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Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt, Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick

Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt,  Elle Kennedy, Jen FrederickPaper Princess (The Royals, #1) by Erin Watt, Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick
Published by Timeout LLC on April 4, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 370
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
four-stars

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. 


Before starting Paper Princess, I told myself that I wasn’t going to write any reviews for the books in The Royals series, because they were just going to be fun, easy-going, palate-cleansing reads after two weeks of nothing but high fantasy books. But then I finished Paper Princess in one sitting, staying up a hour later than my normal work-night bedtime, followed by staying up even later to start book two. I was that addicted O_O and therefore I knew I needed to share my thoughts, even if it was just a few sentences.

This is a NA series, because of the mature, sexual, lightly-erotic content, and it’s odd that I even decided to pick up book one, because I verrry rarely read NA books. I just don’t care for any type of erotic scenes, even the soft, juvenile kind. It’s just not my thing. But, just for the hell of it, I decided to give it a go, because I’d seen  a lot of praise from YA/NA bloggers that I follow and trust. They made me want, nay, need to know why it was so good.

Well.. even though the erotic parts made me wince a little *it’s really not my thing*,  after a couple chapters, Paper Princess had hooked me. I just really loved the sassy main character Ella, the 5 Royal boys who were brooding jerks (my usual weakness), and the overall story line. There was also a huge cliffhanger at the end of book one, and I couldn’t stop myself for immediately reaching for book two. I’m super glad all the books were (by the time I’m posting this review I’ve read all the books) out for my binging needs.

I’m not going to say anything else about this book/series other than, if you like NA books, that take place in a private school, with a strong, street-smart, smart-mouthed heroine, and a gaggle of rich, irritating, attractive guys – grab this book. This is a quick, addicting series, that you don’t have to take too seriously, because some of the books, especially book three, can get a bit soapy.

four-stars
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Deception So Deadly by Clara Kensie

Deception So Deadly by Clara KensieDeception So Deadly (Deception So, #1) by Clara Kensie
Published by Snowy Wings Publishing on August 15th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Romance
Pages: 360
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
four-half-stars

RUN. It’s all sixteen-year-old Tessa Carson has ever known. Hunted by a telepathic killer, Tessa and her family have fled home after home, hiding behind aliases to survive. Her scars are more than just physical, and as the only one in her family without a psychic ability, she lives a life of secrets, lies, and fear.

After the Carsons flee to a new hideout and take on new identities yet again, Tessa meets confident, carefree Tristan Walker. Their attraction burns fierce, but she runs from him too, knowing their love can never be true when she can’t even tell him her real name.

But Tristan has secrets as well—secrets that will either save Tessa, or destroy her. The only way Tessa can save her family—and uncover the real reason they’ve been hunted all these years—is to forget everything she’s learned from a lifetime of running away, and run straight into danger head-on.

 

This book is a whirlwind of action and suspense. I was addicted from page one!

Tessa is the only member of her family who doesn’t have a psionic ability. Her dad has the ability to  see people, what they’re doing, where they are, at any time of the day, and her mom, brother, and sister are telekinetic. Tessa and her family are constantly on the run, hiding from a vile man who is trying to kill them. They’ve been on the run for so many years, never able to stay in one town for more than a year. It’s hard to form any type of relationship when you might have to abruptly leave, and can never return.

Tessa’s family is overprotective of her, because she doesn’t have any powers. They think she’s too fragile and needs constant supervision. This treatment has made Tessa extremely introverted, a recluse who shuts herself off from everyone she meets. She’s so afraid she’ll say the wrong thing. Afraid that she’ll make a connection, and will be devastated when it eventually has to be severed. She’s also angry that she can’t tell people something as simple as her real name. Tessa thinks that there’s no point in connecting with people, if she can’t be her true self.

Tristan is such a sweetie! He sees that Tessa struggles with anxiety, and other fears, but doesn’t address it. He doesn’t ask questions. He just accepts her for who she is,  and tries to protect her, but not in a smothering or pitying way like her family does. Tristan believes Tessa is strong and tries to help her believe it too. Their budding romance is sweet and steady.

The last quarter of this book shocked the hell out of me. There was a huge turning point that turned everything upside down. It made me question everything I thought. I didn’t see this crazy, surprising twist coming, and it gave me chills. It was dark, agonizing, and so, so juicy. It was awesome!!

The ending of Deception so Deadly was major, and a great setup for the next book. I hope that there’s just one more book, because this series could easily wrap with two, and I’d hate for a third, or more to drag the series down.

four-half-stars