Title: Cracked Kingdom (The Royals, #5)
Author: Erin Watt
Publish Date: March 1, 2018 by Timeout LLC
# of Pages: 305
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(From Goodreads) These Royals will ruin you.
Ever since Hartley Wright met Easton Royal, her life hasn’t been the same. There are enemies behind every corner and dangers beyond each door. When tragedy strikes and steals her memories, she can’t trust anyone, not even the blue-eyed boy who promises her that everything will be all right.
Because while Hartley’s memory is full of gaps, her instincts tell her Easton is dangerous. She doesn’t know if he’s the snake in the garden or her chance at salvation. The chaos he brings wherever he goes is too much to handle, the intense feelings he evokes are too confusing to unravel.
Easton wants her to remember. Hartley thinks it’s better to forget.
She might be right.
Tragedy. Treachery. Trust. Hartley has to face the facts—in this world, you can’t escape the Royals.
Either you live by their rules or you die by them.
I read Cracked Kingdom over the course of four days. I really could have read it in three, but sleep was insistent.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 3
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 3
Ending – 3
Characters – 3
Enjoyability – 4
Ease of Reading – 4
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watts picks up where Fallen Heir left off, just after the scene of a horrific car accident. This novel follows the stories of Easton Royal and Hartley Wright as they navigate the aftermath of the accident and try to put the pieces of their lives back together.
The Royals series is a total guilty pleasure of mine. They’re quick reads, full of drama, and very entertaining. It’s like reading a soap opera (and I mean that in a good way.) I can’t say Cracked Kingdom was outstanding, but it was another enjoyable book in The Royals series.
The writing in Cracked Kingdom was average, and the pacing was swift. The action is non-stop in these books, which makes them hard to put down! The plot in Cracked Kingdom, while diverting, didn’t always make sense. The scenes with the doctors and the general handling of the diagnoses wasn’t realistic. This, more than anything, really threw me off. Serious injuries are all but brushed aside, and follow up appointments? Not happening! Once I got past the fact that the book didn’t mirror reality in the least, I was able to enjoy the book much more.
I really liked the ending. As with most books in this series, it ends with a bang. There was a lot that happened the last couple of chapters, and it was fun seeing everything come together.
The characters in the book were somewhat shallow and simple, but they were still interesting. I found Easton annoying and unlikeable in the Fallen Heir, but he redeemed himself in Cracked Kingdom. I found his character much more complex and endearing in this book.
Overall, this was an easy, fun read. If you need a little candy in your reading diet after a full course of hefty hardback novels, give this series a read.
Have you read The Royals series? What did you think? I’ve always considered them light, fluffy reads (and I mean that in a good way).
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