Friday, February 23, 2018

Royals by Rachel Hawkins - OPTIONAL

Hawkins, Rachel Royals, 304 pages.  Putnam (Penguin), 2018.  $

Language: R (72 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (same sex relation, off page); Violence: G.

When Daisy’s older sisters starts dating the Scottish prince she met at her London school, life became weird enough.  So weird that Daisy’s long-time boyfriend actually sold their prom pictures to a tabloid – instant break-up!  But now Ellie and Alex are actually getting married.  In a show of unity, the family heads from their small Florida town to Scotland for a summer meet-up.  Alex’s younger siblings are a pair of gorgeous twins – Sebastien and Flora – who are always on display in the tabloids.  How can Daisy measure up?

What are the odds that two books about younger sisters with older sisters marrying Scottish princes would come out in the same season?  (See Prince in Disguise by StephanieStrohm).  I love Daisy’s spirit inherited from her former rock star father and that she doesn’t allow herself to be manipulated.  I am still dismayed by the unnecessary swearing – what could have been a super cute addition to any library falls short.

HS – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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