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Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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Official Blurb:

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. 

 

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Review:

I’m going to be frank, I didn’t even buy Paper Princess… not on purpose anyway. The result of this purchase was because my one-year-old managed to get ahold of my kindle while I was cleaning up. He bought this book and one other (that I returned instantly as a mistaken purchase). But… since I head heard of this one, I decided to give it a go. After all, it was already on my kindle for me. Now I had heard mixed reviews complaining of sexual content and themes of cheating and all that and it had turned me off of the novel for quite some time.

I have never been so happy for an accidental purchase! I really enjoyed Paper Princess and (after immediately purchasing the sequel, Broken Prince, I loved it too). Ella is a good character. She’d been through hell and back… and back again but she wasn’t jaded and still held on to optimism and hope which felt not only authentic to who she was throughout the book but also unique. In a sea of novels about jaded teenagers who don’t believe in love and keep their hearts closed to the world, Ella was refreshing!

The boys.
I’ll start with Callum, the patriarch of the Royal family. I liked him, I truly did, but he seemed out of touch (which he is supposed to be) except that it struck me as a little odd to hunt a girl down like he did and then take a step back.
Easton’s next. (I don’t have much to say about the eldest son, Gideon, or the youngest twins. They were good, but didn’t play large roles in this story which is fine.) I LOVE Easton. He’s crude and gross and totally vulgar. But he doesn’t hide who he is or pretend and even if he’s all those things, he’s also sweet. He’s caring and loving and fiercely protective.
Finally… Reed. Pretty much a jackass if I’m being totally honest. But really, he’s just clueless. They sort of all are but Reed seems to think he knows everything and what’s best and he’s clueless. It’s pretty easy to tell that he’s also protective of those he loves, and even if he does awful things sometimes it was clear to me that he wasn’t an awful person. Just a person hurting and making mistakes because of that deep hurt inside him.

Now… I’ll be honest, there’s some sort of graphic sexual stuff in this book. At first it made me feel kind of icky because Ella is just 17. This is a high school novel and it seemed wrong to have that kind of sexual content. But then I was thinking… Yeah, it does but it’s been described as “the Cruel Intentions” of this generation. A TEEN movie that featured just graphic sexual themes and grossness. In fact, lots of movies meant fo a high school audience feature the same things… and TV shows for that matter. I wouldn’t necessarily give it to a 13 year old to read, but really it’s not any worse than most teens watch in movies and tv.

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