Name: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
**ARC provided from author in exchange for an honest review**
I’ll start by saying this was a really nice book. I really liked the runaway prince story, and Nikolai was just perfect :).
This is the story of Becca, a “miserable” girl who’s stuck on a family trip to Europe, so she’s obligated to spend time with her emotionally distant father, annoying and pushy stepmother and her I’m-only-interested-in-hooking-up brother. She’s sick of all the history tours and boring sites. She just wants to go back home.
Nikolai is the Crown Prince of Mondovia. Yes, he’s meant to be king one day, but before he has to go into the military. That’s a family tradition. But it couldn’t be farther away from what he really wants. He’s tired of being told what he has to do, how he has to look, what he has to say, etc. And he’s absolutely tired of how his country is ruled. So there’s no other choice, is there? He has to run away. At least until his message gets into his parents’ head.
Well, like I said, I liked the story. It was a really sweet and light read. I wasn’t expecting anything more exciting, to be honest. But it was nice. I enjoyed it and that’s what matters, right? The writing was very good, and easy to understand. When I say this I mean because yeah, we had two POV’s (which I loved), and even thought they weren’t particularly titled, they were clearly separated from each other. So you could know who’s POV you were reading. To me this is important, because I’ve read books where the POV’s tend to be confusing because you don’t know who’s mind you’re in until later in the chapter. I hate that. In terms of the development of the story, it was well paced, the characters grew along with the story. I did think there should have been a better transition between Nikolai’s parents and their beliefs towards what Nikolai and his sister wanted. That was kind of fast and unrealistic. I mean, we are talking about a King who’s been ruling a country for years and years in a certain way. He wouldn’t change his mind in a matter of hours. I don’t know, I’m no king or queen so I wouldn’t know haha. But that’s what I think.
I really liked Nikolai and Becca’s relationship. They were completely honest with each other (well, for the most part in Nikolai’s case), you could see how much fun they were having and how fast their feelings were growing, but in a realistic way. It didn’t felt fake or exaggerated how fast they fell for each other. They only had days together so they had to enjoy them.
About the characters:
Ok, so.. First we have Becca. She’s a grounded girl, she’s struggling with a distan father, an annoying stepmother and brother who couldn’t care less about authority figures. She’s supposed to be this perfect girl, so she never gets in trouble, because she once promised she wouldn’t. There were some things I really liked about her, she’s strong, determined. But I also had a tiny problem with the way she saw somethings, like… I get that you don’t like history and stuff, BUT I felt like she was kind of ungrateful. I understand her situation, she doesn’t want to be there, but I still think at least she should have made the effort to enjoy the trip, even on her own. I liked how she came to understand things, especially with her stepmom.
Then, we have Nikolai. Oh he sure was a prince. He was so, so sweet and attentive and a complete gentleman. I loved him. He was in a journey of self discovery. He doesn’t know what he can do to make his parents understand that there are other ways to rule a country. He doesn’t know if he wants to be king. He doesn’t know what is it he wants to do with his life. But he sure knows he doesn’t want to get into the military. I liked how attentive he was with Becca, it was so obvious how deeply he cared for her. I liked how he cared about his country’s well being and how he ended up standing up to his father and making him listen.
If you’re looking for something to distract yourself and try something sweet and light, this would be a good choice.