Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.
While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.
“All that matters is the truth as you know it, and as the ones who love you know it.”
This was, to simplify things, a disappointment. I absolutely love princess stories, and modern day contemporaries; therefore, this seemed too sweet and too cute and too perfect! I loved the premise, the cover is super cute, and I was prepared to fall in love with it, Princess Diaries style. Unfortunately, my feelings were nowhere near the level of adoration I have for Princess Diaries (and also I really want to go reread Princess Diaries now just saying).
So basically Daisy Winters’s older sister, Ellie Winters has just gotten engaged to Crown Prince Alexander of Scotland. Consequently, Daisy is thrust into the spotlight and travels to spend the summer in Scotland, getting used to the royal life, and spending time in royal circles. There, she discovers Prince Alexander’s hot younger brother, Prince Sebastian (the most eligible bachelor in the world and also Daisy’s age, I might add) and his circle of friends, the Royal Wreckers, including none other than equally stunning Miles.
The thing with this book was that it just felt unrealistic, fake, exaggerated, and like something that a middle schooler imagines. I’m American, and this book was clearly written by an American for Americans who have Disney princess ideas of what royal life is like, but even though I probably have Disney princess ideas of royalty, this just seemed to exaggerated and strange? I don’t know. Maybe this is what it’s really like–I’ve no idea. It just seemed weird to me?
I mean, first there’s the problem with Scotland being a sovereign nation/monarchy I guess? I don’t really know how that worked out, especially since there’s no background or history to educate readers about this alternate world–it’s just taken for reality. It probably would have been better with a just made up country like Genovia? (Genovia ❤ ) It seemed full of stereotypes too, but I’m not Scottish, so who am I to judge what it’s really like. I did read a couple of other reviews on Goodreads, and it seems that other reviewers are in agreement that it doesn’t do a good job of portraying Scotland.
The way the royalty acted seemed really strange too. I don’t know, I just imagine royalty to have more class than that. I mean, getting all bent out of shape over what tabloids are saying and selling fake romances and fake dates to combat extremely stupid royalty bloggers and stuff? Who knows. Also, in real life, would Daisy (the sister of the bride) really be such a huge deal and be going to all of these events and wearing ballgowns and tiaras and having all these tabloids on her? (Note: Meghan Markle’s wedding was gorgeous and yay American princess but does she even have siblings lol? Idk. I mean, I’m not British, so how would I know? But also Daisy was known in America sooo…) I know that Holyrood is a real place, but it sounds so similar to Hollywood and with this childish behavior I kept thinking that these were just a bunch of vapid actors in LA, the Kardashians or something.
What annoyed me most of all though was the characters. I mean, Daisy is just an immature, rude girl. I get that she doesn’t want to be thrust into the spotlight, but when her sister gets engaged her response was: “are you sure?” And her sister was trying so hard to adapt to her new life as a royal, which would have much more media spotlight than Daisy, but Daisy was like screw you I don’t want to do this I’m going to make a scene and be rude to all your fiance’s relatives. Even if they weren’t royals, there’s a normal level of politeness and respect with talking with older people, or just any people at all!
All of the characters seemed so inconsistent too. There was Daisy who was a die hard geek wanting to go to a convention, and then an author signing, but at an instant she was like, meh, (view spoiler) I mean, especially Seb. I was so glad that he was a geek, and Daisy was a geek too! But, like, he was a geek wanting to go to an author signing for all of two chapters and then the rest of the time he was a drunk ahole with no mention of geekiness. And Seb’s sister Flora annoyed me most of all! (view spoiler)
But at the end of the day, despite all of that, I couldn’t bring myself to hate this book. It’s probably because I’m a sucker for this type of story, with princesses and modern girls and all that jazz, but it was just really fun! This review kind of sounds like I hated it, but I really didn’t. I enjoyed a lot of it–but the trick to that is to just chill and not think about it to hard and just go along with it I guess! It read kind of like a fanfiction or a Wattpad romance or something, but honestly? I’ve read fanfics and bad Wattpad romances and loved them, and I definitely didn’t hate this!
This review is probably so negative because objectively, there’s a lot wrong with this book. But just the fluffy happy feeling that you can’t really describe and, and some of the over the top silliness, mention of dresses and tiaras and cute princes made me feel good!