Paper Princess. Erin Watt. New Adult/Contemporary/Romance. 370 pages. 2016. 4 stars.
“You may have lost your family, but you’re not alone anymore, Ella. You’re a Royal now.”
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 never expected to like this series because from the reviews I’ve seen it falls into that category of YA that’s full of rich people drama. Hell, I didn’t know I would be so. addicted. to it.
The story of this book is messed up, I’m not even going to deny it. This story is about a rich family with an alcoholic and absent father (Callum Royal), a dead wife, left with five sons, and is now moving on with a younger girlfriend (whom, by the way, his sons hate). The sons are their own different trainwrecks–they’re obsessed with sex, alcohol, gambling, violence, etc. Enter now our protagonist, Ella, who’s taken under the guardianship of Callum Royal and is forced to live under his roof with his five sons, we can already tell nothing good is going to come out of it.
The sons hate Ella, naturally. I expected that. What I didn’t expect was how much they hated her. They treated her with so much malice, got the entire school to mistreat her as well, and that’s just the beginning of her problems.
As the plot goes on, the situation slightly improves and I found myself enjoying some parts! Ella is a headstrong character and I liked reading from her point of view. She knows what she wants and she was raised not to give up at the slightest inconvenience. In the world of the upper class, she’s going to need it.
The secrets that spilled int his book should have made me ditch this book entirely, but because this series is so addicting, I couldn’t put it down. They were malicious and twisted secrets kept within the family and from the family; anyone who’s sane should have been repulsed by it. I’m starting to question my own sanity by sticking around, but I love drama so much I can’t stay away!
The book ended with a cliffhanger and I started reading the second book, Broken Prince, immediately and I’m seriously hoping that these issues will be addressed and dealt with. All I wanted was a cute romance; I got way more than that.