Title: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 6 May 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis 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?
Royally Lost is a cute, modern fairy-tale in the style of The Princess Diaries and The Prince and Me. I normally don’t like making comparisons but in this instance there really is no escaping it.
Told in third person narrative but alternating the focus between Nikolai and Becca. I found that the use of third person provided a barrier to fully connecting with the characters. In situations like this, I much prefer the use of first person in order to fully understand the characters actions. This is my personal preference, however, and I am trying to base my thoughts on the story as a whole while taking into account the third person narrative may have negated my full enjoyment of the story.
While Nikolai and Becca’s are vastly different, a royal and a commoner, the pressures and demands of their parents are the same. Both are having to life up to their parents unrealistic expectations, their futures are controlled in every aspect, stifling them as individuals. Nikolai’s parental expectations are exaggerated due to his royal status. The pressures and demands of life as a royal add to the weight Nikolia carries.
The role of the monarchy is questioned within the narrative, it’s relevance in modern times alongside the political impotency royals have. The figurehead status as opposed to any positive contribution to the society. These aspects were fascinating and extremely well portrayed, with the modern and archaic views of monarchy voiced within the plot. I did find that the resolutions toward the latter part of the book felt a little rushed but none the less satisfactory.
Family and personal relationships are the foundation of the story, the romance is a large part of it but it isn’t the only factor within the book. I loved the positive portrayal of siblings. Both Becca and Nikolai have amazing relationships with their siblings; the support they give each other added a depth of emotion to the story as a whole.
The book is rife with historical reference, quite a few of them humorous, while a necessary part of the revelations in one way I did find there to be too much historical information scattered throughout the narrative. The descriptions of the places they visited aided the imagery and the romance simultaneously.
The inference that fate/destiny played a hand in bringing Nikolia and Becca together added to the warm and fuzzy feelings the story produced 🙂 this is one of those stories that you want an epilogue set 10 years in the future just to know how everything turns out for the characters.
Royally Lost is a squishy, warm and fuzzy inducing romance; full of cuteness it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon escaping reality alongside Nikolai and Becca.