so I knew I needed this one too. An interesting take on a royal love story and those not directly involved, but impacted. Vivid imagery. I could see this play out as a movie or tv show. Thanks for the opportunity!

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is a cute and fun book. Daisy’s Sister Ellie is engaged to be married to the prince of Scotland. She and her parents have been living in Florida pretty much out of the eye of the press, then they get thrust into the eye of the storm when they visit Scotland. Daisy meets the brother (Sebastian) of Ellie’s fiancé, Alex, and trouble ensues. Sebastian’s friends are trouble, she even meets one that catches her eye, and sparks fly. This is a very cute book, in the vein of Princess Diaries. This is a definite must read!

Loved this book! It was fun and fresh. I read a lot of heavy material and this was just the book I needed to break that up. It was a very quick read. I love the dynamic between the sisters and the two families as well. It's hard not to fall in love with Daisy. She's a bit like all of us. She wants to break the mold, but go unnoticed at the same time.

Royals by Rachel Hawkins is a super cute contemporary YA novel. I liked that there were blog posts every few chapters to help giveinfo onthe characters without feeling too infodumpy. I loved the sass, and it felt like an actual teenager talking, not an adult thinking they sounk like a teen. I only had two issues with this book. The first is that there are parts that are kind of repetitive. I understand the hat resembles a sea monster, let’s move on. The other is that there is suddenly a royal family of Scotland? I’m not sure how much research went into the culture, landscape, or politics, either. I would have almost preferred that she invent a tiny kingdom somewhere. Onerall, idefinitely enjoyed this book. Give it a read, especially if you like The Princess Diaries and What A Girl Wants!

I adored Royals!! I’m not the biggest contemporary reader so for a contemporary book to be in the love category for me. It has to have that something special. I loved the uniqueness of the story and the wonderfully beautiful setting. Also that fairytale-esque story to it, that had some Pride and Prejudice vibes. I like that this a story about sisters. Ellie is the sister who is prim and proper and born to be a queen. That is how Daisy sees her, where Daisy loves to stand out. Not in the, I want to be in the tabloids way, but in the way that she isn’t afraid to be who she is. When her life is uprooted and she is whisked away to Scotland in order to keep her from causing anymore “scandal” she has to struggle to fit into her sisters new world. Although it seems like the sisters, can be sisters, and often fight. I think they both start to see what the other has to go through. As far as one being in the public eye by choice and one being in it as a side effect. It was great to see it develop. I think I always love stories that take place in other countries. Maybe that’s what the fantasy reader in me that looks for that in a contemporary. I love the descriptions of Scotland from the beautiful landscapes to the castles. Who doesn’t want to go to a castle. I liked the tie in with the tabloids, the Royal Wreckers and the overall drama involved in that. Which is the cause of most of Daisy’s grief. She is someone who isn’t necessarily prepared for that kind of exposure. The romance is so sweet. I kept thinking of Miles as having a little bit of Darcy in him. He is part of the Royal Wreckers but he is not annoying as some of them. None of them are really that horrible, really. Well maybe Seb is a little frustrating. Miles is a lot more low key and observant. Plus he is kind when he wants to be. I really loved Royals and it’s such a fun story. I really recommend it and I’m so glad to have read it.

There were a few laugh-out-loud lines, and it was overall a light, fun read. I didn't feel like the characters were fully realized, though, and a pretty significant obstacle was presented right at the end that was not dealt with, which left the book feeling unresolved.

I enjoyed this book. It was a sweet young adult romance. I was pleased it didn't have the cussing or detailed sex scenes a lot of young adults now seem to have. I found the characters engaging and enjoyed Daisy's escapades in the lime light. This is one I will definitely buy for my high school library. Good job!

A fun, well-written book! I really enjoyed reading it. Sweet romance for the YA crowd. The author also has this ability to realistically have the characters misinterpreting/misunderstanding one another, but then one character will have a moment of clarity and empathy and understand where the other one is coming from; it was nice to see Daisy and Eleanor but have these moments of understanding within the sister relationship. Well done and I would definitely read more by this author.

4 out of 5 stars! I needed a light, fun read and this book was exactly what I was looking for! The story of Daisy Winters and her adventures with the Royal family of Scotland drew me in immediately. All of the characters are likable, even the not so likable ones. I don't read much YA, but I will definitely keep an eye out for future books in this series. For my full review, visit blondebibliotaph.blogspot.com!

Adorable take on the average teen thrust into the spotlight narrative. Daisy's voice felt authentic and relatable, which allowed me to fully immerse myself in the story. While certain aspects of the story were a little unrealistic, I think that added to the overall charm that Hawkins was hoping to achieve. This story is for any reader looking for a quick escape with fun characters, or for anyone who has ever dreamed of being thrust into royal circles!

Royals, by Rachel Hawkins was a funny light hearted book. It is an easy read, and entertaining. I enjoyed the 1st person narrative of the book. This is my first time reading a book by Rachel Hawkins, and I enjoyed her writing style. It had a good amount of humor, and romance with out getting raunchy. Perfect for young adult readers!

This was the first book by Rachel Hawkins that I've read, and I quite enjoyed it. The situation was completely unrealistic and I probably would have preferred a made-up country rather than the invention of a royal family for Scotland, but I can get past that fairly easily. Hawkins was great at writing dialogue and her first person narrative sounded like a real person. It kept me in the story the whole time. I am not the target audience for this book, but I expect that teenage girls will like it a lot.

The Royals was great, fun book! I really enjoyed it! I was entertained from the very beginning. The writing style was superb. The author sis a great job drawing the reader in!!

I am a fan of Rachel Hawkins and of Royals. I received The Royals by Rachel Hawkins from First to Read by Penguin Random House. Thank you Penguin Random House for giving me the chance to read it. It does not matter what the topic is I enjoy myself when I am reading one of her stories. Daisy is the teenage sister of Ellie who happens to be engaged to a Scottish prince, Alex. Alex's family does not hurt for being in the tabloids, especially his brother Prince Sebastian who hasn't met a fiasco he hasn't been a part of in his life. Daisy and her parents live in a small town in Florida where they enjoying their quirky, small-town lives. Daisy is still in high school, working at the grocery store and has recently broken up with her boyfriend who has dumped her into the cesspool of tabloid news by selling his "story" as it relates to the Scottish royal family. Daisy and her parents are called to Scotland to help diffuse the media situation surrounding Daisy and spend a month getting to know their new in-laws and get ready for the upcoming wedding. Daisy has the advantage of being the same age as Prince Sebastian and his interesting band of friends who all have their fair share of tabloid front pages as well thanks to their antics that usually involve the prince. Alex and Ellie just want everyone to get along and to have a great lead up to their wedding. Royals is a hilarious story that shows how far from a calm, uneventful lead up to a wedding Alex and Ellie are going to receive. I loved it! All of the characters were colorful and Daisy is hilarious with her witty repartee and smart butt comments. It is a great story and I look forward to my next read by Rachel Hawkins. Review can also be seen at Lady Techie's Book Musings http://LadyTechiesbookmusings.blogspot.com

This book was just so much fun! I'm not going to tell you that it is going to win the Pulitzer Prize or completely change your life, but I can promise that you'll swoon and laugh and fall totally in love with Daisy and Miles. I haven't had this much fun reading a YA book in a long time. Maybe I read too many fantasy novels, but sometimes it's nice to have a break from saving the world. Getting to explore Scotland along with Daisy and discover that sometimes there's more to a person than our initial opinion was one of the highlights of Royals. If you're looking for a fun summer read that doesn't try to hard and has the swoon levels going on, then definitely check out Royals!

I received a copy from Penguin’s First To Read This book was like a giant rom-com cliché. The alternate history for the Royal family was eye rolling and cringe worthy. That being said once you over look those things, it was actually a very entertaining read. Irritating as hell, but fun. (Especially like me if you have a guilty pleasure for Royal gossip) In this alternate world there is a Scottish Royal Family, and the heroine Daisy’s sister Ellie has fallen in love with Prince Alexander, heir to the throne. They are getting married. Daisy lives in Florida with her mom and her ex British rock star dad. She lives a pretty normal life. She has a part time job at a local convenience store and is looking forward to a planned trip to Key West with her BFF Isabel where they will go to a convention to meet their favourite fantasy author and get their books signed. All pretty normal. But all this is thrown out of whack when Ellie announces she’s marrying the prince and the Royal family have invited the whole family to Scotland for a few weeks for the summer to get a taste of what’s coming. Every other chapter is a page from a magazine or a gossip blog/tabloid. Daisy is fuming but agrees on the basis that the Royal assistant Glynnis who has come with Ellie and Alex can arrange for a singing at a book shop near where they are staying and bring Isabel along later. So off to Scotland they go given a Royal treatment – first class flights, fancy cars, the fanciest hotels. To add to the chaos, Alex’s younger brother, charming, Sebastian (who is Daisy’s age, 17) the most eligible teen in Scotland is there as well with his group of fancy friends. Sebastian is an ass, crude, full of himself and flirts with everything in a skirt. Daisy finds herself getting into a snit with his best friend Miles when a drunken Sebastian decides to head into her room. The dialogue is sharp and witty and as soon as Miles and Daisy start snarking with each other it’s completely predictable as to what’s going to happen. Daisy has to go to several royal events and dress the part (something she’s not happy about) and of course things go eye rollingly wrong (including a rather amusing incident where she finds herself getting looked down on by some of the posh women and does a delightful job of holding her own and insulting them right back). It’s cheesy as hell. However, at the time, I did find myself reading this with a grin on my face most of the time. Daisy is struggling to cope with major culture shock, even when her best friend finally arrives (Isabel’s huge crush on Sebastian not helping) Daisy finds herself unwittingly creating a scandal that catches the eye of the disapproving Queen. And Miles to the rescue. Which leads to a fake dating plot. As a lead character Daisy was immensely likeable, easy to understand where she’s coming from. Easy to follow her story as she moves between the very different world and gets to know the real people behind the tabloid gossip and learns maybe Miles isn’t the stuck up ass he pretends to be. They have some quite interesting conversations about their differences. The end is absolutely gag worthy. But kind of works. Not the most brilliant book I have ever read, but certainly an entertaining one.

Okay, I was not expecting to like this novel as much as I did. I spent more than half of the book absolutely hating some of the characters and that shows me how emotionally invested in Daisy I was. I will admit, I felt a kinship with Daisy. I loved her character & her humor. It was fun and made me laugh a lot. I loved just about everything about this book except for how quick of an ending it had. I want to know more about what happened. I want to know how the entire story ends which only makes me hope that Rachel Hawkins is considering writing a second book. This book is a cute, quick read that is sure to make you smile a few times. The romance aspect was cute & sweet. All in all, I loved it.

Sixteen year old Daisy Winters has been living the life of a typical teenager in Florida but everything changes when her older sister, Ellie, announces her engagement to the Crown Prince of Scotland. The media won't leave Daisy or her parents alone so they escape to a secluded castle in Scotland and meet Ellie's soon to be in laws for the first time. Daisy soon figures out the royals have their own set of rules as they enlist the help of a young man, Miles, to show Daisy the ropes so she doesn't bring embarrassment to the crown. But as Daisy gets caught up in the media frenzy she has to make a decision on whether to conform to others' standards, or be true to herself. I liked how this book wasn't told from the perspective of a girl who meets and falls in love with a prince. Instead it was a little more unique and focused more on a girl being thrust into the spotlight due to her older sister marrying a prince. Unfortunately, I found Daisy to be rather annoying at times which certainly didn't help with my enjoyment of the story. I did like her interactions with Miles which is the main reason I decided to keep on reading. This was an ok and easy read but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to recommend unless you love books about royals. Thank you to First to Read for providing an advance digital copy!

This book was fantastic!! I'm a sucker for Royal romances so this book definitely had me hooked. Even though it was a somewhat predictable love story, it still had it's moments of shock and plot twists, keeping me entertained and wanting to keep reading. This book made me laugh, nervous, mad, etc. from all the different things that happened in it. The only thing that I was disappointed in, until the end, was the relationship between Daisy and her sister. Otherwise, I loved the book and can't wait to read more from this author!

I've loved Rachel Hawkins for years since I read her Hex Hall series! I remember binge-reading the first two and then having to wait for the last one to come out . . . and wow that was 5 years ago. I didn't get as into her Rebel Belle series, but my love for her books returned with Royals. I love books that center on royalty, especially contemporary ones, so I was so excited for this book! Now to start my review . . . *Stefan from Saturday Night Live voice* This book had everything: -a fictional royal family of Scotland (that Rachel made up! and did intense world building for this fake family I love her omg) -the younger sister of the crown prince's fiancée who is forced into the spotlight and has to learn some, uh, "proper etiquette" from . . . -a swoonworthy love interest who is the best friend of . . . -the hot royal trash/mess of a prince -fake dating -SARCASM. I love Daisy okay -witty banter!! amazing ship!! -guys in kilts -did I mention FAKE DATING So yes, I wholeheartedly adored this book! I read it in about two sittings and only took breaks because of things like, you know, life and sleep and school and whatnot. I laughed, I teared up because of antics and cuteness, I laughed some more. I really loved all of the characters so much, especially Daisy and Miles. Daisy's thoughts and reactions to anything are my everything honestly. MILES'S reactions to Daisy are amazing. I mean: "I need a list of every den of iniquity in the city of Edinburgh," I blurt out. Miles stares at me for a moment before blinking owlishly. "I . . . don't have a list like that?" And, wow, I've never read a book that describes being the younger sister so well. Daisy talked about wanting to live her own life, but it's always interrupted by what Ellie wants, what Ellie does. I totally understood her mixed feelings about being in Scotland and being sucked into the royalty hole (I mean. not that I've been in this exact position, but similar-ish). The friendships as well were so good! Daisy and her best friend Isabel have such a strong relationship that's really an anchor for Daisy throughout the book. Miles and Sebastian too; it was so nice seeing how much they all care for each other. Royals was a bundle of cuteness and sweetness and everything I needed, honestly. With a sarcastic main character and lovable characters (even the hot messes), it definitely lived up to the hype and then some. I can't wait for the next book! Look out for this one on May 1.

This book was everything I wanted it to be! Who doesn't love reading about princes (HOT princes) in beautiful Scotland? Rachel Hawkins had me laughing and enjoying myself from the first chapter. I loved to watch all of Daisy's new relationships unfold with the royal family and friends of the royal family. It was so much fun getting to learn about the "posh life" right along side her. Also, Daisy's father was probably the most hilarious part of the whole book. His character always had me laughing out loud! It was a quick-paced, lighthearted read with some great sisterly bonding moments as well. 4.5/5 stars. Definitely would recommend this!

This was my first novel by Rachel Hawkins. Rachel did not disappoint with Royals. The story is intriguing and I got invest in the characters. I was always itching to read more when I had to put it down. The only thing that was slightly frustrating was how it jumped in time without saying how much time passed. Other than that it was a great novel. There are so many fantasy/dystopian series out there, that it's nice to read a stand alone novel once in awhile. I received this eArc by Penguins First to Read program!

5/5 gnomes * Book provided for review by First to Read (Used the points I’ve earned on the site to guarantee myself a copy of this one.) Why should you read Royals? For lines like this of course: “A little moment of understanding that feels weirdly nice, given that it comes from a guy who I’m not entirely convinced isn’t a tea cozy cursed by a witch to live as a real-life boy.” I adore this book. The characters, settings, and relationships are a ton of fun. Royally awesome intrigue equals a read you won't want to let go of. Daisy's sister is marrying into royalty and that leads to a plethora of problems. Paparazzi plus lots of royal drama leads to some trouble of course. Daisy and her family are eminently entertaining then when you throw in some Scottish royalty things really take off. Her Dad especially is great and has quite a viewpoint. This read is full of fluffy goodness and quotable quotes. Like a smile in book form (as corny as that sounds.) You think you know where the story is going but then theree are plenty of surprises too. Read this book ASAP if you want to laugh and love a book at the same time. This is a book that will definitely make you snort laugh in public.

So I normally love thrillers, mysteries and anything dark. But I LOVED this book. This was an escape and I could not put it down. I loved the characters and felt invested in their story. I’m going to be very sad if there’s not a sequel, or even a series.

I received this book from Penguin First to Read for free in exchange for an honest review. This book was fun. Sometimes you just need to read a fun, quick, easy read and this fit the bill. You have fun characters, royalty (obviously), a great setting (Scotland), and some disasters. I really enjoyed it!

Let's just address the elephant in the room right away - no, this is most definitely not my typical read, but I was in the mood for something light, and from reading one of her previous books, I know Rachel Hawkins can dish out a healthy dose of humor.  Royals was a pleasure to read from page one. I lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud.  Daisy is just a sugar-coated treat - snarky, unfiltered, and ridiculously funny.  She's in 'fish out of water' situations for most of the book, occasionally handling them gracefully, but more often than not, having to pry her foot from her mouth.  I enjoyed watching her scope of the world expand beyond her little corner of Florida. The supporting cast is equally endearing, especially Daisy's comical former rockstar father, and you can't help being charmed by Seb despite his roguish behavior.  Not being a real romance fan, I was relieved it wasn't the only focus of the book, but the plot is still somewhat predictable.  There are no real surprises here, but I wasn't expecting any.  Royals is a fun, fluffy read from cover to cover. Thanks to Penguin's First To Read for the ARC.

This book is pure fluff and so much fun! Don't bother getting your pants in a wad over the alternate history with Scottish independence author Rachel Hawkins has created, if that's your hill to die on then this book probably isn't for you. BUT! If you like Princess Diaries or My Fair Lady (and ok maybe even lovely garbage movies like A Christmas Prince) then this is definitely for you. It's so funny, literally made me laugh out loud, and is chock full of (to pull a quote from the digital gallery) "next-level swoony material." Cute, roguish boys from the Scottish nobility, a sassy feminist from Florida, a surprisingly funny and well-written set of parents (especially Daisy's dad), plus a dose of culture clash makes this book a pure delight. It's a fully-loaded ice cream sundae except you have no regrets after consuming it all in one sitting.

I didn’t enjoy this one. It felt too one dimensional and it took me forever to finish despite being about 300 pages. The characters weren’t as fleshed out as I would’ve liked and it seemed everything got wrapped up too quickly/conveniently. Disappointing read, especially as I have very much enjoyed the author’s other books.

The story of poor Daisy Winters is funny, witty, and an all-around fantastic read. Daisy's sister is engaged to a Scottish prince so now she's thrust into the limelight and her normal, small town life is over. She's basically living my worst nightmare as she's followed by cameras and snoops everywhere she goes. The Palace decides that the best way to control this is by forcing Daisy to spend her summer in Scotland with the royal family... Then things get even worse in an entertaining, even romantic, caper that introduces readers to the royal family and shows that appearances aren't always what they seem. Interesting characters, enjoyable twists, lighthearted banter, and solid writing made this a book I couldn't put down out of pure enjoyment. I need this to be a series so I can see everyone's happy ending. I highly recommend it.

Omg y'all that was SO GOOD ?? The hate to love trope. The fake dating trope. SCOTLAND. Nerdy stuff. Not taking any sexist crap. SASS!! Puns!! Miles ??????

I loved this book. Books like these are my serious guilty pleasures. I love the whole girl meets royal thing. I’m reallt glad that I got the chance to read it. Now all I really want is a sequel because I wanna see what happens next. It was just a really, really fun book that kept me up late at night so I can finish it. I honestly want more of this story. I wanna know about the wedding. I just really liked Daisy too. There were a couple parts of the book that had little instances that I didn’t see coming which made it much better. 10/10 would buy.

Royals was a fantastic book that I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read. I've already recommended it to one friend, and I have a feeling I'll be recommending it to even more as the publication date gets closer! Everything about this book was great, mostly because Daisy's relationships with the people around her were both believable and exciting. I really felt like I understood why she did what she did in every situation, and I was genuinely invested in the outcome of her story. 10/10 stars, will definitely recommend, probably read again, and almost certainly buy a copy once it's available!

Royals was a lighthearted and fun read told from the POV of the main character Daisy. Daisy is a witty and quirky teenager who lives a pretty ordinary life in a small town in Florida, but she also happens to have a sister who is engaged to a Scottish prince. This turns her life upside down and Daisy has to learn to navigate the societal expectations that come with being associated with the royal family. As you can imagine, she gets herself into some hilarious and awkward situations mainly due to Prince Sebastian, but she's able to handle it with her sassy quips and strong-willed nature. I liked that the author paired Daisy with Miles rather than Prince Seb (Sebastian) because it seemed more believable. However, I felt like this book could have been longer because I felt like the plot was rushed and the characters could have been developed a bit more developed. I would love to see this become a series so I can see where the characters go.

This book was fantastic. A light, fluffy YA story, but so entertaining and fun to read. The plot was surprisingly original for a "royalty" romance. Rather than telling the story of the beautiful, regular girl who falls in love with a prince, we get the story of her younger sister and family dealing with the drastic lifestyle changes. Also, I'm a sucker for a good enemies-to-romance plot, and I loved the dynamic between Daisy and Miles. The story also had some really funny moments and I actually found myself laughing out loud a few times. Sometimes a lighthearted, funny, sweet YA romance is exactly what you need, and Royals fits that bill perfectly.

3.5 stars It's good to be warned going into this review that I am the biggest sucker for royalty tropes. Seriously. There's a reason I was on Wattpad for a year and a half, and it definitely wasn't the toxic environment. We all have our guilty pleasures, and I'm only slightly ashamed to say that royalty romance is one of my guilty reading pleasures. (Yes, I admit that The Selection was entertaining.) And Royals was basically all those tropes that I enjoy wrapped up in one. It didn't get into trashy territory, which was one of the downfalls of some stories with this trope. There's not any unnecessary drama or nearly extraneous storylines that make you cringe, face palm, or all of the above. Royals was blissfully restrained and it ended up keeping that guilty pleasure royalty trope that I am a sucker for (shhh we're keeping this quiet ok?) without making it super cringey. It's not the story of Elle Winters falling in love with the prince--it's the story of her much geekier, much more average younger sister Daisy who lives in Florida (home state REPRESENT) dealing with the unfortunate effects of her sister's upcoming wedding to the prince on Daisy's own life. I didn't find any of the characters to be particularly annoying, which is always a win, and Daisy was nice without being super selfish or a "special snowflake." It's a relatively short book and I sped through it in a day as it was paced very well and has an easy to read plot and writing style. I found it to be entertaining and enjoyable in helping me just find a book to relax with. There's not a lot of meaningful messages in this, but I did really enjoy the family dynamic between Daisy and her sister and also her parents. Daisy struggles a lot with her sister's fame as Elle & her desires ends up always coming first in Daisy's mind. This is a big theme in the story and Daisy has to resolve this bitterness between her and her sister throughout the story. I liked how they talked it out instead of blowing up, but I do wish that they would have had a little more on the topic instead of wrapping everything up neatly before a page 300 is required. I wanted more on the family and sister dynamics--more on the contrast between Elle and Daisy. To me, this felt a little unresolved and I wanted more on this. Despite this, I actually really enjoyed the romance. Barely anything happens, but I think Hawkins wrote the tension between Daisy and Miles really well. It left things on a hopeful note and I think this was nice. But one of my favorite parts was probably how Daisy didn't end up getting sucked into the royal life and doing something silly like falling for Prince Sebastian. She's still very much Daisy by the end of the novel, even though she learns a few things along the way, and I enjoyed this part of the story. Overall, this was an enjoyable read because I was in the mood for it. This is exactly that cheesy entertaining story you'd expect without being too dramatic. If this sounds like a storyline that will intrigue you, you'll probably enjoy it as a relaxing read like I did. But, if you're looking for something with a little more...substance, then you may want to look elsewhere.

I loved this book! I went in expecting it to be like all other Royal Romances (“The Royal We”, by Cocks and Morgan, for example), but I was pleasantly surprised. It was fun seeing everything from the sister’s point of view, there were plenty of twists that I didn’t predict, and even the parts I did predict didn’t play out exactly the way I anticipated. Truly a delightful read, and I’m already starting it again. I only wish it had a more conclusive conclusion - I hate when YA/Chick Lit books aren’t fully wrapped up and the ending played all the way out so you can truly see a happily ever after. But, give the age of the main characters and the openness of the ending, I’m hoping this means a sequel is in the works? I would be first in line to read it!

I received The Royals by Rachel Hawkins from First to Read by Penguin Random House. Thank you Penguin Random House for giving me the chance to read it. Here's what the book was about listed by Penguin Random House: " 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." My review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins really is like another Princess Diaries book series. It has that same sass, and fluff that I loved back in those books. When I first saw this book, I knew it was going to be a fit for me, but then when I had it, I wasn't sure. At the beginning, I had moments where I said, YES! I like this! And then a few chapters later I wasn't sure. I think that may have depended on the times I was reading it. Forget Alex and Daisy's sister... Daisy and Miles were the best part of the book for me. I thought the romance between them was pure fluff. I especially liked the parts where they were alone together until her sister "rescued or interrupted" them. I just really liked Miles a lot. Did anybody else picture Lilly for Daisy's best friend? I like Hawkin's writing style a lot and will be reading more books by her. This book is a four star read because of it's pure fluff in it. It's a recommendation if anybody is looking for something similar to Princess Diaries, and for a fast read. Author's note: This will be up on my Goodreads, my wordpress blog and Amazon when the time comes. My wordpress blog is Colleensconclusions.wordpress.com.

Royals is as sweet as cotton candy, and I don't mean that in a bad way. If you know this is advance you can enjoy this book for what it is. Royals is fun, adorable and surprisingly funny. Daisy was sassy and strong willed but she found herself in a strange new world. Not wanting to let her sister down, she went along with some crazy schemes, however she might have found love in the middle of them. I really loved how smooth this story flowed. The characters were comical and charming. I really think a lot of people will love this one.

I received a copy of the book from First to read in exchange for an honest review. It's hard to find a nice young-adult, first POV, that doesn't make your eyes roll all the way... this book is a winner, because not only did I never roll my eyes, but I had a smile painted on my face through all the 256 pages. I never thought I could find clichés so much fun and enjoyable. The book is narrated through Daisy's POV, a funny, sweet, colorful, lively, seventeen-year-old teenager. At first, I was a bit scared because, let's face it, when you are no longer a teenager, reading a book like this could be a bit challenging. But Rachel Hawkins, once again, has taken her readers in the heart and mind of her character. And she brought us in an elite world, that kind of recalls the English royal family, with Kate as El, and Seb as Henry. I smiled a lot, even had some feels, and laughed. Maybe, if you are a teenager you will love this book, but if you're not, don't let that stop you. It's a very enjoyable read, with a tender love story. A real page-turner that will cheer you up.

Royals was a cute, fluffy, light YA contemporary with a mixture of: Gossip Girl meets Pride and Prejudice meets a Korean drama called The Princess Hours. However, I don't think these shows accurately described what the book was about. After a bit of reflection, I thought it was just like any other YA book. At the same time, it wasn't... What I meant was that it was neither a plot-driven novel nor a character driven novel. The novel was mostly about Daisy's experience surrounded by the Scottish royals, as she was given the opportunity to be a part of her sister's new life for a short while. Also, the premise for the novel was *technically* not new or unique. It was predictable and often common especially in Korean dramas. So if you're someone who likes to binge watch Korean dramas, then you might find this book entertaining. Anyway, I LOVED THIS BOOK and I wanted more from it. I wanted more from the story. The protagonist was likable and I loved her sense of humor! She was also emphatic, forgiving, friendly, and understanding. Her imperfections probably made this book an enjoyable read. Sometimes she was a loud mouth and she quickly learns how people can take situations out of context especially when spread by the media. Then again, learning this didn't stop her from being who she was.  Additionally, two things I didn't like were: the sexual assault scene (TRIGGER WARNING). I'd say, look at the big picture before judging this book. Second, what I didn't like were the loose ends. Like I said, it doesn't seem like this book follows a consistent plot. For instance, there were things brought up but it wasn't mentioned again. It seemed like this book was just a "slice of life" regarding a fictional royal family.  **I wasn't nitpicky about the details regarding this book because I had a fun and enjoyable reading experience. If you're looking for an entertaining read, this is something I would recommend. However, if you're looking for a fresh YA contemporary read from rags to riches don't set your expectations way too high.

I could not put this down. At first I took the comparison to the Princess Diaries too seriously But once I stopped expecting that, amazing. This is a funny and fresh take into the lives of Royals. I wanted more when the book was over. Hopefully there’s a sequel!

I had so much fun reading this. Royals is a light-hearted, funny, easy read that’s sure to entertain. I finished it rather quickly, and couldn’t help but wish the book had been longer. I don’t say this often, but this would make such a cute movie! I connected with Daisy from the start, and loved her sassy, headstrong personality. I also found myself a bit jealous of her situation: I mean, who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by a group of young, attractive, amusing members of the Scottish aristocracy…le sigh. Daisy is apparently also a much better person than I am, because if my sister (and parents) acted that selfish and inconsiderate towards me, I would not be on speaking terms with them. I was glad that there was bit of a reconciling moment between Daisy and Ellie at the end, but it still didn’t lessen my loathing towards her sister. I really loved the interactions and banter between Miles and Daisy! We all knew what was going to happen by the end, but nevertheless, I still enjoyed watching it all unfold. If you like light, fun, entertaining reads than Royals is a book for you!

This book is so much fun! It kept me sucked in and I pretty much read it in one sitting. The story focuses on Daisy, whose sister is marrying a Scottish prince. Unfortunately for Daisy, this means she'll be cast into a spotlight not of her choosing. As Daisy attempts to learn how to maneuver in the posh world she now finds herself in, she finds herself in one bind after another. Funny, sweet, and just plain fun. Fans of Stephanie Kate Strohm's Prince in Disguise will love this!

The book is cute and fluffy. A nice, easy read. The only thing I did not like was all the slang. It felt forced at time with how often it was included. Overall i enjoyed the book and would read more book by her.

I devoured this book! ROYALS was a great read, something very easy to flip through and with so much humor and wit! Hawkins takes a fairly overdone story and adds her own spin to it, complete with sarcasm and the perfect amount of sass. The main character is Daisy, a sassy teenager in her own world. But when her sister gets engaged to a prince, her world is thrown upside down (despite her several attempts to fight it) and she’s forced to live with the royals for a time. The characters were likable, and for me it was almost better that they seemed real. I’m 30-years old and I read this in a few hours, so I can only imagine how great of a read it would be for someone in their teens! I’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for more of Hawkins work.

I can always expect a good time from Rachel Hawkins' books. Her Hex Hall series, for instance, is one of my favorite YA series. Witches, snark, and romance...it's epic to say the least. Therefore, when I caught wind that she had a new book coming out (one involving royals!!) I couldn't have been more excited. The result? Combining Rachel Hawkins' characteristic wit with royal drama and a touch of romance, ROYALS is fluffy, flirty, and laugh-out-loud funny. The best aspect of ROYALS, in my opinion, was the fantastic cast of characters Rachel introduced. My favorite would have to be Daisy, the main character. I clicked with Daisy from the first page. I loved her sassy, in-your-face personality, but I also appreciated that she had a vulnerable side. She knew that she sometimes said the very wrong thing at the very wrong time and pushed buttons that should not be pushed under any circumstance; however, she couldn't stop it. Her brand of protection was a rowdy sense of humor and I (someone who constantly hides behind sarcasm) could completely relate to that. Sometimes it is easier to make a joke than say something serious. Over the course of the book, Daisy experiences a lot of growth. She's thrown into a new world, a royal one nonetheless, and she's begins to see the importance of compromise, trying new things, and maybe even cutting her sister a break for once. I loved seeing this transformation occur. In addition to Daisy, there's so many other characters I came to adore as well. For example, her parents cracked me up. I loved the combination of her rebellious former rock star father and bubbly, talkative mystery writer mother. Sometimes they truly gave Daisy a run for her money with saying the wrong thing, but it was easy to see that they meant well. Daisy's sister also intrigued me. At first I couldn't believe how cold and poised she was, but as the book continued I began to see a new side to her, one that I surprisingly liked. The royal family was also an interesting crew. There was Flora, the wild child, Seb, the playboy, the intimidating Queen, and Alex, the nice guy/Switzerland of the family. Each brought an interesting dynamic to the table, and I especially loved that Seb wasn't the love interest. It was refreshing to say the least, especially when someone as swoony as Miles was the real love interest. From the first page you're thrown right into the action, and while I loved the fast speed that it brought, sometimes I wished it would have slowed down. ROYALS has a lot going on - romance, family drama, royal drama, a coming-of-age, etc. I found everything to be interesting, especially the royalty and the romance, and I loved the twists and turns! Some of the big moments really were jaw-dropping. Sometimes, however, I wish there would've been a little less action and more time spent on development. There were so many times in which a big revelation would occur in one chapter but then it wouldn't be mentioned again for a few chapters. It was almost as if it didn't happen, and while each big revelation did eventually earn a conclusion of sorts, sometimes the conclusions felt more like a brush under the rug than a satisfying end. I also wished the romance would've been a tad more developed. I enjoyed the dynamic between Miles and Daisy - some of my favorite scenes involved the two of them - but they didn't always have a lot of screen time, and I think the book would've benefited from some more romance between the two of them. Regardless, ROYALS is a fun and bubbly read perfect for the summer. The characters introduced are what makes the ROYALS such an enjoyable read, in my opinion. I honestly could've read about their lives all week!

 


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