Saturday, May 10, 2014

Royally Lost by Angie Stanton ~ Blog Tour

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Title: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Summary: 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 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?,%201


“So how was your date with Nikolai?”

Becca glared at her brother, Dylan.

“Uh-oh. Did he stand you up?” Dylan held a rolled-up magazine.
She frowned, frustrated that she’d been so easily played. “Yeah, you could say that.”
“This might explain why.” Dylan held the magazine under her face, forcing her to look at the glossy picture of a guy who looked exactly like Nikolai.
She took the magazine and examined it closer. Her breath caught in her throat. “That’s Nikolai!”
She’d recognize him anywhere. She couldn’t read the foreign headline, but it ended with an exclamation point. “Dylan, where did you find this?”
He grimaced and shrugged. “It was at every newspaper stand I saw today.”
“Why is he on the cover? Did he do something wrong?” She paged through the magazine, holding her breath. Confusion turned to shock when she saw a two-page spread filled with pictures of Nikolai.
Nikolai at the beach; a picture of him playing polo; a picture of him in a tuxedo with a girl wearing a glittering gown. Then Becca’s eyes landed on a formal picture of Nikolai in uniform, with a sword at his belt, standing next to a young girl. A stern man and austere woman sat in gilded chairs; both adults wore crowns.
Her jaw dropped open.
“Why is Nikolai in that picture with people wearing crowns? Who is he?” she asked. Her heart pumped so fast she could feel the blood pulse through her temples. “And why did he lie about his identity?”

Mini review:

Ever find yourself somewhere you don't want to be, doing things you don't want to do with people you don't want to be around?  That's the condition of both Prince Nikolai and Becca.  Both are eighteen and both have their parents running their lives.  So what are they to do?  Abandon ship and play tourist together hiding from security and parents alike.

Both of these characters are sweet.  They have that strip of free spirit running through them just trying to escape.  They need some time to figure out who they are and how they want to live their lives.  Unfortunately, no one wants to let them figure that out.  I think that's why they are so drawn to each other and they definitely are drawn to each other.  A couple chance meetings and a few kisses and they are both hooked.  

The writing is third person and I sometimes struggle with that but in this case I still felt very attached to the characters and I was definitely pulling for them.

I loved the ending.  Happy with a touch of who knows - it fit the story well.  

If you enjoy the YA genre and especially a sweet story where two people help each other figure out who they are, then this story is a great of one read.

About Angie: Angie Stanton never planned on writing books; she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in rural Wisconsin, with her brothers' 4-H pigs as pets, dance didn't work out. Instead she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head, she began to write them down, and the rest is history.

Angie is the author of six books including Royally Lost, Rock and a Hard Place, and Snapshot. She graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, and is a proud double finalist of the National Readers Choice Awards for Love 'em or Leave 'em.



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  1. This sounds like a really cute book. Nice review!

  2. Congratulations Angie on the new release. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

  3. This sounds like such a fun book! Great review, Valerie.

  4. This book looks so great! Thank you for hosting a giveaway. :)

  5. Sounds like a great book! :D Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. This really does seem like a sweet story. And your review really did a great job of giving the feel of gone story, thanks!

  7. Congrats on the new release, sounds like a super fun book!

  8. Sounds like a fun read! I would use the gift card for this for sure!

  9. Hehe! Great excerpt! Sounds like a fun read! Great review Valerie.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  10. This reminds me of that cute Mandy Moore movie from a few years ago, "Chasing Liberty"!

  11. this book looks really cute. even if i don't win the contest, i'm definitely going to request it at the library.

  12. I love road trip stories and I've always wanted to visit Europe. Plus this seems like a really fun, start-of-summer, beach-type of I'm definitely interested!!!

  13. This sounds like a sweet YA romance! I'm glad you enjoyed it!