Bullet Point-Review: Romancing the throne, Nadine Jolie Courtney

Happy Friday everyone! I’m back today with another short and fun bullet-point like review, because… why not?!

Today, shout out to sweet and fluffy contemporaries. This past November, I’ve been into a bit of a contemporary kick and ended up with tons of cute and fun reads, this one included. It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Cute prince? Romance? Sisters?? It sounded right up my alley, yet I felt a little bit disappointed by it all. Let’s take a look…

The book

Nadine Jolie Courtney, Romancing The Throne, Published by Katherine Tegen Books, May 30th, 2017.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

If there are any rules of sisterhood, “Don’t fall for the same guy” should be one of them. But sometimes chemistry—even love—grows where you least expect it. In the end, there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne…and more than one path to happily ever after.

There are no spoilers in this review.

I ENJOYED…

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  • This book had GREAT sister vibes. You know me, I love it when sisters take center-stage in a book and there, I wasn’t disappointed. They were different, yet suppotive of each other and I loved their relationship through the whole book. I was rooting for her.
  • Even if, sometimes, I had problems with Charlotte, the main character, I overall appreciated her drive and her stubborness. Most of it all, if she started the book as a sort of stereotypical character, as I got to know her a bit better, I found out that she had great qualities and interesting passions making her stand out.
  • Same goes for Libby and India, one of the side characters. Both were really interesting and with their own personalities and quircks, I really appreciated that.
  • The setting was pretty cool, I’ll have to admit it. Boarding schools in England are my favorite kind of thing.
  • I really appreciated the take this book had on royalty, privacy, social media and so on. Definitely themes that interests me, in stories, and it was great to see how Edward’s status as a prince made his relationships and his life different overall.
brb STILL SCREAMING ABOUT THIS. Do you watch The Royals???! Are you screaming? Sorry. Totally out of topic.

I HAD A HARD TIME WITH…

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  • I kind of wished it was told from a dual POV and this is something I am rarely ever wanting, in books. Here, however, I would have loved to read the story from Libby’s side as well…especially since I loved he?!
  • I thought that there were moments where the drama took center-stage and… it was a bit unnecessary and dragging on I understand Charlotte’s POV, the trouble she had and how frustrated she was, at times, but… all of it took a bit too long to get resolved.
  • I said before that I was rooting for the two sisters and… well, for me, that was the main ship of this book. If Edward was an interesting character, I felt like he lacked a little bit of development, depth or something, to really make me ROOT for him and one of the sisters as a couple.

OVERALL

If you hate love triangles, stay away from this book. If you’re looking for a cute and fluffy beach read (I know, it’s winter for half the world, but we all need beach reads anytime of the year) and if you enjoy sister vibes, I’d recommend that one. It’s definitely a no-brainer and a lot of fun.

Final rating: 3 drops!

Did you read Romancing the Throne? Do you want to read this book? Why, or why not?

What are your thoughts on love triangles? Love, hate, don’t care about them overall? And what do you think of books with tons of drama? Do you want to throw them out the window??! Let me know in comments!

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37 thoughts on “Bullet Point-Review: Romancing the throne, Nadine Jolie Courtney

  1. I love books about royalty, and I also love books about sisters, but I think it would bug me a bit that the prince character isn’t fleshed out enough. I would want to know what was so special about this guy that the two sisters fight over him. But it sounds like a good fluffy read! Great review!

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    1. Yeah, I get it – that’s what I would have loved to know, as well. I wanted to get to know him better, see why he was so special, but.. .something was missing for me :/
      Yet, it still was a fun and fluffy read, definitely entertaining 🙂 thank you so much, Angela 🙂

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  2. I have not read Romancing the Throne.i think royalty irl are totally ridiculous TBH, but I love sister books and I do get the appeal of celebrities, even if I don’t feel it myself. This sounds pretty entertaining even if it had some issues though 😍

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    1. It was entertaining! I had a fun time reading it, I just wish I could have related more to the characters and felt for them through it all, for it to be a memorable book. But if you’re looking for a quick and fun read, this might do the trick 🙂
      thank you, Shanti!! ❤

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  3. Oh I’m sorry this wasn’t as good as it could have been, Marie :/ I’m still super interested in reading it (which was why I skimmed your review in order to avoid the spoilers, sorry) and I hope my experience is a bit better. It definitely sounds cute enough and I love a good sisters/siblings story just as much as you 🙂
    Wonderful post ❤

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    1. Oh don’t apologize 🙂 All of my reviews are spoiler-free, I forgot to mention it in that one, my bad! 🙂
      I hope you’ll enjoy it when you get around to reading it, Sophie! Even if I had some issues with it, it was still a fun siblings story 🙂 ❤ thank you! ❤

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      1. Ah I see! I seemed to have missed that little warning at the beginning… Ugh, brain! xD
        I’m glad to hear it. I’ll be reading it in its entirety then 🙂

        Ok, I’ve just read it and man, I think I’ll really like this book! I love boarding schools and character development, especially if it involves an unlikable character (my favorite kind!) so this sounds exactly like my kind of book.
        Love triangles are fine as long as they are done well and I could definitely use a fluffy, light read with tons of drama to keep me busy hahaha
        But maybe I’ll save it for summer 🙂
        Again, wonderful post, Marie!

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      2. Ahah don’t worry about it, I tend to forget to write it sometimes 😛
        I’m so glad you want to read it now, Sophie! It’d be a perfect summer read, I hope you’ll read it at that point and let me know how you feel about it 😀

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  4. Great review for this book Marie, 🙂 ❤ although I'm sorry to see this one wasn't quite what you'd hoped it would be. I feel like in January I'm going to be in the mood for contemporaries (after all what better way to beat the winter blues than with fluffy romance stories) but given how I feel about love triangles I likely won't be adding this one to my to-read list. Granted the relationship between the sister's sounds really well written, and boarding schools in England is a pretty amazing setting too, I just think the love triangle would bug me too much. 🙂
    Still great review! 😀 ❤

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    1. Oh yes, sweet contemporaries are the best to beat the winter blues 🙂 Oh I understand, and I wouldn’t recommend it if you hate love triangles, it can be a pretty annoying book in that way hahaha 🙂
      thank you so much, Beth!! 😀

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  5. I shared a lot of your feelings about this book. Loved the beginning and the ending, but thought the drama in the middle went on a little too long, kind of killing the vibe of the book. The epilogue left a big impression on me. I really loved it, and the complicated sibling relationship was done well too.

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    1. Oh I’m glad you felt the same way about this! I agree, there was a bit too much drama in the middle to make me enjoy the book, I wish it wasn’t… dragging on for so long, or that something different happened as well in that middle.
      Oh yes, I agree with you! The ending was really good and I LOVED the sibling vibes 🙂
      Thank you so, so much for your comment! ❤ ❤

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  6. Ok this is going to sound really weird but I’m reading this on my phone and the picture which shows up under ‘The Book’ heading is Legend by Marie Lu. But on my laptop it shows the right book?! 😂 what is happening to my phone?
    I hate love triangles so this is going to have to be one I stay away from, they stress me out too much already but two sisters falling for the same guy will just push me over the edge 😂x

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    1. Oh it’s a bug from the WP app, apparently… I draft my blog posts and copied the old post and changed the image afterwards, and apparently… the WP app doesn’t get that. On the computer, everything’s okay though haha. I don’t really understand :/
      Hahahaha, I get it, that’s one to stay away from for sure then if you can’t stand love triangles 😛

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  7. Lovely review, as always! To be honest, beach reads are especially amazing during the winter. This one sounds quite cute, I might check it out when I’m in the mood for something light! Also, I love sisters dynamics, they are so much more important than the romances, in my opinion. For example, the book I’m currently reading has a very complex relationship between two sisters and it totally overshadowed the romances. ❤

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    1. WHAT ARE YOU READING? I need to read it haha it sounds GREAT and totally like my kind of book. Sisters relationships are my favorite in books, basically because I have the best sister in the world and I love reading about these relationships.
      I hope you’ll want to check this out, fun beach reads like this are perfect to beat the cold winter nights 🙂 thank you! xx

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      1. I’m reading You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon!! ❤ I’m not sure if it’s still available for request on Netgalley, but it’s amazing! The sister dynamics are very complicated and it’s refreshing to read something that focuses so much on family and not necessary on romances even though they are there. ❤

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    1. OH no – if love triangles aren’t for you, I… Don’t think I’d recommend that one, ahah. If the sister vibes were so great, the love triangle was quite present for about 1/3 of the book :/
      thank you so much!!

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  8. Ooh, I’ve heard lots of different hings about this one!! I personally am TOTALLY against love triangles (unless they’re really well-written, which is difficult), so I don’t think this one is right for me? But it’s so great that this book talked about sisters, and also what it’s like to be a royal! Great review!! ❤

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    1. I don’t think this one would be right for you, then, as much as I’d love to recommend it to you ahah. The love triangle is present, even if it doesn’t take the whole book, it’s there and comes with a bit of unnecessary drama that would probably bother you :/
      thank you so much, May!!! ❤ ❤

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  9. Sometimes when a book is told from the perspective of two siblings and both are super important to the storyline but only one of them gets a POV, I’m always like… but what about the other one? Even though I am not the absolute biggest fan of dual POV books because some authors just… don’t write them distinctly enough (*cough*Allegiant*cough*). So I totally get what you mean about that!

    I think I can stray from contemporaries because of the whole drama aspect. Especially when it doesn’t feel like the drama is “life or death”. I kind of just sit there waiting for it to be over, when I’m sure I’m supposed to be caring. Oops.

    As for love triangles: it depends. I read a semi-love triangle in a book recently and I was LIVING but that’s because it was an m/m/m love triangle in a YA book and I have never read that before so it was A Moment. So I could never say that I hate them because there are still too many love triangle situations to explore!

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    1. YES, that’s exactly how I felt about this book – I was a bit frustrated. I’m not one to love or usually ASK for multiple POV, but there, it would have served the story a whole lot, to hear it from both sisters’ POV.
      OH you’re right, there are different kind of love triangles and I guess we haven’t read all the situations just yet to judge them all haha 🙂
      thank you so, so much for your comment!! 🙂 xx

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