Alright guys, I have a confession to make. *takes deep breath* Igotanarcandididntknowit. That's right, I got an ARC and I realised it two days after the release date. Why? Because I'm a freaking moron Because I forgot to check my Kindle. You are allowed to throw tomatoes my way.
Fine, that's enough.
That being said, this is probably the most belated ARC review ever written, but you can probably guess what I'm about to say; I devoured Twisted Palace. I did find some plotlines and scenes far-fetched, I did get angry at Ella a couple of times, but there's something about this series, something about these Royals, that forces me to step aside all reason and enjoy this addictive ride.
It's my drug.
“This house is ridiculously large, ridiculously beautiful, but everyone inside of it is so messed up. Including me. I guess I really am a Royal.”
A paper princess.
A broken prince.
A twisted palace, hiding dirty secrets and betrayals, hopes and dreams that were crushed, love that turned to ashes. Just when Ella finally feels like a Royal, it is taken away from her. Just when she lets someone in, he is ripped away from her. Against the forces that are trying to tear their family apart, against the gossip and the malice, the whispers and the contempt, the Royals must stick together and prove that breaking them is not an option.
“I'm a Royal, baby. I don't run. I fight.”
But not every fight can be won. You can bleed, bruise and weep, but it won't be enough. That's the reality this utterly dysfunctional family must accept. Erin Watt did a marvelous job describing this hopelessness, this agony that sipped into your pores and seized you like poison. A nightmare you couldn't escape. But the authors also painted vividly the love, the family bonds that seemed twisted and strained but had the potential to survive, with the proper motivation. And that's what I enjoyed the most in the final instalment of this trilogy, the way this bond was salvaged.
“In some small corner of my brain that is now in control, I feel like if I love him hard enough, long enough, I can keep him with me forever.”
Reed and Ella were finally a united front, and that put a big smile on my face, despite the hardships and the trials they endured. The tension, the scorching looks and touches and kisses were always there, but so was a love so palpable and heartwarming that made me fly. Reed could be so sweet, caring and thoughtful, but also dangerous and sexy, messed up in a way that didn't disgust you but intrigued you, you couldn't help but drool a little. Combined with the suspense element, and the perfect way everything came together in the end, all the questions answered and the truths revealed, the result was absolutely delectable!
The reason though I didn't give the fifth star was Ella's behaviour under certain circumstances. We've known her as a brave, at times provocative character, yet when *spoiler* Steve *spoiler* was involved, she became so meek and spineless you could barely recognize her. And how could she say yes to what Jordan asked from her? I expected a different reaction, I expected her fire and spirit, but I didn't get it.
“You. Us. Forever.”
Erin Watt created a sick modern fairytale, with its moments of tenderness and devotion, that left its mark on me. And I loved it!
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*