Book Review: Broken Prince – Erin Watt

And I couldn’t read anything after Windwitch because I got Twisted Palace and Broken Prince. Spent one day finishing each cus its crazily addictive, romantic and amazing.

Also just note that with each of the Royals’ series, the synopsis pretty much spoils what happens next. So if you want to 100% avoid spoilers because I’ll probably include a little bit, don’t read it lol.

Name: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher(s): Everafter Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2016



Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.


Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

Book Cover Comments

Honestly let’s just talk about how the synopsis formatting and paragraph wording mirrors each book. It’s kinda cute. And the blue on the cover? So beautiful. Watercolor effects are just asdfghjkl, and the crystals that compose of the crown :)

The Review


My friend told me how she preferred Paper Princess compared to Broken Prince, but I think each book and what it’s surrounding is so different in it’s own way, that its not something that I would really like to compare.

“I’m done playing games, Ella. No other girls exist in the world for me. If you see me talking to one, know that I’m talking about you. If you see me walking next to someone, I’m wishing it was you … You’re the only one for me.”

Paper Princess is where Ella discovers her new world, and the First Love. Broken Prince is where Reed redeems himself and opens up, the Blossoming Love. Twisted Palace, which is the next review I’ll be writing, the Eternal Love.

“She’s mine and always has been. From before we even met, she was mine and I was hers. I fought it too long, but I’m giving in now. I’m all in now.”

There’s a little bit of a dilly dally push and pull relationship between Ella and Reed when they have to deal with each other again. Some people might find it a bit cliche, but hey, what romance is NOT cliche?
And no one cares when each time Reed and Ella kisses or makes out or whatever, it burns you like hell because it is hot and steamy, and just the stupid wait till they get to fourth base is just frickin agonising. I wanted to see my Royal ship get to fourth base. And do you, current review reader, think it’ll happen? I probably gave it away but I won’t give it away. lol me.

“I’m willing to do almost anything for you. I’d go back in time to change things if I could.” He gazes down at me with determination. “But I’m not leaving you alone.”

We go through a lot of different stuff in Broken Prince as we go deeper down into the Royals, and not necessarily everyone, but the secrets and pasts go on and on and on, and the entwined web of lies and complications just gets more crazy and crazy. To a point where its so complicated that it’s probably getting away from reality, but that’s what makes the book so interesting. It literally gets you thinking: why? what? huh? jesus fml wtf?
But it just kind of makes you like each Royal boy more and more. You want to understand them and feel them until you reach their very soul.


“I missed you every second you were gone. I thought about you every goddamn second. You want to hate me for what I did? Don’t bother – I was hating myself for it long before you showed up.”

*sobs again*

One of the things I see from Broken Prince that I really like would be what happened to the school the Royals attend. Since Gideon the eldest brother was in school, he was the enforcer who regulated the student body and kept them in shape. Reed kind of slacked, but power was still pushed in. And ever since Ella left, we get to see more of how the school is pretty much messed up (lol) and what happens when it’s not regulated. (wait oh shit i think the plot between broken prince and twisted palace is fusing tgt i mean i read them one after the other in 2 days)

We all do, because that girl flew into our house like a whirlwind and made everything come alive again. She brought steel and fire. She made us laugh again. She gave us a purpose—at first, it was us uniting against her. Then it turned into us standing beside her. Protecting her. Loving her.

And Broken Prince really doesn’t only refer to the mistake that Reed made, but also deep down into his past, and this just booms and harmonises even more of why Ella and Reed are the perfect perfect couple to compliment each other, how they help each other up because they truly see each other.



“I do. You said it yourself—I see you. I see your hurt and your loneliness. I see your pride, and the way it stops you from leaning on anyone. I see your big heart, and how you want to save the world, including an ass like me.”

As long as you don’t mind really really really messed up societies, families, relationships, human beings and excessive swearing (i excessively swear everyday lol), as well as some sweetheart aching smut and third bases, go read Broken Prince so you’d be broken as well, and then die all over again.

He told me to stay away. He told me I didn’t belong. If only I’d listened to him.



Book Review: Paper Princess – Erin Watt

Finished this book under 24 hours spanning two days on the calendar, a.k.a. from 11pm to 6pm because it was so God damn amazing, it burned through me.

Name: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher(s): Everafter Romance (self published!! woah!)
Release Date: April 4, 2016



Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.


Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 

Book Cover Comments

I love the golden lines of the crown, and even though the physical book doesn’t shine or anything, the texture and the gradient color gives the illusion that it does. The watercolors at the back are really pretty, but I think it contributed to the mysterious “cheddar cheese” blots on my copy of Eleanor & Park 😂

The Review


This book is so insane, I can’t even describe it. It’s just… asdfghjkl
Pure Romance ffs, kills me, swept me off the charts and INTO THE UNIVERSE!

I just wanna talk a little bit about the target audience of this book. It’s more of a new adult than a young adult book in my opinion, and I recommend this for anyone who is around 16 and above, since the book uses sophisticated, sexy and luring language and scenes to intoxicate readers’ minds, and I was oh dear. #@$&@*#^%#@&^$*!^@&$# (hidden msg)

Also, the review will be slightly spoilery in terms of the relationship status, but hey, that’s the entire point of romance ;)

OK before we dig in into the main stuff of this to be spectacular book review, it’s time for another round of Joanne compares a book to an anime.

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I mean, of course it’s Diabolik Lovers. Duh. A girl going into a house of 6 brothers, each attractive as hell, except that the girl here is the complete opposite of Ella.

Somewhere along the line, I started thinking that if I just got through this bad experience, this bad day, that tomorrow I’d have something better, brighter, newer.
I still believe that. I still believe that there’s something good out there for me. I just have to keep going until my time comes.

Ella comes from the gutter, and living among legit “royalty” (pun!) is not easy for her. She needs to grow accustomed to the luxuries in the Royal’s life. Yes you might think it’s easy to switch from poor to rich, but there are so many different behaviours between these two social levels (i’m sorry if i’m being discriminant), she has a lot to take in.
But what I love so much about Ella, is that all her qualities in life and her character that was born in her remained unchanged. She faced challenges and problems without ever thinking of running away, and she was never a coward. She even stood out in the sense that she does things that no other rich person or Royal would ever think about doing, such as working in the bakery.
She’s able to try to ignore most of the bad things that are happening around her, and her optimism is just really inspiring.
And the fact that she’s so brave because the next quote…

“You want me to say it?” he whispers. “Fine, I’ll say it. I want you. I fucking want you.”

I mean, there’s only one reason why our wonderful Reed would say that. Oops spoilers. Well it’s not really spoilers, since the entire point of a contemporary romance is so that the girl and the boy mentioned in the blurb has a 99% of falling in love.

Reed, I’d have to say, is a bit of an idiot. How do I describe him, kind of holding back. RIGHT THE BEST DESSERT TO DESCRIBE HIM: Lava Cake. Yes yes a whole ton of boys have Lava Cake personalities, but who frickin cares? It’s the clichés that make things more interesting. Reed is pretty tough to Ella sometimes, and somewhat overprotective of the ones that he cares about, but that’s what I like about him, for the fact that he really cares about his brothers (and maybe Ella HMMM HMMM) And when you cut open that cake and all that chocolate fondue flows out, oh my goodness this boy is fudging (pun!) insane. And some of us all know that there is a part of Reed that belongs to destruction and insanity, a.k.a. messed up. But that wouldn’t stop anyone of us from loving him, eih? :)


“I was having the best dream,” I mumble as he curls his body around my back.
“What was it?” he says roughly.
“That you showed up in my bedroom and held me all night long.”
“I like that dream,” he whispers in my ear and then he does just that—holds me until I fall asleep.

The interactions between Reed and Ella will keep you tumbling in a whirlpool of love and hotness, literally giving you sweet-heart-aches over and over again as you read it. The two’s relationship is really interesting throughout the book, with their ups and downs and ups and downs, and of course, it is for you, potential reader, to see what it is cus I AIN’T GONNA SPOIL ZE DETAILS.

(and while I’m typing this up, it’s Thursday morning near noon at school during break time in Hong Kong, and I’m wondering when Book Depository is going to ship Broken Prince and Twisted Palace, because I’m craving it.)

“You should know whatever game you’re playing, you can’t win. Not against all of us. If you leave now, you won’t be hurt. If you stay, we’ll break you so bad that you’ll be crawling away.”

The toughest situation in Ella’s life is her origin, as well as the fact that gossips exist in high schools where she and the Royals go to. All those Queen Bees b like ASDFGHJKL and you just wanna punch them in the face because they’re such jerks. But that didn’t keep Ella away. She didn’t shed a single tear for them, and went over the barriers that were put up in front of her over and over again.

This house is an illusion. It’s polished and pretty, but the dream Callum is trying to sell is as flimsy as paper. Nothing stays shiny forever in this world.

And to talk a little bit about the rest of the Royal family, yes, every single Royal is as messed up as each other. Each has their own addiction and blindness to something in their life, but excluding Father Royal, every other Royal boy is as captivating and as charming as the other. Much love much love. You’ll be introduced to some of the “Queen Jerks” at school, as well as a good friend that Ella will make. Aaaand a few other characters that will make an important appearance.
Speaking of the person who pretty much has the antagonist role, it reminds me of Scum’s Wish. I think Joanne needs to stop with all the anime related references.

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This book is absolutely captivating and absolutely amazing. To so many different levels. I’ve never read a pure YA/NA romance like this, and I am enthralled and entranced.

And to give you one last present, feel free to skip this line if you want to avoid slight spoilers: the very last line of this book that will make you want to know what happens afterwards in Broken Prince.

I’ve fallen from the sky and I’m not sure I can get up. Not this time.

Book Review: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

It’s true that a contemporary book can make any day feel even more sweeter and better. ooo i hear my dog bark.


Name: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 8, 2016


Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Book Cover Comments

Simple, cute, straight to the point, perfect for a contemporary book ;) Also credits to my friend Jonathan (not that you’ll ever read this) for introducing this book to me, because I died.

The Actual Review

After a roller coaster of fantasy and depressing life, it’s really true that a sweet star-crossed contemporary romance can cheer your day up.

Eleanor & Park is such a sweet contemporary romance filled with mini arguments and interruptions through out their relationship, I thought it really reflects RL when every couple is only trying out and beginning to get used to a new person in their life. The book must also be praised for it’s diversity and the fact that it addresses some social standard stereotypes, and one of those that was in the book somewhat, in a way, applies to me? No shame here. That’s what I really love about this book, the fact that it’s expressing some issues that people are feeling nowadays, why they are uncomfortable around other people.

It was also interesting to see how Eleanor & Park started off, how they first interacted and talked to each other, as well as how they learnt to accept each other’s flaws, which is of course, a really important aspect that we need in our daily lives, even with family and friends. (and animals, too.)

But seriously, the ending was really heartbreaking, and here’s my reaction.

*flips page. Acknowledgements*

“Wait What”
*flips back and forth*
“What the hell r u srs”

Yep that was my wonderful verbal reaction which I actually said out loud. Then I went to my friends for therapy because I didn’t know how to deal with the ending. A nice thing about the ending is that instead of being a close ended future if you get what I mean, it is an open ended future that can lead to so many paths because the final ending and how it will turn out is blurred. That gives the reader a wild imagination of what will happen to Eleanor and Park in their far future. Though I personally prefer closed endings just because I want to draw a “full stop” to a story.

I’d also like to talk about the school life of Eleanor and Park, and as I said, there are some stereotypes going around at school and terrible behaviours going on. I really like how it’s addressed in the book, because, of course, it increases the book’s diversity and just really shows how flawed humans are (sorry if this might be controversial) and how much more we can be improving.

Both Eleanor and Park’s family separately are also really interesting to learn about. The power in the family, how the family runs, their fears and their lives, accepting and not accepting, rules, regulations, all these things you will be seeing in this book.

*yes i know this is a fairly repetitive book review but i’m sorry i dunno wat 2 talk abt*


Spark up your day with this fluttering romance and stay stunned from the beautiful ending, as well as smile at the diversity of Eleanor & Park.

Book Review: Under Rose Tainted Skies – Louise Gornall

Oh wow. It’s not Fantasy!


The 2nd Contemporary in my history of book blogging! (not that I started for long.)

The next book I’m going to review is my Insider’s Guide to Disneyland Hong Kong, exclusive for cast members, NOT FOR SALE. It’s not even fictional! Factual and documentative!

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Name: Under Rose Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publisher: Chicken House
Release Date: July 7, 2016
(ooo Lucky 7)


Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.

Book Cover Comments

So I saw on Google about how this book has three colors: Persian Pink, Persian Rose and Lavender Magenta. Now, when I was at Waterstones this summer, they pretty much only had Persian Rose so I got that, and its not neon blasting colors like the other ones, so that’s my fav 😂

Also, the golden birdcage that shimmers on the physical book with the heart is cute, and it’s also really deep and metaphorical.

The Actual Review

This book is the absolute sweetheart of my week.

And it’s something really meaningful as well.

So as we know from the premise, Norah is a girl who has agoraphobia and OCD, and in this book, Gornall really goes through all the details and gives the readers a full experience of what a person with these two mental health issues are, so that we can understand these people another step better and it’s also a way for us to not freak out if we ever encounter these type of people.

Norah has many stereotypical questions and thoughts and concepts that is shared not only by those who have mindsets like her, but any teenage girl would go through these type of questions, and from there, I feel a connection with Norah, and sometimes I just go: “Seriously Norah, of course that’s not what they think.” or, “Norah dear, *sobs*.” Her character is extremely well written, and it is really meaningful for any girl to read if they have self confidence issues (me) and doubts with society & relationships (me). Anyone would see the world in a whole new way after reading it.

In this book, we are also introduced to Norah’s new neighbour, Luke. And OMG Luke is such a cute guy, you will actually fawn over his sweet and cuteness in this book. Luke is basically the dream guy. Now, I don’t know much about his appearances whatsoever (when I read, there’s no such thing as hot or not. Because I have a set cast for every single book, it’s just about if I’m using them or not XD The main characters pretty much stay the same face XD), but this boy is super caring for Norah whenever they have their interactions, and he is sweet on many levels (I’m getting repetitive), and he is an extremely thoughtful person, aware of what he should do or not around Norah, though sometimes Love does not get held back by that control. Luke is also really accepting with who Norah is, and finds ways to associate himself with Norah so that they might have better connection. (which they did)

The ending was a tad bit confusing and all? Like, I didn’t quite catch some details and where it happened, but there’s one thing I know for sure, is that Norah is improving by the minute, and the fact that she was able to reach Luke in time was really brave of her.

And I was also saying how this book has a great understanding of what life is, and the obstacles and challenges that come at it. So I must quote something from the epilogue of this book that is really really really true, and thank you Louise for reminding me about it:

“Your mind adapts to what worse is. Suddenly, that thing that seemed so terrifying at first is dwarfed by the next challenge that comes your way. But you adapt again and again and again, until you find yourself fearless.”

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a beautiful book about a girl who locked herself in a birdcage, and the one with the key that will bring her out of it and filling her heart with love.


Book Review: Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella

Welcome to my fourth book review of my BookReviewathon. I’ve had three SJMaas books, and I thought I’d do something else before going on to QoS and Assassin’s Blade.

  1. basic statistics of the book.
  2. blurb from the back of the book, feat. book cover(s).
  3. cover design comment.
  4. The review!


Name: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: DOUBLEDAY
Release Date: June 9, 2015

Blurb from My copy

Audrey can’t leave the house. She can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles in to her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile, and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again — well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do things she’d thought were too scary.

Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you think you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . .


Book Cover Comments

Ok. If you’ve seen Finding Audrey on Goodreads, you will see a billion publishers that bought rights to Finding Audrey. But for English, it mainly comes in the one you see above, with the minor alterations being the cover above, but yellow switched with green, and another fancy one (please go find yourself).

This book is V cute I cannot. I also love the color theme of yellow and green, cus the two of them definitely go super well together. Audrey and her sunglasses are definitely the key things in this book, and I love it. The green stripes takes up most of it, but I think the simplicity makes it look gorgeous.

The side is Sophie’s name and the book title in a blocky cute yellow font with Audrey’s head between em’.

The back has sort of a bookmark design with a few quotes, and its those quotes that acted as part of what captivated my attention to get this book. Yes. This is one of those books that I did not order online from BookDepo. I actually got this from Hong Kong. The most surprising thing ever. Also, at the bottom of the back, there are two starbucks cups with “Audrey” and “Linus”, so it’s cute.

Also, my edition comes with a keep-one-give-one bookmark set, and it’s V cute.

The Actual Review

Finding Audrey is actually such an important book to me.
Because, after I’ve read this book, I knew that I could now step into the world of YA to read more YA books, and I will never be afraid of thick books with no pictures again, so I really wanna thank Sophie Kinsella for creating such a wonderful book.

In this book, Sophie uses different formats of communications and POVs, from the regular perspective of Audrey, Audrey’s video camera and the notes between Audrey and Linus. They’re all super cute, I just, awwwwwwww.

OK, so here’s a life lesson. Don’t try fixing a birthday cake with ketchup. Tipp-Ex would have been better.

The scene that included the sentence above was one of my favourite scenes.

Sophie never stops in this book with all the humor and climax-humors. It’s just all too realistic, which makes it super cool and awesome, as well as the existence of stock characters. OMG and the reference to L.O.L. (League of Legends). The mum is this book is absolute legend. Read the book, and you’ll know why. I’m not going to spoil you here.

We didn’t win. Not only did we not win, we were stomped.
I think Mum was genuinely shocked. I think she’d mentally checked us in for the finals and the six-million-dollar prize pot, with her lording it over all the other parents.

I couldn’t stop laughing and chuckling at these parts. I don’t even understand how Sophie can actually think of such funny stuff. And its not only the comedy. Ain’t leavin’ out the sweet parts:

I clink my coffee cup against his. “Miss Audrey is heading for the stars.”

This was the quote featured on the bookmark I was talking about. :333333

And last but not least, one of the most beautiful endings I have ever seen:

A pause – then she gives the most dazzling, radiant smile.
As she comes close to turn off the camera, Audrey’s blue eyes loom large, filling the screen. She blinks a couple of times, then winks at the camera.
See you.

It was so beautiful, I didn’t even know what to say. Talking about beautiful, there were so many parts in this book where you see Audrey grow out of her shell and eventually becoming a whole new person. I really enjoyed to see her struggles in life as well as those around her helping her out, and becoming one big family.

This book is very enjoyable, and its definitely the perfect book for those who need a little boost to grow out of their shell (it actually helped me), as well as those looking for a little Slice of Life. <3 <3 <3