The Royal We: A Book Review

Posted May 13, 2015 by Carlisa in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Royal We: A Book ReviewThe Royal We by Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, YA
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
four-stars

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

Spanning nearly a decade, The Royal We is a richly imagined, emotionally compelling novel that examines, with warmth and wit, what truly happens after your prince has come.

REVIEW

This book. I’ve seen it described on Goodreads as Kate Middleton fan fiction and that description is spot on. It’s the story of an American girl, Rebecca or Bex, who takes a year abroad and studies at Oxford, where she finds herself living down the hall from the future King, Prince Nicholas. They fall in love, they kiss a lot, romancey things happen, yada yada yada. Basically the average girl’s fantasy. Except it’s different. Because life isn’t a fairy tale. It’s real. This story was 4 stars for me because it took that classic, almost-cliché story and made it real. 

First the characters were so well-developed and this was completely necessary. It follows Bex and Nick through eight years of their lives and their relationship and if their characters hadn’t been believable or hadn’t been well-rounded, it would have been eight years too many. As we take this journey with Bex and Nick, we see every side of them. The bad and the good. The charming and the not-so-charming. The beautiful and the ugly. We even see these different sides of the Queen of England herself throughout the pages. The emotions of the characters are so sincere and honest to real life that they were almost hard to read at times. But that’s how life is. Emotions and relationships aren’t easy and as we experiences these eight years with Bex and Nick, we see that.

Also Bex’s voice as a narrator is awesome. She’s awesome and I love her so much. There are so many places where I wanted to reach through the pages and hug her or laugh with her or cry with her and a few times even slap her. She’s just Bex and she’s great.

I also just like how this completely throws us off of what we expect as this modern-day fairy tale. That’s why I like Into the Woods too because it builds what we know as a fairy tale and then completely warps and destroys all of those expectations. This is similar (though not quite to the extent Into the Woods takes it). The perfect magical thing doesn’t happen just at the right moment to save the day. There are no fairy god mothers or genies to grant them wishes. It’s just life despite the princes and the castles. This story shows the side of these fairy tales that we don’t often see. The honest side. The hard side. The real side.

Notable Quotes:The Royal We quote

I love you, Bex. My soul married yours that first night at Windsor, and while I’ll be the king of this country someday, every day I will be your servant.

She just harrumped, which is not something I’d ever heard before, and which sounds exactly like it is spelled. [lol]

I feel in love with a person, not a prince; the rest is just circumstance.

 

four-stars

  • Tessa G.

    A real-life fairytale? Count me in!
    I am a complete sucker for anything that has to do with princes, and this sounds right up my alley! I also love how it extends through eight years, which means that there will absolutely be no insta-love (it’s one of my biggest book pet peeves).
    Great review!

    • No it’s definitely not insta-love. They definitely have to work for it to work. I hope you read it and like it!

  • Great review! Sadly it sounds too much like a fanfiction of the royal pairing. The people on the cover even look like them and I’m really not that interested in their lives. This review made me make up my mind though, so thank you.

    • It is kind of fan fiction in the sense that it’s about a girl who marries into the royal family in the modern day but it’s definitely not their exact lives. But that’s fine that you don’t want to read it! What kind of books do you like to read?

      • I tend to diversify my reading nowadays. It’s actually kind of ironic I don’t feel like reading this book, because I bought ‘Elizabeth the Queen’ last week which is about Elizabeth I. My reading goes from historical biographies to books set in contemporary boarding schools. 🙂

        I do like the way you review, though! It has nothing to do with that, just putting that out there.

        • Oh yeah, I know! I totally get not wanting to read a book and that’s awesome because there are way too many books to read all of them anyway, haha.