LIVE LOVE FANTASY: Reign the Earth Review

Summary: Shalia is a daughter of the desert, and she has magic in her blood. After years of a devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, Shalia agrees to an arranged marriage with the King of the Bone Lands, even though it means leaving her family and everything she’s ever known behind. In her new country, magic is outlawed and the Elementae- individuals who can control earth, air, fire and water- are subject to horrific punishment. Discovering her own ability to control earth, Shalia is trapped between her Elementae-hating husband and a dangerous rebellion led by her brother.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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A NEW FAVORITE BOOK: The Wicked King Review

Since The Wicked King is the sequel to Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince, I will not be providing a summary. For my The Cruel Prince thoughts, check out my mini review.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Cover Lust?: Yes! I love the similarities to The Cruel Prince’s cover and the nods to what happens in the book

My Thoughts:

As many of you know, Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince took over the online book communities in 2018. The hype for TCP definitely pulled me in, and while I did enjoy it, I wasn’t head-over-heels in love unlike many readers. Until The Wicked King came along.

I can 100% say that it was worth surviving a mosh pit at Book Expo 2018 to get an ARC of The Wicked King because this book is freaking fantastic. While it was the first 2019 release that I’ve read so far, I can easily say it’s one of the best 2019 releases.

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ADULT CONTEMPORARY LOVE: December Mini Reviews

While I am still a YA reader at heart, I’ve been increasingly enjoying adult contemporaries. Below are mini reviews (and a bit jumbled thoughts) for the three adult books that I read in December.

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41xsiJ8NmdL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) by Kevin Kwan

Like many readers, it’s no surprise that I love Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians (both book and movie). China Rich Girlfriend was a fun sequel that expanded this extravagant, shopping-spree filled world and gave more insight on particular characters. Kitty and Astrid are my favorites, Kitty for her continued ridiculousness and Astrid for her intelligence and relationships with Charlie and Michael (who I definitely didn’t like). We also spent more time with Nick and Rachel. In addition, I loved the trip to Paris, I actually liked Rachel’s father and that storyline more than expected, and MANY things about the ending left me shocked. I am not so patiently waiting for Rich People Problems to come in from my county library.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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ALL THE AMAZING CHRISTMAS THINGS: Christmas at the Cupcake Café Review

Summary: In the standalone sequel to Jenny Colgan’s Meet Me at the Cupcake Café, Issy Randall couldn’t be happier and more in love. Business at the Cupcake Café is thriving, close friends surround her, and her relationship with Austin is in the perfect place–except that he’s in New York City for work right before Christmas. When Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to consider a long-distance romance and the fate of her bakery.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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UNEXPECTED CUTE CHRISTMAS READ: Prince in Disguise

Summary: As the younger sister of the former Miss Mississippi and reality TV show star of Prince in Disguise, life feels real enough for Dylan. But since Dusty’s wedding to Scottish laird-to-be, Ronan, is going to be aired on the show, maid of honor and camera-shy Dylan finds herself in front of the camera as well. As she is whisked off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the big day, Dylan begins to discover that the show’s producers has even more surprises in store, including family secrets, long-lost relatives, and Dusty’s future-mother-in-law who decidedly doesn’t think Dylan’s sister is good enough for her son. At least Dylan has Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsmen, to relieve some of her stress… unless the show plans on making Dylan her own reality TV sensation.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Holiday Review: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

Summary: For the first time in years, the entire Birch family will be under roof for Christmas. And it’s only slightly because they have to. Andrew and Emily’s daughter, Olivia, who is often off saving the world, is forced to stay in quarantine for a week after treating an epidemic abroad… and her family should stay in quarantine too. For the next seven days, the Birches will be cut off from humanity- including decent Wi-Fi, in their aging country estate. While younger daughter Phoebe focuses on her upcoming wedding, Olivia struggles to accumulate herself into her family’s life, especially as Andrew and Emily hide their own secrets.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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MY TYPE OF SHAKESPEARE: Always Never Yours Review

Summary: While she may be the star of Stillmont High School’s upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet, Megan Harper has never been the star of her own love story. Every guy she’s dated ends up with him falling in love with someone else. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, Megan focuses on her dream of being a director and getting through her college application acting requirement. What’s not her dream? Starring as Juliet, especially when she’s used to be upstaged. In fact, with her mom in Texas and dad moving on to baby #2 with his new wife, Megan is pretty used to her exes and her family moving on without her. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who’s inspired by Rosaline from R+J and more similiar to Megan that she may realize.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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