ARC Review: American Royals – Katharine McGee

This ARC was obtained during YallWest/BookCon (I got in line for the in-booth signing at BookCon in which I could get a free copy, but I already got one at YallWest.)


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Name: American Royals
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: September 3, 2019

Synopsis

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. And their country was born of rebellion.

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.

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Book Review: Girl in Pieces – Kathleen Glasgow

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Self-harm, sexual abuse, substance abuse, suicide, sexual assault, physical abuse. This book…this is a heavy book. But I think it’s fucking angelic so I’m gonna talk about it.


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Name: Girl in Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: August 30, 2016

Synopsis

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

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Book Review: Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan

໒( •́ ∧ •̀ )७ it’s the last book in the series and I’d rather the series not end of it was honestly the most PERFECT ending I could ever ask for ( ≧Д≦)


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Name: Rich People Problems
Author: Kevin Kwan

Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018 (1st pub May 23, 2017)

Synopsis

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband–a man hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan’s hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.

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Book Review: China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan

VA VA VA VOOM!

This series gets better by the book, honestly. With book 1, because I’ve watched the movie, some part of my brain was kinda distracted because I’m thinking both mediums at the same time. But now that I’m out of the cycle, my mind is taking in this book completely and completely well.

without further ado…


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Name: China Rich Girlfriend
Author: Kevin Kwan

Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: May 31, 2016 (1st pub Jun 16, 2015)

Synopsis

It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.

Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich … they’re China rich.

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Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

I’m so excited to finally read CRA and write a review on it! This has OBVIOUSLY been the craze of late 2018 and I finally got around to reading it :) I’ll also tie in some of my thoughts about the movie into this review. Hope you enjoy!

A little backstory: I remember a few years back when I visited my local bookstore every Saturday morning, I would always see the cover of Rich People Problems, thinking that it’s some sort of non-fiction judgment on Chinese society. Who would have thought that the first book in that series got turned into a movie?


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Name: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan

Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: May 20, 2014 (1st pub Jun 11, 2013)

Synopsis

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

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Book Review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Ew its 12:31am

Listening to the perfect song for this book: Replay (PM 01:27) by NCT~~


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Name: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: Sept 1, 2015

Synopsis

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. Continue reading “Book Review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon”

Book Review: Nocte – Courtney Cole

This book broke me

I haven’t felt like this reading since such a long time

Such divine rapture that makes me forget everything around me except the words before my eyes and the music in my ears

Ok maybe I should write a poem now


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Name: Nocte
Author: Courtney Cole
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
Release Date: Nov 3, 2014 (1st published Oct 13, 2014)

Synopsis

My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half—my twin brother, my Finn—is crazy. I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.

I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline. Dare DuBray.

He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.

He has the power to destroy me. Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.

Why? Because of a secret.

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.

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Book Review: All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Right. One month.

I’ll try to document the two week trip to America, and then the other missing two weeks? School. HELL.

WHO’S SCHOOL HAS THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL MORE STRESSFUL THAN EXAMS?

MINE.

MMMIINNNNEEEEE


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Name: All The Bright Places
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Ember / Knopf (1st ed)
Release Date: September 6, 2016 / Jan 6, 2015 (1st ed)

Synopsis

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might kill himself, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground— it’s unclear who saves whom. Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. . . .


Book Cover Comments

It’s cute.

A very contemporary message-bringing book book cover.


The Actual Review

I had a lot of high expectations because of goodreads choice awards and what everyone said.. but… no.

I just didn’t really click with ATBP. I think the greatest problem that caused all of this was because the perspectives really confused me. I dunno, just felt like at the beginning there was so much going on, I lose track of the characters.

And thats the reason why I never read Harry Potter. Firstly I can’t pull up so many character faces in my mind. And secondly, I watched the movies. And thirdly, too much going on. Ok I sidetracked.

Also, at certain points, we lose Violet’s perspective completely, and that part just confused the heck outta me. I had absolutely no idea what was going on.

 

Tbh half of the time I had no idea what was going on in this book. It was somewhat really hard for me to catch up onto what was going on. There are parts where it gets really interesting, but because of my low-hype throughout the book, it became awkward. I think in general, the build up of Violet and Finch was just really mellow, and I get why, because this is kind of Jennifer Niven’s biography in a sense, since she’s sharing a personal experience of hers but in this form.

Also, I think I never understood what the story surrounds until I got to the ending. I always thought it of (mild spoilers btw) “There’s a reason to live on, you might still suicide but hold on” instead of what the book is, which is “the survivor of the incident, as in the sidewatcher”. I think this stumped me up. Also I just have to say, the ending felt rushed to me, everything just happened. And because of that misunderstanding, it didn’t leave me a good impression.

Like ok I get this is for a good cause, at occasional times its really sweet, the message its giving readers I understood because I can associate with it, but I just didn’t really dig into it. Also I personally like to know everything, I’m nosey, so when there are one or two things that the author left out on purpose, it itches. I’m sorry but I’m a real pandora right here.

 

So overall, this is just my opinion and my reading experience, you might like it you might not, it really depends on how the book hits you and if you understand whats going on.

Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella

New review here we go.

yes I’m doing this in English class because I’m not bothered to work on my World Literature essay, and I have no notes on me to come up with a proper topic!


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Name: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Bantam Press
Release Date: February 7, 2017

Synopsis

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?


Book Cover Comments

I kinda wanted the other cover, but some how it was this one!

Aesthetically very pleasing. I totally love the fonts used, and the little illustration of Katie was adorable. I can’t stop noticing how the placement of everything is just amazing. Gods.


The Actual Review

I didn’t realise it at first until I started reading this book.
That I purchased an Adult Fiction.
I usually go for YA, and I’ve actually never tried adult fiction before, so this is a totally new thing to me. It started off a bit slow, but it caught up really well later on, and it was super interesting and fun.

So this book would be more reflecting on real life situations and not so much beautiful falling in love whatsoever contemporary YA books, and the real life situations are on point.

Katie and Demeter both have troubles going through their lives, how their family affects their job, vice versa, relationship issues, as well as their love for their families. You’ll see how it all plays out when you read the book.

The unravelling of these two’s lives and their troubles, and how their relationship changed throughout the book was really interesting to see. While reading this book, I kept getting The Intern feels. Yes, the one featuring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. And then I rewatched The Intern after I finished the book.

I super love that the company this entire job surrounds is a brand logo/illustration company, and how Katie’s skills tie in with what she does back in the countryside when she goes there. And that’s the first domino tile that kickstarts everything.

The description of the countryside farmhouse seems pretty luxurious, honestly. I kind of want to go there and experience nature, because I’m a 100% nature person. And the elements and activities provided in the program of the hotel-camp business that her dad set up seems really fun as well. There were also a lot of humor inserted into the events that happened during the visiting of different guests.

Btw, there’s a heck ton of gossip and shade going on, and this is a really key point to the plot in the book. Why, I won’t tell you, but it’s how every bad turn on either Katie or Demeter, not spoiling you, started to happen, and what I like is that the book ended in a “solving mystery” way, which just makes things more interesting.

Last but not least, the cute sweet love involved in this book. Geez whenever Katie and her crush has interactions, my heart flutters like hell, and these two takes intimacy up a level. Totally love it. And the ending totally broke my heart :)


My Not So Perfect Life is a perfect chill read on a hot summer day or a cool autumn afternoon, suitable for anyone looking for a bit of the real world out there, a little bit of The Intern and a little bit of love.

Book Review: Twisted Palace – Erin Watt

 

My memory of this book is starting to get a little stiff here… I’ve read like 3 e-novels and 2-novellas between Twisted Palace and writing this.

Why did I read those e-books? Because I can’t get enough of the Royals feels, I needed some *cough cough* genre to brighten my mood :) (lmao)

Btw the synopsis is 500% spoilers if you haven’t read the first 2 books… so yea. Read at your own risk :D


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Name: Twisted Palace
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2016

Synopsis

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.


Book Cover Comments

This is a really different color scheme from the previous two books, with the grey dominance compared to the color dominance in the previous two books. But to a certain extent, I guess it signifies something :) events :) This shitty reviewer is spoiling you right now :)

Btw did I mention I love the constant line that appears on all three books:

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU.

Tbh they did.


The Review

 

Once again, each book is really different from the others. Paper Princess focuses on Ella Environment, Broken Prince on Reed Redemption, Twisted Palace on Event Ecstasy. Yes for the sake of alliteration. #ReviewsBLiek

Twisted Palace has A LOT of twists (rOLL CReDiTs) and turns with the events, revelations, and there’s just a whole lot on your plate. What’s different in this book compared to the others is that there’s a mystery constantly going on through the book, and things get real complicated because of what happened. But anyone loves a little bit of mystery and crime ;) You would keep guessing the suspect, in which I guessed correctly even though I doubted that person a billion times because there were so many more options… ooo la la.

Revelations here and there, from the beginning to end, it’s just filled with surprises that you would never expect. The last few revelations were especially shocking. And because this book focuses more on events, I wouldn’t say I was as hyped during reading this book compared to the initial ruin when I read Paper Princess, as the feel is indeed really different, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

What I enjoy the most?
Warning that there might be spoilers. Predictable spoilers. So uh if you don’t wanna know, skip the words in pink.
ELLA AND REED FINALLY GOT TO GOD DAMN FOURTH BASE. HOLY. FUDGING HELL, IT MELTED MY INSIDES AND I DIED. OK? IT’S THAT BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING, WHEN THEY BECAME ONE AND ASDFGJKL I’M DYING RIGHT HERE, LIKE ERIN DECIDED TO TORMENT US WITH TWO BOOKS OF DILEMA AND WAITING AND FINALLY WE HAVE IT

We all know the rest of the Royals are legit trouble and insane to a certain extent (We’re all Mad here. -Louis Carroll lmao), and I’m glad to see their troubles resolving bit by bit in this book. And oh can I talk about how Ella is starting to stand up for people in school and knowing how to keep things in order? And despite how bad some friends can be, they can be of assistance sometimes, and I find that friend-hate relationship of a certain few people pretty fun.

This book also terribly reminds me of overprotective a.k.a. helicopter parents. Love it. Aaaand hate it. But the advice people give Ella regarding parents are pretty true. All parents are overprotective and annoying, so you’re not the only one. Though I’d like to get rid of annoying parents like this lmao. I mean, who doesn’t?

So I won’t say too much in this review, since it’ll probably be repetitive with the past two ones, but despite the less hype for romance here, i extremely love the mystery woven into this wonderful tale, and it is definitely unforgettable, extremely well written, a series that is based on reality to a point that it is so true.

All I can say is? love love love.

Sadly I couldn’t find much quotes on goodreads, so let’s end with the only and only:

She got under my skin the moment I met her, and she’s still there, in my blood, in my heart.