As I’ve mentioned many times before, since I’m writing for the YA/NA demo, it’s important for me to read YA/NA books as well. So for my next novel, I picked up Royally Lost by Angie Stanton, which has been compared in reviews to a Sarah Dessen novel.
I was intrigued by this book not only because of the comparison to Dessen, but also because it takes place on a European adventure. Since I’m writing about travel as well, I thought it would be interesting to see how the author weaves cultural references into her plot.
The story is a farfetched one to begin with: 18 year old Becca is on a family vacation and meets the boy of her dreams, who she later finds out is a runaway prince. (That’s right, you read correctly: prince). There were points of the story I actually laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of the situations Becca would find herself in, and there were times I would cringe at writing’s ‘telling’ as opposed to ‘showing’. (Another Stephen King reference there. They seem to pop up often in my book reviews!) And fair enough, while you may be cringing at the clichés and predictability this book offers, one thing this story does have going for it is that ‘awww’ factor we so often crave in a YA romance.
If I tell you any more than I already have, I may as well summarize the entire novel. But let’s end on a positive note, shall we? Stanton does a good job of incorporating European castles, churches and architecture into the story without boring the reader. And, as repetitive as it was, Royally Lost is a quick beach read that will inspire you to daydream the infinite possibilities surrounding love and travel. Who knows, maybe your own prince is out there.
So, if you can get past the basic writing and even easier plot points, I would recommend this book for a day in the sand, with the sound of ocean waves crashing in your ears and the sun beating down on your straw hat. I guarantee one thing: in that setting, and with this romance in hand, you’ll have a smile on your face.