Why I read it
I was enticed by the fact it was a mystery ARC, and I wanted to see if I could figure out who it was by writing style alone!
What I rated it
What it’s about
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.
I have read and reviewed a lot of books in my lifetime. I have loved and hated a lot of books in my lifetime, but very rarely do I love a book so much that I feel the need to IMMEDIATELY reach out to the author on Facebook and tell them how much I loved the book. Never, not once, have I read a mystery ARC and loved it so much I reached out to the authors without knowing who they really are! Paper Princess was so amazing that I immediately, before my Kindle even hit the table, logged on to Facebook to tell Erin Watt how much I loved the book!
The book is full of angsty, brooding bad boys you just want to hug and tell them that everything will be OK, rich kids with too much time on their hands, teenage rebels, back-stabbing popular girls, and over the top drama. I LOVED IT!
I really loved all of the Royal boys. Although they appear to the world as calm, cool and collected; real leaders, you can sense the pain beneath the surface. Each boy is struggling and coping with the loss of their mother in their own way. Although not the oldest, Reed is definitely the ringleader and calls the shots. The other boys tend to follow what Reed sends down by Royal Decree. (Clever, right?)
Ella Harper just tugged at my heart strings. She had suffered so much, and has so little; but deep down, only wants to survive. She wants to be loved and accepted, but doesn’t trust easily. When Ella joins the ranks of the Royals, she is not welcomed with open arms. The setting is mostly in high school between two teenagers fighting their attraction to each other. There are so many over the top drama scenes that I was just hooked from page one!
I felt like this was more than a book; I honestly felt like it was a TV teenage melodrama unfolding between the pages, and like all good episodes of one of these dramas, this book ends on a cliffy. I normally shy away from all things cliffy, but I loved it, and it has me panting for the next book!
Not knowing who the authors were, or even the title of the book when I read this book added to the mystery. Jen and Elle have done a great job creating this new world for us, and I am definitely already trying to line up to get my hands on the next book in the series!