Review: Paper Princess

Author: Erin Watts

Rating: 4/5

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. 


I am not sure how to categorize this book. Going by the ages of the characters, this should technically be a Young Adult book, but it somehow doesn’t read like a Young Adult book. There is a lot more sex in this book than the average YA, and also I don’t know if everyone feels like this or if it’s just me, but I keep picturing the characters as older than their actual ages.

I did not really expect to like this book. This is really different from most of the books I read, and I expected it to be a rather cheesy romance. However, it was quite the opposite, a captivating read that  finished in one day.

I thought Ella was a great protagonist. She was a really strong character, who had a lot of crap thrown at her and she faces everything strongly. Though she is intimidated by the boys, she does not cower before them, and she is not afraid to take on those who are mean to them. She is also witty, and it was great to read from her POV.

I was not a big fan of Reed Royal. Sure, he is hotter than the sun. I totally get Ella lusting over him, but I (I’m sorry if you disagree with this), but  don’t really want them to end up together. I can understand, he has issues, but that doesn’t give him a right to be an asshole. Not only was he mean to Ella for apparently no reason, but he was also slut-shaming her throughout the first half of the book. There was a chance I might have bought into the whole angst-ridden bad boy thing, if Ella was not shown to be such a gritty character who had faced so much. Throughout the book I felt like yelling at him and telling him  to look at Ella who had been through so much, and yet he was acting like a douche despite being born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Having said that, he’s still damn hot.

The book gave a peek into the life of a fabulously wealthy family,and I found it interesting and different from anything i had read before. The high school setting was quite different from most high school settings in books I’ve read. About the side characters, I liked reading about Easton. His part was quite humorous and fun to read. I dd not think much of Callum.

I was really afraid it would have a typical cheesy ending, but to my surprise, it ended in a cliffhanger. And I WANT ANSWERS.

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