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A friend recommended House of Royals to me just over a weeks ago, and im so glad she did! In that time, i have devoured all three books in the series!
I love how Alivia takes the leap of faith and follows her heritage to Silent Bend, and fights to know who she is, and where she came from. You can see her growing, and Kearys writing makes you want to stick with Alivia as she learns more and follow her as she learns more and more about her father and her horror filled new life.
this is an awesome series, do yourself a favour and get it!!!
This is a great tale with Alivia as a completely likable modern girl who falls in love with tall dark and handsome. The plot is what keeps driving the novel into deeper waters upping and maintaining a good pace. I'm moving right on to the next book.
This book is a typical blend of vampires, politics and romance with a strong female lead, reminiscent of the vampire diaries and the sookie Stackhouse series. Its distinctive features are the fact that the main character, Alivia, is 22 so the book doesn't quite fall into the young adult category but neither is it quite a fully adult book (no swearing, no explicit scenes, violence not too graphic). Secondly what stands out is the fact that the vampires are proper vampires, ie they are frequently seen drinking blood and are very much predators and not just sparkling manipulative beauty queens.
The plot involves a young woman whose life is uprooted when she finds out her father was actually a rich southern man who left her a mansion in Mississippi. Upon arrival at her new home she discovers her father was in fact a powerful vampire and that she will become a vampire too when she dies. To make matters worse a local faction of vampires need her to lead their 'house' since she is a member of their royal family. Naturally, she is bold and independent, and naturally, despite being perfect for the leadership role, she wants none of it. What follows is her struggles with the house leader and her destiny as well as a developing romance with the classic star crossed lovers element as the guy happens to be a vampire hunter who hates all vampires.
The book drew me in from the start with some vivid descriptions and settings and was enjoyable and fast paced. However it was quite a light read in the sense that there wasn't too much emotional depth. In fact the way the main character just accepted all these massive revelations and life changes so quickly was a bit annoying and I would have liked if the writing had gone deeper to explore her thoughts more. Also the romance was a touch predictable and the twist at the end was seen from a mile off. At the end I was left wanting more, partly because the book was an easy enjoyable read about vampires which I love, but also partly because ao much detail was missing from the first book. It felt a bit rushed and would have benefitted from being longer, I think, because at the end I felt that I only barely cared what happened to alivia as a result of how she had been written. The story deals with deep topics but on a shallow level, possibly because of its slightly awkwardly aged protagonist which makes it neither young adult nor full adult in tone, but I hope the second book takes more time over the characters' development.
Someone recommended House of Royals to me, knowing I have a love for anything vampires and it’s safe to say this book did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the unique take on vampirism and the way that Keary carefully builds the story based on the history of the vampires and the town.
I love Alivia’s strong female character and how doesn’t allow the target on her back to stop her from living her life or getting the man she wants. She doesn’t allow the house to manipulate her, she knows what she wants and she goes for it. No matter the danger.
For me I think my favourite part of the book has to be the ending it was so tense and full of suspense, there is a great cliffhanger which I’m sure has left many with a book hangover. It made me super excited to start the next book, eager to know what happened. Overall I really enjoyed this book and have given it a five-star rating. I have also already begun recommending it to other people. This book is full of politics and vampire hierarchy and takes you on a great journey of a new vampire world. If you enjoy young adult and vampire then this book is definitely for you.
I have to admit that I didn't get very far in this book. I really was intregued by the premise and wanted to give it a go BUT the book is written in first person present tense. I really struggle with first person past tense (I.e. I looked into his eyes) but if the writing is strong enough I can eventually forget my gripe and get into the story. However first person present tense ( I.e. I look into his eyes) makes me feel like I am reading a dream sequence and I am constantly agitated wanting it to end and get back to the actual story. It's a real shame for me, as the author is actually very competent, offering good descriptions and well thought out interactions. It would have been a pleasure to carry on with this book in third person past tense ( I.e. She looked into his eyes) but unfortunately it's just not for me. Download the sample and give that a go, and if you don't mind the tense, I recon most vampire/paranormal fans will have a good read.
I received an arc of this book from Keary Taylor in return for an honest review.
It's Not your typical vampire Romance. It's better. I don't want to give away any spoilers but Alivia is a pretty laid back girl thrown into a world she never knew exists and does it with class. I found it a little slow to begin with but once you get into it you get hooked. And the last few chapters go really quickly. Some parts really had me on edge trying to read quicker to get to the part I wanted to hear about. I was completely enthralled. When it ended I really wanted the 2nd one straight away. I want to hear more about the royals and would have liked to see one in this book however I know it's all to come in the next one. And that I will defiantly be reading. Totally worth the read. 😄