Review: Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

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Royally Screwed

Author: Emma Chase

Publication Date: 10/18/2016

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

My Thoughts

What a wonderfully fun book. And hot, definitely a HOT read. I always wished I could meet a prince who would be so captivated by me that he would make me a princess. Alas, I met my prince, he just wasn’t royal. Nevertheless I enjoyed living vicariously through Olivia, she gets to go through quite the ride on her way to romance.

I love you, Olivia. I love you. And I don’t know how to do this. I don’t know how to let you go.

As much as I loved Nicholas, I also had moments of hate for him. He is a rather pompous arse, cocky, self important… you know, just what you would expect of someone raised with the world at their feet, but when he meets Olivia she becomes the perfect balance to his pretentiousness. And if anyone deserves a prince it’s definitely Olivia, who is barely making ends meet with a failing cafe and an absent alcoholic father. So when Nicholas swoops in on the winter winds we can’t hold her decision to give him another chance against her.

The writing is fast paced, without a single dull moment. It can easily be finished in a day, with a nice and tidy ending that will leave you feeling like it’s complete.. But never fear because Royally Screwed is just the first in the series and even though you could be done, in the end you will feel a need to continue in the world of Princes and Kings…

5star

Blog Tour Review: My Friends Are All Strange by Margaret Lesh

 

My Friends Are All Strange
Margaret Lesh
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

My friends are all strange.

Right now I’m living at Brookside, a place for people like me. I’ve met a kitty girl, a brooding beautiful boy, one who can’t be touched, and others. My new friends. Strange people. People like me.

I’ve always been different, but lately, more so. My hands sometimes don’t seem to be attached to the rest of me. I cut up all of my clothes. I’m hot, so hot, all of the time. If I sleep, a wizard haunts every dream. I don’t sleep. Sometimes I want to run, but where do you run to when you’re trying to escape your own mind? I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same. I’m smart. I’m nice, sometimes. I just want to be normal(ish). But, right now, my friends are all strange… Like me.

Dark, funny, snarky, seventeen-year-old Becca struggles to cope with mental illness in My Friends Are All Strange, the gripping contemporary young adult companion novel to Normalish.

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*I received this book through Xpresso Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review.*

My Thoughts

This was not my first book involving mental illness but it is definitely one of my favorites on the subject.  Becca is such a relatable main character that even though we only get a short time with her I was instantly attached. When I say we don’t get much time with Becca I mean we literally don’t get much time with her due to the entirety of My Friends Are All Strange taking place over two short/long months. Although it’s a short time span Becca still takes quite the journey both mentally and emotionally. She has put a lot of pressure on herself and it seems that has caused her to have a mental break, though it seems that she had some warning signs throughout her childhood leading up to this big break. At the end of the book there was an excerpt talking about a companion book titled Normalish which I had not heard of.  It left me thinking maybe I should have read it first, though the summary makes it seem like both books take place during the same time, but I’m wondering if I would have gotten more background information if I had read it in reverse order.

Overall the story moved incredibly fast, and I was enthralled until the very end.  It’s always interesting to read about things that I personally would have no way of experiencing for myself.  I enjoyed watching Becca learn how to master her “demons” by finding ways to cope and I seriously plan on picking up Normalish in order to learn more about Becca and her sister Stacey.  I also hope Mrs. Lesh plans on expanding on the story to include some of the side characters and what their futures hold.

5star

Author Bio:

California native Margaret Lesh lives in a narrow canyon populated by herds of wild burro and packs of coyote. The canyon is also populated with her creative, handsome husband, her feisty mother-in-law, her not-brave-at-all Border Collie, Echo, and sometimes her son (who is away at college. And she is not quite sure how that all happened so fast).

She writes books to entertain young and not-so-young readers as well as herself. She believes tacos are magic.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

What I Read Last Week

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Currently Reading

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What I Hope To Read This Week

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I have been so bad the past couple of weeks!! I planned to do so much reading over the four day weekend but all I accomplished was binge watching Gilmore Girls and gaming!! I mean I don’t regret it because it’s all stuff I enjoy doing but I can hear my books grumbling at me and crying out for attention from my perch on the couch…

The Sunday Post

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Check out what you missed last week:

  • Weekly Goals – Read 2/4 of my TBR goal (I blame it on my Gilmore Girls binge, I’m rewatching before starting the new episodes, but hey I made it to season 5!)
  • Review – Finding Focus
  • ARC Review – Victoria
  • Review – The Royals

 

Book Haul

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I also started shopping for my #TBTBSecretSanta partner this week. It’s so much fun to do Christmas shopping that is for a fellow book lover like myself, it’s so easy to think up ideas!  What are some of your favorite book related gifts to give to friends?

Review: The Royals by Erin Watt

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From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

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.

He might be right.

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.

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My Thoughts

Have you met the Royals yet? If you haven’t, you really need to.  Book one blew my mind, then I had to endure an epic cliffhanger ending before book two came out. Book two ruined me with another bomb of an ending until book three was released.  Book three was everything a final book should be… and more. From start to finish this series was everything I needed it to be; angst, drama, romance, suspense…seriously good times.

Ella is extremely likable, she has a work hard ethic due to caring for her mother for most of her short life.  A life that has had it’s fair share of disappointments.  We can’t really blame her for counting down the minutes until she can escape the Royal’s mansion… even if it is nice to enjoy some of life’s luxuries.  We also spend a lot of the first book hating the Royal boys, they are pretty much douchebags from the moment Ella lays eyes on them.  Granted they do have their reasons and it’s not long after that we are easily able to forgive them of their transgressions.

I can’t say enough about this series, but I also don’t want to say too much.  Just know that I’m 95% sure you won’t be disappointed.

5star

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!!

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Hey friends! I hope today is full of fun, laughter, and love.  No matter who you choose to spend your day with I hope they lift you up and make you feel like a million bucks, because you deserve nothing less than that.

Of course we do live in the real world and I know that there is plenty of apprehension in regards to family time this year but I sincerely hope none of you have to go through any negativity.

Eat lots of turkey, carbs, and sugar. And of course, remember to pack the ever reliable book companion so as to have a quick getaway when social interaction becomes too much.

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P.S.

Make sure you enter for a chance to win a $15 Amazon eGift Card courtesy of yours truly.  It’s just my way of showing my thanks to all of you for supporting me in my bookish ramblings. AND it’s open internationally!

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ARC Review: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

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Victoria

Author: Daisy Goodwin

Publication Date: 11/22/2016

“They think I am still a little girl who is not capable of being a Queen.”

Lord Melbourne turned to look at Victoria. “They are mistaken. I have not known you long, but I observe in you a natural dignity that cannot be learnt. To me, ma’am, you are every inch a Queen.”

In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.

One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband….

*This book was provided to me by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

My Thoughts

I must admit, I know nothing about history. Ok, ok, there are a few things that stuck around in my head after history class but it’s safe to say I’m far from a history nut.  Now that’s not to say I don’t find interest in the History channel, it’s just sometimes it’s hard not to fall asleep while watching it, but if it’s historical fiction we’re talking about then sign. me. up!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Victoria. After finishing it I went where everyone goes to find out facts these days, wikipedia.  I wanted to see how much truth made up the backbone of Goodwin’s Victoria and I think it’s safe to say that there was definitely a decent amount of knowledge sprinkled in among the drama and intrigue. Victoria gives us a glimpse of a young woman’s journey to becoming a queen so many will learn to respect. I had so many emotions while reading, from praising Victoria’s push for independence to mourning with her over her heart’s desire in Lord Melbourne to relief as she comes to terms with the prospect of a marriage, the poor girl had plenty of ups and downs at the beginning of her reign.

The pacing of Victoria was a little slower than what I usually like but Goodwin does such a fabulous job with dialogue and painting the scene that I still had trouble tearing myself away from the pages. I’ve also been informed that Goodwin’s Victoria will be a mini series on PBS in January, I’m so excited to see the character on the small screen!

4star