The final book in The Royals series by Erin Watt hit shelves earlier this week and my friends I’m still hungover from the read! If you are already a fan of the series OR you’ve held off reading because of the massive cliffhangers in the other two books, NOW is the time to read. Plus Paper Princess is $0.99 for a limited time so really if you haven’t started the series, do it now.
I received this book via Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: The Royals #3
Published by Self Publish on 2016-10-17
Length: 322 pages
Reviewing eARC from Author
Reading Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
These Royals will ruin you…
From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.
Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.
Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.
No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.
With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.
When I woke up last week I had a surprise on my kindle…an eARC of the highly anticipated Twisted Palace by Erin Watt. After I finished squealing and waking up the neighborhood, I dove right into the world of The Royals. If you have not read the previous books in the series, do NOT read this review, unless you like spoilers. Then by all means keep reading 😉 To see my reviews of Paper Princess and Broken Prince, click here.
Where do I even start?! At the end of Broken Prince, the author left us with two massive cliffhangers: Reed arrested for the murder of Brooke and Steve alive and well. I’ll admit I may have pouted and screamed at my kindle for more when I realized that was how it ended. I needed to know more and the author didn’t disappoint with Twisted Palace by picking up with Reed in an interrogation room. I’m pretty sure I didn’t breathe for a majority of this book. I caught myself holding my breath, gritting my teeth and skimming at times just to find out what was going to happen to the characters faster.
Ella is noticeably upset in this book. She’s feeling a little lost and I can’t blame her. She’s finally settled with the Royals and then her dead dad shows up to whisk her away. Ummm…NO!!! I felt so bad for her. Her boyfriend is facing life in prison or worse, her dad is tearing her away from the family she loves and no one seems to care what she wants. She struggles with doubting Reed’s innocence and her innate need to run from the conflict in her life.
Reed *dreamy sigh* is facing murder charges and knows he didn’t do it. So the question is who did, and it really plagues him. He has been unstable in the last books, but I found him a rock throughout the course of Twisted Palace. Not only does he maintain his innocence, he’s grown up in this book. The immaturity that was there is gone. He looks to his dad (who he couldn’t stand) for answers, he relies on Ella for strength, and continues to look out for his brothers. Seriously who doesn’t want a Reed?!
My favorite character though is Easton, and even though we see him far less than I’d like in this book, he is still my favorite. Ella’s age, East steps into Reed’s role. His bad habits seem to not be as bad as Ella needs him, Reed needs him. He steps into the role well, grounding Ella when she’s panicked and just being a brother. I seriously would have loved to have him as my brother, wildness and all!
The plot revolves around Brooke’s murder and the subsequent investigation. Who did it? And then there’s the mysterious reappearance of Steve. Where has he been? What kind of man is he really? Like the previous books in the series, this plot is fast-moving, driven by the drama that surrounds the characters. Personally, I usually steer clear of books like this that are full of teen angst and drama, but the writing and the characters drew me into the story immediately and I could not set it down. Even nearly a week after finishing this book, I’m still reeling from the story and wishing for more.
Overall, I loved this book! I loved the fast-paced story, the suspense of the investigation, the steamy and sweet romance between Reed and Ella, and all the Royal family. Fans of the series will not be disappointed! And FYI the author announced a book in the works for East *squee* so while this is the last book in the Royals series, there will be more from their world. Yay!!!