Publisher: HarperTeen on May 6, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge, 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge
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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?
Foreign boy! How could I not?
Royally Lost follows Becca and Nikolai as they travel through Europe. Becca, an American, is on a family trip to tour through Europe the summer before she begins at Northwestern University. Nikolai is on the run from this overbearing parents–the king and queen of Mondovia. They meet each other and start to fall, but Nikolai’s guard is after him to bring him home, and Becca’s time in Europe is ending. Will they be separated forever, or will they figure out a way to be together?
I immensely enjoyed this novel. It was fun, lighthearted, fluffy, and had just the right amount of action. With Nikolai constantly being on the run, there was an air of urgency, especially when the paparazzi caught on to his whereabouts. Then there was the air of rebellion that Becca started to emit. It was just a really interesting novel. Their travelling to various countries in Europe gave it an adventurous feel and I just couldn’t put the novel down!
Becca was the leading lady and she was great. She had always been the good child since her mother died four years prior. However, she began to get tired of the way her father treated her and eventually grew a backbone over the course of the novel. I love when characters do this, and Becca did it with flair. I won’t say how, but it made me so proud of her character. Furthermore, it was nice to see something good come to her after all the happened to her pre-trip. Becca was excitable and just overall adorable. I loved her.
Nikolai was the main male character. He had problems of his own. He had very overbearing parents, a king and queen who were stuck in the Middle Ages and controlled every aspect of Nikolai’s life. He, too, grew a backbone in this novel, starting with running away from his country. I loved Nikolai’s character as well. Like Becca, he was a very well written character. He was honorable, friendly, and funny. He had passions for doing what was best for his country. He was very admirable. And he was a prince!
Dylan, Becca’s older brother, was the only other main character that I could think to talk about. He was protective and always there for his sister. He was the picture perfect older brother that everyone wishes they had.
The romance was nothing if but insta-love. I usually hate that, but this one was so well done that i couldn’t even tell! Sure, they only spent a week together. But that week was written in a way that is seemed like months, if not years. They were actually one of the cutest book couples that I’ve read to date. They were so alike in situation and fit seamlessly together: the prince and the American. It was picture perfect. And in addition to that, they didn’t let anything separate them. Even when they were physically separated, they kept looking for each other until they found one another again.
The world building in this novel was phenomenal. Stanton had the characters traveling through various European countries and I felt as if I was traveling along with them. Either Stanton had lived in Europe before, or she did some major research because the portrayal of these cities and countries was so realistic I feel as if i have actually visited them through this book. It was a great backdrop to this amazing story.
Royally Lost was a fantastically written novel about two lovers who refused to be apart and refused to be oppressed by their respective families, all with the backdrop of beautiful European countries. If this novel doesn’t appeal to your interest, I don’t know what novel will.
Nikolai opened his eyes, chilled, as a cloud blocked out the sun. Next to him, Becca slept, her hand curled in his. She smiled in relaxed slumber.
He gently released her hand and looked around. A couple of people lounged on the distant beach and a lone man sat in the sand with a camera aimed straight at him. The hairs on the back of his neck stood up.
Nikolai turned his back to the beach and nudged her. “Becca!”
“Hmm?” She stirred.
“There’s a guy on the beach and I’m pretty sure he’s taking our picture.”
Her eyes sprang open. “What?” She sat up and spotted the man. “You think he’s paparazzi?”
“It sure isn’t a random tourist aiming a long lens at us. How the hell did he know I was here?” Nikolai slid on his shorts.
“Oh crud.” Becca grabbed her clothes and quickly pulled them on. “You think he’s been taking pictures of us sleeping?”
“That and more. Lord only knows how long he’s been here.” He didn’t notice him when they were in the water, but that didn’t mean he hadn’t been lurking in the trees, snapping pictures.
Nikolai stuffed their leftover lunch items into his backpack. How did this camera-wielding jerk find him?
Dressed, with everything packed up, they headed for the motorbike. Their path unfortunately forced them to pass the creep with the camera. Nikolai pulled his baseball cap low and hid behind his sunglasses. He led the way with Becca’s hand firmly in his.
“Prince Nikolai, why did you run from the palace?” The photographer, a short, heavyset man with cameras strapped across his chest moved closer.
Nikolai picked up the pace, but the man stayed with them, walking backward and snapping pictures. This was no official appearance where Nikolai owed the press a friendly smile and kind word.
“Do your parents know where you are?”
He ignored him.
“Your friend is beautiful. Is she the reason you fled? What’s her name?”
Nikolai bristled and fought the urge to shove the man to the ground and bust his camera. He glanced at Becca, her face pink with embarrassment. She didn’t need to be targeted by this oily loser.
“Have you heard that your sister, Princess Alexi, has gone missing?”
Nikolai hesitated for an instant, but then hurried on. The man was lying. He was sure of it, and he wouldn’t let this vile intruder ruin their day.
They reached the bike. He hurried and strapped on the pack and hopped on. Becca climbed up, hugging him from behind. Nikolai liked the feel of her body secure against his. It made him feel better able to protect her.
The photographer kept snapping pictures and wouldn’t back off. “There are rumors that you have renounced the throne,” he baited.
Nikolai stiffened, but didn’t give him the satisfaction of a reaction. He started the engine.
“Where are you going next?”
“Wouldn’t you like to know?” Nikolai grinned, revved the engine, and spun gravel as they raced away.