It has been a while since I posted anything but I just had to share about my latest read, mostly because it was so amazing I think everyone should read it but also because I am having the most epic of book hangovers and feel like I need to talk to someone, anyone about it before I can even consider starting something else.
The book is Paper Princess by Erin Watt, Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick and when I first heard about it and decided to purchase it from Amazon it was partly because it was cheap (I think around $4.99) and partly because I had seen a couple posts about it on different book Instagram accounts I follow and figured if that many people are reading it than it can’t be that horrible.
For those who haven’t heard of it here’s the 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.”
Immediately I think it’s another teen angsty, I don’t fit in but I do fit in story, so I didn’t have high hopes for it to go beyond the cliché rags to riches plot. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find while yes at it’s very core it is a little cliché and predictable, it is also so addicting and new.
I instantly feel in love with Ella from the first page. She’s tough and resilient and doesn’t let her hard life or crappy circumstances keep her down. Even when she is offered this supposedly amazing opportunity she doesn’t just jump right in but questions everything and makes sure that this is something perfect and fitting for her because as she says “My life is mine.”
Reed is definitely the stereotypical bad boy with a good heart. You can practically feel the heat coming from every interaction between him and Ella and even though you know where it is going to eventually end up (this is a teen-ish novel after all so there has to be a love story/interest in there somewhere) the journey is so amazingly funny and heartbreaking.
Their banter is fabulous and I love that no matter what Ella doesn’t back down. These guys, and the girls at her school are complete buttheads, but she never let’s it get to her. She is comfortable with who she is and doesn’t let other people’s thoughts or opinions bring her down.
I will point out that this book does get a little racy, especially towards the end. So if you aren’t comfortable with sexual scenes or descriptions this is probably not the book for you. It was a little shocking just how sexual some of the moments got but at the same time I was so happy for them. Here is a book that shows a girl/woman can be sexual. They have wants, desires, needs and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It even delves into the issues of consent just a smidge without being preachy or making it seem like something out of the ordinary. It’s just a natural part of being with someone, which is what it should be.
There is also a major cliffhanger ending so be prepared to ache for the second novel (which is released in July *happy dance*). I won’t give anything away, but I will say that I started this novel after dinner and ended up staying up till 1 AM until I had read every word, then I spent the next two hours agonizing over the ending and needing to know what happens. So be prepared to become completed absorbed and addicted.