Her Royal Highness

Her Royal Highness

Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.Millie can't believe her luck when she's accepted into one of the world's...

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Her Royal Highness Reviews

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was SO CUTE and I am SO GAY.

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓

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    I devoured this book on audio in basically a day and oh my god, friends. There is a very specific emotion that us sapphic girls feel when presented with good sapphic content in fiction, and depending on our tastes in terms of tropes and genres, different sapphic books will hit us differently. The feeling I got from this book was one of pure joy from getting a royal romance, usually reserved for a girl falling in love with a prince, starring two

    🌈

    I devoured this book on audio in basically a day and oh my god, friends. There is a very specific emotion that us sapphic girls feel when presented with good sapphic content in fiction, and depending on our tastes in terms of tropes and genres, different sapphic books will hit us differently. The feeling I got from this book was one of pure joy from getting a royal romance, usually reserved for a girl falling in love with a prince, starring two girls.

    I loved Millie, the protagonist, right away. She's smart and she wants to be a geologist!!! She wants to go to a school in Scotland and part of the reason why she loves Scotland is because of its cool geology. Not to be so

    , but give me any girl protagonist who's a scientist or wants to be one and I'll immediately be ten times more invested in her story. Also, her interest wasn't just mentioned once in passing, it's actually pretty much present throughout the book and she has her own collection of minerals and rocks (I do too!! okay, technically my mom does, but that's not the point) and UGH I love her so much okay!! I have no actual idea how accurate some of the things she said were. Since I was on audiobook I didn't feel like pausing every time and google or ask my mom if the geology stuff was correct BUT whatever I appreciate the sentiment in any case (and if you're a geologist don't @ me I'm just here for a fun gay time). Okay now I made it sound like this is way more about geology than it actually is, but no, it's just I feel very strongly about geology so pardon me.

    After a brief introduction to Millie's family and friends back home, she gets to Scotland and we get that Hogwarts-y feeling of arriving to a place you know very little about (despite all the research Millie has done) and having to navigate through a new school and new people, most of which are filthy rich or straight up aristocrats. Among which is HRH Flora and, surprise surprise, Millie's roommate.

    Their relationship can only be described as hate to love, as it often is when the couple starts off as roommates. Only after weeks of forced vicinity Millie's perception of Flora starts to change, and I think although we don't get Flora's POV, the same could be said for her. I don't want to wander too much into headcanons, but I believe that Flora started to view Millie under a new light after Millie's coming out, and I found that such a realistic experience for sapphic people.

    Speaking of coming outs, they were two, in two separate moments (Millie's, which we know about since the very first page, but she comes out to her new friends in the school - she's bi, and Flora's, who is gay), and they both warmed my heart so much because of how they were handled. There's also a "wait, you're straight???" moment for one of the side characters that had me laughing for hours (okay, not literally but I have to laugh whenever I remember it). (No, don't worry, there was no queerbait.)

    While I wouldn't call this book super diverse as a whole, it does deliver on casual queerness and on people never making a big deal out of it. I really appreciated both aspects and how much a non-issue it all was, I really felt like it was a book written

    queer people instead of just

    them, you know? ♥

    Back to the romance, I loved Millie and Flora's relationship. You can't help but hate Flora in the beginning but by the end you're almost as in love with her as Millie is (okay, not sure that's possible actually). They got such cute and cliché romantic moments and they were TO DIE for. Twentybiteen is giving us such sapphic goodness!!!!

    Anyway it's been a while since a full-on gush review and I usually don't really review audiobooks because those are the books I read purely for fun without reviewing in mind, but I couldn't not talk about this. I went into it only for a good sapphic time and it never ever disappointed me.

    I do want to say that if you're expecting this to be completely realistic you should maybe change your mindset a little before you start reading. Yes, we all know there is no queen of Scotland and therefore no princess of Scotland. Maybe the blurb should make it more clear that it's a fictional/alternate Scotland, but that's hardly the first book series that does something like this. Of course, that's easy for me to say because I've never been and I have no ties to Scotland, but I understand not liking the idea of changing things for the sake of the book. You do you and while it never bothered me I wanted to mention this aspect.

    Another brief note for those who want to read this but haven't read the first book in the series yet, go for it! I haven't read book one either and as you can see I loved this book. It follows different characters and we do get to see the protagonists from the first installment (one of which is Flora's older brother), but the book pretty much explains everything and we're not left wondering who these people are. And if you've read book one and want to see them again, well read this book!

    In conclusion, I don't think this book is perfect, and if it hadn't been f/f maybe I wouldn't have liked it so much, but as you can see I loved it so much and I had such a good time reading it. I 100% recommend it to everyone!

    mentions of loss of a parent in the past, mention of casual homophobia ("it's just a phase"), several instances of "more than friends"(not challenged), sort of cheating (

    the main couple)

  • Riley

    this was so cute i am dead

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    you hetero bitches have been getting "I'm falling in love with a man whoops turns out he's a prince" stories for YEARS and finally, finally us sapphics got ours.

    . I was pretty much just expecting an easy, fluffy, sweet read about girls in love and THAT IS WHAT I GOT. I loved the boarding school setting and the set-up of the relati

    you hetero bitches have been getting "I'm falling in love with a man whoops turns out he's a prince" stories for YEARS and finally, finally us sapphics got ours.

    . I was pretty much just expecting an easy, fluffy, sweet read about girls in love and THAT IS WHAT I GOT. I loved the boarding school setting and the set-up of the relationship between Flora and Millie. Essentially, they're assigned the same dorm room but instantly don't get along very well.

    I can definitely see the criticisms for this book - the writing is probably not my favourite and the end of the book happens in a rush. I didn't mind where it went, but they definitely jumped from "getting together" to "desperately in love" way to quick.

    That said, I don't really care because I had such a fun time reading this. I essentially only came here for the enemies-to-friends-to-lovers and there is A LOT of build up and tension in this book so it was great. I also really loved the side characters. But most of all, I loved Flora and Millie together. Their banter was sweet and they complimented eachother well.

    For a quick and fluffy read I'd recommend, and if you liked Red, White & Royal Blue you should read it.

  • Lola

    Another royal romance!

    This is the companion novel to Royals (or Prince Charming) but it can safely be read as a standalone. Daisy, her sister and boyfriend make only a short appearance and you will not feel lost at any point. But you can certainly get lost in the interesting and unusual romance between Peasant Millie and Princess Flora, I’ll allow it.

    This story combines some of my top favourite things in books: boarding schools, princesses and enemies-to-lovers relationships. Millie and Flora d

    Another royal romance!

    This is the companion novel to Royals (or Prince Charming) but it can safely be read as a standalone. Daisy, her sister and boyfriend make only a short appearance and you will not feel lost at any point. But you can certainly get lost in the interesting and unusual romance between Peasant Millie and Princess Flora, I’ll allow it.

    This story combines some of my top favourite things in books: boarding schools, princesses and enemies-to-lovers relationships. Millie and Flora do not get off on the right foot and it takes them time to connect, neither of them knowing how to behave around the other. Besides, Flora wants to go home and Millie was ecstatic to be getting a scholarship so she’s not going anywhere. It seems like they couldn’t be more different.

    But opposites attract. And I don’t think it’s possible not to have something in common with another person, any person. Sure you may not be soul mates but there must be one thing you can agree on or share together. Millie finds that in Flora and Flora, while cold and distant in the beginning, starts to remove some of the brick walls surrounding her heart as she gets to know her roommate. Did I not mention they’re rooming together? Oh yeah, baby.

    Have fun reading this. I sure did.

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  • Chaima ✨ شيماء

    I really thought I didn’t like contemporary romance but turns out I was just bored of reading about straight people pulling the same shit over and over again and I’m definitely here for the concept of “

  • chan ☆

    yeah too lazy to think of a clever tagline but this was cute! i adored the setting and the overall ~mood~ of this book. i felt like i was in scotland and for that, this book gets 3 stars. but there were a few things that bugged me.

    - the audiobook narrator's deep south accent for a houstonian (sorry bro we don't sound like that)

    - the beginning of the book

    - the mc's motivations

    idk, my biggest issue was that the things i was supposed to deeply care about, and the things that MC shou

    yeah too lazy to think of a clever tagline but this was cute! i adored the setting and the overall ~mood~ of this book. i felt like i was in scotland and for that, this book gets 3 stars. but there were a few things that bugged me.

    - the audiobook narrator's deep south accent for a houstonian (sorry bro we don't sound like that)

    - the beginning of the book

    - the mc's motivations

    idk, my biggest issue was that the things i was supposed to deeply care about, and the things that MC should have cared about just... weren't there? like she wants to go to scotland because she watched Brave as a kid. and i guess as a teenager that is as good a reason as any, but as an adult it was hard to understand "oh yeah that makes sense" or why millie's dad was like "oh you like Brave? def go to a scottish boarding school."

    and the romantic relationship had the makings of something special. there was lots of lead up and enemies to lovers goodness. but ultimately it kind of fell flat at the end. there needs to be a transition from hate to love and i think it happened a LITTLE too quickly for my liking.

    that being said, i did enjoy this book. it was a fun easy listen. and it's always refreshing to see FF romances in YA. i do recommend it.

  • may ➹

    It’s all fun and gaymes until you realize you could have have rewritten approximately a third of the book, and it would have ended up 5x better, despite not even being a half-decent writer.

    The issue with this book is that the

    . I honestly would have rated it higher if the pacing hadn’t been so weird and janky, because it’s a fluffy book that you could simply have a lot of fun reading. But my slight enjoyment of the book couldn’t compete with the fact that there’s pretty m

    It’s all fun and gaymes until you realize you could have have rewritten approximately a third of the book, and it would have ended up 5x better, despite not even being a half-decent writer.

    The issue with this book is that the

    . I honestly would have rated it higher if the pacing hadn’t been so weird and janky, because it’s a fluffy book that you could simply have a lot of fun reading. But my slight enjoyment of the book couldn’t compete with the fact that there’s pretty much zero development of the relationship after the characters get together, and the ending was abrupt, unsatisfying, and felt unfinished, and the book jumps from one thing to another with seemingly no buildup or growth.

    I think this was meant to be a very light and fluffy book purely for enjoyment, and it mostly was. Millie and Flora were definitely cute together, and it was

    . I was never really bored with the book, only frustrated that it was inadequately written, and I liked the characters and banter. (Though it was annoying that some side characters were so relevant at certain times, and then didn’t even seem to exist at others.) The writing was also really easy to read, which I especially appreciated since I was slumping, and there were some scenes I thought were super cute. Overall, however,

    and didn’t really care when something major happened, most likely because of the insufficient buildup to said events.

    Truly,

    , and it had so much more potential beyond what it was actually able to achieve. If you’re looking for a quick fun f/f book to read, this might be the one for you. But it’s more likely that your enjoyment will be hindered by its lack of development and poor writing overall.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    i really would like to pretend i added this for normal people reasons but no, i totally added it because it was gay. gay princesses ftw

  • Natasha

    i'm sad to dnf this but i really really don't like the writing rip

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