Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt
Published April 4, 2016 by Timeout LLC
Genres NA, Romance
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.
Not going to lie, I almost DNF this book at about 50 pages, however I kept reading because I very rarely DNF a book. And I am so happy I kept reading! People either seem to love this series or they hate it. I really enjoyed it once I got about 100 pages into this book. In the beginning, all the Royals were so rude that it was hard to really get into the story. And I wasn’t sure how I felt about Ella’s character at first, but I really came to love her. Although she has obviously had a rough life, she has this attitude that tomorrow will be better and if it isn’t, that somewhere in her future it will be. If you take anything from reading this book, that right there is something all of us can benefit from. I also really like the fact that she has a strong work ethic. Even though Callum buys her everything she needs and give her money, she still takes a part time job before and after school.
This book is indeed filled with a lot of mean, rich kids and honestly when I was reading it, it reminded me of reading/watching Gossip Girl, because of how entitled and out of control a lot of the characters are. We follow along as Ella tries to blend into her new private prep school and tries to figure out why all the Royal brothers seem to hate her. We also learn more about the Royal family background. Although of course love Ella and Reed, I really do love all of the Royals, but Easton especially. The things he says were always so funny or sarcastic. The story moves along at a fairly steady pace and ends in a way that will make you want to immediately start reading the second book. I do understand why some people didn’t like this book and there are a few things I also agree with, but don’t want to post about because it would include some spoilers. I do agree that this book should not be categorized as YA, although I found the sex in this book to be very well done, there is also a lot of talk about sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. I most certainly categorize it as New Adult. However, if you are a fan of the genre, I highly encourage you to read this book and the rest of the series!