October 23, 2016

ARC Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

ARC Review: Twisted Palace by Erin WattTwisted Palace by Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #3
Published by Self-Published on October 17, 2016
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publicist
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 370

These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

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. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

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.

I don’t know how to begin. I loved the first two books in this series. I mean, I named my cat after our heroine, Ella. I’m addicted to this series but with Twisted Palace, I had a different reading experience. One that wasn’t as enjoyable as the first two books were.

While I know I’m not alone on my thoughts on this book, I know a lot of people who did like it, so I waited to write this review. And I just wasn’t ready to put all my thoughts down. I need some time to think about this review.

I had a lot of problems with Twisted Palace, so there will be spoilers for the other two books at some point, but I will make that clear. But right now, let me tell you about my overall thoughts.

TP annoyed the crap out of me. For a good percentage of the time. So much so that I had to put it down and walk away from it for a few hours. There wasn’t the same feel with this book as the other two. It didn’t feel like the Reed and Ella story that I was hoping for and we didn’t get a lot of Royal love in this one. The brothers didn’t get a lot of page time. Which was one of the main things I was looking for. BECAUSE THE ROYAL BROTHERS ARE AMAZING BROTHERS!

I did like the really sweet moments Reed and Ella had, they’ve both come a long way since book one so it was heart warming to see them at a new stage in their relationship and their dynamics with each other. UGH REED ROYAL IS A PERFECT HUMAN, OKAY? I’d read twenty more books about him.

Okay, now time for spoilers








I wasn’t not happy with Steve. He’s a story hog and that’s where my main problem was. The story feel the same as the other two because of Steve. It was like Steve’s story and not Ella and Reed’s. He was creepy and I didn’t like him. He took away from what was really important and that was Reed’s trial.

Reed had all this evidence pointing towards him. Honestly, all the evidence pointed towards him, which first of all, I don’t buy. No other DNA was found in any other part of the apartment?! Yeah, no. But, Reed’s story and his case barely got any page time and when it did, it was just telling him more evidence was on me and that he was going to prison.

I love crime books and shows when it’s handled right, but for this, it wasn’t fitting and just didn’t work for me. There was a lot of shock value in the first books but this one was just predictable and kind of boring because nothing happened until the last 15-20%. And the last two chapters of the book were completely rushed and didn’t give me the closure that I wanted.

It honestly pains me to say all of this about this book because I wanted better.


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6 responses to “ARC Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

  1. Everytime I think about this one I get all sad. 🙁 I am glad that I’m not alone in my sentiments regarding this one. Steve was so annoying and you’re right he totally was a story hog. If I had been a better developed character, maybe I would have minded how much spotlight he got, but he wasn’t. He was bland, and boring in his manipulativenes. And ughhhhhhh. The brothers. I’m so sad that we got so little of them. 🙁

    • wordswithsarah

      HE WAS CREEPY AND NEEDED TO JUST NOT BE IN THE STORY. I’m so upset by it still. It could’ve been so much different and had the Royal brothers. Like why couldn’t we get more of the brothers? They’re friends with Ella. We should’ve gotten more of them. I just can’t with this story. But I need Easton’s story, I need him to get a HEA.

  2. I’m so sorry this didn’t work out for you! Definitely agree with lots of the points you made – the Royal brothers didn’t get enough time, but most importantly UGH STEVE.. You could just tell there was something up with him, He was so dodgy and I HATED reading about him to be honest. The way he glossed over everything, and how he was so self-centred,…I had no idea how he and Callum were friends!

    • wordswithsarah

      STEVE WAS CREEPY WITH A CAPITOL CREEP! Like his weird thing with calling Ella his daughter instead of by her name just had my skin crawling. And his motivations for what he was doing didn’t make any sense. CALLUM WE’RE QUESTIONING YOUR JUDGEMENT. Brooke and Steve?! Buddy, we need to get you a new set of friends.

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