REVIEW: her royal highness, by rachel hawkins

41734205♡ Her Royal Highness (Royals #2), by Rachel Hawkins

♡ Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 7th, 2019)

♡ Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Sapphic

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★★★★☆

Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.

Millie can’t believe her luck when she’s accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.

The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess.

She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland.

At first, the girls can barely stand each other–Flora is both high-class and high-key–but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it?

this book was everything i needed and more.

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS was so cliché yet so enjoyable, adorable and cute. it’s short, easy-to-get into, and there’s royalty!

do i need to say more? there is royalty.

in this book, millie’s life is completely changed when she decides to unroll in a scottish school for her senior year, leaving behind her last heartbreak. in scotland, she has a new chance at love. and as you can see,the plot is pretty simple. it mainly revolves around the romance (obviously), and i love that it’s not overwhelming. it’s so so soft and beautiful, although it does lack closure at the end, since a lot of questions are left unanswered.

a lot of these questions are related to some of the side characters. because while the main characters flourish and develop in a wonderful way, i felt like some were two-dimensional, so we don’t get to know more about them (like millie’s friends in the US). some appear once or twice, and i believe they would have had a great role in the story.

as for the romance, which is what this book is all about, i absolutely adored it. i loved it to pieces. it’s one of the most adorable romance plots i have ever read. i found myself grinning multiple times because of how soft it is, and craved for more when i was done. while i did notice that the hate part took too long and the love part was too short, it did not come in the way of me enjoying the book.

but i think what made me enjoy this story the most is that i listened to it as an audiobook. the narrator’s voice was so soothing and the scottish accent helped me get immersed into the story. the more i think about it, the more certain i am that if it wasn’t for the audiobook, i wouldn’t have given this book four stars (probably three stars). because the book did have flaws, and a lot of them. but it’s also such a guilty pleasure read, i just couldn’t stop.

(i read the book in less than 24 hours. somebody stop me.)

overall, YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS is a perfectly flawed gem of a book. it is perfect for a long sunday at home, a day at the beach, or just something to read quickly! it will give you all the cozy feels and (hopefully) life your mood!

have you read HER ROYAL HIGHNESS? if so, what were your thoughts? if not, do you plan on reading it?

2 Replies to “REVIEW: her royal highness, by rachel hawkins”

  1. i’m so glad you loved this one, maha!! it wasn’t the right book for me, but i definitely can see its appeal. very much agree about the lack of development of the side characters, which irked me a bit! but it’s good to know the audiobook was nice for this one — i might have to give it a listen just for that scottish accent lmao. great review!! ❤

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