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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,012 ratings  ·  1,423 reviews
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 th
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Hannah Ens The book is part of a series list that includes an untitled "Royals #2," but this functions perfectly well as a standalone and Daisy's character arc…moreThe book is part of a series list that includes an untitled "Royals #2," but this functions perfectly well as a standalone and Daisy's character arc is fully resolved. Based on the tweet referenced in the unofficial Royals #2 description I suspect it focuses on other people introduced in the first book. This is VERY fun, lots of humor that had me trying not to actually laugh out loud when other people were around!(less)

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May 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay, listen. I didn't pick up this book expecting anything deep. I wasn't looking for some kind of, like, Paradise Lost redux or the tearful beauty of The Hate U Give or anything as nuanced and beautifully researched as The Passion of Dolssa. I picked up this book purely because I was curious: it's the first book I've seen in a very long time that's set in Scotland but written by an American author, and it's not historical. It's also not about people going back in time! That was actually kind o ...more
3.5 stars.

Magic school, paranormal, princess story… Rachel Hawkins will write about anything and everything that comes to her mind and I love that about her.

Princess stories are my thing. I don’t care if they are unrealistic, as long as they make me want to become the heroine of the book and live this fantasy myself.

And boy do I want to be in Daisy’s shoes right now. It’s not as though she is on her way to become a princess (her sister is, sort of), but spending the summer at a castle with ple
Cait • A Page with a View
Release date: May 1, 2018

2.5 stars. Ok so first of all, I really do like this author's other books and would normally be ALL over a book where a girl becomes famous because her sister gets engaged to a prince. I got up at a ridiculous hour and skipped school to watch the royal wedding and I absolutely love those ridiculously cheesy royal Hallmark movies. I really wasn't looking for anything serious here and just wanted a fluffy, fun read! Buuuuut there was one detail that was absolutely impossib
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was a lot of fun! A little angstier than I usually enjoy but it was mega charming and I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK BC QUEER ROYAL LADIES HAVE MERCY
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
How come most US authors never bother to learn about the countries they're writing about? This devil-may-care attitude is so fucking exhausting and I know for a fact that most US readers couldn't care less but... aren't you tired of being fed the bare minimum? Especially when the main conflict itself [medical bills] doesn't make any kind of sense in a Scotland context. Way to transfer a US issue into another country and thoroughly failing? In the end there's always this weird sentiment that othe ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thoughts while reading:
1. The premise just makes me want to watch 'Made of Honour'
2. It's been two hours and all I've done is watch 'Made of Honour'
3. Daisy is making this all about her and that's selfish as heck.
4. Should I pick up the Princess Diaries again?
5. When's the 'Outlander' reference coming?
6. *two pages later* Whoop, there it is.
7. Miles is 100% the love interest.
8. Why are we pretending Seb is a love interest?
9. I need a Princess Diaries 3 movie before I die.
10. Genovia, Genovia
Nadhira Satria
Apr 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
the history buff in me just sighed so loud at "the crown prince of Scotland"

but fuck it lmao give me some princes and let me binge this shit
The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
3 stars!!!

ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Arc #2

Well I thought this book was going to be difficult difficult lemon difficult but alas! It turned out to be easy peasy lemon squeezy (thank god for that)!

I kind of struggled to like it in the first six chapters because I was annoyed with Daisy's relationship with her family but after that chapter I surprisingly enjoyed this book. It was a cliche young adult contemporary romance but it still managed to ho
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
This was a cute, light read about Daisy, a teen from Florida, whose sister is engaged to a prince from Scotland. Daisy and her family travel to Scotland in advance of the wedding and drama with the paparazzi ensues, along with drama with the royal family as they attempt a cover-up. This was a fast read, had all the usual “American tourist in Scotland” tropes, and I enjoyed the characters.

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you need a good fluffy contemporary to balance out the heavier books you read, and Royals by Rachel Hawkins fits that bill perfectly. It also comes at the perfect time just before Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle in May 2018.

The book draws definitely inspiration from Prince William and Prince Harry. In the book, Daisy's sister met the prince at university just like Will and Kate and her sister is an American just like Meghan. But in this book, the royals are the fictionalized royals
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

I am trash for a royalty story, especially with the Royal Wedding approaching (when this review is posted the wedding will have already happened). I am an absolute nut about royalty, I don’t know why. Well, I do, but it’s literally just because my family has raised me this way. So, when I saw this book called Royals floating around on Goodreads I knew I had to pick it up. I’m so glad I did as well, this was one of the funniest an
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At long last, we have an heir to the Princess Diaries throne! Rachel Hawkins (whose Twitter feed, might I add, is sheer delight) has given us a modern day story about the ups and downs of being a teen . . . and what happens when those ups and downs clash with royal protocol! I shan't say any more, but if you love the Princess Diaries and/or are obsessed with the British royals (check and check for me!), this is your book.
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, arcs
If you are having 'Royal Withdrawal' after the most recent Royal Wedding, look no further, this book is just what the doctor has ordered as a cure.

I really, really, really enjoyed this novel. It was cute, it was funny, it was sarcastic, and it was equal parts relatable and not relatable. I honestly sped through these pages and could. not. get. enough. Seriously, I wanted the sequel in my hot little hands like...yesterday. Ms. Hawkins, in the nicest way possible, chop to it.

There was a lot of hy
Roshani Chokshi
Endlessly entertaining and charming, the exact story I need that hits the spot post Harry and Megan Markel wedding.
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
I wanted silly fun, and was rewarded with silly fun. Warning: you will not enjoy this book unless you fully give yourself up to the silly fun of it all, ignore the selfishness of the MC, and ignore the ridiculousness of a 'Scottish monarchy'.

The last 100 pages really stood out for me, and it took until there, I think, to really get into the groove. The opening is pretty episodic, and the writing can be repetitive, but the end? Oh! There's finally tension and conflict and a fake dating plot and i
Zoe Stewart (yerabooknerdzoe)
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
I honestly loved this book. It was a quick, easy read and that's all I was looking for. Granted, some things made me scratch my head, like the healthcare bit. You could tell it was written by an American. I'm Canadian, and it baffles me every day how much people have to pay for things in the States. I was looking up the other day how much it costs to give birth in Ontario, and from everything I've read and the people I've talked to, your biggest expense is paying for parking. Not tens of thousan ...more
☙ percy ❧
Mar 25, 2018 marked it as tbr-other
i don’t really wanna read this I’m just here to make the snarky comment that a “Crown Prince of Scotland” is mildly nonsensical because the heir apparent to the throne of U.K. has the title prince of Scotland so you don’t need the “crown” bit in there, no one would say that

royal trivia brought to you by your snarky local Brit
the royal family doesn't deserve rights but this book does

Rep: wlw and mlm side characters
Tara ☽
This is one of those books that you lovingly roll your eyes and groan over but can't deny that you stayed up until 4am reading.

It was...interesting, reading this as a British person. The idea of a modern-day Scottish monarchy would ordinarily open up an entire can of worms of intricate, tangled alternate history, but let's be real, nobody picked up this book expecting that. So we let the whole Scottish-monarchy-thing slide. Even then, it's very obvious this book was written by an American. It wa
Francina Simone
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super fast and light. A great summer read or something by the pool side to get your mind off things and just enjoy the day.

Everything was solid, though not a ton of depth to make you stop and gasp. It was hilarious and if your a fan of Scotland but know absolutely anything about the UK you’ll love it.

If you are are acquainted with the Uk you might be completely put off by the cultural rewrite?!?! Like def not accurate And that can be super off putting. Other than that. Light fluffly and fun!
It's sort of ridiculous how enamoured I am with this book but BOY AM I IN LOVE WITH IT. there's like one scene I absolutely hated which I'll write about in my review that none of y'all will see until like March of 2018 or some shit, but yeah. Hence the 4 stars.

But this was so cute! So fun! I love Royal romances man.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, this was cute. And not much else.

I enjoy Hawkin's writing style. It's fun and sweet, and really entertaining. It was the reason that I loved Rebel Belle all those years ago. 

But, this was no Rebel Belle. 

The story, as expected, follows usual YA romance fashion. The story was pretty straightforward: small town girl, thrown into a big city, this time with the added bonus of being thrown into a royal family. You know, the usual. 

Sadly, plotwise, it felt like a whole lot of nothing. 

The charac
Jenna Major
This was a guilty pleasure read, especially with the royal wedding just happening, I was really in a ROYAL mood.

If you're looking for a quick and cutesy read, you've found it!

This story is about Daisy, an innocent teen from Florida who just happens to have a sister that gets engaged to the Prince of Scotland and heir to the throne. Daisy lives a pretty normal life but that all gets uprooted when some tabloids start spewing gossip about her which threatens to hurt the royal family. She finds hers
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a fun read!
The initial build up was a little on the slower side but 20% in, I was game!
I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book... Filled with witty, sarcastic comebacks, weird kinda geeky moments... A super fun, hilarious book. Loved it!
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
It was cute, but I really wish the romance had been developed a bit more. \_(ツ)_/ ...more
Christy (TheReaderBee)

Royals by Rachel Hawkins was high on my list of books to read this month, and I was really excited to finally start it. Most of the books on my TBR for this month are about royals and weddings, and that is mostly because of the Royal Wedding that is taking place in a few weeks, which I'm pretty excited about. (How often do you get to see a Royal Wedding?) So, in anticipation of the big event, I'm binge reading all the books on royals and weddings, and even about royal weddings this month. Royals
I was so looking forward to this read because Hawkins' voice via her lady protagonists is totally my jam and her books are always a good time.. and in the end ROYALS was everything I wanted it to be.

Aren't royals supposed to be all closed off and dead inside? Isn't emotion embarrassingly common? Why do I now have to join a three-way hug with my sister and her fiancé?

A different take on the royalty trope, we have Daisy who is younger sister to Ellie, a girl who is set to marry her Scottish princ
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 Stars

This was so much adorably fluffy goodness. And of course there is excellent humor and flirty banter as you would expect from a Rachel Hawkins book. We follow Daisy Winters as her life changes thanks to her sister, Ellie’s royal engagement to Prince Alex. I really liked Daisy, she’s hilarious and doesn’t really have a filter. Which makes for a lot of entertainment in a buttoned-up environment. I loved meeting all the royal family members and the hijinks that Seb and his friends get into.
Jun 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
I can't tell if I want to read this...

*Whispers* Crown Prince of Scotland? That isn't a thing...
*Whispers again* But Beth... you love Royalty type things, it could be like The Selection and you know how much you loved that deep deep deep down...

Please someone help me make up my mind if I should invest :')
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

What a fun read! It had me laughing. The MC, Daisy, is so funny. I adored her dad and her bestie. Just a really fun, light hearted read.
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