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Paper Princess

By: Erin Watt
Narrated by: Angela Goethals
Series: Royals, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Erin Watt (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This generation's Cruel Intentions." (Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times best-selling author)

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love it

I definitely think it's a must read!
the story is very easy to follow and it has a twist on an old poor girl finds riches story

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Dnf

Didn't get far into this one before realising it's just not my kind of story. The young age of the characters I see is necessary but not what I'm after. Aimed at a more YA group. Have returned. Narrator overdoes it a bit too

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fabulously delicious

so of you were looking for a book that will make your panties drop with good looking guys. This is the book for you. It was soo good like. Omg it kinda forces you to buy the next book good. I'm looking at my auditable account wishing I had more credits. but alas it will be charged to my account. I don't need to eat right!
soo good please read the book. must read for any Sarah j Maas loves.

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so good!

one of the best stories ever. so sad it ended on a cliffy because I need to find our what happened!!

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  • Ana's Attic
  • 16-02-2017

Angsty YA Steprother type book

Young Adult with New Adult Themes. Does Not Stand Alone.
The Royals Series by Erin Watt seemed to be on so many favorite lists for 2016 that I picked up the first, Paper Princess when it went on sale to see what all the fuss is about. I actually read a few pages over someone’s shoulder on a plane this fall and it caught my eye. I should preface this review by saying I bought this solely from popularity. I didn’t read the blurb or reviews first. I saw Royals and Princess, and after reading and enjoying two other ‘Royal’ type books this fall, I figured I’d really like Paper Princess.

To be honest, it read like a YA stepbrother book. While I enjoyed it, I found nothing unique about it, and Royal was a last name. It wasn’t about Royalty at all. It seemed to be a mashup of every New Adult book out there

Ella’s mother died. She had been sick for a long time and Ella took care of her, helping to pay the bills by stripping at 15. When her mom died, Ella was almost 18, so she didn’t let anyone know because she had no living relatives and didn’t want to get put into the foster system. Until one day she gets called to the Principal’s office where her new guardian was waiting. Turns out, her father, who she never knew about, was a billionaire who had just found out about her before he died in a tragic plane crash. His best friend and business partner, Callum Royal, stepped in to be her guardian.

She was ripped from everything she knew to move and live with this new family she never heard of. And they were going through their own problems. Callum had 5 very large, intimidating sons who seemed to hate her on sight. They recently lost their mother and didn’t need more change in their lives. The 5 handsome boys went to a private school that they totally ruled, and couldn’t have this low-class stripper smearing their name.

"The Royal boys are not what I expected. They don't look like rich pr**ks in preppy clothes. They look like terrifying thugs who can snap me like a twig."

At first they were so mean, even thinking she might be sleeping with Callum for money.

“You should know whatever game you're playing, you can't win. Not against all of us.If you leave now, you won't be hurt. If you stay, we'll break you so bad that you'll be
crawling away.”

Maybe I’m just getting too old, but all the mean, rich, slutty girls trying to mess with Ella just seemed very cliché to me. But the mean kids and her “brothers” being mean was a lot for her to handle, plus she went from scraping pennies to make ends meet to living like a princess.

“I don’t belong in splendor; 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. It is what it is.”

But she worked her way in, and one son especially, Reed, took a big interest in her. Since she was being raised as part of their family, her sleeping with her “brother” was totally taboo. But the chemistry between them, no matter how much they resisted, was undeniable.

“You may have lost your family, but you’re not alone anymore, Ella. You’re a Royal now.”

The thing is, The Royals are more messed up than you can know at first. But Ella has an awesome backbone. She is tough and spunky and can fight for herself.

Even though he's a jerk, Ella can’t resist Reed. (Insta-lust/teenage hormones played a big part). Reed was the meanest one to her, yet she can’t help but want him, even though every other girl has had him.

“These Royals will ruin you.”
“Maybe I want to be ruined.”

There was so much teenage angst and drama! And these kids were like no high schoolers I’ve ever seen. We live in a wealthy area and I have subbed at the private prep school around here. It just isn’t this bad, the kids are still kids. It was a lot of drama for drama’s sake.

As I said earlier, it seemed like every YA/NA trope there is mashed together. Damaged boy who lost his parent, damaged girl who lost hers, new school with mean kids, rags to riches, stepbrother, hate to love, drugs, date rape, cage fighting, gambling, virgin with manwhore, insta-lust and so much more. And then it was a cliffy! Sorry, but although I found it strangely addictive, I will not be reading more.

“Reed Royal has broken me. I’ve fallen from the sky and I’m not sure I can get up. Not this time.”

Likes:

•Ella was strong and had a backbone for most of the book.
•It was completely addictive.
•Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing.
•Perfect narrator

Dislikes:

•Used every single YA/NA trope there is!
•It doesn’t stand alone.
•So much draaaaaaama and angst!

The Down & Dirty:

If you like YA/NA books (they are in high school, but there is sex and New Adult themes) filled with tons of angst and drama, you will probably love The Paper Princess. Everyone was just too sad, broken, mean and dramatic for me. I felt like it took every New Adult theme and added them together for one big story. The story was a touch addictive, but I found myself rolling my eyes a bit too. Perhaps late forties isn’t the demographic for this, but there are plenty of other books with characters this age that I absolutely love.

I should tell you, most of my fellow bloggers LOVED Paper Princess, so I am definitely in the minority here. If it stood alone, I would rate it higher probably, but I am sure not willing to invest in 2 more audiobooks to complete a series that I wasn’t in love with from the start.


Rating: 3 stars, 4 Heat, Narration 4.5

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  • AmazonAddict
  • 14-01-2017

Overall I'd give it 3.5 Stars

I have wanted to read this story for a long time, but waited to take it in on Audiobook!
I knew going in that this was part of a series, and was probably one
I'd want to listen to when the other book/books were released. I'm glad I did!

The beginning had a strong start. The narration was good, although I did feel the voice definitely seemed older than a 17 year old girl. I could easily follow along with the story,
and characters. Angela Goethals did a great job distinguishing the different voices,
male and female. I will be on the lookout for other stories read by her!

The middle of the book dragged a little for me with drama, but was pretty engaging throughout. Y/A isn't normally my go to genre, so I expected more drama than normal.
By the time I got to the end, I had made up my mind to continue with book #2 Broken Prince. I'm anxious to see what happens! That ending was...WOW!

Don't want to go into the plot further and give away spoilers, but...
I will say, personally, I think this story is more of an N/A book perhaps?
It contains many sex scenes, most of which rival some of the Erotic books I read!
I'm not complaining about the sex scenes, they were written well!
Just think it's a little above being a book categorized as Young Adult reading.

Erin Watt is a combination of two different authors,
they did a good job blending their words, and emotions throughout!
I am looking forward to book two, and finding out what happens next!


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  • Brandie @AudiobookObsession
  • 07-01-2018

Amazing book!

Erin Watt sucks you in from the word go~ This book... I could not put it down. The characters, the story, the chemistry... All of it. I will recommend this book to everyone I know. A must read!

Narration: At first i was a little hesitant of the narration. It was a little robotic at the beginning but i feel like the narration changed and warmed up as the book continued. It was not long before i was totally immersed into the book so it obviously was not an issue for long. later in the book, i found myself appreciating the narration and voices.

Highly recommend!

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  • Peyton
  • 06-03-2017

ADDICTED

This book had me so addicted I listened to it one day and I am about to start the next book in the series!!

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  • Kate
  • 15-01-2017

Woah!

Now that is one messed up story. My first favorite read of the year! Recommend!

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  • AverageChick
  • 29-03-2019

Cinderella for Adults

This was like Cinderella the adult version. Ella was trying to make it on her own, when she is rescued by the Royal family, but not everyone is thrilled with her arrival. This book was very well written and narrated and I got very attached to all the characters and there drama. Ella is wise beyond her years and I want good things for her. I will definitely be continuing with the series.

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  • Wendy
  • 14-09-2017

loved the book!

I loved the story, it makes me want ro keep going the ending is not expected! It kept me on my toes.
I liked the narration for the most part some parts were a bit monotoned but the distinction of characters is awesome. loved it!

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  • Cyndi
  • 05-05-2019

Awesome!

Couldn’t put it down! Excellent story! On to the next book in the series right away!

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  • MzFortune
  • 05-05-2019

Terrible .... Don’t even bother

This book was pointless! There wasn’t a plot and featured terrible characters. Everything was about sex and it seemed forced throughout the book. If it wasn’t just oddly placed in the book, the sex hinted that the brothers are or could be racist. After a few hours in I gave up because the book was just so terrible it was clear that it would only get worse

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  • Tonja
  • 05-04-2019

It Started Off So Good...

Then about 1.5 hours into it, it took a nose dive into Pointlessville. Maybe it gets better. I don't know. All I know is I daydreamed through the 3rd hour of this book 5 times. To be honest...I have no idea what the plot of this story is. In the beginning I was sure it was going to be some secret society story. And maybe it is heading that way. If it is - I will never know, because the intrigue I had at the beginning of this story has died, and I seriously doubt it can be revived. So I'm invoking my 3 hour rule. If I don't care or am not curious about the storyline at the third hour, I move on. Well guess what - I'm moving on.

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  • Rhianwen Davies
  • 13-01-2017

5 Royally Ruined Stars

Any additional comments?

If 90210, Cruel Intentions and Pretty Little Liars had a baby that would be The Royals series.

“You should know whatever game you're playing, you can't win. Not against all of us. If you leave now, you won't be hurt. If you stay, we'll break you so bad that you'll be crawling away."

Paper Princess is a crazy emotional ride of addiction. With a plot that has so many twists and turns, it will keep you on the edge of your seat while constantly guessing.
This novel has everything you expect from an NA novel; huge amount of angst, drama, steamy romance, secrets and lies. All revolving around complex and multilayered characters, that you come to really care for. The writing was beautifully addictive and seamless, making it impossible to distinguish which author wrote which part.

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  • Book addict
  • 08-06-2018

Ridiculous, but fun!

If you imagine you’re listening to one of those over the top telenovela soap operas with ridiculous situations and just see it as fun, then it’s a good read. Deserves four stars within its genre.

The teenagers making illogical decisions did drive me a little nuts, however. Especially stupid decisions regarding a very serious arrest worthy situation that was really played down in this book in a way that I found offensively disrespectful to how harrowing that situation would be in real life. The revenge carried out for that happening was also very anticlimactic and did not fit the crime AT ALL.