Book Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Title: Paper Princess (The Royals #1)
Author: Erin Watt @ElleKennedy @JenSFred
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars

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. 

Michelle's Review

What happens when you get two authors that are going  by one name and you’ve have read from before, you request a copy of what these two are writing that’s what you do.  And who is Erin Watt you may be asking? Well I will tell you, it’s Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick.  Paper Princess is in the Young Adult genre, so if that is not your thing, then you can definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves this genre.  Me, I like reading almost anything, plus I read from both of these authors and wanted a different read, so I dived in immediately.

17-year-old Ella Harper is just trying to make on her own and finish up her last two years of high school.  After losing her mother to cancer, she did not want to go into the foster care system, so in order to stay alive, she works several jobs, including stripping.  She is not ashamed of what she does, hell that is what her mother did before she died.  Until Callum Royal shows up at her school claiming that he is her new “legal guardian”.  The only thing Ella has ever known about her dad was that his name was Steve, he was in the military, and knocked her mother up, oh and she has his watch.  To say she was a little cynical with this guy showing up at her school and claiming that her now dead dad left Callum to be her guardian is putting it mildly.  Until Callum shows up yet again at her place of business, and convinces her that he could give her a better life that she has ever dreamed of, again, Ella is not buying the gravy this man is selling.

Upon arriving at Callum’s house, or rather mansion, Ella is met with 4 out of 5 angry boys Reed (the second oldest), Easton, the twins Sawyer and Sebastian.  Talk about a rude welcoming is putting it mildly.  Ella meets the oldest, Gideon the next day.

“You should know whatever game you’re playing, you can’t win. Not against all of us.If you leave now, you won’t be hurt. If you stay, we’ll break you so bad that you’ll be crawling away.”

Thanks dude!  Ella can hold her own with these little fuckers, she will not be bullied, especially from the likes of Reed.  And although she is taken aback with Reed’s rudeness and cruel words, Elle can’t help but be very attracted him and his bosiness.  Ella does make one friend Valerie, the other girls were over-the-top bitches.  Callum’s girlfriend, Brooke is a hot mess, don’t know how I feel about her.

Ella is trying to survive in the Royal household.  She gets a job because hey, she’s not even sure she wants to stay.  Lots of sexual chemistry between her and Reed, holy hell.  Ella finally earns the respect she deserves from the mini Royals.  Then boom, the authors give me a cliffhanger and what a cliffy.

I was hooked from the very beginning of the book.  This book was Mean Girls, Cruel Intentions, 90210, and Gossip Girls all rolled into one.  Ella went from poor girl to rich girl in an instant, but I loved how she’s still humble and so strong.  There so many secrets involving the Royal boys that you will get a little dizzy, but in a good way.  I can understand how the boys may feel about Ella, but they were little douche bags.  I really wanted to nut punch them.  June cannot get here quick enough because I need to know more about these Royal boys and their little mind games.  If you’re looking for a Young Adult book, here it is, but there are two other books.  Is it June yet?

– Michelle

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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