Review: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Royally-Lost-coverEver enjoy the movie The Prince and Me? It was part of the reason I was interested in trying out Angie Stanton’s Royally Lost.

It loosely has the same concept in the sense that girl meets boy and the boy is secretly a prince. Our female lead is Becca, a seventeen-year-old girl who is taking a cruise with her family on a trip around Europe but feels miserable and hates being there. Then, there’s Nikolai. He’s heir to the throne and all the girls love him, but he’s miserable too, not having the freedom he wishes for. When they cross paths, they’re infatuated with each other and go site-seeing, enjoying each other’s company.

I had really high hopes for this novel. I wanted a fun read about travelling and exploring with an undercover prince, but the main character sucked all the fun out of it. I hated the main character, which isn’t good, especially if the reader is experiencing everything through her eyes. Becca just complains and whines about being on a trip with her father, her step-mother, and girl-chasing brother. She just sounds like a spoiled brat! The trip is all paid for, and for some people, visiting Europe is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ve been on a cruise around Europe (going to Greece, Italy, Tuscany, even saw Turkey and Egypt!) and it was awesome! Continue reading

Book Haul: Building My Library #5

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Building My Library is my personal weekly book haul meme. I share the books that I’m adding to my reading collection. This will include: books I buy from the store or online, borrow from friends or the public library,  advanced reading copies (books for review), gifts, audio books, and ebooks.

With the sunny summer weather here, I’ve been taking every opportunity I can to read outdoors. There’s just something about the warm sun on your face, the cool breeze, the soft grass beneath your feet, and happy birds singing in the background that adds a sense of joy and peace to your reading experience. If you get a chance, visit a beach or park with a book in hand! Sometimes you don’t have to travel far for a relaxing spot too. I’ve been enjoying my backyard and garden, sometimes even with a drink in hand. Summer is a great time to get some reading done.

Here are the books that are calling my shelves home this week:

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Review: The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen

The-Queen-of-TearlingKelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive.

- From Goodreads

There’s been a lot of buzz about this particular novel in the book blogger world. It is already set to become a movie with Emma Watson playing the lead.

Everyone has been raving how awesome it is, but I didn’t hop on the bandwagon. Actually, this may be my first “Did Not Finish” (DNF). I barely got through the first few pages, but then a few friends urged me to keep reading. I did, but I finally had to put it down after the first chapter. Continue reading

Blog Tour Review: Prototype by M.D. Waters

Prototype-coverJumping back into Emma’s story, readers go from Archetype and onto the second and final instalment, Prototype. After a year of running trying to find her parents, she finds sanctuary and safety with the Resistance. She hopes to build a life of her own there, but struggles confronting the man she loves, Noah Tucker, who has moved on and is raising their daughter with another woman. She is constantly reminded of her past, the one that wasn’t entirely her own and the one she lived, and what she is. Meanwhile, Declan Burke wishes to reclaim her, getting the public on his side with both sympathy and reward money to hunt down his wife and bring her back to him. It’s up to Emma to fight for her life and freedom, taking a stand for what she wants.

I had high expectations for this book after such a fantastic, shocking ending in the first novel (If you haven’t read my Archetype review, go check that out first). I can see both books appealing to an audience not quite familiar with the science fiction genre and welcoming them into it for the very first time, but for science fiction fanatics like me, Prototype falls short. Continue reading

Blog Tour Review: Mating for Life by Marissa Stapley

Mating-For-Life-coverI’ve been waiting for a book to come along that didn’t have a perfect representation of women but a realistic one. Mating for Life gives readers a sneak peek into the lives of several women: mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends, but mainly focuses on Helen, a mother and a free-spirited feminist, and her three adult daughters, Fiona, Ilsa, and Liane. The story explores various types of relationships, such as, friendships, mother-daughter relationships, father-daughter relationships, flings and one night stands, and married and divorced couples. Marissa Stapley gives an honest depiction of what life is like or what it can be like for some people. No one’s life follows a steady course; everyone is just trying their best to navigate through their own lives, trying to make sense of it or learning from their mistakes.

The story gives readers access to the personal lives of these women. It’s beautifully descriptive that I was able to imagine everything so clearly and became understanding of their choices, no matter how calculated or poorly made. I wanted to keep turning each page, wanting to learn more about the characters and what made them tick. The only drawback I found, which is strictly a personal preference, was chapters and paragraphs felt too long or dragged out. Sometimes several characters’ dialogue sat in sentences side by side in the same paragraph, which took me out of the story, trying to figure out who said what. However, this is a very small, and the only, criticism I have about the novel. I also loved how each chapter started out with an animal and their mating habits, and even made an appearance in the chapter, being mentioned or spotted by the characters. Continue reading

Book Haul: Building My Library: Summer Reads

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Building My Library is my personal weekly book haul meme. I share the books that I’m adding to my reading collection. This will include: books I buy from the store or online, borrow from friends or the public library,  advanced reading copies (books for review), gifts, audio books, and ebooks.

This month publishers are getting ready for the summer, sending out ARCs to bloggers. I’ve also made a trip to the library and recently won a book contest. I’m super excited to crack open all my summer reads. If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed some of my chosen reading spots for my summer reading: in my sun room, sitting on my patio with a drink, or chilling in my backyard with a comfy lounge chair and soaking up the sun.

Here are the books that are calling my shelves home this week:

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