Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Posted October 5, 2016 by Perry in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Paper Princess by Erin WattPaper Princess (The Royals, #1) by Erin Watt
Published by Timeout LLC on April 4th 2016
Genres: Modern Fairytale, New Adult
Pages: 370

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. 



Whoa… whoa, what? I’m going to be in the minority when it comes to this book? I guess that’s the case. This is not a glowing 5 star review. Having said that, I’m going to preface this review with this: I did NOT hate this book. I’m not going to bash it and I already started the sequel. So in that respect this book is already relatively successful in my book.


If I had to describe this book somehow, I’d say it’s a not particularly well written story about a rags to riches heroine, Ella Harper (later O’Halloran) who finds herself whisked from a life of poverty and stripping at seventeen, to a life of privilege. This is the well trodden cliché of a girl that all of a sudden learns she’s heiress to a multi-million dollar empire because she’s the long lost daughter of some obscenely rich and recently deceased father. Said father’s best friend takes her in as her legal guardian and she finds herself living in Chez Royal (their last name is actually Royal which makes for an onslaught of cringey puns).


Then we have the also well ridden trope of the fish out of water girl with a difficult upbringing that infiltrates the private school full of assholes.


We have the cliché of the bully mean girls (just like… well, Mean Girls) and the bully rich douchey guy, in this case Reed Royal, that runs the school and makes her life miserable. But they’re destined to be together so he doesn’t really ever do anything unforgivable. And she can’t stay away because he’s so hot.


I’m not going to lie, the way these books have been hyped I did not expected the best literature around, not at all, but I did expect something so trashy and corny it was actually good. Basically, all I wanted was something crackalicious and addictive that I just couldn’t put down. And maybe if I’d read this in my teens or without much reading experience on my back, that would have been my reaction. But as is, it was just… okay? I mean, it was alright. I kept wanting to be blown away and sadly that never really happened. In fact, scenes that were supposed to be climactic always left a bit of an unsatisfactory taste in my mouth.


The following two paragraphs are spoilers. Please skip to the very last three paragraphs if you don’t want to be spoiled!! 

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Oh boy, this is becoming a bit ranty. Once again, I did not hate this book but if I’m going to be honest, I’m going to be critical of its flaws. Do we really need five Royals? Six including the dad? I felt like too many secondary characters detracted from Ella and Reed’s time in the spotlight.


I did find this book intriguing enough to continue to the end and read Broken Prince. I call BS on this book being YA. Yes, they are still technically in high school but the subject matter is very much adult. There’s a lot of substance abuse and sexual situations going on here. I think NA is a more appropriate tag.


I’m already a good way into Broken Prince and I must say I like the writing a lot better already. It’s Reed’s POV and it’s promising so far. I’m crossing my fingers that by the end of this trilogy I’m going to be a superfan! And please remember I’m in the minority being so critical about this first installment. Everybody on my friend list seems to have LOVED this book which means anyone intrigued enough by the premise is probably going to love it too.


It’s Royal month at the Sisterhood of Traveling Book Boyfriends so stay tuned for my review of all three books, coming October.




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About Erin Watt

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. You can contact them at their shared inbox:

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