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Princess Ballot

(Royals of Arbon Academy #1)

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You have been chosen.

Those four words change Violet Spencer’s whole life, when against staggering odds, she's selected in the "princess ballot."

Arbon Academy is affectionately known as the school for Royals. Only the rich, powerful, or heir to a throne gain entry ... except for the one scholarship student accepted every five years. It's a worldwide lottery, and one that
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Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published December 26th 2019
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NA = MC 18-25 years-old, gore, sex, language blood
YA= 12- 17 (ew) PG 13, lameness.
Many authors write cool NA and then advertise as YA cuz some people are kinda uncool and say I don't want to read mature stuff and BAM SUPRISE SURPRISE! there's explicit content but by now I'm hooked! Kinda like a court of mist and fury that it's the coolest book ever, with gore, f-bombs, action, aND STEAMY things, so so cool.
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Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
A Note to Fans of This Book

Sometimes, certain of my reviews seem to bring an author's more rabid fans out of the woodwork. If you're one of those people, and you feel the burning urge to comment and tell me how I'm just not bright enough to understand this masterpiece of literature like you do, bear in mind the following points:

1. I'm allowed to leave a negative review, and give details why. You're allowed to leave a positive review, and give details why.

2. How about, instead of attacking m
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❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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PRINCESS-BALLOT

'PRINCESS BALLOT' is the first full length romance novel co-written by Jaymin Eve & Tate James 'Royals of Arbon Academy' series.

Not everyone is lucky enough to become one of the chosen ones, it happens every five years, so poor orphaned eighteen year old Violet Rose Spencer couldn't believe her luck when she was informed that she'd been chosen to attend Arbon Academy for the next four years on a free scholarship where over fifteen million others hadn't been so lucky, it was one of the m
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Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Last year, I read some great books by Jaymin Eve and Tate James, so when I heard about their newest collaboration, I put it on my tbr asap. That being said, Princess Ballot has hot heroes, a badass heroine, and a cool premise, so I would've likely jumped on it regardless of who wrote it. An awesome author duo being involved was just the icing on the cake!

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Violet Rose Spencer, an orphan with dreams of a better future, gets the shock of a lifetime when she finds out she was selected to receive
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*I Liked Rafe*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

I was very uncertain on whenever I should read this book or not. Why, you ask? Well, it has a love triangle. Yet, why did I even start reading it? Well, people has it tagged as a revers harem, yet the authors say it's not a RH or traditional love triangle story... so I was confused as to what will happen so I decided to give it a go. That said, I immediately disliked Alex, he seemed both weak and shady. But I liked Rafe, Jordan and Nolan. Specially Rafe. I do love a
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Vaishali
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading dark legacy from these authors I just have one question.... WHEN IS IT COMING????
ABookLover73
FIVE GREAT (I mean MIND BLOWING) STARS for Violet and Rafe (yes, I'm still hoping that he will be her Prince Charming 😅) 💖💖💖!!!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is the first book that I've read and it had written by Jaymin Eve and Tate James.

I thought that it will be one more dark college romance, but it wasn't and because of that, I loved it more.

It's a dystopian dark college romance book in which action is placed in time after the fictional Monarch War where the world was divided into monarchies.

"Princess Ballot" is
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Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku
5ish stars

I saw this book trending on Amazon and I found the summary pretty interesting and to my surprised it lived up to the summary.

Warning: this book isn’t a RH. I’m not too fond of RH books and so this worked out for me. It’s a slightly love-triangle book, more like one guy is into her and another one is kind of mean (but you want her to explore the mean guy because come on we all love the mean guy right?).

I liked that this book is set in a dystopian society, but the society is mega rich. S
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Al *the semi serial series skipper*
A book slightly more enjoyable than all the crap I've been reading lately. You get 3 stars. ...more
Tate James
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As one of the authors, I think we did a great job! **high five**

Seriously, though, I accidentally added this to my "reading" shelf and it wouldn't let me escape without putting a review. Help. Technology is hard!
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Jypsy
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Wildfire Marketing and the authors for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Princess Ballot
By: Jaymin Eve & Tate James

*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Princess Ballot is a dark college romance about a lucky(or maybe not) girl, Violet Rose. As an orphan, Violet doesn't expect much from life. One fateful day, however, Violet is informed that she, among millions, has been chosen for a full scholarship, a privilege afforded to almost no one, to attend the esp
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Amy
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!

The Princess Ballot is the first book in the Royals of Arbon Academy Series and follows the story of Violet Spencer. Violet Spencer’s life is turned upside down when she discovers that she has won the Princess Ballot. You see, Violet is a ward of the state and has a tough life. When she turned 18, she couldn’t wait to be out on her own and make some better luck for herself. So, when she finds out that she’s won the Princess Ballot, Violet thinks her luck is beginning to change….Only sh
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Alaina
OMG, I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY I DOVE INTO THIS!

Shout out to Andy for telling me to read it! Ugh, it was so good and now I need the next book! Thanks a lot.

First off, Princess Ballot how dare you end on that damn cliffhanger? UGH! Again, thanks Andy. Second, I loved Rafe way more than freaking Alex. Seriously... who wouldn't? I mean, after first meeting Alex I figured there was something fishy going on. Then there's Rafe, who may seem hard on the outside but is so sweet. I love the sexual tension b
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Kath ❅
I can understand why people like this book but for me, it fell a bit short.

What I liked
- I appreciated that Violet called out some of the rich-person bullshit that was going on in this school. I don't really know how you teach socioeconomic in a way that shows rich people as the good guys but I'm glad she thought it was all stupid.
- I liked all the roles of the characters in this book. The main characters were good as were the side characters. Yes, some of them were a little OTT but generally
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Tianna✸loves books✸
Once upon a time there was a poor orphan girl who gets selected in a big royal school of riches. There she meets a prince who likes her. Then she meets a prince who hates her. So we have a Smitten prince and a Rude prince who hate each other. And she is the Cinderella.

So the Cinderella also makes a new princess friend. No development of friendship here. They are instant friends. Just like that.

So the Smitten prince asks Cinderella out and she goes on dates with him. Her princess friend try to wa
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Darce
*mild spoilers*

HOLY F*CK WHAT WAS THAT CLIFFHANGER.
i just freaked out thinking that book 2 was being released next year and then realised that it is 2020 now XD

anyway this was actually really good! easy to read and occupied me for a day, i liked the characters and can't wait to learn more about our protagonist's past. plus i'm so ready for her to
1. kick Alex's ass
2. get together with Rafe (ooft i've got another book boyfriend)
3. become even closer besties with Mattie and Nolane because she's
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Siobhan (Bookish Vibes)
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I went in blind with this book. It fit the theme for a photo challenge I was participating in on Bookstagram and I have read some of Tate James' other books so I downloaded it without reading much about it.

I am so glad I did. It was so so good. The storyline kept me completely engrossed, the characters were all intriguing and the main heroine Violet is a total badass. I was a bit confused in the beginning as it seems to be set after the world as we know it ends and so it's all these new kingdoms
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CeCe
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 Rosebud
Solid start but ends on a cliffhanger. It's a fusion of the FLAVOR of Harry Potter meets Game Of Thrones. A poor main character wins the lottery (Princess Lottery) with the chance to better themselves with a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a premier college. Throw in a GoT type atmosphere in that the college houses all types of privileged aristocracy who have their own personal agenda and goals. Some good - some not.

Solid and engaging I became a fan of Violet Rose Spencer early on and
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taveena kade
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy fuck that ending!!! Needless to say, I’m going to need a lot more of this shit now
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
Ha, I fucking called it.

The predictability of these sorts of books leaves much to be desired. They're starting to be similar to one another, almost beat for beat. The moment Alex showed up, I instantly knew what was going to happen. The authors didn't even need to try to plant seeds with "his fiancee died under mysterious circumstances" or even the rivalry he had with Rafe. All the evidence I needed was there in the fact that Alex was friendly and not a dark, moody jerk.

Like, there was no way a
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Imee Benzon
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg i love you guys Jaymin and Tate and this collaboration would be fantastic i know it and i can't wait🥰🥰 ...more
Emma James
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I loved this book!
The lads!
Violet is a great character.
I was so excited to read Playboy Princes as my bedtime story tonight and ... bummer!
Hopefully it will be back shortly.
❀ Crystal ✿ -  PEACE ☮ LOVE ♥ BOOKS
Normally this type of drama and backstabbing is not my cup of tea. For whatever reason I’m hooked on this book. I get why it says it’s not RH, at this point it’s certainly not. By the end I’m not sure what the hell is going on anymore between any relationships the heroine has. Sooo soo many thoughts about this book but I’m still feeling the shock from that blood boiling I have steam coming from my ears ending. This will be another word vomit Ben is exploding review, apologies 🤷🏼‍♀️(view spoiler) ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Oh my dayz. These two authors are new to me so I’m super excited that they’ve each got more books I can throw myself into. Princess Ballot is a great start to my reading this year. I read a few chapters and as soon as I had a chance that evening I inhaled the rest. I couldn’t put it down.

I absolutely love Violet. She has nothing yet she never lets that pull her down. She’s strong and feisty and luckily can give as good as she gets.

The Royals...seriously those men are off the charts hot. I love
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Annabel
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book, but that ending killed me! I can't wait for book two! ...more
Tassi
Can we just take a moment to appreciate this book-cover? It’s simple but soo captivating at the same time. And before you realise it you look something akin to this. Although, for me I wouldn’t look nearly as adorable as that lol.



Okay, let's move onto the book! So this book recently landed on my iPad, I think, three days ago and it came as a pleasant surprise…but it totally…



I wasn’t planning on any new reviews for end of year, just coz my heads been in a funky spot and my reviews haven’t been fl
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Michelle
Princess Ballot is the first book in Royals of Arbon Academy series by author duo Jaymin Eve and Tate James. When I first saw that a series was coming out by these two authors, I was super excited! I have read series by them though kindle unlimited and both of their series were 5 star reads all the way through for me. (Jaymin Eve's Curse of the Gods series is one of my all time favorites, and I am currently LOVING Tate Jame's Royal Trials series. Both are sooo good if you have not read them.) To ...more
Katie
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Summary
Violet is an orphan who has been shuffled from foster to foster her whole life in a post apocalyptic world where 50 monarchies reign over the remaining territories on Earth. She has little hope for her own life until she is suddenly selected as the winner of the "Princess Ballot," a full ride to Arbon Academy where the world's royals and uber wealthy are educated. However, it's not all books and learning once Violet arrives. The Academy is a dark world of politics, intrigue, and compe
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Melissa H
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Violet is an orphan who wins a ballot to attend the school where all the royals go. This is set in a time after the world wars and the countries left turned back into monarchies. It’s a school filled with rich bullies and she has to learn how to navigate a whole new world.

She makes new friends and powerful enemies. I enjoyed this one enough to give it 3.5 stars. I thought the main character was a bit one dimensional & just the typical poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks. But this author
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Kay
I sooooo wanted to love this, but meh...

Honestly, Princess Ballot was more of a two-star book for me, but I did enjoy it, so three stars it gets. But (and there were a few buts).. It had a lot of problems. Pacing, some world-building, relationship development, and overall plot problems, to name a few.

Some mild spoilers ahead.

In my opinion, this was a new adult (or just an adult) book with some dystopian elements, coupled with a bit of bullying, and a bit of a love triangle, but sadly no reverse
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