ARC Review: American Royals – Katharine McGee

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: Bellewether – Susanna Kearsley

I decided to remove whatever stuff I was talking about here in the intro, because right now, all I want to do is murder WordPress.

Layout change after layout change they think they’re making things better BUT THEY’RE NOT. THE LAYOUT OF EDITING ONLY GOT UGLIER AND UGLIER

AND I FINALLY CAN’T TAKE IT

BECAUSE THEY HAVE DISABLED SCROLLING DOWN A POST ON GOOGLE CHROME.

HOW THE SHIT AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE MY INTERNET LIFE WITHOUT SCROLLING!?!?!?$ER@#$R@

YOUR APP DOESN’T EVEN ALLOW EDITING AND JUST REDIRECTS ME TO THE WEBPAGE EDITOR ON CHROMES

Sorry. Back to the post.


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Name: Bellewether
Author: Susanna Kearsley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Synopsis

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

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Book Review: Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

And right after finishing the book, I went to see Tahereh Mafi at L.A. Times Festival of Books over at USC :3

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Name: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 2, 2012 (1st Ed Nov 15, 2011)

Synopsis

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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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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ARC Review: When We Caught Fire – Anna Godbersen

This Advanced Readers’ Copy was given to me during Book Expo 2018, in exchange for an honest review.

SO hi I’ve been delaying this review for awhile because Spring Break and shit happens in life thank you very much


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Name: When We Caught Fire
Author: Anna Godbersen
Publisher: EpicReads
Release Date: October 2, 2018

Synopsis

It’s 1871 and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth, and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson. Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed.

As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze. Sweeping, soapy, and romantic, this is a story about an epic love triangle—one that will literally set the city ablaze, and change the lives of three childhood friends forever.

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ARC Review: Monster – K.D. Elizabeth

Today is Monster’s publishing day!!! woop woop!!!!

Happy Book Birthday to K.D. Elizabeth, so proud to be on your street team and so honored to be able to read your books faster than others and love them greatly!


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Name: Monster
Author: K.D. Elizabeth
Publisher: –
Release Date: February 15, 2019

Synopsis

I’ve wanted to screw Rory Larson for twenty-seven years. Okay, fine, I’ve really wanted to screw her for only seventeen, but I’ve wanted her for twenty-seven. More specifically, since I was five and she dumped an entire container of multicolored glitter over my head.

It may have taken only a couple hours for my mom to scrub the glitter out of my hair, but I needed until college to finally get my first taste of Rory.
Then things went horribly wrong—and by horribly wrong, I mean she left me in my dorm, naked, wondering what the hell had just happened.

Fast forward a decade, and Rory still hates me. Loathes me, actually. Sure, she’ll inevitably say that I did something horrible, something irredeemable, that night all those years ago, but that’s just flat-out wrong. I’m completely blameless in the situation. At least, I’m pretty sure I am, anyway.

I deserve an explanation. So I’m enacting my evil plan. By the time the week is out, Jackson King is finally going to put an end to this unbearable twenty-seven-year itch.

Everything will be fine once she hears me out. Right?

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Book Review: Queen of Air and Darkness (Joanne)

Disclamier: this review has a lowkey-spoiler and non-spoiler section, but that will be clearly marked. If you would like to see a full SPOILER and extremely ragy version of this fairly positive review by Ava, click HERE


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Name: Queen of Air and Darkness
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: December 4, 2018

Synopsis

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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Book Review: Queen of Air and Darkness (Ava)

Hi! Joanne here in italics! Welcome to Ava’s first review, QoAaD! You’ll see two QoAaD reviews since both her and I have our own opinions we want to share, but without further ado, enjoy!

Disclamier: this review has minor spoilers of QoAaD, so read at your own risk, or go to Joanne’s completely spoiler free version HERE!

Do you guys want to know what happened in Queen of Air and Darkness?

Jack shit.

That’s what happened.

First of all, full disclosure, I am not a fan of Cassie Clare as a person, considering her history (and my own unpleasant encounters with her), but I also dislike the majority of her books. Before anyone starts to call me out and demand to know why I continue to read them if I don’t like them, let me just say: emotional value. I used to be obsessed with everything she wrote, and I would’ve kissed the ground she walked upon.

People change, I matured, and I reread her books and found them far less enjoyable. If you are a fan? Carry on! I know how it feels to be enraptured with an author and their creations, and I do not begrudge or judge you for that—I simply have a lot of thoughts, and I think it’s fair for them to be expressed, given how much time I’ve dedicated to this series.


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Name: Queen of Air and Darkness
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: December 4, 2018

Synopsis

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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Book Review: Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

Woop woop let’s go Lord of Shadowssssss


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Name: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: November 6, 2018 (1st published May 23, 2017)

Synopsis

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

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Book Review: Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Ok this review is really late it should have been written much earlier. In fact, I should have written it before I read Lord of Shadows, but here we are, in the year of 2019.


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Name: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: October 3, 2017 (1st published March 8, 2016)

Synopsis

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering who killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her battle partner Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

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