At long last, I am reviewing something outside of my usual genre. For so long I had been stuck in a vampire, werewolf and supernatural kick that it is kind of refreshing to step outside of it. Outside of it, in this case, is a happy place that is an amazing series that I am so glad that I read.
One thing that I loved about this series is that it is one that works as a palate refresher after I have been binge reading a billion other things at the same time. I am genuinely glad that I have let The Royals into my collection.
GR (Book 1, Paper Princess):
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.
My Review: (Spoiler Free)
My choice of poison for the romance genre generally rarely ever includes a modern-day story without any paranormal elements mixed in with it (as Urban Fantasy is more my vibe). However, I saw the Paper Princess book on sale a month or so ago during a GoodReads promotion and figured, why not? Actually, I didn’t even read the description – and was not really paying attention – and assumed it was one of the Paper Magician series; a series I had planned on reading eventually. In any case, I figured out pretty quickly that it was not the book I expected, but happy surprise.
At first I was reminded of Japanese drama Atashinchi no Danshi and brought back some memories of my Asian drama days, which I loved. Ella as a character is well thought out enough, and is portrayed as attractive, but refreshingly does not fall into the realm of being Mary Sue-ish or having every male in the series falling madly in love with her. I enjoyed the fact that after the Paper Princess ended, we actually got to start seeing things from Reed’s perspective as well in Broken Prince and Twisted Palace.
Basically this trilogy follows the story of Ella, a poor 17 year old who works as a stripper (and other random jobs) to support herself after her mother passes away from cancer. She moves around a lot while going to school, because she enjoys academics and plans on trying to go to college to get a stable career since her entire life she had been poor, and also to hide from officials who might find out that she is a minor without a guardian.
One day she is approached by Callum, who informs her that her father – his best friend and business partner – had only recently found out about her existence when her mother tried contacting him on her death-bed. Unfortunately her father also just died in an accident, leaving only Callum with the wishes that he take care of his daughter. Ella isn’t happy about the situation, because she just wants to be left alone, but Callum leaves her no choice but to become his ward and move into his home with himself and his five sons.
Paper Princess follows Ella’s story through these events while introducing us to the other main characters in the series. Honestly, before Broken Prince I really didn’t enjoy Reed’s character very much because he did not appear to be more than a two-dimensional male protagonist. As the first book is from Ella’s perspective you see Reed as the very attractive, but douchebag bad-boy who loves to do nothing more than taunt Ella while the two fight an attraction towards each other. However, once the story started delving more into the characters themselves Reed, Easton, Callum and even Brooke and Dinha become interesting characters on their own merit. Ironic because Brooke and Dinha are surrounded by plot twists that you do not expect and you love to hate them based on principle.
Honestly I was not even expecting any type of smut in this book either, and voila – there was another happy surprise as well. The romance/smut in this series is hot hot hot too, and is not outside of the realm of the plot as is some of the more graphic literature. Outside of the romance and smut, there’s also mystery, drama and intrigue woven in these pages. Overall, this series is jaw-droppingly amazing and I am super glad that I accidentally purchased Book 1.
I’ve spend the last couple of years trying to destroy everything around me. Who knew success would taste so bitter.
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