Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

Royal Bastards

Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castl...

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ISBN:1484767659
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages

Royal Bastards Reviews

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    May 30, 2017

    It's sassy, bloody, and full of love/hate friendships which obviously instigate the bestest level of sass. I'm just really thoroughly entertained and impressed! And more than a little peeved that there seems to be no sequel? MORE PLS.

    You've basically snabbled my attention when you introduce me to two siblings sitting on a wall and making fun of nobility. And tha

    It's sassy, bloody, and full of love/hate friendships which obviously instigate the bestest level of sass. I'm just really thoroughly entertained and impressed! And more than a little peeved that there seems to be no sequel? MORE PLS.

    You've basically snabbled my attention when you introduce me to two siblings sitting on a wall and making fun of nobility. And that's just a prelude to how witty and engaging the dialogue and banter are. Look, I live for bantery books. I would share my cake with this book and that's saying something because I don't share.

    Usually if you whispered "Oi, Cait, this book will end up with a group of five teens on the run" I would quitley throw mayonnaise at you and scrabble away, because large casts are hard to handle interestingly. Here? NOT SO. I absolutely adored everyone! They all had personalities and backstories, complexities and fears and venerabilities. And we're not introduced to them all in a heap, so that was helpful.

    Tilla is the narrator and she is, quite frankly, badass. But at the same time she's a general awkward teen who'll be training with a knife, actually succeed in a badass move, and then pause to congratulate herself. I LOVE HER. Then we have

    ,

    who's Tilla's half-brother and also a bastard, so they share the same lowborn mum, but Tilla's dad is a lord and Jax's was a nobody. Ergo he is nobody. But ergo his and Tilla's bro/sis relationship is THE BOMB. The make fun of each other and are

    for each other.

    who everyone basically underestimates. And

    is from the warrior clans and total Closed Off And Emotionless™ but secretly a big squish. And lastly

    is the POC wizard princess who is all "LET'S GROW PRETTY PLANS AND NUTURE THE WORLD" but can also slay you epically.

    I like magic.

    Because wrong-place-wrong-time stuff goes down and the bastards must escape.

    I think I got stabbed in the feels. I say "think" bECAUSE I'M STILL IN SHOCK. WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME.

    Fair warning: It's modern! So like we have an epic fantasy setting, but their speech is

    modern and Tilla literally says "woah that was badass" and stuff like that. But it was

    modern, so it didn't feel jarring. This was just the style. AND I FRIKKIN' LOVED IT.

    But, dude, I read like 200+ books a year so odds are I'm just an over-read little granny smith apple and this might not be a problem for a lot of people.

    But it's

    so much...because Tilla is crushing on Zell and he is being part of the Stonehedge and not letting her see he has emotions. BUT THEY AHVE A THING. YOU CAN SEE IT. Meanwhile Miles is in the background being a weed with a crush on Tilla. So it's like an unrequited triangle? Least to say I didn't find it

    until the end where

    Aka = walking. They have to escape and take the princess back to her people, and like...it

    keep everything fast moving and interesting. But yet, also #overit. SO THIS IS ANOTHER THING THAT'S

    and honestly might not bother a lot of people!

    I mean, Tilla literally shows up for a feast, despite hating all the dumb nobles, just because she's not missing out on a good feed. IS SHE NOT SUPER RELATABLE?? I don't generally connect to protagonists, but Tilla = badass conglomeration of awesome. And Jax is my darling sass bucket child. And I loved all the explosions, the stabbing, and the slightly heartbreaking backstories. <3

    Especially if you want to read fantasy, but get scared off by the usual stiff style. This is bantery and easy to devour. And I said it was good so seriously why are you still here and not eating it yourself.

    ** QUOTES **

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Feb 10, 2016

    Finally, a release date that was actually moved up! June 6 --> May 30

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    Another improved/redesigned cover! So happy =D

    Now if only I had more time for readings

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    Reading the synopsis for the first time and I'm just like, "Wait, the protagonist is a girl? Why did I think it a guy?"

    To be honest, I do wish the main protagonist was a male. I feel like there aren't many YA books that I read with male protagonists. It'd be a nice change. Or well, guess this way is tried and true.

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    Not sure how

    Finally, a release date that was actually moved up! June 6 --> May 30

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    Another improved/redesigned cover! So happy =D

    Now if only I had more time for readings

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    Reading the synopsis for the first time and I'm just like, "Wait, the protagonist is a girl? Why did I think it a guy?"

    To be honest, I do wish the main protagonist was a male. I feel like there aren't many YA books that I read with male protagonists. It'd be a nice change. Or well, guess this way is tried and true.

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    Not sure how I feel about this cover, but I will wait until it's finalized to make any judgments, that being said I need this book to come out faster!

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    When the books on my TBR list keep changing titles I keep forgetting why I added them to my list, and thus must read the synopsis again. Then, I get all eager and anxious all over again. It is torture I tell you, torture.

  • Dahlia
    Jan 07, 2017

    Good LORD did I love this. I'm totally a fan of Chosen Girl Fantasy and all, but this was a really nice break, more in the "friend group" vein of

    , which I adore. The at-times anachronistic language totally worked to crack me up, and I really loved the gender balance of roles here - in the heroes, villains, and bastards. Adventure, romance, high stakes, a great premise, and a delightful and varied cast all combine to ensure this is gonna be one of my favorite Fantasy YAs of the year.

  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    Oct 12, 2016

    To whoever wrote this book's "synopsis":

    /səˈnäpsəs/

    → a

    summary or general survey of something.

    Do take note.

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Jan 02, 2017

    This book was an adventure and I can't remember the last time I've had this much fun coming along for the ride. The style of writing was interesting; i started out wondering if this was actually a Middle Grade book, and as the story progressed pulled a huge "NOPE- definitely YA". The only comparison I can think of is how the Harry Potter books progressed; they start out very light and youthful in feel but gradually grow darker and heavier? That was totally this book. The author did an excellent

    This book was an adventure and I can't remember the last time I've had this much fun coming along for the ride. The style of writing was interesting; i started out wondering if this was actually a Middle Grade book, and as the story progressed pulled a huge "NOPE- definitely YA". The only comparison I can think of is how the Harry Potter books progressed; they start out very light and youthful in feel but gradually grow darker and heavier? That was totally this book. The author did an excellent job of connecting me to the characters and keeping my attention with equal parts action and background/fantasy world development. My only complaint was I wish the book had been slightly longer! I felt with an extra 50-75 pages it would have given the same quality of character development as some of the other hugely hyped YA fantasy books popular today. Overall, this was a classic Disney story and was 100% entertaining with somewhat mythical creatures and loads of magic. Definitely put this on your radar.

    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley.

  • Joshua Gabriel (Forever Bookish Josh)
    May 18, 2017

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    I buddy read this book with the charming bookish king,

    , and the empowered fangirls,

    and

    .

    .

    Exactly 18 hours ago, my heart broke. Please send help because I haven't gotten over that painful yet beautiful plot twist. I really did not expect to be emotionally invested in this book. I'll do my best to convey my thoughts without sulking, bursting into tears or giving any spoilers.

    .

    I buddy read this book with the charming bookish king,

    , and the empowered fangirls,

    and

    .

    .

    Exactly 18 hours ago, my heart broke. Please send help because I haven't gotten over that painful yet beautiful plot twist. I really did not expect to be emotionally invested in this book. I'll do my best to convey my thoughts without sulking, bursting into tears or giving any spoilers. :p

    follows five teenagers who are caught in the middle of a civil war. Tilla, Jax, Miles, and Zell are bastards, while Lyriana is the daughter of the ruling King. Falsely accused for the murder of the King's brother, the group goes on a breathtaking journey full of action, adventure, and even romance. This book is marketed as a mashup of

    and

    . I haven't read both series, but you might want to check out

    in light of that blurb alone.

    I loved this book because I found it to be simultaneously plot-driven and character-driven. It featured an intriguing and relatable cast of protagonists who were shoved into such thrilling situations. I lost count of the times they nearly lost their lives! The perfect pacing of the plot more than compensated for the inadequate world building.

    Among the protagonists, Tilla and Jax were my absolute favorites. They were half siblings who belonged to different walks of life, but they were as close as heck. I was particularly fond of this aspect of the story since I myself am close to my siblings. In fact, I liked it even more than the romantic relationship between two certain characters. ;) Literary romance is quite overrated for me at this point, so I would rather be entertained by brotherly or platonic love.

    Lyriana was my other favorite. She seemed to be a typical dim-witted princess at the beginning of the book, and I was very pleased when she proved me wrong. I specifically admired her insightful thoughts on chastity, which is a rare character trait in YA. I should've remembered that readers should never judge characters by their socio-economic status. xD

    The antagonists (I refuse to disclose their names) were fascinating in their own twisted way. Their reasons for anarchy were actually legitimate. Honestly, I sympathized with their desire to free their province from the clutches of the Kingdom. However, the things they did to achieve their goal were unquestionably unethical.

    Many fantasy novels nowadays have been criticized for their lack of diversity. If you're one of those haters of such "politically incorrect" literature, you'll probably find

    as a breath of fresh air. Zell and Princess Lyriana are people of color, and one of the male side characters is said to "prefer the company of men". xD

    I cannot finish my review without shining a light on the book's unforgettable plot twists. One of them made me cry, as you already know. I've read many emotional books that made me teary-eyed, but

    was the first one that actually made the tears flow. My throat was so heavy last night when I tried to bottle up my emotions in front of my brother, who understandably laughed at me. Looking back, I had a hunch that something bad would happen. Still, I didn't assume that it would be

    evocative. GAH! I AM SO TEMPTED TO SPOIL EVERYONE JUST SO I CAN SHARE THE PAIN!

    In the end, it must be clear that I genuinely enjoyed

    . I'm not sure when I'll finally get over it. Probably not for a week or two. The beauty of this book nearly gave me a reading slump, so please tread carefully. To the author, Andrew Shvarts, thank you for creating such an outstanding debut novel. :D

    P.S. I managed to schedule a written interview with Andrew, so stay tuned! :)

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    May 11, 2017

    This was pretty fun, but also seemed like a

    of other YA fantasy books at the same time.

    The main character had a really modern tone, which actually made me laugh out loud in parts. I don't really know what to say about this that isn't a spoiler, though... the story mostly sets up the main characters and then flips everything at 20% so they're all on the run for most of the book. There's magic, castles, assassinations, plots, politics, and a kingdom with a complex history... so basically, a t

    This was pretty fun, but also seemed like a

    of other YA fantasy books at the same time.

    The main character had a really modern tone, which actually made me laugh out loud in parts. I don't really know what to say about this that isn't a spoiler, though... the story mostly sets up the main characters and then flips everything at 20% so they're all on the run for most of the book. There's magic, castles, assassinations, plots, politics, and a kingdom with a complex history... so basically, a typical fantasy world that works.

    The story definitely felt more like a middle grade novel than YA at times. But the writing is fine. The characters are fun. The worldbuilding is decent. So I don't really have anything

    it, but also wasn't terribly into it.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Solomon ~ The Bookish King
    May 22, 2017

    i havent laughed that much during a book in a LOONG time

    agh, it was so so good!

    rtc.

    (also, this was the worst buddy read to ever happen)

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