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August Reads

August Reads

August was a very sad month for me reading. I just couldn’t really get into anything. I tried to read ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ a few times, but just couldn’t really get into it before my borrow expired. Even the one book I’m counting here […]

July Reads

July Reads

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 […]

March Reads

March 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

2.5/5 Stars

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.

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February Reads

February Reads

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes 5/5 Stars I had heard of Linda Holmes years back. She made a few guest appearances on a Survivor podcast I listen to, so I was excited to hear she was writing a book. I had this on […]

October Reads

October Reads

No Judgments by Meg Cabot 4/5 Stars In Meg Cabot’s newest offering, Bree has come to live in a sleepy island town in Florida after a traumatic experience. A hurricane is starting to roll in and while most of the town is evacuating, she decides […]

September Reads

September Reads

September was a really crazy month. My work schedule was packed, and that mixed with other events, commitments, etc made it tough to do much reading. Also, most of my holds are still like, 6 months away from getting to me. Sometimes I feel like when there isn’t pressure to finish a book within a certain timeline, I don’t start it.

Anyway, I could use some book recommendations. You can probably guess what kind of books I’m into based on the months of book reviews here on my blog. Preferably not super new releases, because I don’t need my holds list getting any longer without an end in sight.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

3.5 Stars

Speaking of my holds list, this one was on there for a long time.

Nikole Paterson is a freelance writer in a very casual relationship with a typical LA model. So needless to say she was pretty surprised when he proposed to her in a very public setting, at a Dodgers game. This was a life-changing moment for Nikole, and the rest of the story unfold from there.

I think when I have to wait a long time to read a book, I have higher expectations. It’s super popular so I’m going to love it! And while I liked it, I didn’t love it. I don’t think I would re-read this book, but I am interested to read some other stories by Jasmine Guillory. The story was pretty formulaic, but with some fun little twists that kept me going. Some of the writing felt a little clunky in some places (but who am I to judge?)

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August Reads

August Reads

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli 2/5 Stars 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, […]