Review: The Royals Series by Nichole Chase

I read the entire series in the space of about two days, so I thought I’d just make a single post on my thoughts for all three books.

The series is a romance story featuring royalty of a fictional country, Lilaria. Each book revolves around two people, one who is from the royal family and one who is not.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this series. While it’s not the best written literature out there, there were many aspects I enjoyed, the main one being how easy they were to read and get through within a short amount of time.

Warning: There are minor spoilers for each review, so I suggest you go and read the books first, and come back if you don’t like spoilers.


Book One: Suddenly Royal

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Publisher: Avon
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Pages: 464
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Samantha Rousseau is a master’s student studying wildlife biology. When she receives an invitation for a meeting with a duchess of Lilaria, she finds who she is and her world turned upside down. Alex D’Lynsal on the other hand, is the crown prince of Lilaria and is trying to keep his name clean when he visits American, but quickly finds himself hopelessly falling in love with Samantha.

Out of all the books, this one is my favourite. Although I don’t think the plot lives up to the expectations set by the official blurb, it was enjoyable nonetheless.

I found that there were aspects of the plot that were highlighted by the summary did not have as great significance as the summary made out it to be. Alex’s “playboy” status for one – there was literally nothing about him mentioning he was trying to keep a clean image, and it was probably only mentioned twice or three times by Samantha at most in the entire book. Continue reading

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Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781408870082
Pages: 344
Read in: January 2017
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Goodreads Summary:

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.


I have such mad respect for Emery Lord right now, mostly because of her stories and the way she manages to cram such beautiful prose about so many different things into the space of about 300 pages.

When We Collided is a fictional “love story that’s set in the same world as mine”, as Lord says so in her author’s note. However, it’s so much more than that – it’s a brilliant tale that weaves so much depth and awareness between every single line. I appreciated the love story, all of the characters, and I admire the ending that was written. Continue reading

Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

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This is the third book in the Paper Princess series. If you haven’t read the first and second books yet, I suggest you do that first and come back, otherwise you may be spoiled.

Publisher: Everafter Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781682305065
Pages: 370
Read in: October 2016
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Review: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher (Parts 1-3)

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Publisher: Smashwords
Release Date: January 7, 2015
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781310382727
Pages: 177
Read in: October 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.


Never Never is a series of short contemporary romance books which tell the story of Charlie and Silas, who have forgotten everything about themselves. Charlie’s perspective was written by Tarryn Fisher and Silas was written by Colleen Hoover.  It’s a contemporary romance, with a slight paranormal aspect to it which is probably the most interesting thing about this story is. For this series, since each book was quite short, I’m just going to combine all three parts into one post.

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Part 1

So part one was personally my favourite as I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I personally think it’s better that way to go into the book not knowing anything, because you’ll get the most out of it that way. Because I had absolutely no idea what was going on, I just kept reading and reading until the very last sentence where everything is revealed and it ends on a cliffhanger.

It was really well written and for the most part, both POVs blended in really well together for one seamless story because it doesn’t feel like two different people have written different chapters. It’s a poignant, mysterious and romantic story definitely that’s worthwhile reading, especially if you’re a fan of Colleen or Tarryn’s works.

Although I did enjoy the fact that I wasn’t sure what was going on, there were some parts in the middle that didn’t really seem to be going anywhere plot wise. There were just a few moments throughout the book that were like that, but otherwise, I was too consumed by getting through the story to notice much else.

Rating: ★★★★

Part 2

The second book in this series picks up right after Part 1 left off. I personally don’t think it was as good as the first part, but it was still enjoyable. It was interesting, and still compelling but it lacked something that the first part definitely had. It was still just as angsty and mysterious, but it didn’t quite live up to the standards the first books set.

What really irks me about this is that it’s not really a fully fledged book with a fully developed plot, or characterisation. I’m finding it difficult to judge how this book should be rated because it doesn’t feel like a book – it’s probably something between a short story and a novella.

Rating: ★★★.5

Part 3

Part three had the most interesting turn in events, as this time (without spoiling anything) specific things happens to one character but not both of them. The book basically follows Silas trying to make Charlie fall in love with him all over again before she forgets everything. It picks up pretty much right where part 2 left off, and

To me, the plot was becoming less intriguing and was falling apart by this third book. It just seemed to be dragging out quite a bit, like they weren’t sure where they were going with the story but wanted to finish it up as soon as possible. It definitely did not have the thrill or excitement the first part contained

I still think you should read this last part if you want to see how everything ends. This series had a lot of potential if it was fleshed out a bit better, but instead, it fell flat, especially in this last part.

Rating: ★★★

Overall, while I really did enjoy this series, the disjointed nature of the three parts which could’ve been written as one puts me off a little. In saying that, I think it’s still a worthwhile read that most people will enjoy.

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Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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Publisher: Everafter Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781682305034
Pages: 370
Read in: September 2016
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While this review doesn’t contain spoilers for this book, it does mention some of the events in the first book of this series, Paper Princess. If you haven’t read that yet, I would recommend you read that first, and then come back so that you don’t get spoiled for the book.

Goodreads Summary:

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Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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Publisher: Everafter Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781682304563
Pages: 370
Read in: September 2016
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Goodreads Summary:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.


Whatever I was expecting, I was not expecting what I read from this book.

I don’t remember how I discovered this book (probably goodreads), but this was so good. I loved pretty much anything about it – it was exciting, it turns you on, and it will keep you reading throughout the night. I literally didn’t take any notes for this review because I was just so absorbed in reading and taking everything in. It’s a new adult book, something I didn’t realise as I was going into this book, but loved it nevertheless. I will just say right now, there’s quite a bit of explicit content, so if you’re not up for that then don’t read this. Continue reading

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 18 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781476753164
Pages: 367
Read in: September 2016
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Goodreads Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to be another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.


 

This is the third Colleen Hoover book I’ve read, and again, it’s somehow wonderfully mesmerising and heartbreaking at the same time. The opening immediately captures your attention and the writing keeps you engaged, leading to page turn after page turn. This book was wonderfully addictive, and I’m very impressed with it overall. Continue reading