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Paper Princess by Erin Watt
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bookshelves: 2016-reads, april-reads

I'm typing this in at 2:30 am. I just finished reading Paper Princess and my goodness, my heart was beating so loudly because of those last few pages!!! I got the feeling that something's about to happen but I seriously never saw that one coming! I'm in utter shock with the turn of events and truly dying to know the reason for those actions. Why?!?!?!

The ending was as expected to be a cliffhanger because of it being a part of a trilogy and the story having the feel of wanting/knowing more stat. It also got my mind in knots and all worked up. I'm continuously thinking of plausible theories and scenarios of what'll happen next. My eyes are definitely itching to read Book 2!

I'm craving for more of Ella, Reed and the entire Royal crew.



I’m such a trash for the Royals.

Captured your attention by my opening line? Then, that’s good because I badly need it for you to hear me out about Paper Princes and Broken Prince by Erin Watt. If you haven’t read Paper Princess, the first book, then you better go look for a copy of it or if you need a lot more of convincing - stay put because I’ll be opening up more reasons why you need to purchase books 1 & 2.

Honestly, I never expected to enjoy and love this series as much as I do now. When I read the synopsis for Paper Princess back in late March, my initial thought was “O-kay, this could turn out to be just a typical love-hate relationship kind of story and this could be one of my guilty pleasures”. Sure, there was the love-hate relationship element to the story but I was not prepared as to how addictive Paper Princess and the Royals are. Hook, line and sinker. You got me there, Erin Watt.

Once I got started reading it, I could not just put it down. I could not get enough of the drama, tension and the feels each of the characters is bringing in to the table.

“This will never be my home. I don’t belong in splendour, I belong in squalor. That’s what I know. It’s what I’m comfortable with, because squalor doesn’t lie to you. It’s not wrapped in a pretty package.”

Ella is a character that you would really admire. She’s suddenly thrust into a world (Thanks a lot, Callum Royal aka her dad’s best buddy and father to five hot dudes.) which is the polar opposite of how she’s been living her life since birth and since her mother died of cancer. It was truly a tough situation which immediately brought on huge changes in her life. But instead of letting her life now in this richy rich world swallow her up – she waddles through it and leave an ‘Ella’mark to it. Obviously, shitty things were thrown her way for being the new girl but Ella being Ella, she doesn’t put up with it. She deals with it – head-on straight.

In which, it only makes her the perfect girl for Reed Royal. Right from the get go, you can already feel the tension and chemistry brewing between the two of them. Reed Royal started out to be a big bully. He makes things difficult for Ella to adjust in their house and in school. He goes out of his way just to acquire a reaction out from Ella. Basically, he doesn’t like Ella’s existence in their lives. He’s an asshole. He’s fucked up. But while Reed’s flaws are out there in the open and he fully admits to it, the story slowly shells out his character. Not that what his doing is acceptable but we learn that on the inside he’s a scarred and broken boy. I hate him but at the same time, I ended up liking his character too.

But Reed’s not taking home the crown for my favourite Royal because it definitely belongs to Easton! Easton was the first one to warm up to Ella and acted like an annoying brother. Once he appears in a scene, you are guaranteed to laugh. He’s just a bundle of joy amidst all of this. Actually when I think of it, he’s the character who balances out the story. When the tension tends to get too crazy – Easton enters and the tension lifts up, for the mean time. To complete the Royal siblings round-up, we have the twins – Sebastian & Sawyer and Gideon. The twins’ looks up to their older brothers a lot and we see them go through the motions set by Gid, Reed and East. Shhh, they’re into kinky stuff. Gideon is mostly away from home since he’s in college already but he comes in to put things into place and warn people. Just being the typical older brother to this bunch. I love that all of them have this distinctive personality or characteristics that you can always remember them by.

“The Royal brothers are even more screwed up that I am. They’re hurting and they’re lashing out and I’m the most convenient target, but fighting back only makes it worse. It only fuels their anger toward me. I refuse to engage anymore.”

The Royals are a far cry from the almost too-perfect male characters we encounter in books. They are flawed. They are twisted. Really twisted in a lot of ways and you’ll get a taste of that in the second book, Broken Prince.

“We’re poison, East. Every single one of us.”

The writing style and the formula on what constitutes each chapter of PP and BP somewhat remind me of how Wattpad stories are written. What I mean by that is there’s actually no lull in the story. Every chapter, something crazy or shocking is happening. Something gets revealed and a total whiplash of emotions is at play. It’s is a perfect mesh of the tough reality of Ella’s life and how the Royals made her life stressfully entertaining. It tends to get too angsty or over dramatic at times which frustrates the heck out of me but then someone would swoop in to crack me up or give me a boat load of feels. The crazy banters and true laugh out loud worthy moments (which I dare say is mostly brought to us by Easton) are a gem. I could envision these books perfectly working out for a television show. Like, how Gossip Girl faired.

“Reed broke me. He tricked me. He made me believe that something good could exist in this awful, screwed-up world. That someone could actually give a damn about me.”

Paper Princess perfectly sets up Broken Prince. With an addictive set of characters, entertaining plot and cruel cliffhanger, you just can’t pass up the second book or the third one. You’ll feel like you would want to devour all of those books, if only they are available stat. That’s me speaking from my experience. I want it all. Now. But aside from that obvious reader reasons, Paper Princess delves into Ella’s story and gave us a glimpse on what ticks off The Royals. It made me excited to get to know them more. Here comes Broken Prince and the spotlight to some extent shifts to them.

And that’s the thing I love the most about Broken Prince (or I should probably say it now, as a series). The series as a whole does not only revolve around the complications surrounding Ella or Ella and Reed’s relationship. In Broken Prince, we dig deeper into the roots of the Royals and other named characters in the story. Digging through those could only mean one thing: introducing us to various subplots that could spin the story to another direction. And yes, it actually did. BP shed some light into some Paper Princess shady details and divulged shocking revelations that will be further explored in the last installment, Twisted Palace.

“Eventually I’ll wear him down, convince him that we’re a beautiful fairy tale. But we’re not. We’re nothing. We’re smoke – insubstantial and meaningless. We aren’t even a tragedy. We’re less than nothing.”

In Paper Princess, readers already witnessed some changes in Reed Royal. Ella’s presence has a lot to do with that. But during the early chapters of Broken Prince, Reed’s character was placed under a very unfortunate situation. It brought in fear to me because 1) he could be complacent about it and 2) he reverts to his old ways. I should’ve trusted him more since quite the opposite happened. Allowing him to go through that helped showcase his character development – how far he has come along from the bully I’ve met in Paper Princess. I know, Reed may have done stupid decisions here and there but I love him for really pursuing what he wants, what his heart wants. The Royals were in chaos in this one. Rifts were everywhere. But there was this particular rift that really weighed heavily on my shoulder. It upset me. Big time.

I’ll stop talking now about BP because I’d like to avoid from spoilers spilling out of this review. But can I just say that one of my theories was confirmed to be true with BP’s ending? Despite having that theory formed in my mind already, I was definitely surprised that Erin Watt really went there. I would also like to warn you that there’s a lot of craziness which transpired in both books.

Especially, with their last chapters. Consider yourselves lucky if you’re going to read Paper Princess with Broken Prince available already. Well, not since it ends with a triple killer cliffhanger. Oops. In all seriousness though, I highly recommend to have Broken Prince by your side once you start reading the first one and you can just have a reading marathon. Get ready to be addicted!

Twisted Palace will be released on October 17, 2016.
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Reading Progress

April 21, 2016 – Started Reading
April 21, 2016 – Shelved
April 21, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-reads
April 21, 2016 – Shelved as: april-reads
April 22, 2016 – Finished Reading

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