Book Review: Paging Prince Charming by Alyssa Wilkins


Aurora’s named after a storybook princess, but her romantic life is anything but a fairytale. When her best friend hires a “fairy godmother” for her 22nd birthday party, Aurora wishes for her prince. She means Peter Prince, the hot guy from her office. Instead, she gets Prince Percival, an actual prince who has time travelled to modern-day St. Louis.

Percy may be a prince, but he is definitely not charming. While it’s cute that he’s fascinated by the shower and episodes of The Bachelor, his attitude is as medieval as he is. And now Aurora’s stuck sharing her tiny apartment with the annoyingly hot royal. It’s a good thing the more time they spend together, the more their unwanted attraction grows…because their adventure is just beginning.


Paging Prince Charming felt like a wild fever dream. Honestly, what did I read? This sounds so mean but it’s quite possibly the worst book I’ve ever read.

I don’t know what I was expecting but it was not what I got. There is a weird amount of time travel considering this book is only 162 pages long. It’s literally all over the place, but also the pacing isn’t crazy fast. I feel like some parts of the book lasted for far too long and then before you know it they’re in love and the book is over – sorry spoiler, but I feel like after reading this review, you won’t want to read this book anyway.

They came to the conclusion that he’s actually a prince without him actually saying much. No evidence was provided other than him referring to himself as ‘one’ and talking about his fiancé who apparently they knew about from history. If she actually exists in history that means anyone would know about both her and Percival. It could have been a prank but no they straight up came to the conclusion that he is actually a prince from the 15th or 16th century. I say both because the book couldn’t decide which one it was and it kept changing. 

Also, I get that he is a prince from god knows what century, but I don’t like the misogyny. He literally says “why does it not surprise me that a woman failed to come up with an adequate solution” It’s really not necessary. You can make him entitled in far more interesting ways than just having him think women are brainless creatures who are below men in all ways that are important. This misogyny goes right out of the window once he decides that Aurora is attractive, classic. 

The lack of surprise from any of the characters that magic exists was actually really strange. They really took everything into their stride.

As I mentioned before about the century constantly changing, there were so many mistakes in this book. A particular name kept changing spelling and throne was spelt as thrown, which literally made me laugh out loud. I’m guessing this was self published, so I can’t be too harsh, but there were so many grammar and spelling errors.

If this wasn’t so short, I definitely wouldn’t have finished it. The story wasn’t that exciting, despite the constant time jumps and the literal danger of death. Sorry, this book was not for me.

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