Hi book friends! Do you enjoy books that you pick up and JUST. CAN’T. PUT. DOWN? Because that’s what Paper Princess (and the entire Royals series, for that matter) is. Despite some of the more critical reviews out there, I absolutely loved this book and devoured the next two immediately afterward. But, without further ado, let’s get to my thoughts on this exciting series from Erin Watt!
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First thoughts for Paper Princess?
Oh my gosh, I can already tell this is a series that I am going to devour! This book was entirely UNPUTDOWNABLE! This book has everything you want from a book right away on page one – angst, love, a kick-butt main character (not some sad little damsel in distress), and oh wow cliffhangers!
The only other thing I’ll say right away is the world of the rich and famous … wow, what a world!
PAPER PRINCESS by Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
Narrated by: Angela Goethals
Published: April 3, 2016 by Timeout LLC
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Length: 286 pages | 9 hrs 28 mins
Format Read: Kindle & Audiobook
Buy It: Amazon – Kindle | Audiobook
Add it on Goodreads
Reviewed by: Megan
Challenges: 2021 Literary Escapes Reading Challenge – North Carolina
⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5 stars)
Heat Level: 🔥🔥
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
Ella is a seventeen-year-old orphan who finds out suddenly that she’s the new ward of the uber rich best friend of her deceased father. He tells her that she’s coming home to live with him and his five sons and promises to pay her $10,000 each month for living under his roof, in order to satisfy his friend’s last wishes. She will go to high school, get her diploma, and after that she’ll attend college. All while banking enough money to set her up for a very long time. He throws her over his shoulder and essentially kidnaps her … though I’m not sure how bad this is when she was stripping just to survive. But from then on, drama ensues!
Reed and Ella … oh so INTENSE!
The Royal brothers make no bones about DESPISING Ella when she comes into their home. And I loved the intense attraction between Ella and Reed, even though they try to avoid it like crazy.
The book cover says “These Royals will ruin you” … oh my gosh, do they ever! I flew through Paper Princess, devouring the pages and the story crafted within. If you’re looking for a book that has super-likeable characters, you’re probably not going to like this one … in the beginning. As the book continued, I warmed up to the Royal brothers. But if you want a story that will suck you in and not release until it’s done, you’ll get exactly that! Even though I knew this was the first in a series, what a serious cliffhanger! I read the last page and ended the book on a gasp.
The Astor Park Prep kids … EVIL!
While I absolutely adored Val (Ella’s
best only friend), the rest of the rich kids at Astor Park Prep are just evil. Case in point: Val’s cousin, Jordan Carrington. What an EVIL BIOTCH!! As these books progress, she gets worse and worse. Apparently this is what happens when you have entitled teenagers with too much time on their hands.
Almost didn’t like it …
The semi-stepbrother trope has never been one that’s appealed to me. It took me awhile to warm up to Reed and Ella as a romance, though I eventually did.
Callum Royal isn’t really her dad or step-dad – he’s just the guardian Steve O’Halloran (her deceased, absent father) appointed to take care of her. So, despite the “sis” and “bro” teasing from a couple of the Royal brothers, they’re not family.
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A little blip about the narration …
While I mostly read the Kindle version of Paper Princess, I did utilize the Audible narration a bit. I found myself so sucked into the story that I used the narration, done by Angela Goethals, to listen on my way to work. Angela did a good job of bringing this book to life, making Ella and Reed distinct. I would definitely listen to her again.