Book Review: House of Judges (House of Royals Book 4) by Keary Taylor

Alivia toyed with the King, and now she's paying the price. She's been thrown into a cell to await her trial and punishments, but most of her House believes she betrayed them, her other friends can't stand the person she's become, and one of her only allies was dragged away screaming after he tried to defend her. A castle full of vampires wants justice for what they believe she did, but King Cyrus wants revenge, and his torment of her has only just begun.

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Title: House of Judges
Book Number: Book 4 of TBA
Pages: 181
My Rating: 4 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon


*I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I knew better than to start this book in the evening when I had to get up early the next morning, but did I listen to my common sense? Of course not. And then I ended up going to sleep at a ridiculous hour because the books in this series are simply un-put-down-able.

And one of the things that makes them so gripping is all the negative emotion. That probably sounds weird, to say that I like negative emotion, but there’s often all this angst and heartbreak and shame and bitterness, and I just eat it all up. None of the books have had quite as much emotion for me as Book 2, but this one still had enough. And Alivia’s relationships were just as complicated as ever, something I’ve loved throughout the series.

One of the best things about this book in particular though was that I finally felt like I was delivered what I was promised in regards to King Cyrus. The last book disappointed me because Cyrus didn’t live up to his reputation. Yeah, he murdered some vampires, but it was all fairly normal as far as crazy vampire kings go, I suppose. This time though, he was well and truly a brutal, psychologically manipulative psychopath. He was unpredictable and had some things up his sleeve that I was not expecting. But it never crossed the line into “evil just for the sake of evil.” It made sense that he was nearly insane after the immortal life he’s had, his actions fit with his character, and he did have a reason for singling out Alivia. And I find it interesting how, in the end, *POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT* he actually ended up helping Alivia because he was the one who managed to get through to her and make her realize how much had changed for the worse and how she had hurt everyone around her. *END SPOILER ALERT*

As for Alivia and her love interest whose name I won’t mention because it’s a spoiler for previous books, they both finally became people I could like again. Alivia disappointed me in the last book with her questionable morals, and he disappointed me in Book 2 with how he reacted to the whole situation and treated Alivia, so I was really happy to see them both realizing their mistakes and starting to redeem themselves, especially Alivia since I LOVED her in the first two books.

And of course all the side and background characters were three-dimensional, as usual. Alivia’s vampires weren’t in the story a whole lot, but Keary Taylor still managed to throw in some sweet moments between them, portray the strength of their relationships, and further flesh out their characters even with the little screen time they did have.

So overall, the villain was unpredictable and finally lived up to my expectations, the character development made me happy, and this was another intense book in the series that I couldn’t put down!


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  1. Lola

    Oh I have the first book in this series! I really have to try and read it soon as it sounds like a good series. And I noticed they changed the cover art for the covers, I almost didn’t recognize this as part of the series as the cover style was so different and then I noticed on goodreads the others have a new cover as well.
    It can be fun to read about books with negative emotions sometimes, especially when the angst and such is well done and not just for the sake of drama, but it actually makes sense. Not sure if I would enjoy the “brutal, psychologically manipulative psychopath” actions of the King, but we’ll see what I think of this series when i finally try the first book.
    I am glad to hear Alivia and her love interest became likeable characters again, especially after they disappointed you in one of the previous books. Great review!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, I remember that you have this one! And she did change the covers very recently. They look nicer now, I think, with just one person on each and with a different color for each.

      I mean, I always like negative emotions in books lol, but the emotions in this series tend to be mostly about the relationships and then somewhat about Alivia losing herself, that sort of thing, so it’s not the depressing kind of emotion, if that makes sense. I actually liked the King’s stuff though in the sense that it made things interesting and unpredictable and added to the emotion. It wasn’t graphic, if that makes you feel any better, since it was mostly psychological. He doesn’t show up until the third book though. But yeah, I’m also happy about the characters starting to redeem themselves. I’ll be looking forward to the next book! I believe it’s the last, so if you think you might want to binge read, you’ll be able to soon lol.

    1. Kristen Burns

      It’s such a good series! It’s not the usual kind of vampires that I read about since this series is rather PG lol, but I love Keary’s books for their characters and emotion 🙂