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Royal Replicas

(Royal Replicas #1)

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"Princess Amelia is dead... and one of you will replace her."

Seventeen-year-old Victoria Sandalwood has served the Duke and Duchess all her life. Over the years, she’s learned to make do with what she has and endure her surrogate father’s awful punishments. She dreams of escape, but never expected it to come in the form of a message from the Queen of Westeria.

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Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by ParousiaSix Press (first published July 10th 2017)
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TL
Nov 18, 2017 marked it as dnf
This reminded me of the concept for the "Selection" and the vibe of "Princess Diaries" in its own way... it was easy to read but overall fell flat for me. I couldn't feel anything for the characters but the plot was interesting so I pressed on.

DNF at page 136

Another case of "its not you book its me"... Makes me wish some of these books had been around when I was a teen. I would have gobbled this up I bet and annoyed the librarian asking for the next ones.

Buddyread with my good friend Melissa
Melissa
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Royal Replicas by Michael Pierce is a young adult sci-fi romantic drama written in first-person (with the exception of the Prologue and Epilogue which are both in third-person). The book is well written, flows well, and is confusion free. The pace is steady and reveals information to the reader at a rate that is neither overwhelming or boring. This is not an action-packed story, it is a drama.

The point-of-view character is
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Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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Victoria has spent her whole life caught between being a daughter of the house, loved by her surrogate mother and a servant to the man who abuses her with terrible beatings he calls "punishments." The last thing she expects is a message from the Queen calling her the younger sister to Princess Amelia. When she arrives she learns all is not as it seems when she meets 6 other girls who mirror her in almost every way. Kale a boy from her pa
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⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
I'm stating this as a 2.5, maybe 3 if I'm being a little more generous. Which is honestly rather sad considering that this looked primed to be a really engaging, unique story.

So, why was the execution off? Well, it's too short, too simple, too shallow, too swift. It had the makings for some really dark, intense themes and some rather interesting ideas. I was expecting a much more severe, sharp, sensual kind of book, but ultimately it was trying too hard to appeal to the lower end of the YA spec
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Jackie
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. Victoria has served the Duke and Duchess all her short life, not a great life for one so young. Then a summons from the Queen. Don’t miss out on this superb story.
Laura P.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.



When I first read the plot I was terribly intrigued. Too bad I found myself reading what felt like a mash up between The Selection, Twilight & The Hunger Games.


Truth is, I practically have only about two positive things to say about Royal Replicas :

1. The cover is amazing

2. The pages fly by


Unfortunately I found the characters flat and dull and the book felt full of stereotypes and senseless viole
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MK ( Makayla)
Here's the deal , I went into this expectant of good things . The concept sounded highly original , and yes there were some interesting points these points just weren't given the attention they deserved . Along with this shortcoming it was slow paced .

There were pointless chapters about things like her going to buy a dress , and then the man who abused her ripping it in half , I'd like to know how does one rip a ball gown in half with thier bare hands ?

I felt like I was reading an episode of ,y
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Jill Jemmett
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review is part of the blog tour from YA Bound Blog Tours. 

Victoria Sandalwood lives with Duke and Duchess Ramsey. She has lived with them all her life, but she has never been treated as a daughter. She has been banished to the cellar and is constantly punished for silly things, resulting in her being beaten by Master Ramsey. One day, she gets a message from Queen Hart that says she is her daughter and must return to the castle to marry a prince. Victoria is shocked at this news but also hap
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Alaina
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One word. AMAZING. This book was interesting from the start and I absolutely love Victoria. I thought the ending was going to be a cliché but WHAM! no. it. didn't. I really hope there is going to be another book!! :)
John
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Opening line intrigues you from the start, making you want to know more. “Beatrice Ramsey stood against the wall by the bookshelf while the doctors were working on her daughter; the girl was still lying unconscious from the procedure and so peaceful lying in her bed.”

Author Michael Pierce's style is brisk but not brusque; most of the time gets right to the point and has a grasp of grammar and spelling- shame nowadays that’s something you have to take note of.

The setting is in a dystopian future
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Vesper Vesper
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok

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The Selection meets Twilight (at least in my opinion).
WARNING: Spoiler alert

When I agreed to review this, I was moved by the summary. I was intrigued. Sure, the plot wasn't very unique considering what it reminded me of, but I still wanted to see what kind of adventure this would take me on. Let me start off by saying that I do not intend to be mean in the slightest; these are my opinions and thoughts that I had while reading the book.

First off, let me sta
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Julianne
This book has me very torn because while it is interesting I also feel like I have read it before. It feels so much like The Selection but with a sci fi twist of cloning.

At times it was incredibly hard to read because of the sheer amount of physical and emotional abuse that Mr Ramsey inflicts on Victoria, with very little resolution. It feels like the author wanted a Cinderella story, except the evil stepmother beat Cinderella within an inch of her life and left Cinderella to meet the prince wit
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sh(e)reader
So, I don't really feel like I should leave an official rating, as I'm marking this DNF at just 5% in. That was several chapters (12 of them, plus a prologue). I was one of those who loved The Selection, but Bella Forrest novels not so much (both hyped used for promotion "If you liked xxx then you'll love this!")

The premise intrigued me, but once the chapters started, and it switched to the first person perspective, it was grating. The writing didn't feel natural, very stilted, not at all what a
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Mary Ellen
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dead. 5 million dystopian stars... I have been on this crazy hunt for a book similar to the Selection. Well, this story gave me all the Selection feels and so much more!! If the series continues the way this first book has, then I can honestly admit this will become one of my favorite series.

Victoria serves the Duke and Duchess of the 24th Ward. Being nothing more than a servant while dealing with physical and emotion abuse from her surrogate father, I'm sure Victoria dreams of escape. So when
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Caroline Hanssen
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, bought-2018, kindle
This was a rollercoaster of a book, a lot of plot twists even though some of them was pretty obvious. I really liked this book, but it reminded me a lot about The Selection book.

I’m really excited to read what’s happening next! Can’t wait to buy it! :)
RaeAnna Schmidt
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Reminded me a lot of The Selection except with less fleshed out characters and plot.
Amy
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story does no justice to the synopsis. I did not like any of the characters at all.
Courtney Kessinger
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Emily
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fans of The Hunger Games and The Selection will notice similarities with the story. It’s an entertaining read that keeps the reader wanting to continue the series.
Mikayla Gray
DNF 43%

Confession time - I recieved a free e-copy of his book in exchange for an honest review. However, as you can see, this didn't influence my rating or feedback in any way, shape or form.

The story started out promisingly enough and had an interesting premise, however it suffered in my eyes from an lacklustre protagonist and a big dollop of misogyny. The idea of a poor, put-upon everygirl who turns out to be a long lost princess is fairly standard, so I loved the twist that this everygirl was
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Ksandra
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
3/5 Stars

Warning: Some mildly graphic depictions of physical abuse, and potential depictions of sexual abuse (it was almost hard to distinguish so giving warning just in case).

Sigh, I actually had really high hopes for this novel. The premise sounded so intriguing. It was essentially a Sci-Fi selection, where the girls competing are clones of a dead princess. However, it became brutally... underwhelming and annoying.

We meet Victoria as she is getting "reset" (a term that, at least in this instan
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Lauren - SERIESous Books
**I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

This was a lighter dystopian read that is perfect for fans of royalty in their dystopian novels.

I was really drawn into the suspense of the plot. Trying to figure out why Victoria was called in with the other girls to replace Amelia kept me on the edge of my seat. Throughout the novel I was coming up with all these conspiracy theories which was a l
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Kelsey Wheeler
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book went beyond my expectations.
I'll start off by saying that there is some detailed child abuse in this story. Just to warn people that are sensitive to the matter. It's mostly whippings gone to far. I did not like the abuse in the story, but it did make the story more complete and rounded. You really feel for the character and understand how much winning and over coming it all means to them.
I saw some previous reviews comparing it to Twilight, but I don't think it's anything like Tw
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Gayle Noble
Following the prequel 'Reset', 'Royal Replicas' sees Victoria Sandalwood summoned to the palace, leaving behind her life as basically a servant to the Ramseys. She is told she is actually Princess Amelia's younger sister and is soon to be married to Prince Byron. When she reaches the palace, however, Victoria finds that she is one of seven identical girls who will have to compete to replace the deceased Amelia and marry the Prince.

I enjoyed reading this for the most part. It was an interesting
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Lorena
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, sci-fi
Recensione in italiano sul blog (link profilo)
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PLOT & CHARACTERS


Servant of the Dukes of the 24th Ward, Victoria grew up hoping for an escape from the place where she was treated so badly. The Duke, in fact, makes her life a hell with psychological and physical torture, and although she loves other members of the Ramsey family, she hopes that sooner or later all this will end. Her get-away is a message from Queen of Westeria in person who calls her to the palace to take the place
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Rose
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first read by Michael Pierce and I thought the idea behind this story was pretty interesting. This is a young adult drama with a little science fiction and romance. It was an easy read and is well-written. The story and its drama is balanced nicely to keep you entertained and interested throughout the entire book.

The story starts out reminding me a bit of Cinderella. The main character Victoria is a step-daughter of Duke Ramsey and his wife, along with their two daughters. Victoria i
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Paige Green
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I bought this book after it was recommended to me! Trust your friends!

Book Series: Royal Replicas Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: n/a

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Genre: YA Dystopian

Recommended Age: 17+ (gore, violence, mentions/references of sex, TW for parental abuse, TW for potential sexual abuse, TW for self harm)

Publisher: ParousiaSix Press

Pages: 420

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Synopsis: "Princess Amelia is dead... and one of you will replace her."

Seventeen-year-old Victoria Sandalwood has served th
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Katie
Seventeen-year-old Victoria has been a house servant for the Sandalwoods for as long as she can remember. So when a message from the Queen is delivered to Victoria it comes as a shock. What would Queen Westeria want from a basic house servant? The message is that Princess Amelia is dead and she is the princesses daughter. Victoria packs her bags and heads to the palace to live her life as a princess. However, when she gets to the palace she finds out that she's not the only one who has been told ...more
Annaliese Sier
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Plot: Set many years in the future in a dystopian Regency, Victoria Sandalwood has spent her life being treated as a second class citizen and abused by her foster family. This all changes when a messenger drone from the capital comes to announce that Victoria is actually the daughter of the queen. Upon arriving to the palace Victoria realizes that she is just one of many clones and must complete in a bachelor style competition for the heart of Prince Byron and a place as the next queen.

Recommend
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Zili
3.5 Stars in my Sky

Royal Replicas is a strange sort of amalgamation of a few different things. Take the competition part of The Selection, the sci-fi elements from Orphan Black and a lot of Luce's indecisiveness from the Fallen series and to be honest you're still not even close, but heading in the right direction when it comes to describing Royal Replicas.

Once a servant, now the daughter of a Queen, Victoria Sandalwood finds herself abruptly thrust into a dangerous game with the ultimate prize
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