Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Royally Lost

Royally Lost
By Angie Stanton
HarperTeen, 2014. 308 pages. Young adult fiction.

Nikolai is the crown prince of a small European country who is chafing under the burdens of the crown and his parents' expectations. Becca is in Europe on a river boat tour that is supposed to be a bonding experience for her father, stepmother, and brother, but is more a torturous round of castles and museums with a handful of people constantly at war. But things start to look up for them both when Nikolai meets Becca on the streets of Budapest after running away from home - and things will never be the same for either of them again.

This book is designed to appeal to a very select group of readers: 15-year-old girls. Anyone who's read anything of even marginal quality will be appalled by the writing and the gaping plot holes. However, remembering the dubious quality of much of what I read as a teen, it will be pretty amazing for teenage girls. There were a few instances of heavy swearing and one potentially awkward swimming scene, but overall it was a pretty clean read.


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