Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder by Chris Cavender – When I saw this book on the shelf at the library, I knew it was for me. Pizza AND a murder mystery? What more could I ask for. I enjoyed this book, but I wouldn’t say I loved it. It was a fun read, but the resolution to the mystery wasn’t mind-blowing or unpredictable. It took me a while to get into it, and it took me longer to read it than most books I’ve come across in the last few months. It’s a great book if you want a solid cosy mystery with a pizza undertone.
The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot – This was the first book I’ve read by Meg Cabot, (I know, how is that even possible). I picked up on a recommendation from a friend. Stylistically, this was a really interesting book. It follows gossip columnist, Melissa Fuller, who finds her elderly neighbour after an attack. She contacts her neighbour’s only living relative to come take care of the pets. Instead, Max, the neighbour’s nephew sends his friend to act as him. And of course, Mel falls in love with pretend Max, and drama ensues.
It is written exclusively in emails from the characters to each other. I didn’t know how this would work, but I thought it was a really cool way to tell a story. I didn’t feel like I was missing any context, because the characters did a great job of describing scenes that had happened in these emails to friends. I felt like I had a good sense of all of the characters and their intentions. I thought the ending of the book was a little predictable, but that’s rarely a deal breaker for me. I enjoyed that there was sort of a true crime twist to this romcom story.
I wouldn’t say I LOVED this book, but I did really enjoy it, and I absolutely will read the other books in this series.
Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot – This book is a part of the popular “Princess Diaries”. It’s the 11th, and most current book in the series. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series. So what made me think I could just pick up the 11th book in a series and understand what was going on? Well, I love a royal wedding, dammit!!! And I’ve seen the movie, so I get the gist of who these characters are.
We follow Mia, Princess of Genovia, as she navigates her late 20s as royalty. Her dad runs into some legal issues, her grandmere is as overbearing as always, and she’s worried her boyfriend is hiding something from her.
I felt like I was completely able to grasp the story, even if I hadn’t read any of the previous books. I think it works pretty well as a standalone book. I really enjoyed reading this book. Mia is an incredibly likeable character, and the book feels very current – but some of the references will be dated in another 5 or so years probably.
My main issue of the book is that, in a 430 page book, all of the main action seems to happen in the last 200 pages. It didn’t even feel like there was a build to that action in the first half of the book. There were quite a few bombshells that happened very late in the book that I feel like maybe could have been eased into earlier. And the book is literally called Royal Wedding, but we BARELY GET ANY ROYAL WEDDING!!!!!
Overall I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to you if you’re looking for an easy read with characters you’re probably familiar with from your favourite movie from your middle school days. I don’t think it’s even necessary to go back and read the other books in the series to enjoy this one, and I wonder if they’d be a little juvenile anyway.