Book Review: Twisted Palace – Erin Watt


Title: Twisted Palace (2016)
Series: The Royals – Book 3
Author: Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick)
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 370 pages
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads Description

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.


So… The Royals is one of those New Adult series that I actually follow quite closely. I read the first two books in two days, thought they were super addictive, and couldn’t wait to get into this one, especially because of that deadly cliffhanger at the end of Broken Prince. This review will contain spoilers for both Paper Princess and Broken Prince, so please tread with caution. 🙂

Twisted Palace picks up right at the end of the second book, and the drama is cranked right up in this book. Reed is dealing with the police and the crime he’s suspected of, Ella is dealing with the appearance of a character long thought dead, and things just become much, much more serious.

“I’m a Royal, baby. I don’t run. I fight.”

Unfortunately, the things that I enjoyed in Paper Princess and Broken Prince are no longer there. The Royal brothers didn’t appear as much or play that big of a role. Ella had to hold back herself a lot and stood up for herself much less. The aforementioned new character bled over pretty much all other plot threads. Simply put, it just wasn’t as addictive as the previous books.

There are also a lot, and I mean a lot, of loopholes with the main crime plot thread. I’m not going to elaborate on what exactly happened because I don’t want to spoil anybody, but it seems very forced and too convenient, and more questions were raised than answered, which at this point probably shouldn’t happen.

“Ella Harper is all I’m ever going to see, because she’s my future. She’s my steel and my fire and my salvation.”

Flaws aside, though, the writing was still incredibly easy to get through, so even when I wasn’t entertained, I was still reading on. To me, that was the saving grace, especially because I actually didn’t really care all that much about the main couple. Twisted Palace is not the best book in the series by a long shot, but I love the authors so much I’d probably read anything they write. 😂

23 thoughts on “Book Review: Twisted Palace – Erin Watt

  1. I’ve only read the first book and from all the reviews of this book I’m half tempted to just leave i at that. I hate when the last book of a series just sizzles out. Great review!


  2. These have been on my radar for some time. I am not sure why, but I really want to pick them up. And they are nothing like my preferred genres. It doesn’t seem as though this third installment worked as well for you. Great review!


  3. I’ve heard some similar comments about this book. It’s always sad when a character takes away from the main characters and the already established dynamics they had with each other. I’m still on the fence on whether or not to read this series but I think I’m going to have to slide it to the back for now.


    • It is! I actually think that it’s not a bad series, overall – definitely worth reading if you’re in the mood for something trashy and quick and fun. It was super easy to get into, and reading it took very little brain at all (if that makes sense). I hope that if/when you give it a chance, you end up liking it. 💖

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      • I would definitely recommend His Dark Materials. I loved it and was not disappointed in a big way. I was let down because I liked the first book the most and the third book the least. Infact I really disliked the last one because I felt it didnt have that nice fun pace and imagination that glued me to the first book. And when that happens in a trilogy you kind of feel let down. I would still implore you to read His Dark materials


        • Ah, that makes sense! I think that’s probably the case for a lot of trilogies for me… a lot I think really lose their spark, especially if I had to wait every year for the next book, haha. I lose interest pretty quickly that way. 😛

          And thanks for the rec! I’ll check it out. 💖

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  4. Great review, Reg! And I completely agree with all your points. I actually binge-read the entire series a few weeks back and while I loved the first one, I thought it all went a bit down-hill from there. I missed Ella standing up for herself, I was kind of bored by Ella/Reed and I wanted more from the other Royals (especially Easton). But that said, I still sped through this series because of the addictive writing 🙂 And I will be one of the first people in line to get the Easton-centric book when it is released 😉


    • Thank you so much, Lindsey! I agree – the first book was the best and the third was just meh, though the writing style was sooo addictive and I have to say that overall, I’m glad I picked up this series. I definitely will be lining up for that Easton book as well; he was kind of my fave from all the Royals. 😉


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