Waiting on Wednesday: Truly Madly Royally

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Truly Madly Royally

From Goodreads:

Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.

This sounds adorable and I cannot wait to read it!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for Second Half of 2019

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  Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…          

Most Anticipated Releases for Second Half of 2019

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha, #2)
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3)
Supernova (Renegades, #3)
Rebel (Legend, #4)
Maybe This Time
Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #4)
The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)
Into the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place, #1)
DEV1AT3 (Lifelike, #2)

This was not an easy list as there are SO many good books coming out the second half of this year! What books are you excited to read?

Books Left Unread #174

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Nemesis by Kelly Anna Banks

Nemesis (Nemesis #1)

I am determined to give this one a go because it does sound like an adventure. Have you read it?

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Review: Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

This may be a tough review for me to write as I just did not enjoy it as much as everyone else. I have found my way through historical fiction stories and found I enjoy them more than I thought I would, but this book was a struggle for me to connect with. 

This story was set during WWII and the MC was captured by Nazi opposition. She chose to tell her story through the eyes of her friend, Maddie. The story was told using various anecdotes instead of the typical “let me lay everything out for you in chronological” fashion. That in itself was super confusing. I have an idea of why the author chose that format but for me it just did not work for this particular story. It was not plot or character based, rather simple conversations between people. Again, that may work for some but it just did not work for me. There was no drama, no plot building, no world building, no character arc, nothing. It was like two people having a conversation with no depth. I promise I zoned out for most of the story, which was terrible of me to do but I was bored.

I’m not sure how much more I can expand upon the story as I quickly forgot everything after I finished. No kidding – POOF. GONE. The amount of detail that went into mundane things was outlandish. Example: There were so many descriptions of a pilot’s job that I often wondered if this was a pilot’s manual. If that kind of attention would have been put into everything else, this book would have been outstanding. It needed to be taken back to the editing process in my eyes. This needed character development, world building, some type of suspense (maybe), SOMETHING. This was just so lacking for me that it nearly hurt.

Do I recommend this? EHHHHHH… some people will really enjoy this book but I, however, am not one of them. I tried and failed to enjoy this. If you read and enjoyed it, I do wish I could have read through your eyes because this just did not work for me.

Waiting on Wednesday: Maybe This Time

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Maybe This Time

From Goodreads:

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

I absolutely adore this author and will read whatever she writes. I cannot wait to read her latest work.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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  Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…          

Unpopular Bookish Opinions

This will be my list of popular books that I did not like.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
The Night Circus
The Book Thief
Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
Vicious (Villains, #1)
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)
Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

This was not an easy list but necessary. It’s a reminder that not every book is for ever reader.

Review: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

It has taken me a while to figure out how to write my review for this book because I fail as if it failed me in nearly every possible way. Maybe I put this book on a pedestal or maybe I hyped it up too much in my head. Either way, I was disappointed with what I read.

Now why am I writing a less than stellar review on this book? I felt the concept behind it was not executed properly and huge parts of the plot were extreme stereotyping. This was supposed to be an awesome lesbian representation in a coming of age story. Supposed to be is the key phrase. The MC, Jo, has come out to her family and they support her – or do they? They just moved to the South and Jo has been asked by her dad to “tone down” or “hide” who she is for fear it will upset people. STEREOTYPING at it’s finest. Not everyone that lives in the South subscribes to that mindset. YES, it is still happening but that’s anywhere and everywhere. But the simple fact that her dad basically bribed her to conform to being straight was absurd and insulting. For a father who apparently and allegedly loved his daughter no matter what, he had the absolute worst way of showing it.

That sends Jo into a tailspin about everything in her life but she isn’t the picture perfect role model either. The crowd she hung out with was less than stellar so she doesn’t have any huge reason to cast stones. She kept praising how great the crowd she used to run with was but in hindsight they were more self-centered and manipulative than anything. Jo kept gushing at out “out and proud” they were but it could not take away from truly how negative they really were.

I don’t really want to drone on about how many other things I didn’t agree with in this story as you get the idea. MC moves to the South and falls for the girl of her dreams only to have to be quiet about who she is because it might make her dad look bad. Just that sentence alone should be enough to give you pause about this book. It did not have funny moments, it did not come across heart-felt, it did not hit me as thought provoking, it made me wish I had set this one down and moved on. I am rather upset with myself for reading it all the way through.