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.
Ella Harper is the protagonist – a seventeen-year-old girl who has recently lost her mother and is struggling to make ends meet. She describes herself as “A Runner” as she is used to packing and moving frequently with her mother and her parade of boyfriends. One thing I loved about this book is that they didn’t antagonize the mother – even though she goes out with different boyfriends, she’s still good at heart and loves Ella to death.
On a typical, boring day when Ella is in school, her fate changes when a stranger shows up and claims that he is her guardian. The stranger is Callum Royal, a rich businessman and a close friend of Steven O’ Halloran one of Ella’s mother’s boyfriends and Ella’s father.
Ella is forced to move into the Royals’ household and is overwhelmed by the rich lifestyle. She is bribed by Callum on a monthly basis to stay with them and go to this super high-class school. Callum fathers five boys – Gideon, Reed, Easton, Sebastian and Sawyer – all hot (obviously), muscled and messed-up-in-the-head dudes. Ella immediately gets attracted to Reed Royal (insert eye roll here) and just can’t seem to stay away.
The school Ella goes to is filled with insecure, spoilt, rich kids who get away with their insecurities by bullying and torturing others. Ella, I must say was a very strong female and one of the best female protagonists I’ve seen in a while. She says she’s independent and she actually means it. She’s cool, confident and stands up for herself – even after she gets together with Reed.
Paper Princess is your typical young adult novel with a heroine who’s obsessed with the bulked up, hot football player who’s messed up in the head and ends up with him. The only difference is that the “rift” that occurs between them which usually comes in the middle of the book, comes in the end leading to a rather unnecessary cliffhanger.
This “rift” is because of Callum’s girlfriend Brooke – Reed hooks up with Brooke on the day Ella is warned by Gideon to stay away from Reed leading to Ella running away.
The things I liked about the book:
- Ella is seriously the best protagonist – I love how she binds the broken Royal family relationships and makes everyone a better person. I especially love Easton’s and Ella’s friendship – it was cute and amazing.
- Ella. Rocks.
- The presentation of the book impressed me a lot. It seriously looks hot.
Things I didn’t like:
- I hated the unnecessary violence in the book. Reed is too hotheaded to be real.
- The longing glances and the hate-love relationship between Reed and Ella irritated me. Reed should just go fall into a pit and die.
- The unlimited money that just seemed to be flowing endlessly. Come on. Let’s be a little realistic.
Overall, I think I liked the book sans some portions. Which totally justifies my three stars.
From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.
THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…
Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.
What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.
Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.
SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.
Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.
This book has A LOT of Reed in it – and considering I didn’t like Reed from Paper Princess, I didn’t enjoy some parts of the story.
Broken Prince is a continuation of Book One and everyone are searching for Ella, who ran away. About a quarter of the book is dragged by how the Royal family falls apart and starts parting ways. Brooke, Callum’s girlfriend is knocked up and the baby could be Reed’s… So, she threatens Reed and asks him to force his Dad to marry her.
The book was kinda boring I started to get a little sick of Ella and Reed making out, or Ella stroking Reed’s muscular pectorals and blah blah. You get the point. The book sped up towards the end and things actually started getting interesting.
As usual, the school sucked ass with all that unrealistic violence, unnecessary drama that elicited loads of eye-rolls from me, and too much of hatred between 17-18-year-old kids. I get all the teen angst. But, we gotta be realistic about the magnitude!
I feel like this book is a filler between the first and the third book. I loved the twist at the end even though I kind of expected it. Two of the three stars I give for the book is because of Ella. I’m super glad she still remains the same in the second book, unlike what usually happens in a typical book series.
How did you guys like the series? Have you read it yet?