Royally Lost by Angie Stanton
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Harper Collins, 336 Pages
Source: eARC via Edelweiss (thanks!)
Sub-genre: Contemporary/Chick Lit
Age Group: Young Adult
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?
Royally Lost is fluffy chick-lit. I don’t mean that in a bad way! It’s girly and not likely to ever happen (though many girls will dream about it!). But I still like chick-list and I liked this book.
Yes, it’s soo over the top and I didn’t learn anything about myself really, but hey – it’s fun! Similar to Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, this is a good time and I liked going on the ride. It’s , for lack of a better word, cute. And I’d say it’s definitely on the younger end of Young Adult, and could even be read by middle graders (despite the fact that the characters are 18).
By far, my favorite part about this book was its setting. Becca’s familiy is on boat trip on the Danube and one of their stops is Vienna, Austria. I loved that the book showcased Vienna, which I feel like is always in the shadows of Paris and Berlin. Vienna is a beautiful city and I enjoyed hearing about Stephensdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the Vienna Riding School, and Schoenbrunn – and the best part? I’ve been to ALL of these places. Vienna was my home for a little bit in 2008, when I did my study abroad there and I’m so happy that this book was able to capture the greatness of this city. I only wish that the entire book had been set here! There are so many good spots for scenes – like the HundertWasserHaus! MuseumsQuartier! Karlsplatz!
I recommend this one for readers who are in the mood for something super light and fun!