Oh boy. Or should I say, oh Reed. Where do I even start with this review? The plot? The characters? The underage drinking? The explicit sexual references? This series read as a script for a trashy teenage soap opera. But like a car accident, I couldn’t turn away from the carnage left behind.
In Paper Princess, we are introduced to Ella Harper, an orphan with a chip on her shoulder and filled with whole lot of attitude. From going to school during the day, and stripping at night, Ella is doing her best at trying to move forward and make the best out of her dire situations. But everything changes when Callum Royal, aka “Daddy” Warbucks, tracks her down, and thrusts her into the East Coast high society.
Despite Ella’s initial misgivings about Callum’s generosity, she begrudgingly comes to terms with her conditions and starts to make a name for her self in this W.A.S.P.-y world – all while keeping her clothes on (well most of the time anyway…) From football games, house parties, and typical Mean Girl-esque shenanigans, this series covers all the typical high school cliches. Throw in some black mail, mystery and intrigue, and you have all the ingredients for a book-induced high.
Over all, was the writing style exceptional or flawless? No. Especially in Broken Prince when the perspective switched to Reed. I dreaded those chapters purely from a linguistic perspective. I felt like I was inside a high school boys brain. This is obviously the point, but I had no desire to dwell in those trashy, slang-filled thoughts any longer than I had to.
That all being said, this series was incredibly entertaining. As many fans of these books have mentioned, you pretty much read them all in one fell swoop. Personally, I read them all in less than 24 hours.
Can we also take a moment to just admire these covers?! They are so beautiful. Simplistic yet stunning.
I can’t wait until the fourth book comes out – this installment will be from Easton’s perspective! He was one of my favourite characters and I can’t wait to see how his story unfolds.
Have you read this series? What did you think? I would love to find a similar series so if you have any suggestions let me know!
a rogue librarian