Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston 4/5 Stars What if the first son of the United States and the Prince of England were in their early 20’s and fell in love during a tumultuous election year? Red, White & Royal Blue explores just […]
Tag: good reads
Well, I didn’t read much in March. I aim for at least 2 books a month. Things came up I guess. I also had a hard time getting through the one book I did read so I guess that slowed me down a bit. My goal is to read at least 3 books in April to make up for it. I definitely will have the time!
American Royals by Katharine McGee
I put a hold on this book last summer, and it finally came to me. It’s obviously a very popular book. I’ve been hearing about it for a while now. I was really looking forward to reading it.
It takes a look at an alternate reality in which America has a Royal Family. After the Revolutionary War, a crown was offered to George Washington, and hundreds of years later his family still reigns. Princess Beatrice is set to become the first Queen Regnant of the American throne.
The book follows her and her sister, Samantha, and their struggles for normalcy, as well as Samantha’s friend, Nina, and their brother’s ex-girlfriend, Daphne.
I love the concept of the book. I’m very interested in the British Royal Family, and I thought it was an interesting idea to see what that would look like in the USA.
I just didn’t think the book was that great in execution.
It was a lot longer of a book than I was expecting, clocking in at nearly 450 pages. I found it to be a bit too long. It was hard for me to get into at first. I feel like we could have gotten to the point a little bit earlier than we did. That’s probably the difficulty of having 4 narrators interwoven. Each character talks about their POV of each situation, which makes it a little drawn out for my tastes.
I also wish the characters were just a little older. Beatrice is 21, and Samantha, Nina, and Daphne are 17-18. I think if they were in their mid-to-late 20’s, it would all feel a bit more realistic to me? I have no issues reading books where the characters are in that age range! It just doesn’t feel like a good fit here.
Am I going to read the new book in the series coming out this summer? I mean, probably. I’d like to see where the story is going.
The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
I had this book on my holds list for about 5 months before I finally got to read it. I was really looking forward to it, and frankly I was a bit disappointed.
The story follows Raina, an Indian-Canadian woman in her late 20’s whose grandmother is dying for her to get married. Raina is much more focused on her career, and still suffering from the heartbreak of her last relationship. This is all well and good.
I was still enjoying this story, until <<SPOILER ALERT>> her ex-boyfriend comes to town. To cover this up, she more or less leads her grandmother to believe that she is gay. Her grandmother is very accepting, but the community around her is not. Raina’s best friend is upset because she knows this is a lie. A former family friend comes to her and tells her that he is also gay and she convinces him to come out to his family, which didn’t go well. And he is justifiably upset when he finds out she isn’t gay. I didn’t love that she was lying about her sexuality. The story would have been more interesting if she was actually gay. It just felt all a little off for me. I also hate stories where the trouble people get into are from their own doing over lying.
I didn’t realize before I started it that it was set in Toronto. This was super exciting, I rarely find books that are set in Canada. So I did really love that part. The whole book just felt too long, with the inciting incident coming pretty far into the story. Let me know if you’ve read this one and feel differently.
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
This is the 4th book in the Cormoran Strike series by J.K. Rowling’s alter-ego Robert Galbraith. I have really enjoyed reading this series. I’d have to say that this is my least favourite book in the series so far. If you’ve read the Harry Potter series, you know that she has the knack for really detailed stories. Well, that’s definitely true here. It almost feels like a long book just for the sake of being long. There are so many characters that it’s almost hard to keep them all straight. And I just kept waiting and waiting for the moment when the story actually started. Which, I’m not even kidding, was like 300 pages in.
I’d definitely recommend this series, the Cuckoo’s Calling was an incredible page-turner. This addition to the series just felt a bit meh.
The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith
I picked this up at the library because I liked the cover, and I figured I could get into a book where France itself was basically a character.
Cookbook writer, Paul Stuart, is stuck while writing his latest book. His cousin invites him on a trip with her to France, and he thought that a change of scenery would treat him and his book well. His time in France is filled with ups and downs and just a touch of food poisoning.
I really enjoyed reading this book. This is the first one I’ve read by Alexander McCall Smith. I love books set in small French cities, and this one didn’t disappoint. It felt a little slow in some parts, and I wouldn’t say it was one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. But it was a light, easy read.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors. I’ve read so many of her books over and over again. I was super excited to read this one.
Fixie Farr is dealing with managing her family store after her dad dies a couple years ago. This isn’t easy with her mother getting sick, and her siblings being pretty useless. After a run-in with a stranger that changes her life, she works to act for herself instead of everyone else.
I liked this book. It wasn’t my favourite ever of her stories, but it wasn’t my least favourite. It’s a fun, easy read. I tore through the book in a day. I think I will definitely re-read this one at some point.