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


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

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780399176654
Pages: 395
Read in: December 2016
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Goodreads Summary:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

I loved it. Struggled for a little bit but then once I got into it, I couldn’t stop, simply because it was so damn good. (Also, I was unable to sleep but that’s an entirely different matter).

The writing was brilliant – it took me a while to get settled in but after about 100 pages I was fully immersed. Continue reading

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

While this review does not contain spoilers, there may be minor spoilers concerning the earlier books of this series, so if you haven’t read those yet, I highly recommend you read those before coming back to read this review. 

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781619634480
Pages: 705
Read in: May 2017
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Goodreads Summary:

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Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord


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: A Court of Mist of Fury by Sarah J. Maas


While this review does not contain spoilers for this book, it does contain spoilers for ACOTAR, the first book in this series. If you haven’t read ACOTAR yet, I highly suggest you read that first, then come back to this review.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781408857885
Pages: 624
Read in: October 2016
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Review: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher (Parts 1-3)


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.


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: Every Day by David Levithan


Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
Release Date: September 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921922954
Pages: 322
Read in: September 2016
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Goodreads Summary:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

After going to the David Levithan event, I decided that I’d start reading one of his books so at least I had some inkling of an idea of what was going on. What first really caught my attention was how well written it was. The writing was very solid, being descriptive but not to the point of being flowery. From the first word, Levithan pulls you into this world of A, a person who inhabits the bodies of others for a single day. Continue reading