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Book Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

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Twisted Palace
by Erin Watt
Rating:★★★1/2

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. 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.”

Last week I finished the last book of this Royals series! It’s so bittersweet because I wanted a happy ending for these characters but I could have read at least five more books about Ella and Reed! I started this book by the recommendation of a friend last year but I started by reading the ten chapter sample before I bought it. The ten chapter sample was a genius move by the author or publisher because when you’re that far into such a squeal-worthy book as Paper Princess then you simply have to finish it! Then Broken Prince was released two months after and it was an instant buy for me then I read it in a matter of hours so it was a torturous wait until Twisted Palace arrived last week! I’m sad to see it go but the authors have plans for books about Easton so The Royals will rise again!

With the first two books, I practically inhaled them but Twisted Palace had me a little stuck so it took me four days, four times the amount it usually does for this series! The main issue for me was that it was so serious! I love these romantic books for a quick read in between my serious books but the majority of this one was drama so I was really missing that fluffy attitude between all the characters and romance between Ella and Reed. There was still some of that but it was seriously overshadowed by the drama. It’s not a bad thing because it was still a great read and I’m sure everyone will love it but I wanted a lighter story line for the last book in Ella’s series. So let me know what you think of Twisted Palace?!

*Spoilers Below*

At the end of Broken Prince, we were left with a few shocking twists – Brooke was murdered (along with her unborn child), Reed was accused of her murder and Ella’s father returned from the dead! I don’t think I was expecting the murder or arrival of Steve but of course, Reed would be the one on trial for it!

Ella wants to believe Reed didn’t actually kill Brooke but she stills second-guesses her belief and would rather just pack a bag for them and run. It made it more interesting when Ella started trying to find the real killer and she basically thought of everyone but the real killer until it was almost too late! I did like that Ella had some awesome girl-bonding with her fellow teenagers and she found her passion on the dance team. One of the highlights was her blossoming love-hate friendship with Jordan.

Reed knows he didn’t kill Brooke but the evidence against him is solid and he’s looking forwards a death sentence or at least a few years in jail if he confesses. I wasn’t a huge fan of reading from his view in the second and third books but it helped to explain what Ella couldn’t so I see it’s purpose. I’m glad he didn’t kill Brooke for Ella’s sake but how awesome would it have been if he did?!

Ella’s father, Steve, is trying to make up for lost time by annoying Ella and he’s breathing down her neck for everything she does. Steve is also sure that his accident that left him missing on an island to the east of Tonga was the doing of his wife, Dinah, so he’s putting her through hell for it. I think him coming back from the dead was very glossed over and I didn’t like him from the start.

It was clear that he could have killed Brooke by accident, thinking it was Dinah, so it’s good that it turned out that way instead of some random guy. One of the weirdest parts was finding out that Steve had an affair with the Royal’s mother and he was the reason for her death. He definitely wins asshole-of-the-year for messing with their mother like that on top of all of his crimes!

I feel like there was too much drama in this book if that’s even possible for a book like this, but with Reed being accused of murder and Steve coming back there wasn’t much time to focus on Ella or even Steve. There weren’t much of those moments that made me squeal with joy because it was so focused on Reed’s trial. I think it would have been better if his murder charges were wrapped up a little sooner or if there was a bit more of an ending focused on the two of them. I think Paper Princess will always be my favourite in the series and I wish there were more fluffy bits in the last one but altogether it was an excellent series.

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