ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Paper Princess’ (The Royals Series – Book #1) by Erin Watt.
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Title: PAPER PRINCESS
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals Series
Publishing date: April 4th, 2016
(Review based on an advanced readers copy)
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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.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ after reading ‘PAPER PRINCESS’ by Erin Watt:
“Paper Princess” is a dynamic novel filled with drama, sexy characters, and emotional highs and lows. This novel is the first of “The Royals Series” by author Erin Watt. Paper Princess walks the thin line between being a mature Young Adult and New Adult novel due to it’s intense dialogue, actions from the characters and the emotional roller-coaster ride their lives go on. This is also a Contemporary Romance story with some interesting turmoil between The Royals’ family members, the people in their lives, and their newest addition: Ella. Paper Princess is written solely from one main character’s P.O.V.(point of view), Ella.
Ella Harper has never known the royal treatment of anything in life since she grew up with a mother struggling with personal-dark-issues and never had much money. After tragedy hits her life, Ella chooses to pick up the pieces on her own. She makes choices to survive, no matter the possible consequences of those choices. When it seems she’s destined to follow in her mother’s foot-steps in some aspects of her life, someone surprisingly enters into her life.
Unbeknownst to Ella, a rich man named Callum Royal comes forward claiming to be her guardian and offers a mind-blowing deal. Soon after, Ella is introduced to a whole new lifestyle of the privileged, stuck-up, and the deceptive. Callum introduces Ella to his five sons who instantly seem to dislike her from the start while giving her a hard time as she struggles to adapt to this new change in her life. She learns a huge part of her history and where she comes from.
There is one brother in the Royal family in particular who seems to really take the lead in causing Ella so many problems in her new life. His name is Reed Royal. He’s dangerously attractive, intimidating, sexy as sin, and seems to run the school they attend. As Ella moves in, she quickly realizes that her rich peers love their high school drama. Unfortunately, she seems to be the main focus in most of the latest drama and rumors going around.
“Paper Princess” has many emotional twists and turns that will entertain you, piss you off, make you feel happy butterflies in your tummy, and may even break your heart. The characters were all awesome in their own ways. The main female character Ella is a strong-willed, street smart, savvy young lady and her imperfections just make her more real, relate-able, and likable. Reed and the other Royal brothers are protective of their family and its reputation. Despite that, they are fun to read about because of the wide-range in their personalities.
So, will Ella be able to adapt to her new lifestyle after having such a different social upbringing or will she be scared-away from this new life? Will the Royal brothers ever accept Ella into their world? And why is Reed the hardest on Ella? What will Ella learn about her past? This was a riveting, enticing, and all-together an enthralling read. I definitely recommend this for readers who enjoy a story that has some major drama, touches on some deep topics, and delves into the beginning of what looks to be a wild new series! Please Note: This touches on an attempted sexual-assault. Also, even though it does end on a cliffhanger, you should check this one out, it’s worth the read! The wait for the follow-up will not be long at all. I’m excited to get my hands on the second installment “Broken Prince” coming out very soon! 🙂
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘PAPER PRINCESS’ 4 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘PAPER PRINCESS’:
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★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘PAPER PRINCESS’★★★
Ella’s thoughts: A chill runs through me. He’s the one to worry about. He’s the one I need to watch out for. And he’s the only one who tilts his head toward me in a calculated slant. As our gazes lock, my heart beats a little bit faster. Out of fear. Maybe under different circumstances, my heart would be pounding for another reason. Because he’s gorgeous. They all are.
Ella and Reed: “All I want to do is make it to college.”
“And take a chunk of Royal money with you?”
“Maybe with a few Royal hearts in my pocket, too,” I say sweetly.
“You’re playing a dangerous game,” he rasps out.
“I don’t know any other way to play it.”
That bit of truth stuns him and I slip away.
Ella and Easton: “Kiss me like you mean it,”I tell him.
His eyes darken and his tongue pokes out to run across his lower lip and it’s sexy as hell.
My gaze flicks over to Reed, who hasn’t stopped glowering. “Kiss me,”I repeat.
He lowers his head and whispers, “It doesn’t matter that you’re pretending I’m Reed. I’m pretending you’re someone else, too.”
Ella’s thoughts: The apple is dangling in front of me, juicy red and delicious, but, like the fairy tale, Reed Royal is the villain disguised as a pretty prince. Taking a bite out of him would be a huge mistake.
Reed and Ella: “I’m mad at myself. I did this. Well, Easton and I. I brought this on you. I’m Reed the Destroyer.” He sounds sad. “Didn’t you know that?”
“I don’t like that name.”
“Yeah, and what would you call me instead?”
I open my mouth and say, “Mine.”
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