Book Talk: Royals by Rachel Hawkins

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Book Talk: Royals by Rachel HawkinsRoyals by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Royals #1
Published by Listening Library on May 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Humor
Format: Audiobook
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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.

I like to think of myself as a bit of an expert on YA fiction. Perhaps that’s braggy or presumptive of me, but I suspect I’ve read more YA than most people in this world. Admittedly, though, I do still have some significant gaps in my reading, such as the fact that, aside from her middle grade novel (which was not really my thing), I’ve never read any Rachel Hawkins. If Royals is anything to go by, I’ve been missing out on sheer joy.

The Royals reminds me of Meg Cabot in the best ways possible. Sort of a mash up between The Princess Diaries and the TV drama-fest The Royals. The tone is one hundred percent Cabot, full of humor and fluffiness and not taking itself too seriously. This book was clearly written with the goal of being entertaining, and it succeeds one hundred percent. The plot runs more along the line of The Royals, and it’s what I wanted from Romancing the Throne last year too.

Heroine Daisy Winters has no interest in marrying a prince, which is probably good since that’s what her sister is doing; Daisy just works at a local grocery store. Aside from sometimes seeing her sister on tabloids and magazines and that unfortunate incident with her ex, her sister dating a prince hasn’t really had an affect on her life. Until Ellie and the Crown Prince of Scotland get engaged.

Because PR reasons, Daisy ends up having to go to Scotland, where she’s surrounded by a bevy of hot Scottish lords. Things mostly roll out exactly how you expect, from the initial girl hate to the flirty, party boy second prince to the grouchy best friend of the prince (helloooo, Miles). However, Hawkins puts some great flips onto the usual royal romance tropes, lending this story an air of originality that can be tricky to get from a framework so unlikely.

Daisy’s voice is an endless delight. She’s grumpy, sarcastic, and a bit socially awkward, which makes her a complete kindred spirit. Heroines in royal romance novels tend to either thoroughly disdain the monarchy or be incredibly obsessed with it, and it’s nice that Daisy’s in a middle ground. She’s a wee bit starstruck but mostly uninterested in that whole life. All she sees is the lack of freedom, and she can tell how terrible such a life would be fore her. Also, Daisy’s so supportive of her sister; there’s no jealousy, just admiration and, okay, a bit of frustration about the impact on her own life, but hey sisters fight.

The romance hits some truly fantastic shippy tropes, and it made me smile big time. There’s hate-to-love, fake dating, a runaway horse, and getting trapped in a cabin in the rain. My shiptrash soul is so incredibly pleased. Plus, there are LGBT couples in the background casually being a thing, which hells yes.

Royals was, from start to finish, such a delight. Anything that I was even a little bit skeptical of always got flipped into something awesome by the end. This is the perfect flufftastic read.

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3 responses to “Book Talk: Royals by Rachel Hawkins”

  1. Rachel Hawkins books are always so fun. I’m off to put this on hold. 🙂
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  2. Hawkins works have really run the gamut for me. I loved the Hex Hall series, couldn’t get into the Rebel Belle trilogy, thought Journey’s End was decent and Ruby & Olivia was just okay.

  3. Nori says:

    Oh. This flew under my radar. I need to read this one. I loved Hex Hall. Hex Hall also has a Meg Cabot vibe. Meg Cabot mixed with Ally Carter, mixed with Jana Oliver. You should try it out.
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