Summary: Sixteen-year-old Daisy Winters is ready for a summer in Florida, working at the local grocery store and fangirling over her favorite book series with her best friend. But when her older sister gets engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland, Daisy is soon transported across the pond and into the relentless royal spotlight. With the dashing Miles tasked to teach her the royal etiquette and Prince Sebastian stirring up scandal wherever he goes, Daisy may not be turning into the perfect lady. Instead she’s rewriting the royal rule book.
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Blame it on the fact that The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement are two of my favorite movies, but I love books about royalty. Rachel Hawkins’ Prince Charming, previously titled Royals, has received so much attention among my fellow bloggers that I knew it was time to pick this one up.
If you’re ever in the mood for a fluffy read, Prince Charming is sure to please! The book follows sixteen-year old Daisy Winter’s summer adventure in Scotland after her sister gets engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Prince Charming was a very quick read for me, having reading it over the course of a day. I think it would be the perfect read for readers who love eating books up in one sitting.
Prince Charming has the perfect blend of everyday girl living in Florida and everyday girl transported to the Highlands. I liked that the book’s first few chapters follow Daisy’s life in Florida before and after her sister, Ellie, drops her royal engagement to Alex. Isabel was a great friend and support for Daisy. I loved their bond for all things bookish and fandom. Daisy’s parents were absolutely hilarious and again acted as the perfect comical support for our main character.
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Summary: High school junior Kate Quinn’s life becomes all the more unexpected when she meets her birth father in her aunt and uncle’s living room. In light of her mother’s death, Kate’s year has been a reality that she never thought possible. Not only does Kate have a father, but he happens to be a very powerful senator who running to be the President of the U.S. Suddenly, Kate is moving in with a family she’s never met, joining a political campaign she hardly does anything about, and finding herself in love with a boy everyone tells her she should not be associating with.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
The Wrong Side of Right is one of those books that I can’t believe didn’t pass through my TBR radar until 2019. I even consider myself to be a connoisseur of my local library’s YA section, where this book has been since 2015! Shoutout to one of my favorite BookTubers, Kristin of Super Space Chick, for sharing this gem in her ContemporaryAThon TBR.
Although I haven’t read too many books that involve the subject, I really enjoy books that feature politics. The Wrong Side of Right reminded of Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything. While Andie gets out of her father’s political spotlight inThe Unexpected Everything, The Wrong Side of Right is quite the opposite, as Kate is thrown into her father’s presidential campaign for the summer.
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Blame it on my love for baking (we’re working on cooking), but books that feature characters who work in cafés or restaurants or have a love for making food are my absolute jam I haven’t heard the term ‘foodie’ used lately, but it definitely can apply to this fangirl’s reading taste. Food pun both unintended and intended. Listed below are my favorite books that instill the best kind of cravings. You’ll be inspired to get creative in the kitchen (or just raid the refrigerator).
Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
I absolutely love my sweets and desserts, but I have never felt more inspired to eat a pastry or two until I read Love à la Mode. I am in desperate need to try an authentic (or at least well-executed) pain au chocolat.
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
We all scream for ice cream here at Fangirl Fury, and I will certainly never stop screaming my love for Siobhan Vivian’s Stay Sweet! I never really thought about how much effort and time goes into making ice cream before reading this book. Amelia’s many trials and tribulations trying to recreate Home Sweet Home, the Meade Creamery classic flavor, made me consider buying ice cream making supplies!
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Summary (from the publisher): Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.
Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.
Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.
The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Christine Lynn Herman’s The Devouring Gray has received much love and excitement from many bloggers and BookTubers I follow. As much as I love my contemporary reads, I’ve been trying to add in some other genres into my TBR this month. The Devouring Gray is hard to categorize as a genre, but I think it falls in between fantasy and thriller. The town of Four Paths could be any upstate NY town, but its magical past and present begs to differ.
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Summary: Before the Gestapo invade Hanna’s Soviet-occupied Ukranian shtetele, the girl spends her time exploring her village with her siblings, helping her neighbor decorate pysanky eggs, and admiring the drawings of the handsome Leon. When the Gestapo closes in, intending to make the village “free of Jews,” Hanna’s family and friends are forced to flee and hide in the forest and then into the dark caves beneath the rolling meadows. Underground, they battle sickness and starvation, fighting for their lives. When Hanna’s father disappears, it’s up to Hanna to find him and keep the rest of family and friends alive.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Although it’s one of my favorite genres, I didn’t pick up too many historical fiction books back in 2018. However, I am much more inspired to read more historical fiction this year, thanks to Tara Lynn Masih’s My Real Name is Hanna. Especially considering its short length of 184 pages, My Real Name is Hanna is the type of book you won’t be able to let go, during and after reading it. I highly recommend binge-reading this book over the course of a day or weekend.
Much like Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea, My Real Name is Hanna tells an often untold story set during World War II and the Holocaust. The book follows Hanna, a young Jewish girl living in the Ukraine, and her family as they are forced into hiding when the Gestapo raids their village. Told over the course of four years, Hanna’s life goes through transformation after transformation, from hiding in her house to a cabin in the forest to a cave.
The book begins with Hanna’s village life in Kwasova, as she takes in the beauty of the Ukranian countryside and paints pysanka (Ukranian Easter eggs) with her beloved Alla. I haven’t heard of pysanka before reading this book, and I thought it was such an interesting cultural element. Hanna’s family is also very religious, and I liked reading about their different customs. She has really strong relationships with both of her parents. Her father often relies on Hanna to keep the family safe, especially when it comes to their secret communication messages with the outside world. As I’ve also learned in Holocaust Studies classes, their faith really helps them get through the toughest of times.
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Who needs to go to the gym and lift weights when you have books?
While I am not scared of big reads, there are quite a few books on my TBR that go beyond 400 pages. Today I’m going to be discussing the largest books on my TBR, as well as I few big books that I’ve read. The following page amounts are according to their hardcover editions on Goodreads.
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie (658 pages)- I’m almost always up for a Hamilton-inspired read, especially one that follows Eliza. My Dear Hamilton is definitely on my priority 2019 TBR.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer (552 pages)- Renegades WILL be conquered in 2019, thanks to the final book in this trilogy coming out later in 2019. I’ve had this book on my physical TBR shelf since 2017, next to my beloved copies of Heartless and The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve heard mixed things about this one, hence why one of the reasons it’s been on my TBR for so long, but I’m ready to give it a read soon.
Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton (483 pages)- I love a lengthy contemporary. After enjoying London Belongs to Me, I’m excited to read Jacquelyn Middleton’s latest new adult release set in New York City.
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Summary (from the publisher): Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.
In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Between Alex, Approximately and Starry Eyes, Jenn Bennett stole my contemporary-loving heart in 2018. Her latest novel, Serious Moonlight, is and now was my most anticipated release of 2019, thanks to its swoon-worthy synopsis. Swoon-worthy for the romance, and swoon-worthy for the fact that this book follows a mystery book-loving girl working in a hotel and trying to solve a mystery with her swoon-worthy co-worker. So basically any (okay, my) fangirl’s dreams!
It may be no surprise, but I seriously adored Serious Moonlight. I loved just about every element in this book. From the atmospheric setting to the relatable characters to the romance, Serious Moonlight is a new favorite read of mine.
Serious Moonlight is set in Seattle. While I plan on travelling to the West Coast one day, this book solidified my goal to visit the city. Jenn Bennett made this book feel so atmospheric, from Pike Place to the Cascadia (the hotel where Birdie and Daniel work) to the Space Needle. My favorite spot was probably the Moonlight Diner, and I promise it’s not just for the pie. But seriously, this book made me break out my apple pie recipe! I’d love to try and recreate a few of the Moonlight’s pie of the days!
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