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Her Royal Highness
Royals Series, Book 2
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Regal romance abounds in this flirty, laugh-out-loud companion novel to Royals, by New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins. Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best...
Regal romance abounds in this flirty, laugh-out-loud companion novel to Royals, by New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins. Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best...
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  • Regal romance abounds in this flirty, laugh-out-loud companion novel to Royals, by New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins.
    Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. Heartbroken and ready for a change of pace, Millie decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.
    Soon, Millie is accepted into one of the world's most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Here, the country is dreamy and green; the school is covered in ivy, and the students think her American-ness is adorable.
    The only problem: Mille's roommate Flora is a total princess.
    She's also an actual princess. Of Scotland.
    At first, the girls can't stand each other, but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, but Millie knows the chances of happily-ever-afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn't a fairy tale . . . or is it?
    New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings the feels and the laughs to her latest romance.
 

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  • From the book Chapter 7:

    To say that it’s surreal to find myself in Scotland only a week after packing my bags with Lee does not even come close to describing how weird I feel as I lean forward from the back seat of a Land Rover and watch Scot-land—the place I’ve spent the past year obsessing over, unfurl in front of me.
     
    Since flying from Houston to London, I’ve been on a train to Edinburgh, and after that, to Inverness. There, I was picked up by a Land Rover driven by a bearded guy who introduced himself as “Mr. McGregor, groundskeeper.” He looks about a hundred years old, but I am so exhausted that he could drive like he was in Scotland’s version of The Fast and the Furious, and I’d be fine with it. So long as I’m getting closer to Gregorstoun, I’m good.
     
    There are three other kids in the car with me, two girls and a boy, and all three seem younger than me. They’ve stayed close together, murmuring in low voices. I saw them on the train from Edinburgh, huddled together.
     
    That was a weird experience, riding the train up, watching the land change from the suburban houses outside the city to the fields, and then stony hills as we got farther north. I was so unsure of what to do that I stayed frozen in my seat the whole time, not even going to look for the bathroom.
     
    All three of them keep shooting me looks, and finally, as the Land Rover crests a hill, I turn back to face all of them with a bright smile.
     
    “So where do you think the sorting hat will put you?” I ask, then lift my hand, twisting two fingers together. “Come onnnn, Ravenclaw!” I say, and all three of them blink.
     
    Mr. McGregor chuckles. Or maybe he’s choking, hard to say. “You’re American,” one of the girls says. She’s truly little, with ashy blond hair and giant blue eyes. I can just make out the top of a plastic horse sticking out from one of the pockets on her leather satchel.
     
    “I am,” I say. “My name’s Millie.”
     
    The girl blinks at me before offering, “Elisabeth. Lissie, really. And this is Em”—she gestures to the dark-haired girl beside her—“and Olly.”
     
    “Elisabeth, Em, Olly,” I repeat, nodding at each of them. They all smile politely, and okay, sure, they’re all like twelve, but maybe this is a good sign of the kind of people I’ll meet at Gregorstoun. Maybe they won’t all be Scary Rich People, but just . . . awkward kids.
     
    Rich Awkward Kids, but kids all the same.
     
    In any case, the road is leveling out now, and the school is suddenly rising up before us, just like the website only . . . real.
     
    In front of me.
     
    The pictures really didn’t do it justice. It’s all cream-colored stone against the green, rising up four stories, a long gravel drive in front, windows blinking in the sun.
     
    “Oh, wow,” I breathe, and Mr. McGregor looks over at me, a twinkle in his eyes if I’m not mistaken.
     
    “Aye,” he agrees. “She’s a sight.” Then he sighs, brows drawing together. “Used to be my family’s home, ya ken, but now I just work here, shuttlin’ you lot about.”
     
    I’m not really sure what to say to that, so I just sort of hum in agreement and turn my attention back to the school.
     
    There are a bunch of students milling around on the lawn, some in uniform, some not....

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  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2019
    A Texas teen enrolls in a Scottish boarding school in this fresh spin on the commoner/royal romance.Keen geologist Amelia "Millie" Quint is spending her senior year in the Scottish Highlands, at the prestigious Gregorstoun school. It's a dream come true (hello, local rock samples) until Millie's roommate arrives. The gorgeous and glamorous Princess Flora of Scotland is rude and condescending, and the two girls can barely co-exist. Flora repeatedly tries to get kicked out of school, and Millie often finds herself dragged along for the ride. During the annual wilderness challenge, Flora sends their camping gear downriver in another scheme to get sent home. During the resulting trudge through the woods, the girls each admit to an attraction to girls (Millie is bi and Flora is gay), and they reach a turning point, starting to fall for each other. Can Millie hack it as a princess's girlfriend? What will Flora's mother, Queen Clara, say? Millie narrates in the present tense with funny, smart, and sarcastic observations of the posh people around her. The short chapters are interspersed with chatty gossip articles about events as they unfold, and character relationships come across clearly in dialogue that is at turns witty, awkward, and romantic. Millie's new friend Lady Sakshi is biracial Indian/white, while everyone else is white.Light and sweet. (Romance. 13-17)

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  • School Library Journal

    July 12, 2019

    Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old Millie has dreamed of spending her senior year in Scotland at the renowned boarding school Gregourstoun. For the first time, girls will be allowed to attend the school, and Millie is hoping for a scholarship. Leaving her hometown of Houston is that much more attractive after she has a falling-out with her close friend Jude. Determined to make the most of her academic experience, Millie plans to spend her year studying and exploring the geology of Scotland. However, her roommate turns out to be the Princess of Scotland, Flora Baird. Suddenly, Millie's social life takes a dramatic turn as she becomes an unwilling participant in Flora's attempts to get herself expelled from the boarding school and sent back to Edinburgh. Despite Flora's poor treatment of Millie, the two form a friendship that eventually develops into a romance. Their relationship not only faces the typical challenges of insecurity and miscommunication, but direct meddling from the Queen of Scotland as she attempts to control Flora's public image. Unlike in the first book, Royals, the characters here are not fully developed. Readers will need to rely on Flora's backstory from the prior companion novel to fully appreciate the story. The pacing is a bit slow at the beginning but picks up as Flora and Millie's relationship progresses. VERDICT This will likely not be chosen by readers as a stand-alone novel. Purchase where the companion novel was popular.-Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    April 15, 2019
    Grades 9-12 Millie Quint is a self-described nerd with a massive lifelong crush on her best friend, Jude. After the girls spend a summer fooling around, Jude goes back to her boyfriend, leaving Millie heartbroken. The only answer, of course, is to leave for boarding school in the Scottish Highlands, escaping Texas?and Jude?for a year. Gregorstoun, the school where Millie has a full ride, also educates ladies and lords of royal breeding, including the crown prince and princess of Scotland?the very princess who is now Millie's roommate. Though they get off on the wrong foot, Millie quickly finds herself head over heels for Princess Flora and is delighted to find that Flora feels the same. Dating royalty isn't easy, though, and Millie might regret her situation by semester's end. Short interstitials from fictional gossip magazines add some background to characters and events as the novel progresses. The pace is slow to start, but with this modern fairy tale, Hawkins takes a fun new deviation from her Hex Hall and Rebel Belle series.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

  • DOGO Books belle252 - This is such a good book and its about an ordinary girl that meets the princess of Scotland. Millie is an average girl living in Texas who's dream is to go to school in Scotland and her dream finally comes true. When she gets there she realizes the princess is her roommate, she immediately hates her and thinks she is stuck up and brat. But as she spends more time with her she realizes that princess Flora is actually a really nice person and very sweet. Read this book to go with Millie on her journey to understanding royals.

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