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Book Bargain: When It’s Real by Erin Watt

Hey, everyone! Just wanted to let you know that the eBook version of When It’s Real by Erin Watt is on sale for only $0.99 at Amazon! If you’re looking for a sweet contemporary,  then you should definitely check it out! 😉

–  Sumaya

Book Bargain: The Royals Series by Erin Watt

Hi, everyone! TGIF, am I right? I just wanted to let you all know that The Royals series by Erin Watt on sale for a really discounted price. The books 1-5 are 1.26 CAD, 2.54 CAD, 3.79 CAD, 0.99 CAD, and 3.79 CAD respectively on Amazon Kindle. If you like soap opera drama, then definitely check out this series!

Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

Review: Fallen Heir by Erin Watt


These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

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My rating:


Hey there, fellow readers! I just finished reading Fallen Heir by Erin Watt and wanted to share some of my thoughts on it! After reading When It’s Real, I couldn’t wait to read Fallen Heir as soon as possible and get my Erin Watt fix! Sadly, it wasn’t what I had expected…

First of all, I’ve got to hand it to the author in terms of plot. That was set up pretty nicely. There was always something to be anxious about and made you want to keep reading, like Hartley’s past or Felicity playing the game. The story was filled with so much drama, which is what I loved about the previous books within the series as well. Plus that strong cliffhanger ending? That’s probably now the main reason for me wanting to read Cracked Kingdom, the next book in the series! So when it came to the plot, I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest!

However, I was disappointed by the array of characters within the novel. Easton wasn’t really easy to read as the protagonist. Now, I know that not every action a character makes has to sit well with you; they’re meant to depict realistic reactions. It was just that a lot of the things he did didn’t sit well with me. Paired with the fact that he didn’t seem to develop much, other than a few epiphanies that seemed to be forgotten after a couple of chapters, Easton’s POV wasn’t all too enjoyable to read. And don’t even get me started on the novel’s romantic pairing! Let’s just say I wouldn’t root for them. Harsh, but true. As for the other characters, there were a few that I liked, but no one that really stood out, other than perhaps Felicity. Even though she was a real mean girl through and through, I did admire how much thought she put into her conniving schemes, which is more than I could say for Easton…

Well, that’s all I have to say about Fallen Heir. It wasn’t as enjoyable as I had hoped, but I did like the story structure, if anything. I don’t know whether or not I’ll read Cracked Kingdom at this point. Maybe Easton will clean up his act, and he’ll start to think of others beyond himself. All I hope for is that there might be another book after Cracked Kingdom so that his development ins’t too rushed to be unbelievable in the hopes of tying loose ends. Either that or, if Cracked Kingdom is the last book, he begins to develop and change some of his ways right at the end, leaving readers the promise of his future character development. Anyways, with that being said, has anyone else read Fallen Heir? And what were your thoughts on it if you did? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Review: When It’s Real by Erin Watt


Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

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My rating:


Hello, everyone! Just finished a pretty good book today: When It’s Real by Erin Watt! I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, ever since I finished the third book of The Royals series! Well, that and Fallen Heir, too! On a whim, I bought the book on Amazon Kindle and have been reading it since! Was it as good as I thought it would be? Yes, it was!

First of all, I want to start of by saying that I really like reading about fake relationships turning into something more! I don’t know exactly what it is about them. Maybe it’s the fact that both people have prior judgments about the other that are wiped away over the course of the relationship. Or it could be the fact that they become really vulnerable when they wouldn’t have otherwise. Maybe it’s the drama that results from it! Or all of the above! Regardless, I love it when a book includes a staged relationship into its story! Plus, When It’s Real had a lot to do with the entertainment industry since Oakley is a   famous singer and all! Those two things combined made this book super appealing to me!

As for the characters, I liked them well enough. They interacted nicely with each other and were pretty decent. On their own, they were okay as well. Sometimes, they’d play to their archetypes, though. Like Vaughn being the girl next door and Oakley being the jerky dudebro… But it made sense due to the story being told and for the progression of the plot. I was never bored, that’s for sure! But there also times where my heart would go out to them, especially Vaughn! While I might not have agreed with how they both handled things, I understood their reasoning and empathized because of it.

Well, that’s all I have to say about When It’s Real by Erin Watt! At least, for now! Honestly, I loved reading every bit of it! Even near the end! Mainly because I was really tense, more than I needed to be! 😀 Now I really need to read Fallen Heir because I obviously cannot get enough of books by Erin Watt! If you have any comments or questions about this book as well as The Royal series, feel free to leave them in the section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Book Bargain: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Hey, everyone! I know I’ve been gone for a long time, and I’d like to apologize for that. I recently started an internship and things have been really hectic lately. I will try my best to keep posting from now on, but I probably will have moments where I’m super silent. 😉

Anyways, I wanted to let everyone know that Paper Princess by Erin Watt is $1.25 CAD on Kobo and only $0.99 CAD on Amazon Kindle and iBooks! So I say this to anyone who has ever wanted read this great, great soap opera of a book: buy it now! 😀

Have a wonderful day, everyone! And keep reading!

–  Sumaya

Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

My rating:


Hello, fellow readers! I’ve recently finished Twisted Palace by Erin Watt, the last book of the Royals trilogy, and it was great! So many things happened and the suspense was killing me. This book focuses on Ella and Reed’s perspectives as Reed is being charged for a crime he claims to be innocent of. Only Ella isn’t quite sure of that. With everything conspiring against them, Ella and Reed must find out what exactly happened, unraveling more than one secret in the process. Throughout the story, I kept on thinking, “whodunit?” and had lots of theories about the guilty party and their motives. I guess having all those theories paid off, because one of them was sort of right. And when I mean sort of, I mean I couldn’t guess the full story even if I wanted to! It was so surprising!

I just want to say is that this is the first time I’ve ever marathoned a series. At least for blogging, that’s for sure. Usually, I’d move on to another story and its world, because I couldn’t see myself invested in reading an entire series for that long. My mind would be thinking of other books I could be reading, along with the fact that most people had to wait awhile before getting the next instalment of the series, so I can too. But I just couldn’t do that after Paper Princess or Broken Prince. I had to see what would happen in Twisted Palace, and needless to say, things sure did get a little twisted! 😉

So many things happen in the last book that I cannot believe it didn’t come across as overdone. The book did poke fun at itself though, like when resident mean girl Jordan called Ella’s life a soap opera, saying “what’s going to happen on next week’s episode?” while laughing on the floor, unable to believe any of this is happening. Honestly, the only thing I had a problem with plot-wise was the investigative parts. I felt like there should have been more, or at least a bit more logical. I didn’t like it when people would be blamed just on likeability alone. That’s the whole reason why Reed’s in this mess! That and circumstantial evidence.

And even though we still didn’t get a focus on certain characters (*cough* Sebastian and Sawyer *cough*), we do get a bit more intel on other characters, including some that I never expected to hear about. We learn more about the Royals world, how it came to be, as well as how everyone fits in it now, including Ella. I really like Ella’s development within these three books. I already loved her in the beginning and as time went on, she just became more endearing to me. If she had learn anything from the Royals, it would be loyalty, which Ella had a problem with at first. She was always ready to run and never kept ties to people for too long. By the third book, though, readers can see that this has changed and she’s more willing to open up and make connections with others. Anyways, I was always Team Ella and I think I always will be! 🙂

Well, those are my thoughts on Twisted Palace. I really liked this series and I recommend it to anyone who’d like a little (I mean a lot) of drama in their read! If you have any comments about Twisted Palace or The Royals Trilogy as a whole, I’d love to hear about them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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Hey again! I’m back with my review on Broken Prince by Erin Watt! It’s the sequel to Paper Princess and alternates between the perspectives of Ella Harper and Reed Royal, the brother who captured and broke Ella’s heart in the space of one book. Now, he’s trying to win Ella back and prove to her that they should be together again. I honestly thought that this book was much better than Paper Princess, explaining a lot of questions raised in the first book, all without losing its touch and becoming boring as well! Along with its wittiness, reading this book made my day! 😊

First things first, this book effortlessly connected its beginning with the cliffhanger of Paper Princess. Not only that, but it started a bit before the cliffhanger in Reed’s POV so that readers knew exactly what was going on. It was so satisfying knowing what exactly was going on in Reed’s mind! I felt more sympathetic towards him rather than just thinking of him as a huge jerk… I wouldn’t say I’m 100% on board with Reed and his shenanigans, but I don’t hate him anymore. The only sad thing was that readers heard less from Ella as a result. And as much as I’ve warmed up to Reed, Ella is still my favourite character and I just love seeing things from her perspective! There’s just this edginess that, combined with her inner sweetheart, appeals to me.

In case you were wondering, the plot of Broken Prince fails to disappoint! There was always something to worry about, from baby daddy drama (not saying whose 😉) to school tiffs escalating into full-fledged reckonings. There were also calm moments in between like whenever my favourite BFF duo, Ella and Val get together. Or when Easton would say something really crude but humourous. The hectic and calm moments balanced each other out nicely.

Also, after the cliffhanger in Paper Princess, I thought that Broken Prince couldn’t possibly top it, ending-wise. At the same time, I was really wary of what kind of ending I would be left with, also because it’s the penultimate book of the series. And my instinct was pretty spot on because that ending was something!

Well, that’s all I have to say about Broken Prince by Erin Watt. I thought it was even better than Paper Princess, but that’s just my opinion! What did you think of Paper Princess and Broken Prince? If you’ve read either of these books, or have any comments or questions about the series thus far, please leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

My rating: purple4

Hi, lovely readers! Sorry I haven’t been posting lately. Things have been hectic lately that I’ve been writing this review for a few days now. It’s gotten so bad that I’ve already read the second book of the series and am now reading the third. But I’m still pretty excited to share my thoughts on Paper Princess, so here goes nothing! 🙂 Paper Princess is told in the perspective of Ella Harper, a seventeen year old who had to strip to make a living, until a friend of her absentee father, Callum Royal, becomes her guardian and brings along wealth, security, food to eat and a roof over her head. The only catch? She has to deal with his five sons, who not only hate her, but will do everything they can to let her know just how they feel about her. And Ella will either have to bow down to the Royals or learn how to play with the best of them.

For the most part, I really liked this book for its plot. I always wanted to know what happened next and wondered how it would affect the characters once it did. It’s the same reason I bought Broken Prince, the sequel, seconds after finishing Paper Princess. I just wanted to know what happened after that cliffhanger as well as the reason it did happen. Also, at some points, you can kind of guess what’s going to happen or guess at the motives of the characters, but it felt more rewarding than just guessing based off genres and tropes.

The characters and their relationships are another matter. I had a few problems with the way Ella was being treated. In some cases, I was downright angry by how people in the book, especially the Royal brothers, treated Ella based off their own assumptions and biases. It wasn’t until much later within the novel that I started liking more of the other characters… and it took me even more time to get used to the romantic pairing…I did love the friendship between Ella and Val. It seemed so effortlessly real and endearing, the way they just clicked.

One thing that bugged me was that some characters were developed and round, while others are barely there and given less space to develop because of this. Sawyer and Sebastian are a part of the Royal family yet I feel as if they don’t play any major role within the first book. Hopefully, readers will get more insight into the minds of Sebastian and Sawyer Royal in the future.

I’ve got to give it up to this book, though: it knows how to leave us hanging with a huge cliffhanger! I’m not one for marathoning a series; usually, I just read another book and come back to the series eventually, if not at all, but I immediately downloaded Broken Prince as soon as I finished Paper Princess! I recommend this book for anyone who loves a tough protagonist that can handle her own, juicy drama, and an unexpected ending! That’s all I have to say about Paper Princess by Erin Watt. I’ll try to write a review for Broken Prince soon (hopefully by the end of this week)! 😉 If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to share them in the section below. Take care and keep reading!

– Sumaya

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