Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Do you ever read a book, finish it, and then think “What just happened? What did I even read??
Because Broken Prince is one of those books for me. Thinking back on it, I don’t really know how I wasn’t bored out of my mind while reading this book, because nothing really happened.
But I still enjoyed it, so what more can you ask for?
After we get the weak explanation of what Reed was playing at at the end of Paper Princess, we get back into the Royal household, and that’s just it until the end. There’s this push and pull thing going on between Ella and Reed, in which Ella is trying to hold onto the fact that Reed hurt her, and Reed is trying to win Ella back by saying that he won’t give in.
I would have been surprised by that ending if I wasn’t such a fucking idiot and I hadn’t already spoiled it for myself.
Seriously, who needs enemies when you can sabotage yourself on a daily basis?
The Characters & Relationships
The fact that these characters are meant to be 17 and 18 year olds blows my mind. I’m 19, and I still read out texts to my mam before I send them to people in case I sound like a moron. My dad still drops me off and picks me up from work. Either these characters are just completely unrealistic or I just lead an incredibly sheltered life.
The characters in this series are sort of difficult to explain because while I like reading about them and obviously I’m rooting for them, they’re also the kind of characters who if I met in real life I would want to push them off a cliff. The Royal boys are all royal arseholes, the students at their high school are the stuff of nightmares, and the adults in this book are a joke.
Apart from Lucy, the bakery owner, who doesn’t really play a big part in Broken Prince. Lucy doesn’t take no shit.
Like, there is literally a scene where Ella is dragging a certain mean girl through the corridors by the hair, and there are teachers who see her and they don’t do anything.
Is this really what schools are like in America? Because if so then thank god I’m English, that’s all I’m sayin’.
I do like the relationships that Ella has with the Royal boys. Obviously her and Reed are a thing (don’t try to fool yourself Ella, sweetie, it was always gonna happen) and I’m a total sucker for hate-to-love romances, but I also love her friendship with Easton. It’s quite sweet seeing how much Ella has affected him and how much he relies on having her around.
Okay, this book isn’t going to win any awards for Most Thought Provoking or anything like that, but it’s lighthearted and easy reading and so addictive. Like, I’ve just finished Broken Prince and I’ve already started Twisted Palace.
I don’t regret a thing.
(Also, Twisted Palace is a really good name for this book because this family? These characters? This entire freaking series? Totally twisted.)