Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

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Title: Twisted Palace 
Author: Erin Watt 
Series: The Royals #3 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication 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.

I'm a Royal, baby. I don't run. I fight.

Twisted Palace was an addictive and entertaining, but not a life-changing read. It was better than Broken Prince but still couldn’t match the succes of the first book, Paper Princess. Still, I’m glad I finished this series. I definitely had fun. 

Basically I loved the same things that I’ve always loved. Easton. The Royal brotherhood. The way they all stand up for one another and protect each other, even if it means sacrificing themselves. The fact that every single one of them (except maybe Gideon) has a special kind of relationship with Ella. They have really become her brothers and Reed just a little more. Val. Wade. Endless humorous situations. The scandalous life within their society. Yep, there was definitely some good stuff.

Twisted Palace focuses entirely on the question of who the **** killed Brooke Davidson? That, and the shocking return of Steve O’Halloran, Ella’s not-so-very-dead father. Which gives it a whole lot more plot than the previous book. But there were still times it dragged a bit. Maybe it would have been better to just combine Broken Prince and Twisted Palace and make the series a duology instead of a trilogy. Then again it remains the kind of book that you start and finish on the same day. If I hadn’t reread acomaf in between, I would have gotten through it a lot faster. I only picked it up twice. The book is very easy and fast-paced so even though some scenes are ridiculous (endless dull sex scenes to express that Ella is still a virgin), you just rush through and get sucked in. Whether you want to or not.

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.

So yes, I loved the same things. But I also disliked the same things. The fact that Ella became more submissive with the minute. Her newfound father who had been absent for what? her entire life, suddenly feels like he should start enforcing rules and she just goes along with it. She grumbles a bit, but in the end she just does whatever she’s told. Book 1 Ella would not have. She would have told him to just stick it up his ass. And she would have been right, because he was acting awful. So was Reed sometimes. Only difference that he wasn’t trying to be. He was actually supposed to be really caring and considerate, but I mentioned in my review of Broken Prince that it didn’t always work for me. It’s still not. But he definitely has his moments. I still like him, just not as much as I did in Paper Princess. (I’d pick East every time who is so not the perfect boyfriend either but shhh).

I hated Steve, I loved the boys. The murder plot itself lacks credibility, but it was entertaining enough to keep guessing who did it that I didn’t mind too much. I figured out who killed Brooke fairly early on, but there were enough opportunities to mislead me. It would have been pretty creative to make Reed the killer, though. Imagine the main character being the bad guy. But of course that wasn’t the case. Maybe it’s better. I would have hated for my Royals to get irreparably broken over it. 

I also read that maybe there’s going to be a book focussing on Easton? AND I’M ALL FOR IT. I mean, I was entirely ready for this series to be over as it probably won’t leave an everlasting impression on me, but - East’s my bae

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Ehm. I also just read a review on Twisted Palace that made me feel really awkward. It’s the first one on goodreads if you’re interested. I mean, there nothing wrong with expressing your undying love but…
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