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May 27, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt, Elle Kennedy, and Jen Frederick

paper princessFrom 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. 

My Review.

I started reading this book late last night, at around 10 pmish. Not only did I stay up WAY TOO LATE because I couldn’t put the book down, but I have spent ALL MORNING finishing up this book. I have super important things that need to get done. They all had to be shoved on the back burner because there was NO WAY I was putting this book down.

Hot, hot, HOT. There is no other word that is capable of describing this book. I constantly had to fan myself, I was blushing like mad, and oh my LORD…..THE ROYAL BROTHERS. SWOOOOOOOOON. I can’t even handle this review right now.

Ella and Reed were PERFECTION! I love both of the main characters so much! The supporting characters were just as amazing. I will warn you, though, that some of the review on Goodreads make it seem like Easton and Ella develop this very important friendship…..they don’t. I mean…I did like Easton a lot. I just thought his character could have been way more developed throughout the story.

While I absolutely adored this book, I don’t think that everyone will love it. There are definitely some trigger warnings and some definite emotional abuse that go on. Some readers are really going to dislike how the brothers, especially Reed, treat Ella throughout 99% of the book. Personally, I loved it, but I do want to throw that disclaimer out there.

Originally, I was going to rate this book a 5 star. I was a little disappointed in the actual heat between Ella and Reed. Throughout most of the book, Reed is portrayed as this sexy stud who has all the moves. I thought that fell flat when they actually got together. I expected some more heated sexy scenes that I never really received. I’m hoping that the second book has more of those scenes.

The ending of Paper Princess definitely leaves you needing the next book NOW. I was a little disappointed that I knew what was going to happen…..but there definitely was a shock factor going on. I thought that the ending set up the next book for a really good plot line. I need my hands on the next book TODAY.

Overall, I loved it. One of the best books I’ve read lately. Definitely one of my favorite NA books EVER. I highly recommend this series!!!

Rating: : ★★★★☆

Six Impossible Things – Fiona Wood
Book Reviews
August 17, 2010 posted by Christina

Six Impossible Things – Fiona Wood

“Fourteen year old nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, moving house, new school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he’s narrowed it down to just six impossible things…”

It always seems to be that when one thing goes wrong in your life, other things like to join in and make it even worse. When it rains it pours right? It’s under these circumstances that we meet fourteen year old Dan Cereill.

After his father’s business goes broke, he announces that he’s bankrupt, gay and moving out. Dan and his mother are left to face the liquidators as Dan’s whole life is literally taken away from him. At the same time, his mother’s great Aunt Adelaide has passed away and left the house to Dan’s mother. The family collects their few belonging and tries to start again.

Not long after they move in, Dan meets his next door neighbor (and soon to be new classmate), Estelle. Needless to say he is head over heels in 5 seconds flat.  He also meets his new roommate, Howard, Aunt Adelaide’s dog, and the very cool Oliver, who lives in the stable house.  With a new house, school, friends and a new lifestyle, can Dan and his mother cope to make this new life work?

Six Impossible Things is quite a remarkable book. Loosely based on Cinderella (Dan Cereill is an anagram for Cinderella), the story also has a touch of Lewis Caroll’s Through The Looking Glass as well as a bit of the Ugly Duckling. Though it references these stories the book itself is still quite unique and makes these connections without being obvious.

Dan himself is a total sweetheart, so many times I felt like reaching into the book and giving this kid a hug. I thought he was really an amazing character who steps up to the plate despite the unfortunate situation around him. Even though he’s young, he displays maturity, yet still stays true to his age. It was great to see him grow and see how he was dealing with things (while not dealing with others).

His crush on Estelle is also quite cute. Unlike other books where there’s a love interest just because the girl is super super gorgeous, Dan likes her for more than that. He stumbles around a bit but really works at making her see him for what he really is. It was very sweet, and always maintained the feeling of it being real.

Dan’s mother was a very human character. As a kid in this situation you’d probably look to your mother to stay strong and pick up the pieces but in this story, I was pretty disappointed by her behavior. She’d be moody, sad, and sometimes even neglectful of Dan, often she sabotaged her own business and chance at income and failed to recognize just how much Dan was trying to make her happy. You’re not always going to like a character and though I didn’t like her, she was still very real. It’s realistically how many people would cope (or not cope) in the situation.

This book is skillfully written, with not only great characters (both main and minor) who each had their own defining personality, great dialogue, but also by adding just the right amount of humor so that this book doesn’t come off as depressing. It seems with so much heartache this book would be much sadder, but it was instead a very sweet and heartwarming novel that I really enjoyed.

Pages: 263

Publication Date: August 2010

Rating: : ★★★★☆

Teaser Quote: He gives me an assessing once over. “Out of your league, man, unless you do something about the look,” he says.
“You said outward stuff doesn’t make you cool.”
“It’s definitely not
the thing, but it’s a thing. It’s one of those paradoxes life throws up – it can’t make you cool, but it can make you uncool.”
Now he tells me.