Spin-off Saturdays: On Saturdays, I will review a series that is a spin-off series. It is recommended that you read the original series first in order to get the most out of the spin-off series. Here is this week’s offering:
The Shifter Royals Trilogy is a spin-off of the Vampire Royals Series
Series: Shifter Royals, Vampire Royals
This is a spinoff of the Vampire Royals Series.
Author: Leigh Walker
# of Books: 3 (Full Reading Order Here)
Book Order: Chronological
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: January 2020 – March 2020
Source & Format: KoboPlus—eBook
WARNING: If you have not finished the original series, this review may have spoilers!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t really remember much of Tamara from the first three books of the Vampire Royals Series. I can’t remember if I liked her or not but I was intrigued by her when she makes a cameo in Books #4 & #5 of the series. Rhys on the other hand has a pretty big role in those same books and one that doesn’t start in the most positive light either. So I was really interested to see what would happen when these two were matched together!
How Does It Compare To The Original?
–Return of the Dating Competition–
I love this paranormal Bachelor dating show aspect that these books have. I think it’s a lot of fun to read about. It was something I really missed in the previous two books of the Vampire Royals Series that take place just before this trilogy. So its return was welcomed to say the least. But I also think it was a little more well done here as well. Perhaps the fewer girls competing for Rhys heart helped to really establish his connection with Tamara (plus it helped they met before the competition as well).
–Stronger World Politics–
When we weren’t focused on the dating show, we got to delve into the world of politics. Rhys is the new king of a new kingdom and not everyone is a fan of that. So I liked the suspense that came along with that. I thought this series did a great job balancing the back and forth between the dating show and the drama outside of it. All the books just had a great flow to it.
Anything I Didn’t Like?
–“Snogging” and Wine–
Honestly, this is just being nit-picky but I thought it was weird that they would use the term “snogging” but no other terms that were really British. I also thought there was a lot of wine usage to get through difficult social situations…which just seemed odd in a book that was very toned down in terms of sexual content and language.
Series Rating: 4/5
The Realm 4/5 | The Uprising 4/5 | The Crown 4/5
I would say that I enjoyed this series a lot more than its original predecessor! I loved the balance between the politics of the world and the reality dating competition and it was simply a fun series to get lost in for a few days!
Read if You Like: vampires and/or werewolves, love dating competitions
Avoid if You: want more action, want erotica
- The Selection by Kiera Cass (The Selection Series #1)
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (Twilight Saga #1)
- The Vampire Heir by Juliana Haygert (Rite of the Vampire #1)
Synopsis for The Realm (from Goodreads):
He wants to make me his queen. The problem? I’m an heiress. And he’s…a beast.
I mean he is really a beast, a werewolf to be precise. I’m the first to admit that I’m born to be royalty, but this wasn’t exactly how I’d pictured it!
Rhys is about to be crowned king of the Realm, and he wants me to rule by his side. He said if I refuse, he’ll have the prince “gift” me to him. The nerve! One thing the new king needs to learn? I don’t take orders—not from him, not from anyone. But when Rhys makes it a contest and invites other women to audition to be his bride, he gets my ire up. I don’t know if I’m meant to marry a werewolf, but I do know that I was born to win. I’ll show that beast what I’m made of—I’ll make him sit, beg and heel. So may the best woman win.
And since I’m already certain that’s me, I’m all for it… Let the games begin!
*This is a brand-new series that is part of the Vampire Royals world. You do not need to read Vampire Royals in order to read this book.