Contemporary, Young Adult

A Royal Romp // Royals by Rachel Hawkins


Royals by Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2018)


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.


I’d like to thank Times Reads for sending me an ARC of Royals for review.

I have always been a sucker for royals stories and when I found out that Rachel Hawkins was writing one, I was very excited to see what’s on offer in Royals. Having not read any of her previous novels, which include the Rebel Belles series, I went into Royals with an open heart, hoping to be wowed!

If I have to sum Royals up into a sentence, it would be “the YA equivalent of Pippa Middleton’s life story”. Why would I say so? Well, doesn’t the blurb suggest that Daisy’s story in Royals is a wee bit similar to Pippa Middleton’s, when she was in the limelight for being the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge. That being said, I did very much enjoy Royals because it was fun-filled, entertaining and too funny to pass up!

Royals follows the story of Daisy whose life is completely upturned after finding out that her sister’s engaged to her long-term boyfriend who happens to be a prince! Not only that, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the spotlight as the sister of Ellie Winters, despite being kept away from the tabloids by her parents. And then, she gets invited to spend some time with her sister and the royal family across the pond during her summer holidays. Sounds like something you’ll devour in a big bite, doesn’t it?

I enjoyed Royals mainly because it was light, fluffy and very entertaining. I was in between books and I was in the mood for a contemporary novel which promised a few hours of good fun and that was what Royals was. I liked Daisy for her sass—because who doesn’t love sassy characters—and her narrative was definitely very much fun to read.

Plot-wise, there wasn’t much going on. It was just Daisy going to Scotland, meeting the royal family, dealing with the tabloid’s sudden interest in her and also, a certain handsome Scottish boy. I liked that the book was set in Scotland, which was a refreshing change as most YA novels are set in the States. I also found the dynamics between Daisy’s “American-ness” and the contrasting culture across the pond to be fun to read.

However, aside from that, I gather there wasn’t much going on in Royals unless you’re like me: someone who is a sucker for royals, you would enjoy Royals! Let’s talk about the romance which was quite swoonworthy because I was really taken by the bad boy, Prince Harry-esque character, Sebastian. Though I thought he was the supposed love interest, I was lowkey saddened by the fact that Miles turned out to be Daisy’s love interest, serving some Mr Darcy realness.

Either way, if you are looking for something fun and lighthearted to sink your teeth into, look no further because Royals offered a few hours of fun, flirty bits and some swoonworthy romance. And I found out that there will be a sequel coming next year so I guess it’ll be a while before I delve back into the not-so scandalous lives of these royals. Shhh.


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