Thursday, December 22, 2016

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt
Release Date -  October 17, 2016
Publisher Website -
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages - 370 pages
My Rating - 4/5


Here is the Goodreads synopsis
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 is a story of a princess who likes to run, and a prince who is broken. It is a fairytale filled with sex, lies, murder. It also is filled with devotion, family bonds, and faith. Erin Watt closes The Royals series with a deliciously readable finale that was, pretty much, exactly what I hoped it would be.

It is hard to review the final book in the series. It is often the case that everything that can be said about the series has already been said in previous reviews. Erin Watt manages to create a final book that still has something left to talk about. The Royals series has become a twisted mystery with some of the most unforgettable characters.

I have mentioned previously that those who miss Gossip Girl, or devour CW television shows will want to pick this one up. It is filled with pretty teens doing scandalous things, steamy romance, and (by the end of the second book) a murder mystery where everyone is a suspect.

The third book answers (almost) all your questions, and it does so satisfyingly. We are given the who, what, when, where and why. I do, however, wish it had been fleshed out just a bit more. The ending felt rushed. I would have appreciated a but more expansion on some of the secrets that are revealed along with the killer, and it would have elevated an already wonderful read.

We're given a double whammy of jaw dropping surprises when we not only find out about the murder, but Ella's father returns very much alive. I wish that we had gotten to know more about Steve beyond what is revealed in this book. He is an important character and I don't think he was given his due. His presence was felt so strongly even when he was not physically there that it just seems anticlimactic when we finally do meet him. Everything we're told about him should have prepared me for the type of man he is, but it still felt like something was missing.

Ella quickly became one of my favourite parts of this series. She's someone who did what she had to in order to survive, and someone who can hold her own against the Royals. She became more open and allowed herself to care about people. She may have been good for the Royals, but they were just as good for her. The Ella we meet in the first book is not the same one we leave at the end of this one and she is all the better for it.

The Royals, however, continue to grow on me. I am ready to demand an entire series about each of the boys. I need to dissect everything about the twins and their shared relationship with Lauren. I want Gideon to finally find happiness and peace. I want Easton to continue his growth and maturity. These messed up, broken guys really do latch on to you, and that is a testament to Erin Watt's characterization skills. She manages to make you care about these deeply flawed characters in a very real way.

The writing is, once again, addictive. I will joke about books being 'book crack' sometimes and this series falls into that category. It's compulsively readable and rivals the most addictive television shows. There is something about this world and these characters that pulls you into the story immediately and makes it hard to say goodbye.

Twisted Palace offers up a satisfying ending to Ella and Reed's scandal filled story but opens the door for other Royals to take center stage. I, for one, cannot wait to return to this world and the characters whenever Erin Watt wishes to do so. If you've looking for something with spice up your reading list I highly recommend this addictive, and debaucherous series.

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