Monday, October 22, 2018

Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins


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. 

By the description this looks like what I would call a "cotton candy read". Kind of fun, but no substance, and if you take in too much either your head or stomach will suffer.

The author, however, is Rachel Hawkins - she of the Rebel Belle series, which I adored and wish there was more of. That means that yes, there are swoon-worthy boys and embarrassing klutz moments and so forth, but also that it is So. Freaking. Funny.

I picked this up off the YA shelf to read on a lunch hour, and then snuck it back to my desk to hold open on my lap and sneak peeks at. Memories of my high scool math classes. I finished it up at home, bursting into loud laughter at several points, then having to explain to my kids that " --- just punched ---, which is totally awesome." (No names here, that would be a complete spoiler.)

If you have been reading too much dark and gloomy, and you're ready to put a few high-and-mighty folk in their place, this is your next read! Escapist and fun, without making you feel like you have lost brain cells along the way. A refreshing and needed addition to your YA shelves.

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