Mar 27, 2014
Title: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
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?
Royally Lost was pretty average. It had a good premise, and the characters were likeable. It fell a little flat though in making me feel really invested about them, and wanting them to end up together.
Becca was a sweet girl, and I did feel bad that she felt she had to be such a good kid all the time. The problem was she put most of that pressure on herself, but blamed her dad and stepmom. I also really didn’t like her attitude towards her stepmom. Becca’s mom died of cancer, so it isn’t like her stepmom was a homewrecker or even trying to take advantage of her dad. Vicky ended up being one of the best characters in the book in my opinion, and I’m glad that Becca ended up giving her a chance at the end of the book.
Nikolai’s story was a little more difficult for me, not only because he was a prince, but because his parents really were terrible. I never got the feeling that they actually cared about their kids, even in the end when they started making concessions it was only because they were forced too, and not because they really worried about their kids.
Most of the characters felt very one dimensional to me, there wasn’t a whole lot of depth to any of them. It also bothered me that Becca and Nikolai were so upset at being apart after just a few short weeks. It’s understandable to fall in love with someone and miss them in that timeframe, their behavior just felt juvenile. Also, the ending was hard for me because all it did was postpone the inevitable for a year. I didn’t really feel like these two ended up with a happily ever after, or even a happily ever for the forseeable future. Neither of them get to make their own decisions in a year, because of their promises.
I don’t want to come down to hard on this book, it was a fun read. It was light, fluffy, and was incredibly sweet. I just felt like there were aspects that could really be improved upon, and because of that it was just a very unmemorable book. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars, but just be prepared for an average read.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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