Royal Tour is the second book in the series – you should check out my review of The Poison Diaries!
Since winning the Hunt and saving her new BFF, Princess Evelyn, Sam Kemi has been royally busy.. What with TV interviews, working in her family’s potion store and preparing to join Evelyn on her world tour, Sam STILL hasn’t had time for a real date with Zain, her new-boyfriend-slash-former-rival.
And that’s not happening anytime soon. Someone has tampered with Sam’s grandad’s mind and she is the only one who can unlock his memories. Memories that contain the key to the most powerful potion in the world and one which people would kill for . . .
So Sam must swap dresses, princes and palaces for dragons, centaurs and caves in her quest to save her grandad (and everyone else).
Just your standard episode in the life of a potion-making teenager, then.
I loved this book, I thought it was a great sequel and a good addition to an already fun series. Royal Tour goes into the story of the Kemi family in more detail and develops the characters from The Poison Diaries, we learn an awful lot about the country and the history of the characters.
I think the deeper look into the different cultures that take place throughout the book was one of my favourite parts. I love learning about the world and all the countries and cultures that make it up! This is something this series has done well so far, the different parts of the world are always richly described and they are always impactful on the story and the characters. My favourite culture by far in this book would have to be the Centaurs – I LOVED the way their herd worked, the vague instructions and their reaction to humans. It all made perfect sense and the history of the herd was well written and well developed.
I did think the “Hunt” itself was a little muddled and I struggled to keep a track of where they were and what they were doing. None of it really made much sense and I thought it could have been a little more organised and more of the main event. But then Royal Tour did so many things right I’m willing to look past this faux pas and give the book 4 stars.
My favourite character in Royal Tour had to be Evelyn.The new outlook we got on her character was definitely my favourite, we gained so much insight into her as a person and Royal Tour offered explanations for why she felt she needed to take the potion. It was lovely to see her grow as a person and see her understanding of the world change as she grew. Especially as she struggles with the aftermath of drinking such a powerful potion. I really enjoyed her character this time around and she added so much depth to the story.
My least favourite character in Royal Tour has to be Kirsty! I still don’t like her, I think she is fundamentally a selfish person, and so unlikable. Every time she said anything or did anything I would cringe. She made the book a less enjoyable experience. It was tough, and I just think she should get another job!
I would definitely recommend Royal Tour to those who want a fun and go lucky series! The characters are well developed and the world rich in detail. I really enjoy reading these books!
Do you like light and fluffy reads? What are some of your favourites? Let me know in the comments!
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