Twisted Palace (The Royals #3)
Author: Erin Watt
Rated D because there are so many Daddy issues that it’s gross.
From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.
Ella Harper has met every challenge that been thrown her way. From the loss of her mom to the students at Astor Park trying to destroy her. Now, she’s been thrown off her axis completely when the love of her life, Reed Royal, is arrested for murder. To make matters more complicated, her father is actually alive.
Reed has to be on his best behavior during the trial if he has any hope of getting a good deal even though he didn’t do it. But, good behavior isn’t something Reed Royal is good at. With his quick temper and tendency to use his fists for talking, Reed is in deep. Ella will do anything to protect him, but her father is only making that more complicated.
And as the press on the Royal family and how messed up they really are rises; their reputation threatens to crumble. Ella is determined to not let them go down without a fight.
The Royals series is 1 of 3 that I am rereading as a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is 3 of 5 books.
The Royals are put on blast! While they live for drama, I’m pretty sure being wrapped up in a homicide isn’t the kind they like. That’s The Royals for you though. Their high drama that left me bugging the whole time. From your typical high school BS (on steroids) of cliques and frenemies to family trauma that would make almost anyone need therapy. And guess what? I clung onto all of like it was crack. It’s just so addictive.
To say there were highs and lows is an understatement. Sure, the story got cliché quite a bit but I expected that and rather enjoyed it. Reed and Ella getting caught up in the star-crossed lovers’ trope wasn’t surprising but the way her dad acted was. I was utterly disgusted by some of the ways he talked to her. He is definitely not dad material and the fact that Ella’s school mates said that his actions were normal is disturbing as hell. But, while I ignored daddio and my feelings of wanting to call social services on him, I was totally engulfed in Ella and Reed’s romance that became forbidden suddenly. They are so ride-or-die that I was turning green from how intensely romantic it was. I mean, sure, they’re rough around the edges, but they’re head over heels for each other. Who am I to judge fictional characters. LOL.
I wasn’t sure that there could be any shockers or plot-twists but I was so wrong. I thought everything had already been out there but Watt pulled out a few fast ones. There are still some secrets that were being hidden. From Jordan and Ella actually getting along to Ella becoming quite the rule breaker that she could compete with Easton.
It’s like the final part of a trilogy. You get the twists you never saw coming. You see the hidden depths of characters that’ll leave you stunned. This really was a fast read and I had a lot of fun with it. Sure, it’s not some emotional rollercoaster that’ll leave you changed, but it is one of those that’ll make you think you’re in a CW drama.
“She got under my skin the moment I met her, and she’s still there, in my blood, in my heart.” (Reed, p. 172)
“The killer and the stripper love each other. It’s like a Lifetime movie.” (Jordan, p. 205)
“No living person is a saint.” (p. 288)
More to come soon…
P.S. Song today? A-YO by Lady Gaga.
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