by Rachel Hawkins


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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins serves up a deliciously royal romance, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

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 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.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings her signature humor, love of Americana, and flair for romance to this page-turning Princess Diaries turned-upside-down story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524738235
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: Royals Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 135,922
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rachel Hawkins is the author of Ruby and Olivia, Journey's End, the Rebel Belle series, and the New York Times bestselling Hex Hall series. Born in Virginia and raised in Alabama, Rachel taught high school English before becoming a full-time writer.

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Royals 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audiobook of this and really enjoyed. My favorite thing was the narrator. She did an excellent job with the accents and I couldn't get enough. I loved Daisy's character and I thought the storyline was really cute. I did really like Miles, but I wish we would have gotten to know him a little better and I wish he wasn't SO stand-offish in the beginning. I also wish that Daisy would have spoken up more to her sister and parents and explained how she felt like she was always coming second. They asked a LOT of her in this book and they did finally acknowledge it, but I just wish she wasn't such a good kid/sister lol. I wanted her to cause more chaos. This book definitely had me laughing and smiling and I really enjoyed the experience.
Scarls17 More than 1 year ago
This book is so much fun! Loved the characters and found the story to be quite the hoot!
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
Like a really high four crowns?  This book was ADORABLE and it was a perfect summer read. It had a few issues, but omg, it was just so cute and fun. I definitively recommend picking this book up this if you're looking for a brand new contemporary that will give you feels, funnies, and also take you on a deeper level.  I waited a few days to review this book, so I'm not going to go fully in depth. But here are all the cute things about this book: - Amazing main character, Daisy, who was sassy and witty and always brought the fun - Lots of fun and kooky moments - I actually laughed out loud twice, which is brilliance since I never laugh - It was easy, it was breezy, and I couldn't STOP READING IT - It felt realistic in spots, and I liked all of the twists and turns that had me :O Right before the book ends, there is a revelation that had me all shocked face since I never saw it coming.  - It had a great dynamics that I was into with Daisy's friendship and the crazy royalty family issues and more - I, um, clearly loved the royal setting. It was quite intriguing to see it in a more contemporary setting, and I was digging it Things that annoyed me: - Not a fan of how the relationship started between Daisy and Miles. I get Hawkins was going for love-to-hate, but I felt like there was some judging in a very NOT pleasing way, and it felt kind of slut shamey, which put me off BIG time ESPECIALLY since Daisy did absolutely nothing in the situation and he shouldn't have been judging even if so. Miles did apologize later on, but I was NOT a fan of how this started. Later on the romance was cute, but I still was a bit bothered by how it started. - Also, I liked Daisy's personality, but also, COULD SHE NOT HAVE SEEN THE MAJOR REPERCUSSIONS??? I feel like she should have seen what was coming after the first major incidence but she just kept goinggggggggg.  - MORE SCOTLAND. I WANTED ME MORE SCOTLAND. Also, this is like Scotland in Book Universe. There are real places here, I believe, but it's not accurate to actual Scotland, according to a lot of reviews that I read.  Overall, it was a delightful and fun read. It had a few issues, but it just put a big smile on my face and I couldn't stop reading it. Definitely recommend it for a fun contemporary if you're looking for an epic royal twist! Four crowns and an Ariel rating!
Disturbia0509 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I have read a couple intense books lately and this was the perfect book to clear my head space. It's such a fun, light "fluffly" read. Daisy is a sixteen year old who lives in Florida. Her life is pretty ordinary and she's looking forward to her summer plans, with her best friend Isabel. Then her sister shows up unexpectedly. The thing is, her sister is engaged to a Prince! Her sister thinks it's best to take her to Scotland for the summer, to keep her out of trouble. Daisy is not happy. She doesn't like the fact that because her sister fell in love with a Royal, her life has had to change. In Scotland, Daisy finds herself getting used to all the changes but still ending up on the front page of the magazines. Daisy is a really fun character. She's hilarious and I had a hard time not laughing out loud. I was reading this in bed, while my husband slept. It was hard not to wake him up with my laughter! She's out of her comfort zone for most of the book but it's great watching her adapt. I loved Miles so much. I feel like there is a lot more to him than we got to see. I wish that we could have gotten to know him better. I loved his dynamic with Seb and Daisy. I didn't realize this was a series but I'm glad that it is. I really want to learn more about all these characters. They were all so great but I would love to know more. They were quite entertaining. I really loved Daisy's dad. He was so funny and I see where Daisy got it from. I really didn't like her sister. I didn't like the relationship there. I get it, I do but I feel like her sister could have handled some things much better. Let Daisy in, instead of push her away. I understand that this is a series but there's a lot of thing left out that were important. A lot of issues that are just bypassed and I'm not even sure how they were resolved. I didn't like how something big would happen, then the next chapter starts at a later date. Daisy kind of recounts how things went down. I would rather it just go down right away. It felt like it took away from the story. This is a quick and easy read. If you need something light, to help with some of the heavier books out there, this is a great one to pick up. Thank you, to (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers) Penguin Random House via Edelweiss, for providing me with an e-ARC of this book for an honest review.
12720501 More than 1 year ago
This is not my usual genre, but I picked it up because I was perhaps not-so-subconciously influenced by the upcoming royal wedding, and was looking to shake myself out of a reading rut. And you know what? It was a darn delight! I finished it in one day. It's a twist on the commoner-girl-marries-royalty plot, elevated by the excellently snarky voice of the main character. There's nothing too deep here, and the sovereignty of Scotland is never explained - in fact, Scotland is really just a backdrop, this story could be transplanted to just about any other country with hardly any tweaking and it would work fine. But it doesn't pretend, or need to be any of that to be fun. There's snappy dialogue, ridiculous paparazzi drama, and lots of excellent back-and-forth flirting. It's a silly, soapy, compulsively readable summer YA romance, perfect for the beach or as a fun book to blow off steam.
TheBookNerd5 More than 1 year ago
This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion. I’m not sure where to begin with this review, so I guess I’ll just starting talking and see where it leads me… This is a story about Daisy and her family. Daisy’s sister, Eleanor aka Ellie, is dating the Prince of Scotland Alex. Daisy and her family are thrown into the spotlight because of this relationship and they’re trying to figure out how to adapt. First off, I loved Daisy. She was spunky, feisty, and just everything I didn’t know I needed in this book. I also loved the father-daughter relationship she had. You rarely see books where the bond is close between the teen/young adult and a parent. It’s even more unique to have that be a father and daughter closeness. I loved these two, they made quite the pair! The dad always knew what was going on with the daughter, how to cheer her up, make her laugh, etc. It was truly the sweetest thing. Romance wise….you don’t get a clear picture of who we’re supposed to be rooting for. Then towards the end it’s like BAM, we’ve always liked each other…..It threw me off to be quite honest. I was leaning more towards another match but hey, I’ll roll with it. I would’ve liked to see more between Daisy and who she ended up with. Towards the ending, I did feel the connection but by then, it felt really rushed. Like we had to play catch up to get the romance rolling. I also had trouble with the plot twists. It felt like…let’s do this….oh wait, how about THIS!!! It just got to be entirely too much added simply for the WOW factor. This book also had quite a few characters to it. I honestly stopped trying to keep up with who was who. I got the main crew down so that was enough to get by with. On the positive side of things, I liked Alex and Ellie. What they had felt genuine. The kind of love that makes you put up with all the craziness just so you can be together. It was very sweet and had me wishing they had a book previous to this one. I also wouldn’t mind a book with another character, but I won’t say who. Overall, I enjoyed the royalty aspect and the father/daughter relationship. I wish it had a faster pace with more realistic drama but it was still a nice read. If this gets a prequel or sequel…I would read it.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
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. And of course there’s a sweet romance. I was rooting for it and though it was just really cute. This book just put me in a really happy mood and a great headspace for reading! I would definitely recommend it for all your fluffy contemporary needs. I received a copy of the book from Penguin Random House via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I’ve always enjoyed Rachel’s books, so I knew I would be reading this one, even if I don’t really have Royal Family Fever. I really liked Daisy. She’s sassy and snarky and her inner monologue was fun. I especially enjoyed that she seemed to talk first and think second. There are loads and loads of other characters and it definitely took something away for me; however, Daisy’s dad is hilarious. The boys were okay, but again, way too many friends to keep track of and while Miles had potential, it was an odd situation. Plot wise, it seemed like a whole lot of nothing. There are a few outings and royal gatherings and of course some fake dating, but for such a fluffy book, it was loaded with drama. And I don’t know what was going on with this line of royalty, but I immediately gave up on trying to follow it. Overall, it was a quick and fun read, but I did want more. More out of the characters, more out of the plot, and definitely more out of the ending. **Huge thanks to GP Putnam’s Sons for providing the arc free of charge**
tpolen More than 1 year ago
Let's just address the elephant in the room right away - no, this is most definitely not my typical read, but I was in the mood for something light, and from reading one of her previous books, I know Rachel Hawkins can dish out a healthy dose of humor. Royals was a pleasure to read from page one. I lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud. Daisy is just a sugar-coated treat - snarky, unfiltered, and ridiculously funny. She's in 'fish out of water' situations for most of the book, occasionally handling them gracefully, but more often than not, having to pry her foot from her mouth. I enjoyed watching her scope of the world expand beyond her little corner of Florida. The supporting cast is equally endearing, especially Daisy's comical former rockstar father, and you can't help being charmed by Seb despite his roguish behavior. Not being a real romance fan, I was relieved it wasn't the only focus of the book, but the plot is still somewhat predictable. There are no real surprises here, but I wasn't expecting any. Royals is a fun, fluffy read from cover to cover. Thanks to Penguin's First To Read for the ARC.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m in love!