Royals Spoiler Free Review

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Goodreads

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Length: 296 pages (UK Paperback Edition)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star

Synopsis

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.

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Review

This book was so fun the whole way through that I almost finished it in one sitting. I especially loved the mix of characterisations and the large amount of character development written by Hawkins.

I adored the settings of Scottish castles, countryside and the idyllic town. I felt that the descriptions of the scenes and views were very well done, not too short or too drawn out. This book made me really want to visit Scotland!

I enjoyed the development of the relationships between Daisy and the other characters as her own character developed throughout the novel. I especially liked the relationship between Daisy and her sister, Ellie. I felt that, although there were strong romantic and friendship aspects to this story there was always enough of a focus on the Winters’ family relationships and dynamics. I have thought this about books a lot more recently!

There was one problem that I had with this book and it was the fact that there isn’t actually a Scottish Royal Family. I understand why Rachel Hawkins created a fictional royal family for her story as it is full of scandal, however, I would have liked a bit more context.

The romance in this novel was so mushy and happy and lovely that I just couldn’t get enough of it! (Honestly I could read a whole other book with this romance and be thoroughly content). *SLIGHT SPOILERS FOR THE ROMANCE AHEAD*

I thought that Daisy and Miles’ personalities contrasted each other so perfectly and whilst they argued a fair amount they were also very supportive of one another which I absolutely loved! Seriously give me more of this romance please!

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This book is perfect if you’re in the mood for a fluffy and fun story with the perfect dose of royalty, castles and scandal.

Let me know what your favourite feel-good book is in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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Classics to Read and What to Wear Whilst Reading Them

*PARTNERSHIP WITH LITERARY BOOK GIFTS*

 

Hey everyone!

For a long while now I have wanted to get into reading classic books as I have only ever really read them for school. Along with the classics that I want to read I am going to show you all some great clothes to go with them!

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Jane Austen

I read Pride and Prejudice in high school and I absolutely adored it! I found it easy to read, funny and romantic. I feel that this was the perfect introduction to classic literature for me and I think I should try and read the rest of Jane Austen’s books soon.

2.

Les Miserablés – Victor Hugo

I know, I know. This book is absolutely HUGE. Les Miserablés is incredibly intimidating, however, the musical has been one of my favourites for the longest time and I really want to read the book that it was based on.

3.

Little Women – Louise May Alcott

My mum loves Little Women and bought the book for me when I was younger. I have never read this book but I did watch the movie many times with my sister when I was younger.

4.

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

I recently started watching the Netflix show Anne With an E and I love it so much! I think that this book would be such a lovely read.

5.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

So many people have said great things about this gothic novel and I think that it would be great to read in winter all cosy in a hoodie.

6.

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

I really want to read a Charles Dickens book in my lifetime and A Tale of Two Cities is the one which appeals to me the most.

 

Literary Book Gifts

All of the clothing items that were shown in this post were from literarybookgifts.com. I really really love the huge range of bookish designs that they feature on their t shirts, hoodies, tank tops, tote backs and rucksacks. If you would like to buy any products from their store feel free to use my exclusive discount code: TimeTravellingReader20 for 20% off your purchase. There is no minimum spend for this discount and you can use it as many times as you like!

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Thanks for reading!

 

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What I’m Reading Wednesday

04/04/2018

I have been slowly plodding along with Scarlet this week. I have decided that it would be best to just put all the other books that I was reading on hold and just work on finishing one book at a time.

Scarlet

I am now halfway through Scarlet and I am really really enjoying it! I am so happy that I decided to delve back into the Lunar Chronicles and I look forward to reading further into this amazing series.

Scarlet is really bringing me out of the horrible reading slump that I was in. I feel like I will fly through the second half of this book. I am loving the new characters that have come into the second book and I love the way in which the stories inter-twine.

I think that these updates are a good way to track what I’m reading and how fast I’m reading. I’m hoping that this will bring me out of my reading slump once and for all.

What I’m Reading Wednesday

28/03/2018

I’ve found that, since I moved away from home and started university, I’ve completely lost all motivation to read. This is because I’m always either at uni, with my flatmates, working or sleeping. Reading is one of my favourite things to do and I hate that I feel like I have no time for it anymore.

So, to try and motivate myself to read more I am going to set myself the challenge of reading for at least half an hour every night before going to sleep. I am also going to upload short update every Wednesday.

I really hope that this is going to encourage me to do more of something that I really really love to do. It’ll also just give me some time to myself to just relax and read.

I currently have quite a few books on the go due to this terrible reading slump.

TBDATE

The first book that I started reading was ‘They Both Die at the End’ by Adam Silvera. I was absolutely loving this book but I guess I just forgot about it. ‘They Both Die at the End’ is set in a world where people get a phone call on the day that they’re going to die. The book follows two boys who receive the phone call on the same day and end up meeting through an app which helps people find a friend on their last day.

Gentlemans Guide

The second book was ‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’ by Mackenzi Lee. I was absolutely loving this book and got about half way through, but, I decided to take a break on it because it was quite a long book and after going through such a huge reading slump, I decided to go back to it later and read something different for a bit. ‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’ follows a boy called Henry Montegue, or ‘Monty’, as he sets off on his tour of the continent with his sister and his best friend, Percy.

Shatter Me

I then started reading ‘Shatter Me’ by Tahereh Mafi. I only got a couple of chapters through this book before I decided that I wanted to read something a bit easier to get me out of this slump. I really don’t know anything about the plot of this book as I want to go into it knowing as little as possible.

Scarlet

I am now reading ‘Scarlet’ by Melissa Meyer. I decided to read this book because I read Cinder a few years ago so I already know that this is a world that I love, and I’ve been meaning to carry on the series for a while now. ‘Scarlet’ is the second book in ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ series, so I’m not going to include a synopsis here as I don’t want to spoil ‘Cinder’ for anyone.

 

Thanks for reading! Comment what you’re currently reading below.