Royal Quest (The Royal of Monterra) by Rachel Branton
Published Date: January 20, 2016
Format: I received a review copy from the author (ebook)
Book Description from Rachel Branton:
Going undercover as a maid at the Lodge Royal in an attempt to meet her half sister, Katerina, isn’t one of Amelia Lennox’s best ideas. Kat has no idea of Amelia’s existence, and her recent marriage to Nico, the new King of Monterra, puts her further out of Amelia’s reach. Even if Amelia finds Kat, there’s no guarantee the queen will believe her— or that she wants a sister. To complicate matters, Amelia meets Davide Ciano, who steals her breath away and makes her knees weak. She’s never believed in the kind of fairy tale that her sister found, but then she’s never known anyone like Davide. Maybe, if their secrets don’t keep them apart, she might begin to believe. Royal Quest is the story of how two sisters find each other, and about love— true love. Because in Monterra, fairy tales do come true.
My take on the summary:
This book is set not that long after Royal Date ended. If you haven’t read that book yet, I highly recommend you read it first and then read Royal Quest. Only a few months after Kat and Nico got married, many young American girls have ran off to Monterra trying to find their own prince. The higher class of Monterra (nobles) dislike most of these people, claiming that they take away from their things. But one girl, Amelia, travels to Monterra, searching for her half sister Kat. Through her own eyes, she is one of many American girls wanting to see their fellow American.
The book starts with Amelia is hanging around the lodge off-duty where Davide approaches her. Annoyed after working a long day, Amelia snaps at him at his request for more towels and risks her job. Davide’s friends are on the ruder side of the nobles and are convinced that she is only interested in his money and make a wager with him to find out her ulterior motives.
I like how the reader sees both sides of the story. I didn’t notice at first but right under the heading for each chapter start, it says who’s side of the story we are seeing in the chapter.
They both have hidden secrets only certain people know and are keen on making sure that neither one of them finds out about them. I love the use of dramatic irony, where the reader knows things that the characters don’t know. The characters, in my opinion were not fully developed but still very likable people.
One confusing thing is when Amelia refers to Kat as her sister. It logically makes sense but at some points I was confused like “who’s her sister?”
The last 2 chapters were where Amelia and Davide finally find out the truth about each other and the feeling they’ve had for each other come gushing out. And of course, since this has a happy ever after.
The book was a really short one and I was able to finish it within an hour without any interruptions. So I recommend the book to people who want to find out more about the people who didn’t play that big of a part in Royal Date. It is a very quick read and I’m pretty sure you will enjoy the book. Overall, I give the book a 8/10.
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