Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review: Twisted Palace

Title:  Twisted Palace
Series:  The Royals #3
Author:  Erin Watt
Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher:  Everafter Romance
Publication Date:  October 17, 2016
Source:  An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

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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**Warning: Review contains mild spoilers from the previous two books**

If there's one thing Erin Watt knows how to do, it's how to make insanely addicting stories.  Seriously, I found myself completely wrapped up in this story throughout the entirety of this series and this last installment was no exception!  It was packed full of drama, twists, and mystery; I couldn't stop myself from reading.  

The best thing I can think to compare this series to is a soap opera.  The characters, the plot, the scenarios are all just so outlandish and unbelievable but it's impossible to tear your eyes away exactly for those reasons.  The twists that Watt throws in leaves me with my mouth hanging open, especially the twists at the end of the last book.  I was dying having to wait for this book to release after that huge cliff hanger.  But the wait was worth it.  Seeing the Royals and Ella work through the problems thrown their way and the conflicts from the people around them was so awesome.  I absolutely love their tight knit relationships with each other.  Although, I will say that I found it pretty surprising just how close knit they all were.  Like . . . it's only been 3 months since Ella first met the guys and they're all ready to risk everything for each other.  It was sweet but felt kinda improbable.  

The majority of this book focused on solving the mystery surrounding the murder of a previous character.  While I found that aspect really interesting and enjoyed trying to work out who did it, nothing else really happened throughout the rest of the book.  A lot of it just felt like it was trying to fill up pages.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading the filler stuff because it mainly focused on Reed and Ella's relationship - I just wish there had been a bit more action scattered throughout the entirety of the book.

I enjoyed seeing the characters all together - their interactions were always emotionally charged and entertaining.  I was particularly interested in the new characters introduced.  Seeing how they impacted the plot and the roll they played in the lives of the Royals was really cool.  

Overall, I'm happy with how this series wrapped up.  Most of the loose ends were tied and the ones that weren't well . . . I've heard that Erin Watt is planning on writing a book about Easton which will most likely resolve those things.  

"This house is ridiculously large, ridiculously beautiful, but everyone inside of it is so messed up. Including me. I guess I really am a Royal."

Four Teapots

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