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Monday, May 25, 2015

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
"For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?"- summary from Amazon

I cannot believe it's been 5 years since the last Princess Diaries book, and I did not know how badly I wanted one until it arrived in the mail. I read this a couple months ago, shortly after receiving it (and then read the middle-grade companion book right after), and I loved every single page of it. Mia is still the same neurotic, obsessive person she always is, but she's definitely an adult now, dealing with bigger issues and Cabot made sure to show that she has matured very well in the 7 years that have passed (in the book's timeline). It's a nice change of pace from the teenage Mia, and I could not get enough of her and her friends and family. It's so nice to be enveloped in this world again and catch up with everyone and see how they're all doing. And of course, Cabot's humor is still in full force, eliciting many a giggle from me as I read page after page.

Overall, this is a wonderful continuation of the Princess Diaries series and I hope that Cabot gives us a book every couple years to keep us in Mia's life and see how she's doing.

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Friday, May 22, 2015

King by Ellen Oh

King by Ellen Oh
"All eyes are on her. Kira, once an outcast in her home village of Hansong, is now the only one with the power to save her kingdom. Kira braves a sea of tigers and battles armies of demons as she learns to trust herself, the romantic feelings for Jaewon that are growing within her, and the destiny that must be hers."- summary from Amazon

The final book in Oh's Dragon King Chronicles is the perfect ending to this fantastically written series. Kira's journey in this book tests her strength and determination several times over, and she beats the odds every time. Oh portrays Kira so realistically as she goes through these fantastical obstacles and quests, and of course it's always nice to see some diversity in our fantasy heroines. The Asian-inspired culture of the fantasy world really adds an extra layer of depth to the whole trilogy.

I still really enjoyed her relationship with Jaewon. There's some great tension there that she's not allowing herself to feel because of all that's going on around her, but it's easy to tell she feels most comfortable around him and very close to him. The endgame of it is inevitable, but the how makes it so worthwhile.

Overall, such a wonderful series and I'm so eager to see what Oh has in store for us next. I cannot say enough good things about it; please go check it out if you're a fantasy fan.

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blog Tour- What Remains by Helene Dunbar

What Remains by Helene Dunbar
In less than a second...

... two of the things Cal Ryan cares most about--a promising baseball career and Lizzie, one of his best friends--are gone forever.

In the hours that follow...

...Cal's damaged heart is replaced. But his life will never be the same.

Everyone expects him to pick up the pieces and move on.

But Lizzie is gone, and all that remains for Cal is an overwhelming sense that her death was his fault. And a voice in his head that just...won't...stop.

Cal thought he and his friends could overcome any obstacle. But grief might be the one exception.
And that might take a lifetime to accept...

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Dunbar has another winner with this quiet but powerful book about friendship, guilt, romance, and heart transplants. It's such a compelling, poignant read that I strongly urge you all to go out and read it!

Helene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS (Flux, 2014) and WHAT REMAINS (Flux, 2015). Over the years, she's worked as a drama critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter, and exists on a steady diet of readers' tears.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wild by Sophie Jordan

Wild by Sophie Jordan
"Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other."- summary from Amazon

I absolutely loved reading Jordan's new adult book; I've received copies of the whole trilogy but this was the first one I'd read, and I'm really intrigued to read the other two. Both characters from the previous two books and their romantic leads appear in this book as well, so it's nice to learn a bit about their future before reading how they got there.

FTC: Received finished paperback from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
"When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People's Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie's famous love triangle, Paige's crazy new life begins to resemble her character's.

In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is--and who she wants--as the whole world watches."- summary from Amazon

I absolutely adore books about the celebrity lifestyle, and this is pretty much the best book about it that I've come across. It was such a fun, engrossing read about Paige's rise to super-stardom as she is selected to be the heroine in an adaptation of a bestselling Young Adult trilogy, and how she deals with the love triangle of her two sexy male co-stars. Soon, life is imitating art (at least in that respect of the book, not any other aspect- they don't get stuck on an island after a crash).

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.