Book Review: Twisted Palace (The Royals #3)


twisted palaceTitle: Twisted Palace (The Royals #3)

Author: Erin Watt

Pub. Date: October 17, 2016

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

This will be a short spoiler free review.

When picking the books, I was going to read for my 3-month TBR, I figured that I’d finally finish this series. I knew from how I practically inhaled the first two, that I would undoubtedly inhale this one as well.

I did.

Not surprising.

These books are addicting and are kind of hard to put down. I enjoyed reading it and seeing how Ella and Reed’s story came to a close.

I will say that the big reveal towards the end of the book, wasn’t what I was expecting. The person who was at the center of everything wasn’t who I thought it was going to be? Though, to be fair, the person I thought it was going to be doesn’t really make much sense, and it would have been a very strong reaction.

I hated Ella’s father. There wasn’t a single moment where I thought ‘oh maybe he’s redeemable’. Not one.

I do have a complaint though.

For all the books really, and not just this one.

I find it so hard to – I don’t know if believe is the right word…buy into, maybe? – Ella and Reed’s relationship, and how any parent would be okay with it. I also found it so weird that this is clearly a New Adult novel, but the characters are still in high school. I also understand that this is centered around very rich, entitled people, and the shit they get away with is incredible. I get all of those things, and I while I have a slight issue, these books are addicting as hell and very easy to get lost in. I also get that even when you’re not dealing with the rich elite, that teens are doing these things. It’s not lost on me, I promise. It just kind of rubs the wrong way.

I just know that I wouldn’t be okay with my kid doing what Ella or Reed does, but hey, I’ve not been through everything these characters have, so what do I really know?

If you read books 1 & 2, then you should be picking this one up to finish out their story. I definitely want to read books 4 & 5 which follows Easton, and eventually I will. If you’re looking for a quick, enjoyable, New Adult read that will keep you wanting more, then you should check out these books, for sure.


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