Paper Princess (The Royals #1)
by Erin Watt
Published April 4th 2016
Link to Goodreads
New Adult Contemporary
Read on: 16 June 2016
My rating: ★★★★
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Paper Princess was recommended to me by the lovely Pearl @ bibliopearl.
I completely devoured this book in one sitting. This book was fast and filled with so much teenage angst.
The story started with Ella Harper who is a badass-headstrong 17 year old teenager. Her mother passed away and she knew nothing of her father, making her work for her own and living as a stripper. She was struggling, but surviving. Until one day, a man named Callum Royal shows up in her principal’s office, claiming to be her new guardian. Like his last name, Callum is a very rich man with five sons who has their own thoughts and opinions about Ella. Then her life goes from then on…
The setting of the school made me think of Asian Telenovelas! My friend brought this one up and dang she wasn’t wrong! This book reminded me of Boys Over Flowers which ran in 2009. It was the high school-academy type where a group of young men ran the whole school. In short, here, the Royals run the school where Ella found herself transferring to.
Oh, did I mention that the five Royals are absolutely haaawt? Sawyer, Sebastian, Easton, Reed, and Gideon. Except for Gideon, the other four boys gave Ella an unwelcoming vibe from the very start. They didn’t care one bit about her. They were complete asses.
One Royal in particular, Reed, who leads the other three is difficult to explain. He’s so stubborn. Swoony, but stubborn. He always looks at Ella as if she was on to something terrible. Truth is, Reed’s just protective of his brothers and his family name.
This story had a bit of a slow burning romance between Ella and Reed, who found themselves undeniably attracted to each other, despite hating one another. The character development and the development of these two together was just well made and the way the flow of the story was written was rather nice and swift.
The thing with the Royals is as you get to know them, you’ll find out that there’s so much more to learn about them. There’s so many things that we’ve yet to find out. They’re much more than being spoiled/rich brats who have notorious reputations as playboys.
My favorite character here is Easton, the middle child because there’s so many things about him that I would like to know. I hope he does get his own story!
Most people would mistake this book as a young adult novel, but it’s new adult! Although the MC’s are in high schools, there’s some serious shenanigans going on. Sexy, banter-filled, i-need-a-cold-shower types of shenanigans.
Well written, quick, and entertaining. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a good new adult read! If you haven’t picked this one up… what are you waiting for?! Get it!!
PS—– Can I just say how stressed I am with the terrible cliffhanger?! Like why do authors do this? Can days fly by faster, please? Can it be July now, please? I need Broken Prince ASAP!