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I Belong


Review: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Royally LostTitle: Royally Lost

Author: Angie Stanton

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062272586 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062272584 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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?

Quick & Dirty: Adorable contemporary romance that was pure fun! I will admit that it was completely unrealistic, but it was still very entertaining and I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a quick young adult contemporary read.

Opening Sentence: Crown Prince Nikolai forced a print-worthy smile as he exited the antiquities museum.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Becca’s long time high school boyfriend just recently cheated on her with one of her best friends. Now she is stuck on a family vacation she didn’t want to go on. They are touring through Europe, which would be amazing if she wasn’t there with her overbearing stepmother, her emotionally checked out father, and her wonderful playboy older brother. She also has quite the tendency to get lost and that is never good in a country where you don’t speak the language. Becca would love nothing more than to just go home. But as luck would have it, one day she finds herself lost in a strange city and the most gorgeous stranger comes to her rescue!

Nikolai is the crown prince of Mondovia and he has everything a guy could ever want. He’s rich, good looking, famous, and quite the ladies man. But unfortunately, being a prince also comes with a lot of responsibilities that Nikolai doesn’t want. His entire life has been planned out for him by his parents and he has had very little say in what he does. Now that he is 18 he wants nothing more than to be able to choose his own future, but that currently isn’t an option. To try and prove a point to his overbearing parents he decides to take an unexpected vacation without permission. Soon after leaving home he runs into a beautiful American girl that captures his interest.

Becca was a fun girl, but she was a slightly forgettable character. I thought it was funny how she always got lost no matter where she went, but I also liked that it represented how lost in life she really was. She just graduated high school, got dumped by her boyfriend, and is now on a vacation she never wanted to go on. She has so much ahead of her and in some ways this was a coming of age story for her. I liked watching her grow and experience so much because it really helped me to connect with her. The only thing that I didn’t love about her was that she felt a little too ordinary and at times it made her boring.

Nikolai was a very swoon worthy guy. First of all, he is a modern day prince, so you know that is pretty irresistible, but on top of that he was charming, respectful, and kind. He has spent most of his life doing exactly what his parents have always wanted him to do, but he is tired of them never listening to what he wants. At first I thought he was immature for just taking off and leaving behind all his responsibilities, but the more I got to know him the more I realized how much he really cared about his country. I found that he was a very admirable person that I grew to really love. His relationship with Becca developed quicker then I would have liked but they were sweet together. Nikolai was the perfect prince for this great modern day fairy tale.

Royally Lost was an adorable, quick book that was a very fun read. It is one of those stories that make you feel all giddy inside and you just can’t help but love it. I’m not going to lie, it was completely unrealistic and slightly clichéd but that didn’t make it any less entertaining. I thought the characters were engaging and fun to get to know.  The romance was cute but it had an instalove feel to it, but it went with the story, so it didn’t bother me too much. Stanton did a wonderful job describing all the interesting places her characters visited in the book, it made me really want to travel through Europe someday! Overall, this was just a cute story that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a quick read full of romance.

Notable Scene:

She considered asking for directions, but everyone looked either totally unapproachable, like the businessmen speaking rapidly in a foreign tongue, or totally clueless, like the four middle-aged women wearing fanny packs and visors.

Chewing on her lip, she checked the map’s jigsaw puzzle of streets, deciding to focus on the large area on the map that read Hofburg Palace. She’d walked by that area on the tour. It covered several blocks, so it should be easy to find again. Except that she’d taken about twenty-seven turns since then. She squinted at the confusing labyrinth, wishing for an internal GPS. She refused to call Dylan and ask him for help. He’d probably be mad he had to come find her again. She would figure this out.

“Excuse me, do you need some assistance?”

Becca looked up, startled. A familiar face with a traffic-stopping smile and bright blue eyes gazed at her. Her breath caught.

FTC Advisory:  Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Royally Lost.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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