Royally Lost by Angie Stanton
Age Range: 12 and up
Genre: Contemporary YA romance
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 6, 2014)
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Susane
Colasanti, and Jenny Han, Angie Stanton’s brand-new romance asks the
question, What would it be like to fall in love with a prince?
on a family trip to Europe, Becca wants nothing more than to go home.
Trapped with her emotionally distant father, overeager stepmother, and a
brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is
miserable. Until she meets Nikolai.
Nikolai has everything—he’s a
crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing
he doesn’t have is freedom . . . so he flees his kingdom and goes on
his own European trip.
And when Nikolai and Becca meet, sparks
fly. But Becca’s family vacation ends in a matter of days.
and Becca be forced to say good-bye, or will they change history
I wavered between 2 and 3 stars on this book. I didn’t like it nearly
as much as I hoped to. The cover and synopsis promised light, romantic
fun while getting lost in the streets of Europe. While that much held somewhat true, it wasn’t nearly as cute and fun as I had anticipated.
For starters, I didn’t like the characters. Becca, Nikolai, and Dylan
all came off as immature, spoiled children that constantly lied to and
manipulated their parents. They had complete disregard for anyone or
anything other than their own interests. Also, much of the writing felt
too obvious. I was told, rather than shown, what was going
on and what the characters experienced. The last big downer *SPOILER ALERT* for me was
that no one actually got lost. The book is called Royally Lost, so I
expected Becca and Nikolai to get lost together in Europe. They didn’t. *END SPOILER ALERT*
On the plus side, this is one of the cleaner young adult books I’ve seen
in a while. There is some innuendo, but no sex. Some language, but no
f-words, and no violence. I can’t begin to say how much I appreciate a
clean(er) YA book. They are far too rare.
The book had good parts, happy parts, and parts where I got lost in the
story. It’s a quick read, too. Ultimately, I would say that if you are
looking for something mostly clean, a little cheesy, and don’t mind
large doses of teenage angst, give this book a shot.
Content: Innuendo and language, but mostly clean.