Series: The Royals #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: April 4th, 2016
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: Broken Prince
Also by this author: Broken Prince
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
“You may have lost your family, but you’re not alone anymore, Ella. You’re a Royal now.”
I’m not a big fan of the New Adult genre for many reasons. It is because of the following: angst for the sake of angst, AKA unnecessary drama, having to constantly suspend reality, and characters with the emotional maturity of a tree. Does Paper Princess fall into those oh-no! traps for me? Yup. Did I enjoy it anyway? Yup. Let me explain.
But I’m only seventeen. Sometimes that feels too young to have lived the life I have.
I read this back before it released and just recently to reacquaint myself before Broken Prince arcs went out and my feelings still remain. This is an ultimate guilty pleasure book. Part of me was slightly embarrassed to have enjoyed this so, and I say that with the utmost respect for these author(s) and fans of this story. I just have a hard time with New Adult. There are a few I like but it’s really hard to find one now-a-days that hasn’t been a repeat of something I’ve read before. While there are elements of this that I am not a fan of, it was still so different. The romance between Ella and Reed is kind of bizarre, or dare I say non existent and solely rooted in lust, it still manages to catch me off guard as I find myself rooting for them to succeed.
“These Royals will ruin you.”
I was recently talking to my friend while she was reading this for the first time and we both agreed that this evoked feelings that we had for other series, like Bully by Penelope Douglas. I even felt that Sempre by J.M. Darhower is another good comparison of a book that I can relate feelings and thoughts with this one. Both of them are kind of angsty and deal with teens that are going through extremely adult situations, in which you kind of need to suspend reality with. Like, Ella stripping at age 17 or the Royals basically doing whatever the eff they want without any real repercussions. Paper Princess is different and for someone that is so blase about books in this genre, that says a lot. I’m not sure if it’s the writing or just a perfect storm of all the elements of the story, but the start of this series is unputdownable.