[681]: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

29519517 Twisted Palace by Erin Watt
Series: The Royals, #3
Everafter Romance | October 17th, 2016
Source: Bought, Kindle Edition
New Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.


I can’t even with this book. Someone should’ve warned me that it will make me so mad and that I’m better off skipping. The general feeling I went through was extreme anger at had constantly pondered how evil everyone is!  And what the hell was that, Ella? Where the fuck was the spunk you were famous for from the first two books? It’s like you’ve decided to let everybody walk all over you. Gah.

In case it’s not obvious from my ranty opening paragraph, I did not enjoy this book one bit. [Insert GIF of Bradley Cooper from Silver Linings Playbook throwing a book out the window here.] Sigh. 

The end of the second book had Reed getting picked up by cops for allegedly killing Brooke. As if that wasn’t enough to have us salivating for Twisted Palace, Ella’s supposedly dead father showed up out of the blue. And then there’s the whole, Ella-is-still-a-virgin-because-Reed-wouldn’t-put-out thing — all these added to the general anxiety and excitement for this series finale. So of course,  I had to make time for this book. But as far as series endings go, this was horrible. I’m not talking about the writing at all. I’m talking about how miserable it was. Unfortunate, considering, many have anticipated for this release and to have us go through what we went through was just awful.

In the spirit of honesty, I skipped a shit load of things I couldn’t bring myself to read: Steve’s assholery, Dinah’s bitchery, and Ella’s bid for martyrdom. There is nothing worse than having an overwhelming feeling of anger while reading a book. And since I was reading it on my iPad, the swiping got too real, y’all. It was not fun and it defeats the purpose of finding the joy in reading.

As far as mysteries go, the authors didn’t provide any red herrings to chase. Which was frustrating enough because I felt like everyone trying to solve the case was chasing their tails. I’m glad, however, that Ella and Reed weren’t the ones who solved the mystery of the killer’s identity. Because I hate convenience in mystery.

With that being said, I stand by my earlier sentiment that this was a miserable installment. The ending was clean, abrupt, and unfortunately, unsatisfactory.

  • Ahhh, I’m so sorry that this third book was so awful 🙁 That is simply the worst feeling. And being angry while reading is the worst too. I hate books like that. Hmph. This one sounds so bad, lol. Thank you for sharing Joy. <3 You are awesome.

  • Gotta suck when you get the book you were dying for, only to be left severely disappointed. Sounds like Ella did a complete 180 and things were awkward. You have every right to be mad Joy!

  • It was definitely messy. I was hoping for a great ending but I hated how Ella changed from badass to a martyr, like you said. Steve got me so mad! I was so infuriated and wanted him dead. Hopefully Easton’s book is better.
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  • So sorry that you loved the first two books and then the last went off the rails. I hate when that happens!!

  • YES! To everything you said, Joy. This was too much of a mess and a boring mess at that for me to enjoy. UGH. I’m annoyed because I had high hopes but everything about it was so flat. And then Steve. *insert vomit gif* Why did he have to get so much attention?! >.<

  • Aw, it sucks that this was so bad. I hate it even more when the final book in a series is disappointing because it feels like I wasted my time reading the previous books. Hope your next read is better!

  • Oh wow! Well thanks for taking the hit so we don’t have to! LOL Great Review!!!

  • BAHAHA! I just love reading your rant posts because you never disappoint with flinging F-Bombs. Hahaha! LOVE IT! Yeah, I agree, everyone in this book seems to be pretty evil and what is up with eh one girl changing in the middle of the story and allowing people to walk over her? I’m all for characters actually developing…. not…. “de-developing” if that made any sense?

    • Aw. Thanks, girl. I try. Ugh. I could not stand a lot of characters in this book – even ones that I’ve loved in the first two.

  • LOL! I haven’t been able to bring myself to read the 2nd book. I enjoyed to first one in a train wreck kind of way, but it felt like it tried too hard to be edgy. I have a feeling I’ll never finish the series.

    • Yeah. Second book is the beginning of the end, I think. It really sucks because I enjoyed the two books for the most part. :/

  • I have not read this series, I didn’t know what to think of the blurbs, they sounded interesting but than reviews for book 3 came out and there was a lot of frustration and confusion. Lot’s of people feel the same way as you did about Ella, it sounded like her character took some kind of a weird turn in the personality department.

    • Definitely weird turn of events. I hated that she lost her spunk. :/

  • It is never fun when a series ending book isn’t as good as you expected from the previous books in the series. Great review, but I think I’ll stay away from this series.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I did enjoy the first two books, though. I thought they were great. I devoured them, in fact. And that’s why I’m so disappointed with this instalment.

  • Ugh. I hate those. Also, ending books tend to be my least favorite most times so this does not bode well for me in reading the entire series. Yea, I’ll pass, but brilly review!

    • Some series enders are good in a way that you know the characters you’ve loved will have a good life, but this one was barely comforting at all. ugh.

  • RO

    YIKES! Thank goodness your iPad is still intact! (lol) Sorry this was a miss. Hugs…RO

  • Oh man…. This one sounds like a miserable read. I hate those books that make you mad like this

  • Ah sorry girl about this one, I would feel frustrated

  • Ugh, I may have to skip this series. The ending would piss me off, but I know I’d have to see it through.

    • The first two books are good, though! I hope you’ll try them.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sorry to hear this wasn’t good at all! I can’t believe you finished it, even if you DID skim a lot. It happens. 🙂


    • I had no choice, Lauren. Even though I wasn’t having a good time with it, I needed to see the end.

  • Yeah, I’m really not a fan of dramatic, soap opera-ish books. Lol. I’m guilty of skipping over words too, especially if the author “over describes something”. It’s like OK, I get, you’re talking about a tree in the forest–NEXT. Lol. Welp, I definitely won’t be checking for this book! Thanks and happy reading!!!

    • definitely had my fair share of those narratives! Gah. In this case, I think ever single one of the characters just made me so mad!

  • Yeah, no thank u

  • Yes. To all of this. Just…yes. Grrrr, this book.

  • kindlemom1

    So sorry this was such a disappointment. I definitely will not be reading this one either.

    • Aw. Have you read the first two books, Ali? It’s tough when you enjoy the first two books in a trilogy only to be disappointed with the third one.

  • Ahhh that’s such a disappointment. I have the first book in my Kindle because I had heard amazing things. Hope your next read is better!

    • The first book is highly entertaining. I hope you’ll give it a try. 🙂

  • I’ve actually not heard anything good about this series from the first book onwards, so I’m impressed that you could make it all the way to this one! But it’s a shame when a series you’ve been able to like suddenly gets really annoying and can only make you angry :/

    • Oh the first two books were addicting, Olivia. I devoured them one weekend. It’s so disappointing that this book didn’t come through, though. It was a miserable instalment.

  • Oh man! It’s such a bummer to be completely frustrated by what you’re reading. It’s worse that its the series ender! I’d be ticked, too, Joy. Well, I was thinking of picking up this series, but I’m going to pass. I don’t need to be upset by my entertainment. Great honest review, Joy!

    • I think you’ll enjoy the first two books but yeah, it’s a bummer when the series ender didn’t suffice. So frustrating!