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review 2016-03-27 00:00
Royally Lost
Royally Lost - Angie Stanton I was reading this for the Popsugar Challenge (a book set in Europe), but decided to DNF it.

I may write a longer review one day, but here are two status updates that show what I thought of what I read of the book:

Update 1:
Becca is very obviously an Idiot. With a capital I. She has the chance to visit another continent, which is an amazing chance for anyone with a brain, but she keeps complaining about Europe instead. She doesn't like that she is being shown old places, complains about every little thing her parents do and behaves like a spoiled twelve-year-old instead of a high school graduate.


Update 2:
What does Nikolai see in her? She's a walking stereotype of a blonde American girl.

Newest complain: historical things in a museum. Seriously? Not everybody likes old dishes, but you don't have to find them interesting to recognise their value.

And, Becca, there are many modern things in Europe. Where do you think people's clothes, phones, etc come from?

Also, how did Becca finish high school?
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-04-04 18:04
Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton
Rock and a Hard Place - Angie Stanton

There is only one way to describe Rock a Hard Place:

The story starts with a chance meeting between two very different people: Peter and Libby. A meeting that each comes out from feeling a little... different. Like the other frees and soothes something in them. Attraction ensues. A relationship starts.

They were both great characters; Libby is easy to relate to, because of how human and strong she grows to be.

Peter is easy to love, because he never let fame get to his head, and what he truly loves is the music - not the attention that comes with it.

this feels like Libby and Peter to me. 

The book mostly revolves around their romantic relationship, which is pretty insta love, BUT, I felt like it was okay like this. And trust me, as an advocate against insta love everywhere, this means something.

They both drew strength they might've otherwise not possessed from the relationship: Libby finds the will to stand up for herself, and Peter finds inspiration and a renewed energy to face the limelight now that he has the solace of Libby's company.

I find that this is the type of relationship I like best.

But the thing that really convinced me of them happens half way through... and it's a spoiler. A long one.

Libby and Peter get separated, and quite dramatically. But what makes this book beautiful and unique is how they both handle it. 

How many times have we watched a main female character break apart and fall to pieces over a breakup? But don't worry, there's no Bella Syndrome for Libby. Instead of letting their time together bring her down, she uses it to draw strength to move on and become better. To become an independent, strong young woman who knows exactly what she wants and gets it. 

I cannot express the amount of love I have for Libby (and Angie, who wrote her), for choosing this path.  

On the other hand, it's Peter who shows the more traditional symptoms of depression and unhappiness. But it's not pathetic, because he doesn't let it stop him from doing his job--or stop him from finding Libby. It was heartwarming ♥

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This book was just so good. I read it in one sitting, the pages flew by this fast. And When I was done, I wanted more.

 

Source: www.thebookbabesreads.com/2015/04/rock-and-hard-place-by-angie-stanton.html
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review 2014-10-30 23:49
Review: Royally Lost
Royally Lost - Angie Stanton

Royally Lost a cute, simple contemporary, perfect for the hot and fun atmosphere summer brings each year, or even a great end-of-summer novel. This isn't anything earth shattering, but I really enjoyed this one. Nikolai was charming and sweet and Becca was logical but willing to be swept off her feet.

The setting and writing were perfect for the story. Royally Lost doesn't have a lot of depth to it, but the ending is cute and we do see the characters realistically work through their own personal issues.

If you're looking for something light and charming, then this is the novel for you.

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review 2014-06-19 17:59
Review: Royally Lost
Royally Lost - Angie Stanton

If you love travel stories mixed in with a bit of romance, then you should definitely read this book. It complies a great plot that one can enjoy on a beautiful summer day.

Plot: This is about a girl who goes on a European vacation and ends up meeting a prince, who is under disguise and running away. I like the idea of this plot because this girl who thought that nothing ever good happens to her happens to her right underneath her nose. It’s cute and super fun to read.

Love/Friendship: This is the only area that sort of bugged me cause I felt like the romance is a bit rushed. Then again, they are on limited time due to vacation and run away prince, so I can see how these two just wanted to get away from everything and have fun. Still, I wished they had time to slow down their romance instead of rushing into things. The prince’s story is quite amusing itself. I’m no royalty but I can only imagine the amount of pressure/stress they go through. They have a duty and a repetition to protect. I can totally relate to him running away just for some time.

Ending: It ended as expected. Cute and very,”awwww.” I love it. The story overall builds to this story that the reader can get lost in. The travel sights in Europe, even though I never been, almost seem real in my head.

Royally Lost is a super cute read that will you adore. It has everything you want in a teen read. Adventure, drama and most of all Love.

Source: www.bookswithbite.net
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review 2014-05-21 19:09
Book Review: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton
Royally Lost - Angie Stanton

I was in the mood for a cute, fun, summery read. Angie Stanton definitely delivered with Royally Lost. It is an insta-love story, and the main characters may seem a bit whiny at times. However, I think it all worked out well. I loved Becca and Nikolai and ended up thoroughly enjoying this read.

 

Becca and Nikolai came from startling different backgrounds, but one thing they had in common were imposing parents that had expectations which didn’t coincide with what they wanted. Becca did’t want to go to Northwestern to major in pre-law, and Nikolai didn’t want to join the military, becoming a mold of his father. Many coincidental meetings leads to an act of rebellion as Becca and Nikolai attempt to find themselves on their own European adventure.

 

Like I said, Becca and Nikolai were a bit whiny. They continuously complained about their situations and about their parents. However, I liked them regardless. They were teenagers that were sick of doing what they were being told, and through all of the complaining I enjoyed seeing them do things for themselves. They started growing as individuals, trying to discover who they wanted to become.

 

The insta-love also didn’t bother me as much. Yes, I did think their declaration of love was pretty farfetched, but I do believe what they had was definitely a summer, teenaged love. I don’t doubt the feelings and the chemistry they had for each other. It was definitely cute. I enjoyed watching them grow together even if it was only over a few days.

 

Overall, I loved Royally Lost by Angie Stanton. I thought it was well written, and it definitely makes me want to go to Europe. Royally Lost  was a nice, cute, fluffy read. I definitely recommend it as a beach read. And in the end, I’d give it 4 stars.

Source: ayamproductions.com/2014/05/royally-lost
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