Loved this! The setting, the plot, the characters. So good.
Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Aimée Carter for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary copy and media kit!
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.
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Content and Trigger Warnings
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About the Author
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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Review (no spoilers)
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Forgive me if this review is a mess; I always struggle to review 5-star books because they’re always just so good that it’s hard to get my feelings into words.
Royal Blood follows the story of Evan Bright, a teenager who is the illegitimate daughter of the King of England. After getting herself kicked out of several boarding schools, Evan is forced to spend the summer in London with the estranged royal family that she’s never met before. It doesn’t take long for Evan to find out just how much the royal family is willing to do to keep up their perfect image, even if it means framing Evan for murder.
I loved everything about this book from the characters to the plot and setting. Evan is an incredibly strong protagonist, never letting anyone gaslight or manipulate her into submission. On top of this, I felt like she had a moral compass that completely aligned with my own, which allowed me to empathize with and relate to her at almost any given moment, despite the semi-outlandish premise of the book.
Aside from Evan, I also enjoyed several of the side characters featured in this book as well. Most of them were flawed in understandable ways, and even the villains of the story were realistic in their personalities and justifications. Usually I’ll find issue with at least one character in any novel I read, but I really had no qualms with any of the portrayals in this book. I felt like all of them were written extremely well.
Moving on to the plot, I was a fan from the very beginning. The events of the first chapter were already attention-grabbing, and that was before the murder of the book even occurred. Aimée Carter did an excellent job at pacing this book and throwing in some twists and turns that were unexpected, yet not surprising. There’s a delicate balance in what a mystery book is allowed to do before it becomes absurd, and I felt like Carter hit that balance perfectly.
I wasn’t expecting this to be the first book in a series, but it definitely is, so you can bet I’ll be continuing on this wild ride!
Wonderful review, it sounds like a great story.
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I always like it when there are good side characters in the book I’m reading.
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