Paper Princess

Paper Princess is the first book in Erin Watt’s The Royals series. I found this book in the Young Adult department in my local bookstore, although I would recommend this book for New Adult readers too. I have to say, I don’t make as much time to read lately as I would like to. But this book, it had me reading all 364 pages in one day. A book that I would certainly recommend, certainly if you are looking for a story that is nothing like a typical YA book.

“Somewhere along the line, I started thinking that if I just got through this bad experience, this bad day, that tomorrow I’d have something better, brighter, newer.
I still believe that. I still believe that there’s something good out there for me. I just have to keep going until my time comes.”

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.  – goodreads.com

Like I wrote before, I really liked reading this book. It had me glued to the pages. It is like that one series on tv, the one you know that isn’t a great one because of all the drama, but you keep watching it anyway. A guilty pleasure. We all need books or tv shows like that once in a while. This book did have plot twists I definitely did not see coming. I really liked the characters, which is kinda weird to say because all the characters in this story are ‘broken’, like I said, a lot of drama. But the authors did a really great job of bringing them to life. Even when their emotions were all over the place and I did not understand their actions, for some reason I did understand them. I know that doesn’t make sense, but I think to understand you just have to read this book.

“You should know whatever game you’re playing, you can’t win. Not against all of us. If you leave now, you won’t be hurt. If you stay, we’ll break you so bad that you’ll be crawling away.”

And then there was the even bigger OMG moment. The ending. OMG. Why? Why? Why? I did not see that one coming. I was just thinking the characters were kinda getting their lives together, hoping for a better future. And then the ending happened. I have to know what happens next. I can’t wait to read what the authors have in store for Ella and the Royals next…

4.5 out of 5 stars

 

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