American Royals (Arc Review)

American Royals  by Katherine McGee

Published by  Random House Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2019)

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 443

Format: BEA

Source: ARC

2019 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We!

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. 
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart. 
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I was super impressed with the world building and how Katharine crafted the world building of this book. I also really liked how this book followed three very different girls all involved in this royal world. I also really did enjoy the various romance that were developed through this novel. I really did like them all. I also loved the political drama that was was the focus of this novel. It was a super fast pace read, and one that def. threw me for twists. I really am excited to for book two and see what occurs next. This book was such a fun summer read!

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Cinderella Dress (Non-Spoiler Review)

Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton

Published by  Amaretto Press on June 19, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, historical fiction

Pages: 318

Format: paperback

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

An unexpected inheritance… Kate Allen is about to find out her family has a unique relationship with a fairy tale. On the home front in 1944, Kate wants to do her part for the war effort. She’d prefer filling in for the window dressers at the New York department store where she works, but her mother insists on sending her to audition for roles she never gets. When relatives arrive from war-torn Poland with a mysterious steamer trunk and an even more mysterious story, her life is about to get complicated. Kate’s aunt, who is suffering from dementia, tries to convince Kate she is next in line to be the keeper of the wardrobe for Cinderella’s family–the real Cinderella. If the family secret is true, this might be the most important role Kate has ever auditioned for. Will she get to the truth before it’s forgotten? The debut novel from Shonna Slayton, Cinderella’s Dress, is a new addition to the great fairy-tale tradition of Cameron Dokey, Shannon Hale, and Melanie Dickerson.

My Thoughts:

This has been the first historical fiction read I read in awhile and I really enjoyed it. I found this book to the prefect mix between historical fiction and also some magic elements. I really loved the formate of this book but struggled to know how much time had pass in general. I also liked the cast dynamics and found it to a quick read. I also liked how this book showed a young girl life and it was compelling read. I really am excited to dive into the sequel!

First Line Friday: Ignite The Stars

So Here is one of my current reads and featuring the first line hoping to motivate you to pick up this awesome Science Fiction read!!

First Line Friday:

” She was seventeen and her life was about to end”

Cover Reveal!!

Summary!!

Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.

A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.

Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?

In this exhilarating edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure—perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles—debut author Maura Milan introduces our world to a thrilling new heroine.

Author Information:

Maura Milan currently resides in Los Angeles, where she can be found hanging out in cafes and drinking matcha lattes. In her free time, Maura enjoys watching Korean dramas and hanging out with her schipperke, Thor, who she believes should become a professional comedian. To this day, Gilbert Blythe is her ultimate boy crush.

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: AW Teen on September 4, 2018
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Let me know in the comments if this book is on your TBR!!

Later book lovers!

Arc Thursday: Serpent and Dove!!

So because I will be attending NYCC comic con this fall, I am trying to read some of my ARCS I got from BEA so I can make space for the new arcs I will receive this fall!

Book Cover!!

Book Summary!!

Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy duology, this tale of witchcraft and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Sara Holland.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

Author Information:

Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and reads voraciously. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband and semi-feral children. Serpent & Dove is Shelby’s debut novel. You can visit her online at http://www.shelbymahurin.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @shelbymahurin.

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 518 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen on September 3, 2019)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Let me know in the comments if this book is also on your fall TBR!

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TFW: Top Five graphic novels I want to Tackle this fall!!

I am trying to be better at reading outside my comfort zone and I have acquired quite a few graphic novels this summer and most of them come out in the early fall!! In the video bellow, I flesh them out a bit more 🙂

  1. The Okay Witch (comes out September)
  2. MoonCakes (comes out November)
  3. PumpkinHeads (Came out August)
  4. Batman Nightwalker
  5. White Bird

Let me know in the comments if any of these books are on your TBR!!

Later Booklovers!!

Top Five Adult Reads On my TBR!!

So I am trying to read some more adults reads to my TBR and over the summer I went on vacation and got several adult historical fiction reads that I grabbed this summer that I hope to read soon! I will describe these reads in the videos!

  1. When The Crawdads sing
  2. Lillac Girls
  3. The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes
  4. The lost Girls of Paris
  5. The Paris Seamstress

Let me know in the comments if you have any adult historical fiction books on your TBR, and tell me yours suggestions in your comments!

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What I am reading Monday!!!

I am actually have a much better reading life this year and I am so happy with my life balance I have created for myself this year, but Lets get into what I have been reading!!

What I finished reading!!

I really did enjoy this sequel book in this series and loved the new setting and the new mystery!! I am excited to dive into the next read in this series!

What I am Currently reading!!

I am really loving this science fiction read that I am really loving it!

What I want to read next!!

I am trying to get better at reading a halloween themed books in the fall and tackling sequels and this is both for me 🙂

Let me know in the comments what are your reading plans this week!

American Royals (Arc Review)

American Royals  by Katharine McGee

Published by  Random House Children’s Books on September 3, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 448

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. 
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart. 
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I was super impressed with the world building and how Katharine crafted the world building of this book. I also really liked how this book followed three very different girls all involved in this royal world. I also really did enjoy the various romance that were developed through this novel. I really did like them all. I also loved the political drama that was was the focus of this novel. It was a super fast pace read, and one that def. threw me for twists. I really am excited to for book two and see what occurs next. This book was such a fun summer read!

Empire Of Storms (Non-Spoiler Review)

Empire of Storms  by Sarah J Mass

Published by  Bloomsbury USA Children on September 6, 2016  

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 700

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

he long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.  

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

My Thoughts:

I really did love this book. I am really enjoying how this book is gathering all the stories together to come to eventual conclusion. I am still totally team dorian as a character but i am really loved the plot with the mare and also how so many characters are coming to alien side. I am really am so excited to dive into the next book in this series. This book is def one that has a lot of moving pieces, but i am becoming so invested in the plot as well.

First Line Friday: The Beautiful

So I am diving into this read a tad early from penguin teen. I am really enjoying diving back into the world of vampires!!

Cover Reveal!!

First Line Friday:

” New Orleans is ruled by the dead”

Summary!!

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien’s own lair–the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks–Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret. After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose–one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.

Author Information:

Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. The Rose and the Dagger is the sequel to her sparkling debut novel, The Wrath and the Dawn.

Book Information:

  • Grade Level: 7 – 9
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on October 8, 2019)

Let me know if this book is high on your fall TBR!!

Later book lovers!!