Series: The Royals #1
Published by Self-Published on April 4th, 2016
Genres: New Adult
Source: Author, Publisher
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.
While I enjoyed PAPER PRINCESS, I didn’t love it. I know, I know. How could I not? Well, honestly I don’t really know what exactly happened because it has all the makings I usually love in a book. But it just sort of fell flat. I read this book as an eARC before it released. I recently reread it just to see if I still had the same feelings, and I did…kind of. I ended up liking it a little, really just a smidge, more than the first. I’m rambling so I’m going to get to the actual review now.
The majority of the plot of PAPER PRINCESS is quite crazy. There’s a shit ton of drama, and things get intense. And that amount of drama isn’t my usual cup of tea, but I couldn’t stop reading because it was really addictive. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the story unfolding on the pages. It was like watching a soap opera, literally. SO MUCH DRAMA. This is the type of book that would make a good Lifetime movie.
The first half of the book was really good, then we got to the end and it just became sort of cheesy. And I was shaking my head at myself and wondering why I was still reading, but the drama kept dragging me in.
I liked the beginning, but I didn’t really like the end. PAPER PRINCESS is filled to the brim with angst, drama, and overused NA tropes. All of the drama sucked me in and kept me on the edge of my seat. It was like watching a soap opera. It was pretty entertaining. The writing was okay. I didn’t really like or connect to any of the characters. I think the series will get better with each book as things are fleshed out more. This was an addictive book and I will read the following books because I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Overall, it wasn’t a favorite but I did enjoy the heck out of it.
Complaints: I disliked everyone, and that ending sucked.
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