Royals by Rachel Hawkins

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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 to 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.

Like a really high four crowns?

This book was ADORABLE and it was a perfect summer read. It had a few issues, but omg, it was just so cute and fun. I definitively recommend picking this book up this if you’re looking for a brand new contemporary that will give you feels, funnies, and also take you on a deeper level.

I waited a few days to review this book, so I’m not going to go fully in depth.

But here are all the cute things about this book:

– Amazing main character, Daisy, who was sassy and witty and always brought the fun
– Lots of fun and kooky moments
– I actually laughed out loud twice, which is brilliance since I never laugh
– It was easy, it was breezy, and I couldn’t STOP READING IT
– It felt realistic in spots, and I liked all of the twists and turns that had me :O Right before the book ends, there is a revelation that had me all shocked face since I never saw it coming.
– It had a great dynamics that I was into with Daisy’s friendship and the crazy royalty family issues and more
– I, um, clearly loved the royal setting. It was quite intriguing to see it in a more contemporary setting, and I was digging it

Things that annoyed me:

Ariel is all here for the royal romances…even when they’re not royal!

– Not a fan of how the relationship started between Daisy and Miles. I get Hawkins was going for love-to-hate, but I felt like there was some judging in a very NOT pleasing way, and it felt kind of slut shamey, which put me off BIG time ESPECIALLY since Daisy did absolutely nothing in the situation and he shouldn’t have been judging even if so. Miles did apologize later on, but I was NOT a fan of how this started. Later on the romance was cute, but I still was a bit bothered by how it started.
– Also, I liked Daisy’s personality, but also, COULD SHE NOT HAVE SEEN THE MAJOR REPERCUSSIONS??? I feel like she should have seen what was coming after the first major incidence but she just kept goinggggggggg.
– MORE SCOTLAND. I WANTED ME MORE SCOTLAND. Also, this is like Scotland in Book Universe. There are real places here, I believe, but it’s not accurate to actual Scotland, according to a lot of reviews that I read.

Overall, it was a delightful and fun read. It had a few issues, but it just put a big smile on my face and I couldn’t stop reading it. Definitely recommend it for a fun contemporary if you’re looking for an epic royal twist! Four crowns and an Ariel rating!


What do you think? Do you love a good royal book? Are you invested in the royals’ actual life? What are some great summer contemporaries on your list? Let’s discuss in the comments below!



13 thoughts on “Royals by Rachel Hawkins

  1. I’m so glad you like this book! I love this book soo soo much, I had a good laugh reading this!! If you know any other great contemporary please let me know!

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