Royally Lost by Angie Stanton
If you have a parent/ parents who demand a lot from you and you always don’t see eye to eye, you might relate to this book.
In life, people usually expect something from us. As kids, we are asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, and our answers would come easily from our innocent minds, “to be a doctor”, “to be a nurse”, “to be a lawyer” and things like that. Maybe most of those answers were ingrained in our brains one way or another by our parents, maybe we were inspired by someone for us to answer such, or it was just something we saw on TV at one point in our lives. Whatever the case, our answers then would likely change. Cause as we grow older, our surroundings and our circumstances change. Along with it, we change.
Excerpt of Royally Lost from Goodreads
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?
Set in one of the most romantic places in the world, Royally Lost is fun to read. It’s just too bad that the character herself didn’t appreciate where she was. Becca was more upset of the fact that she is in Europe having a vacation with her family than thinking that most girls her age would kill for a chance to have a trip like that. All the more, it wasn’t as if she had a lot to miss back home. Her boyfriend dumped her for her best friend, I think going to Europe (even though she’s with her family) would beat staying at home and sulking over the break-up or trying to get over it.
Becca is full of dislike towards her parents. And about 60% of the book, she wastes moaning and complaining about how unlucky she was about being on the trip, about her step-mother, about her father, and life in general. One positive side to her though was that she and her brother are on good terms and it’s nice to read about sibling camaraderie like theirs. Dylan, the older brother, albeit a bit reckless and a happy-go-lucky fellow, he was a protective brother and pulled through for Becca when she needed him. I think Dylan was even more likable than Becca at some point, and if ever another book would pop up, Dylan’s book is what I would want to read next. 😉
Enter Prince Nikolai. The crown prince who does not want his parents to control his life, even for duty’s sake. He was an outstanding character, smart, and a caring brother. But just like Becca, he had parent issues, but his reasons were more sensible, not to mention that his parents were so infuriating with their traditional views.
Both just out of high school, they are trying to find out what they want to be and what they want to do with their life. Confused and wandering the streets of Europe, they met and spent time together and it was one of those instant love stories between a prince and a commoner.
The book was good and it’s one of those books you are curious what would happen next once you read enough. The plot was good, but if explored more, it could have been better.
Like for example:
- The main character is a prince, it would have been more riveting if he did more princely stuff and had a lot of skill.
“For starters, I don’t have too many skills other than shaking hands, playing polo, and fencing.”
I was embarrassed in his behalf when he couldn’t even protect Becca and get back her snatched purse. That scene was horrible. Even more upsetting was that he couldn’t protect himself if he would likely be attacked cause that did happen, even though it was his father’s guards, he couldn’t even fight back.
- The use of media
When he was running around Europe, he was photographed and appeared in magazines and their news, but when prince Nikolai was attacked, by their own guards no less, it should have caused a massive “netizen” attack or even simple complaints from the people of his nation for their crown prince to be treated like that in public. Even by the orders of their King, it should have been pointed out that the scene caused by the guards to retrieve Prince Nikolai caused an uproar and thus creating that “international incident” he was trying so hard to avoid.
- The King
He was the king of the country. Even though the monarchy isn’t involved in more political stuff, he should have been more perceptive. He was downright a fool, in every sense of the word. He couldn’t even come up with the same solution (and a simple one at that) that Prince Nikolai presented him in the end, and he was upset with his son? Yeah, fool doesn’t even describe him.
- Becca should have been more positive and more open. In the book, she seemed a bit selfish, really.
- More of Europe integrated to the plot
- The ending.
If it could have been different, it would be in a way that there was an epilogue where both Becca and Prince Nikolai grew up to their twenty-somethings or far into the future after they finished college and an insight if they have stayed together through the long distance and through the years.
Royally lost is a cute and amusing story. Not too heavy but a heartwarming and enjoyable read.
😉 pj 😉