Title: Prince Charming
Original Title: Royals
Series: Royals #1
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Light Fiction
Blurb from Goodreads
Meet Daisy Winters.
She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair, a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland.
Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.
While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride.
The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.
I mean I knew it was going to be daft but dear god this was overkill. If I was Scottish or any sort of British I think I’d want to slap the author for all the dreadfully over the top stereotypes and the utter lack of basic research into the country (hello medical bills plot that is relevant to US citizens but not relevant to those in an entirely different jurisdiction ergo said plot makes zero sense)
And then there’s the nigh on vicious queen….
Like this was a proper fairytale evil queen rather than someone who felt remotely regal? I mean I think if this was categorised more fantastical than contemporary. Or perhaps set in a fictional country?
But just not like how it was!
Everything was drama drama drama. The queen and the rest of the snooty aristocracy hated the Americans and it’s like I’m just tired of that trope i.e. the down to earth yet sassy American takes on the elite British aristocracy and bests them with her super independent mind that isn’t beholden to a flashy tiara…. we’ve all heard that before so *yawn*
It just didn’t feel fresh. There was nothing unique about this book. It was jaded stereotypes and jaded tropes and all very melodramatic in a hugely exhausting sense.
However it was somewhat entertaining in a disposable sort of fashion. It was also something I read in a matter of hours and that’s always a nice bonus when one is trying to while away the hours of a seemingly interminable day.
But ultimately I was left with a strong desire to slap all the characters because of how irksome they all were rather than feel all swoon about any cute and fluffy romance which is what I was hoping for.
Not my cup of tea.