Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

Posted October 14, 2016 by Perry in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Twisted Palace by Erin WattTwisted Palace (The Royals, #3) by Erin Watt
four-stars
Published by Everafter Romance on October 17th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Young Adult
Pages: 370
Goodreads

These Royals will ruin you…
From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.
Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.
Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.
No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.They may be right.
With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.
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Q: Are you trying to kill us?
No, but we love Ella so much and her adventures with the Royals that we needed to write this third book. You’ll see when you read it.
Q: Who’s in this book? And don’t say Ella!
Ella, the five Royal brothers, and a few more huge surprises.

REVIEW

Twisted Palace is here and all I can say is… what a journey. It’s had its up and downs but all in all, I have to say I’m glad I read this series. As much as it’s built on some very well know tropes and it’s kind of derivative of works such as Gossip Girl, Mean Girls and Cruel Intentions, it’s actually very different in its own way. And there’s nothing wrong with borrowing ideas, it’s the execution that counts.

 

Off the bat, each and every book in this trilogy has its own feel. Paper Princess feels almost Cinderella-ish in its approach. Broken Prince feels more like an angsty, NA romance. Twisted Palace is sort of a murder mystery, but in a way that feels OTT soap opera. That’s not a bad thing, but with how different each book is, I’m not sure how much of a slam dunk this ending will be with every reader. I have to say it was satisfying for the most part and it’s a solid four star read. I never lost interesting, even if the book started flagging a little in the second act. I was ALL IN.

 

Because most of what I could say would be a massive spoiler, I’ll have to focus on what the story made me feel. Ella and Reed came together beautifully in this book. I feel like Reed ended up being more passive than I would have liked, given how young and vehement he used to be. But his reasoning for the decisions he made was well explored and had a solid background. It’s interesting that he never presured Ella into physical intimacy. In fact, he spent a long time avoiding it. Even though I found his reasoning a bit off (this is a teenage boy after all and hormones play a massive part at this age) I understand the authors did this to keep him from looking like a creep. They seem to be aiming hard at that YA label so an overly sexually aggresive hero wouldn’t do.

 

Also, their darling seems to be Ella, who needed to come across as assertive and wanting this intimacy herself to the point of taking matters into her own hands. As a huge fan of alpha heroes, this was a bit of a turn off, but once again, I do see why the authors made the decisions they made. And don’t get me wrong, I thought Reed was phenomenal and still sexy as hell. So there were some warm, gooey feelings when these two were together.

 

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with YAs because for the most part, I’m not sure that young adults are qualified to be settling down so early in their life. However, this is an unabashed fantasy, so I’m willing to roll with that. In that respect, the way things “concluded” was satisfying. I would qualify it as a HFN with huge promises in regards to the future. It felt right.

 

Now about that ending… oh boy… can you say DRAMA. High voltage drama that flashed before my eyes like I was watching a telenovela. All I’m going to say is that it had the right effect, even if I felt the story was a bit too long and could have benefitted from wrapping up sooner (yes it seemed to meander in parts in its aim to crank up the suspense). I will admit I guessed who was responsible for all the mess and I had a good idea what his/her motive was. It was obvious when you think about the timing of the two major bombs that dropped at the end of Broken Prince.

 

I recommend this trilogy. It’s a highly entertaining read that I think will be a hit with most people that want intrigue, soap opera style, and that are fans of the CW or those TV shows that are all about the twists and turns. At some point all of us fantasize about the lifestyle of the obscenely rich and what it’d be like to infiltrate that world. It’s a guilty pleasure that deserves exploration if you don’t mind a hero that is eighteen and a heroine that is seventeen, and the limitations that come with that. It was a nice, satisfying, rollercoaster ride and Broken Prince made this whole journey more than worth it.

 

Thank you to the authors for considering The Sisterhood for an arc. Delving into the lives of the Royals was a pleasure for me. And can we have some more Easton now, please? You know you want to!! I read your interviews 😉

Perry

 

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four-stars

About Erin Watt

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. You can contact them at their shared inbox: authorerinwatt@gmail.com

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