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Royals Hardcover – May 1, 2018
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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.
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"Lighthearted, pure fun." —Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Sweet, romantic, and adorable, fans of Meg Cabot will thoroughly enjoy Hawkins' latest!" —Buzzfeed
"[A] beach-read-daydream of a novel . . . . Think Mia Thermopolis meets Pippa Middleton, dotted with romance and scandal for good measure." —Elite Daily
"A sweet romance and a royally fun time." —Hello Giggles
"Perfect for the beach." —Culturess
"Don't miss Royals by Rachel Hawkins, a delightful romp of a book for when you need to bliss out with a light romance starring a sweet and snarky heroine." —NPR
"Once you pick up Royals you aren't going to want to put it down . . . you definitely don't want to miss out on Daisy Winters and her crazy Scottish summer." —Hypable
"Perfect for Princess Diary fans or readers craving a snappy rom-com." —Booklist
"A hilarious romp through a larger-than-life royal family fable." —Kirkus Reviews
"[P]ure escapist fun for readers seeking the inside scoop on royal life—plus a little romance . . . . Funny, witty, and realistic, Hawkins elevates the classic teenage romance into an exciting novel that keeps the pages flipping." —VOYA
"Teens won’t need to be fans of the royal gossip columns to enjoy this light, funny take on the fairy-tale world of royalty." —School Library Journal
"After her sister becomes engaged to Prince Alex of Scotland, Daisy is whisked off to the palace to spend the summer learning how to behave like a member of the royal family. There, Daisy is . . . thrown into romantic situations with more than one potential suitor . . . . including the many wealthy Scottish boys with titles who love to play with the hearts of the young women around them." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524738239
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524738235
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Lexile measure : 950L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 14.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.88 x 1 x 8.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #547,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Will appeal to fans of Scotland, romance/rom-com, plucky heroines, and royalty!
i cant recall anything graphic, just alluded to - id say its safe for a teen read
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That book is Royals for me.
It's been a looooong time since I've read a story cover to cover in one sitting and found myself truly reluctant to put it down, but Rachel Hawkins made it so easy for me to lose myself in her comedic, dramatic and romantic teen novel, one that follows Daisy Winters as she's thrust into the royal life after her older sister Eleanor gets engaged to Alex, the Prince of Scotland. It's when media attention turns to Daisy - and not in the good way - that she's brought to Scotland for the summer to be kept under the watchful eye of The Palace.
What Daisy wasn't anticipating for was how different these royals were behind closed doors, most especially The Royal Wreckers - who consist of Prince Sebastian and his four friends, one of whom is our male lead, Miles - who end up causing her presence to be more problematic than was wanted.
If Royals were a movie, it'd not only be the new The Princess Diaries, but it'd be up there with my fav British rom-com of all time: Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging. It was a joyous, light-hearted, and an amazingly fast-paced, fun and funny and a fluffy read, one with unforgettable characters you can easily relate to - characters who're real and vulnerable and they make their mistakes, but they're strong enough to never let those mistakes bring them down - a memorable romance and an unpredictably entertaining storyline.
It is the ultimate teen read... and THAT is why I'm rating this book four stars.
Honestly? I kept forgetting that this was a YA Contemporary, and the last time I read a book in that genre was back in 2017, so I truly feel like I would've loved this story more if I'd read it when I was a teenager, because teenage-me would've adored everything about this story. Teenage-me would've found no flaws whatsoever. But adult-me wanted more; more of a focus on the relationship between Daisy and Eleanor as siblings (as they have their problems), and more of a growth in the love interest between Miles and Daisy (since to me, there wasn't a lot of it before the ending). There's also the fact that I felt like this book ended way too abruptly for my taste, and had a few matters - mainly concerning the royal siblings - left unresolved.
But (as I'll always state in reviews like these) those are just my own opinions and feelings towards this book, and something not everyone will agree with. So, putting those aside, I really enjoyed Royals and found it to be a story that both brought and kept a smile to my face, and has a few shocking moments here and there that kept me all the more hooked. The writing was light yet captivating, and the plot itself was unique and kept me consumed until the very end; I'd definitely recommend Royals to those looking for a quick and enjoyable YA royal read.
I loved Daisy. I loved her parents. I loved that the book went in a different direction romantically than I expected when I picked it up. I loved that when an issue came up, it wasn't, like, dwelled upon so that the story took an angsty turn - it stayed light. I loved that I got smacked with a twist that I most definitely did not see coming. And on a superficial note: I love the new cover; I think the new printing is beautiful and I am obsessed.
There were a couple of story points that I wish had been expanded upon; but overall, I had a great time reading this.
Fun, witty, zero angst, and a nice romantic relationship that seemed to blossom naturally.
A royal read that was perfectly balanced with drama and swoon. I need book two now!! I love Miles.