Paper Princess by Erin WattPublished: 4 April 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Paperback, personal copy
Summary: 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.
With the amount of positive and raving reviews on Goodreads, I knew I had to get this book. Firstly, I read this book in two days; which doesn't happen very often. But it's not because I was loving it. It was because I just wanted the book to start. For something to happen.
There are so many characters in this book that I feel like our lead Ella never really got to develop a relationship with any of them. Including Reed. They went from hating each other to almost boning each other and I never even understood where the chemistry came from!
Another reviewer on goodreads stated that Paper Princess reminded her of Boys Over Flowers--one of my least favorite Korean dramas ever. And I can totally see that. This book frustrated me for those same reasons that Boys Over Flowers did. Reed is an ass, they're all asses and yet we're supposed to like him. We're supposed to feel for him.
With all of the frustrating parts of this book, there were some things that I did like about the book. Callum, he's a confused, lost man who just wants what is best for his sons and Ella. Valerie, as little as we got with her, I liked her spunk and positivity. Gideon, yet another character we never get to see in this book, but he seemed to be the only brother who wasn't a complete ass hole and female degrading douche! (Seriously, the amount of degrading and disgusting things said in this book.) And even though Ella annoyed the hell out of me a lot, I liked that she never apologized for the life she had to live, the things she had to do to get by in life. It's what she knew and that's all she cared about. Even though she did some seriously questionable things I was always rooting for her.
I plan on reading the next two books in the series to find out what happens next because this one is quite a cliffhanger! I'll just be getting them from the library and won't be purchasing the books.
Erin Watt can write some sexy scenes, and this felt more like a NA book than YA, so I hope she delves more into that drama and leaves the ass hole boys out of them!! Jen Frederick, Elle Kennedy, Erin Watt... whoever she is. I should probably read more from her. Recommend one!
Have you read Paper Princess? Am I the only one who thinks this!? Let me know!