Review: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Royally Lost - Angie StantonPublisher: Harper Collins (May 6th 2014)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 1.5 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?

Review:

So I really wanted to like this book. I mean it’s about a girl who’s been dragged on a family cruise trip to Europe and she meets a prince-in-disguise and they get to run around and do cute stuff and more cute shenanigans ensue! (Think sorta like Julia Stile’s The Prince and Me, teen-flick rom-com)

Like this!!
Like this!! (I’m wondering why he has his shirt off too…though I”m not complaining.

How it makes me sad to inform you that me and Royally Lost did not get along. Or rather, me and Becca. I get that it might suck to be on vacation with your family sometimes, but seriously, Becca is on a sweet cruise around Europe!! And she spends most of it just being whiny and complaining how she rather be at home and how nothing is interesting in Europe, and how she misses all the American stuff (even though it’s literally been like four days since she left home. Oh and did I mention no respect for the culture around her? Strike one.

DW - eleven - give me a break

As an avid travel (and of the shoe-string budget kind) it just kills me inside (and makes me extremely angry) to have to deal with Becca’s complaining about how horrible it is to have to travel and see and do stuff in Europe. What I’d give for a paid trip around Europe! But nope, Becca just can’t appreciate or put the effort in to have that awesome  experience that’s just waiting for her, if she only tried to enjoy it.

Now, maybe that’s unfair to judge the whole book harshly because I love to travel and Becca doesn’t. Well let me tell you about the romance.

It was instalove. Strike two.

PD - Ned - annoyed

And the thing is the rest of the characters and story was just so-so. Nikolai, while definitely says and does all the right things a rom-com hero should say and do, is a pretty flat and easily forgettable (though sometimes he does have his charm). Becca’s family is kind of pointless, but I hated how Becca treated her step-mom. And the story was super typical of rom-com without the pazzaz. I definitely wasn’t surprised by anything that happened.

Overall, Royally Lost ended up being a bit of a disappointment for me. I just loved the idea so much but Becca really killed it for me. That being said, there are a few cute moments, but definitely not enough to make up for a lackluster story with a whiny main character.

PD - Ned - head shake of disappointment

{Thanks to Harper Collins & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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0 Replies to “Review: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton”

  1. Gah, another whiny character who pretty much sounds like she has nothing to complain about because of the amazing life. Great honest review!

    1. I know right! They so kill books for me. Thanks, haha.

  2. Okay, firstly: I LOVE THE PRINCE & ME. *Sigh* Such a good film!

    Oh great, a stereotypical character who can’t appreciate the beauty of the world because she misses her local cafe or her straighteners or something :/ deep joy!

    I love the idea behind this too, so it sucks it’s ended up being a bit of a dud. Oh, Angie Stanton, why do you tease me with these potentially awesome plots?

    1. It’s such a cute movie!
      Arg yes, so frustrating, right!
      Agree, totally loved the idea, it’s too bad the execution wasn’t great ):

  3. Aw, well that sucks! This looked super cute. I can see how she’d get on your nerves though.

    1. It did sound super cute, I’m sad it was disappointing. Yeah, I just had no patients for her 😛

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