REVIEW: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

paper-princessAuthor: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Rating: 4/5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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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 is the first book from The Royals series by author Erin Watt (that’s Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick, by the way). This first book is the story of Ella Harper: a young hardworking girl who’s about to have a journey she’s never ever dreamed of. She’s gone through much in life at a very young age and now, she’s stepping into the gates of wealth and trickery. Is she ready for it?

Okay, so I’ll be honest. When I found out that Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick are doing a collaboration for a YA book, I wasn’t very excited. Please don’t get me wrong. Both these authors are my favorites. If you’ve been living under the rock, these two write hot sports romance novels! What’s not to love, right? However, I feel like I’m too old for YA. I’m ten years too old for it, actually. Still, I gave the book a try. Why? Duh, Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy together—why not?

It’s labeled YA, but man oh man, it’s not YA in nature. The scenario is in high school, yes, but the things that the characters do and say were more like NA for me. The cover may give you those YA fairy tale-ish feels, but it’s not like that. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing—it’s actually good because it’s starting to be interesting.

While reading, Ella and the Royals have reminded me of some of the movies and TV series that I’ve watched. The book’s like Cruel Intentions and Boys Over Flowers crossover, with Mean Girls on the side.

I may be a part of the minority here, but I just want to keep this review as honest as possible.

So, what did I like about it? First, it’s labeled YA because they’re in high school, but the story’s not YA at all. It may be like a Cinderella story, but I like the maturity of it. The tension between the characters will definitely keep the readers very interested. It also felt good to be time traveling to high school.

Second, the characters are uniquely made. You’ll love them and despise some of them but most of the time, love wins. They’re filled with secrets that will just make you want to get to know them better. And don’t get me started with how sexy it is, okay? EXTREMELY. Maybe the sexiness is not as direct as the ones you read on NA books, but the lines are scorching enough to bring heat in the right places. And c’mon, it’s not Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick if it’s not scorching hawwwwt, right?

Here goes the other side of the review. High school’s about partying, drinking and dancing, yes? However, the redundancy of those scenes turned me off a bit. I felt like it could’ve been shorter and more interesting if they have limited the partying and all that stuff.

Anyway, it’s high school. Now I’m feeling like an old git for being annoyed by young people’s choice of entertainment. LOL! And it’s a cliffy. The good thing though, is you won’t have to wait very long because Royals #2 comes out in July!

All in all, I have enjoyed the book and its characters and I’m still going to read Royals #2 (Broken Prince)! Bring it on, Royals!

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