Book Review | Royal Blood @TBRBeyondTours

Today I am one of the stops kicking off the tour for Royal Blood.

Royal Blood
Aimee Carter

An American girl becomes the British Monarchy’s greatest nightmare in this thrilling new series where royal scandals just got deadlier.

As the King of England’s illegitimate daughter, 17-year-old Evan Bright knows a thing or two about keeping secrets.

But when she’s forced to spend the summer in London with her father and the royal family, who aren’t exactly thrilled she exists, her identity is mysteriously revealed, and suddenly the world is dying to know every juicy lie the press prints about her.

After a fun night turns deadly and Evan becomes the primary suspect in a murder investigation, the escalating rumors and fallout threaten to tear her life apart. As she fights to uncover the truth about what happened, she discovers royal secrets that are even more scandalous than she imagined – secrets that could change the monarchy forever.

And her own may be next.

Content Warning: attempted sexual assault, use of the date rape drug

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I am always so happy when I read a book I know I’m going to enjoy but end up absolutely loving it and that is exactly what happened with Royal Blood. I knew from reading the description that it would be right up my street, a proverbial cat amongst the pigeons in a high profile family and some big scandals thrown into the mix, it sounded like the perfect book to while away the weekend, a bit of light-hearted drama.

Turns out it wasn’t really all that light-hearted but was all the better for it, whilst there was the entertaining drama that I was hoping for there was also a lot of big themes in this book that meant that I was so much more invested in the characters and the story than I maybe initially thought I would be.

I will admit that I wasn’t sure about Evan at first, it kind of felt like she was doing everything backwards, but as the story progressed and I found out more about her and her situation I was definitely in her corner. I loved that she was still snarky and upfront with the royals when everyone else wasn’t and that she wasn’t afraid to stick up for herself in some pretty intense situations.

I really liked that we got to see Alexander making mistakes and then trying to rectify them, that his intentions looked different the more you got to know about his situation. There were a lot of characters that added the right kind of balance to the story, so that the conflict wasn’t just from what was happening but also from those around Evan, and there was a lot of room for growth which I think was done really well with some of the characters.

The plot was fantastic, there were the events surrounding the murder but there was also a lot of politics and manipulation around Evan being in London, I felt like it kept the pace and the tension going throughout the story. There were a few things that I didn’t expect at all which was a nice surprise, sometimes it can feel too obvious as to what’s about to happen, but in this book I was so engrossed in what was happening that it didn’t feel too predictable.

I have to say I was very excited by the ending because I think that this is going to be a series and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Aimée Carter is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including The Goddess Test series, the Blackcoat Rebellion series, and the Simon Thorn series for middle grade readers, now a #1 international bestselling series under the title Animox and Die Erben der Animox. Her newest middle grade book, Curse of the Phoenix, will be released in June from Margaret K. McElderry Books.

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