[eARC Review] Royally Lost by Angie StantonThursday, June 05, 2014
Title: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Release Date: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
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Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.
Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't have...is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.
When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?
There are some books that you read, and you know that they are not the best book you ever read, but they are the book you need at the time. And Royally Lost was that book for me. Everything about this book screams impossible, and too good to be true. But for some reason I really enjoyed reading it.
The characters in this book were what I loved the most, mostly because they were so different from each other. Becca was a great narrator for me because she sounded exactly how I would have sounded at her age. Bored out of her mind being in a histprical trip with her father and step mother (who she despises). She was funny and sarcastic, but also at the beginning of the book she was so naive and had no backbone. But as the stpry pressed in and she met Nikolai she started to change. She started to do what she wanted to do, and we saw her character grow, which I always love to see in any book.
Dylan, Becca's brother was my favourite character because he was the exact opposite of who Becca was. He did not care what anyone thought of him, and he did what he wanted when he wanted. He was the comedic relief of the book and I loved him for it. Because I will admit that Nikolai was a bit boring for me. Although I did think he was good for Becca I didn't really see the appeal. Another character that I thought wasn't the best was Becca's father. I found him infuriating because he was just so absent for most of the book but them claimed to want what was best for his kids. And what made me the most angry was the fact that he really didn't even have that much character growth at the end of the book. That made me annoyed to no end.
Although the story itself was very cliched and there was a HEA at the end, I loved the scenery the most. I am a person that loves to travel so seeing these places through Becca's eyes was great. I really enjoyed that. I will also say that the end was almost too good to be true, but I am a sucker for happy endings, and I am glad these characters got theirs.