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Book Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee- 5 Stars

 

Imagine if George Washington hadn’t become president but rather a king? This royal twist on American history was a juicy, drama filled contemporary romance and I LOVED IT.

Beatrice has America on her shoulders as she’s next in line to become their first Queen. Thanks to her grandfather for breaking tradition and declaring the Crown will go to the oldest child no matter their gender, Beatrice has been preparing for this most of her life.  She’s always played the part of a regal, sophisticated lady who always follows the rules and sticks to tradition, but when the future seems so close, will she listen to her heart or the Crown? Her parents are putting the pressure on her to find a suitable husband, even going so far as to making her a list to choose from, but she quickly realizes the one she loves isn’t on that list.

This was a great start to a series- it’s fun, juicy, and royally romantic- I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel in 2020! If you enjoy reading YA or books regarding royals, give this one a go!

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book.

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Book Review: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig- 5 Stars

Annaleigh lives at Highmoor, a manor by the sea with her father, stepmother, and sisters. She has lost four of her sisters in tragic deaths. Once there were twelve, now rumors swirl that the remaining eight sisters are cursed. The youngest sister Verity claims to see the ghosts of her dead sisters and draws their gruesome demises in her sketchbook. When Annaleigh starts to have the same visions as Verity she knows something dark and sinister is going on and sets out to uncover the truth before another sister’s life is cut short.

The writing is beautiful, the setting is creepy and magical, and the climactic villainous reveal will leave you with your jaw dropped! If you’re in the mood for a romantic, dark and disturbing fantasy then pick this one up! This spooky story will be perfect for reading around Halloween!

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Book Review: Finale by Stephanie Garber- 4 Stars

*Minor spoilers if you haven’t read the other books in the series*

I love this series! Stephanie Garber creates a world that is so magical, imaginative, and descriptive, you feel like you’re right there in the game. Finale picks up right after Legend abandons Tella on the steps after she wins the game. The fates have been freed from the Deck of Destiny, Scarlett and Tella’s mother has been rescued, and the game is finally over. Now, tough decisions must be made.

Finale is told between both Tella and Scarlett’s point of view. They are both courageous and headstrong, and will do whatever it takes to save the ones they love. This book had quite a bit more romantic scenes than the other two books, including a love triangle between Tella, Dante, and Jacks which I am all here for! Those boys are both crazy, messed up fellas, but I love certain things about both of them!

There’s a lot of characters that make up these books but they are all so well written and bring a lot of dimension to the world of Valenda. I really liked several of the fates, Jacks of course, but also The Lady Prisoner and Assassin. While I didn’t care too much for Tella in the first book, she became my favorite over the course of this series!

I felt the ending was rushed and kind of left me hanging but overall I really loved this book. The magic, intrigue, and shocking plot twists make for a wonderful reading experience! I’m sad this series is over but a book from Paloma or Legend’s POV would be amazing!

Have you read this series?

 

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Book Review: Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber- 4 Stars

The second book in the Caraval series took me forever to get through but once the action started picking up I couldn’t put it down! Legendary is from Tella’s point of view and while I honestly didn’t care for her character much in the first book, I actually grew to like her in this book! She’s strong and independent while she plays yet another game of Caraval in order to uncover Legend’s true identity. There’s not a lot I can say without giving away spoilers for either book, but the ending was absolutely insane! The world of Caraval and all of the players are so magical, some wicked, and the story is so entertaining. Nothing is as it appears, and lines become so blurred it’s hard to tell what is real from what is part of the game. Towards the end Tella must make a difficult decision and it was interesting to see her struggle with being rational when the majority of the time she makes rash decisions!

I can’t wait for Finale to be released!

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Book Review: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch-4 Stars

I really enjoyed Love & Gelato so I was excited to finally get around to reading Love & Luck! In this book, we follow Lina’s (from L&G) friend Addie around Ireland when she travels there for her aunt’s wedding. She has had her heart broken and suffered some embarrassment thanks to a boy, so when she finds an eccentric guidebook called Ireland for the Heartbroken, complete with homework she has to complete in various destinations all over Ireland, she decides to read the book and travel along on its journey through the country.

This book is definitely geared towards younger readers but I thought it was still a good read. I liked how readers got to experience various sights of Ireland along with Addie while she tried to mend her broken heart and the relationship with her brother. Love & Luck was quirky and fun to read.

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Book Review: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch-4 Stars

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This was such a sweet and charming novel! It’s a happy coming of age tale that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy!

After Lina’s mother passes away she fulfills her dying wish that she go to Italy and get to know her father, Howard. The father Lina never heard about for sixteen years, and now she’s expected to LIVE with him in a country she’s never been before?!

When Lina begins reading her mother’s journal, her new friend Ren makes it his mission to help her tour the places her mom mentions. Lina begins to unravel the mystery of her father and her mother’s true love while exploring the city her mother adored.

Love and Gelato was such a cute story about what it means to fall in love, and what it means to be a family. The descriptions of the Italian countryside and all the sightseeing Lina does was magical and I felt like I was right there with her! All in all it was a charming little story and I definitely recommend!

 

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Book Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout-4 Stars

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*Spoilers if you haven’t read Obsidian!*

 

FINALLY KATY AND DAEMON

Katy is still slightly annoying, Daemon is still very annoying, but the chemistry between them is explosive! It’s such a ridiculous, juvenile series but good grief I can’t help but be addicted!

After fighting the Arum, Katy is linked to Daemon and she has certain powers. The DOD is sniffing around town, and a new guy shows up that befriends Katy. There are a lot of shocking events and twists, as well as lots of romance! It’s fast paced and there is so much action happening which makes for a quick, easy read.

 

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Book Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout-3 Stars

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When Katy moves to West Virginia and meets her neighbors, sweet, friendly Dee and her brother-hot, rude, arrogant, HOT Daemon, she had no clue she was becoming friends with aliens.

Daemon was super annoying as was Katy for putting up with his crap. Otherwise, I really liked Katy! She is a book blogger and loves reading, she’s sassy and loyal. After her dad died her mom wanted to move, so Katy is grateful for Dee’s friendship- after a fresh start she needs a friend. I hated Daemon but the paranormal romance aspect kept me reading!

There are a lot of similarities to Twilight but instead of vampires we have aliens. The premise of the Luxen and their history was interesting and I liked how Katy became involved in their little group. The sci-fi battle and action scenes were awesome!

I read this in just a few hours while the baby was sleeping. It was fun and a quick read. If you’re looking for something light to enjoy for a few hours give this a try!

 

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Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) by Maggie Stiefvater- 5 Stars

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Yay! A novel all about Adam, Ronan, and Opal! The Raven Boys is one of my all time favorite series, and Ronan is my favorite from the books so I am ecstatic that Maggie came out with this!

It’s just a short little story dedicated to Opal, Ronan’s dream world girl. I love this world in The Raven Boys and I’m so glad we got to revisit it through Opal’s eyes, and see glimpses of Ronan possibly dreaming up a new Cabeswater.

I loved this but of course wish there was more!

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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins-3 Stars

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Well, this was a letdown. I was really excited for this one but it was rather strange. I think it was supposed to be scary but it was more so just sadistically weird and rather gruesome, especially for a YA, so it seemed odd.

Makani has moved from Hawaii to small town Nebraska and is hiding a dark secret. High school students are individually being murdered in gruesome ways, and as the body count gets higher, Makani fears for what might happen if her past is found out.

It was pretty gruesome but it wasn’t a frightening thriller which is what I prefer, suspense and thrill over gore. I did like the relationships between Makani, Ollie, and her friends and the revelation of the killer was interesting but I felt the overall ending and book as a whole fell flat for me.