Review: Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher/Year: Bloomsbury USA 5/3/16
Length:   394 Pages
Series:  A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Overview

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R.R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

My Thoughts

To be honest, i’ve seen the cover for this book for the longest time and never managed to really get into it, but at least now i have and i think that there’s something interesting here.  The real hesitancy that i have is that i’m not sure that i’m super into the whole Faerie thing which is the premise for this story, especially because i spent a lot of time in that spaces years ago, but this one has a bit of a twist to it that i’m ok with.

So as the summary hints, we have Feyre who is our leading lady, a mortal who’s forced to care for her family when they have almost nothing to support themselves and then because of a mistake that she made in hunting a faerie, she’s ‘kidnapped’ and brought to the one place that mortals are told to fear most.  The Faerie realm.

That’s where our story really continues – we get to see how Feyre’s life changes from then on – her fear of being a slave for the rest of her life but in seeing that the reality is quite different, she’s given everything that she could want, and her captor Tamlin isn’t at all what he seems.

Of course there’s an underlying story here  the fact that the mortals are kept in their space because of a Treaty that was put in place from a war with the Faeries, but that we slowly learn that it’s not just that simple.  There are courts of Faeries that are on one side of things or another, and yet another kingdom of Faeries that has a completely different and darker agenda here that means that whatever sense of normalcy we hope to find here will never be the final bit of happiness since someone’s out for more.

Tamlin, our leading man we learn is not just the captor of sorts, but a High Lord and the ruler of his court.  He’s the one that other High Lords actually fear because he’s supposed to have the most power of all – that is if ‘She’ didn’t steal all their power. His ’emissary’ Lucien becomes Feyre’s confidant in a want, and we get to see how knowledge is shared throughout in the hopes of finding a solution.

The journey that we go through in this story is one of trust, history, and trying to right past wrongs.  We know that everyone’s trying to overcome some ‘blight’ that’s stolen the faerie’s powers, and there’s really no understanding on how to get it all back.  We know that people are going to have to die in order to get to a resolution, and there’s a question of how close firendships and bonds will get in the hopes of making any progress towards overthrowing the bad kingdom.

Where we are left in this story is a place where we think that things are settled, yet you know that there’s going to be a war on their hands.  We see friends go back to their courts, and yet we see a bunch of death to make us wonder who’s going to be the one to rule those spaces in the interim.

All in all it’s an interesting story.  enough mythology to keep you interested, with bits of romance sprinkled though in ways that i was completely not expecting it.  it gets downright dirty for a few scenes which caught me off guard given the overall tone of the story.  I think that there’s enough of a mix of characters and a deep enough plot though to carry this one through so i think that if you haven’t read it yet, you should and if you have, i’d love to her your thoughts.  Happy Thanksgiving and have a great night all!

Review: Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James

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Title: Gilded Cake
Author: Vic James
Publisher/Year: Random House 2/14/17
Length:   255 Pages
Series:  Dark Gifts #1

Overview

For readers of Victoria Aveyard and Kiera Cass comes a darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule—and commoners are doomed to serve.
 
NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.

Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years.

But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty—but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

My Thoughts

First of all i need to thank the folks at NetGalley for getting me a copy of this book so early.  I’ve been on a bit of a YA / Fantasy jog these days it seems so this introduction to a new series is kind of right up my alley.

What we have here is a bit of a split thing.  first we have you’re expected YA coming of age story where there’s a family that’s ripped apart because of society laws with all but one going to this ‘majestic’ home to work out their ‘slavedays’ while the son, Luke is sent to a horrid slave town.  The expectation here of course is that Luke will come into his own, gain respect, power, authority and skill which will then come into play later in this book and the series as becoming some type of martyr right?

If only that worked.  Because the other side of this story is that it’s a bit fantasy, where the folks that don’t have to devote ten years to slavedom, they are the Equals, those who are born with power and Skill – a magical ability of sorts.  There’s so much uncertainty still behind where these abilities came from, what they can do and why surprisingly there are a few folks who don’t have it.  but needless to say, there’s a bit of dark fear around some folks and their abilities.

Throughout this story we see things happening in two places, where Luke is and where his family is and then the pov of what those with ability and not live their lives when there’s a notion of a threat to who will be free and not.  (that’s the end game of course for the slaves).

We meet quite a few interesting characters throughout -the Jardine brothers especially, as there’s Gavar who’s very much like his father and has power and authority.  he’s the heir and will take the family seat.  Silyen who’s the youngest and who seems to have the strongest powers but also something very dark and evil inside.  then there’s Jenner – the one that is a mystery.  he has no powers, and he’s the most approachable, yet the one with the least value.

this story’s interesting since you see that there are so many sub plots and stories being woven throughout that you’re not sure most of the time which is going to become something important as things progress.  There’s a constant questions of who is on which side since we know that there are people playing both, but then there are people with their own agendas especially within the Equals since it’s all a power struggle.

The climax here comes when there’s a vote to abolish slavedays and the outcome of what happens during the third debate is not at all what was expected.  We see favorites crumble, we see bonds broken and we see perhaps one of our favorite characters running for their lives in the hopes of being able to bring huge change when we see what happens in book 2.

Great mix of YA angst, and coming of age ‘need to change the world’ mentality.  There’s also an interesting mix of fantasy and heritage here that we get when we try to get into the heads of some of the characters.  When it comes out – i suggest you guys try to get a hold of this one.  Enjoy!

Review: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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Title: The Chemist
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher/Year: Little Brown Company 11/8/16
Length:   528 Pages

Overview

In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

My Thoughts

We all know Ms Meyer from Twilight and the Host – so it’s interesting to me to see how creative she can be with this completely different story that doesn’t take any bits of fantasy or Scifi into account.  what we have here though is a rather interesting story of trying to prove your innocence while really just trying to stay hidden.

So as the summary noted, we have our leading character Jules (who goes by Alex and any number of different names) – she’s what one side of the government call The Chemist – one of the brightest minds around with this ability to not just understand the complex nature of chemicals and medication but she’s also able to use them with an ability that no one else has as an interrogator for the government.  Of course this has gotten her into trouble and about three years ago she had to go into hiding.

We are on the journey with her at this new point in time where she thinks that she’s got an out but quickly learns that the information that she was given was a set up (even though she was prepared for it and thought otherwise) and this takes us through a story with an ex CIA agent Kevin, and his twin brother (teacher) Daniel and all that they have to do together to try to survive.

The biggest premise in this story is the fact that they have to figure out who’s behind it all since they realize that it wasn’t just Alex being set up but Kevin as well, and then once they know who’s behind it, how to take them out in the hopes that they can be safe.

We get a lot of gun fire in this book, a LOT of gross medical stuff happening, but we also see a sweet story of love forming in unexpected places and friendships forming when you really had resigned to not needing them.

The story itself is gripping enough to keep anyone entertained and the characters are rather intriguing.  There’s a nice mix of a secondary named Val who really shakes things up a bit and then the other politicos that are brought into the mix as targets.  So all that being said, i’m glad that it finally came out and i’m impressed with how dynamic our author is on what she’s able to write about.  I hope you all have a great day!

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding (Billionaire Boys Club #6.5) by Jessica Clare

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Title: Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 11/15/16
Length:   92 Pages
Series:  Billionaire Boy’s Club #6.5

Overview

In this all-new novella in the New York Times bestselling series, Hunter and Gretchen are finally tying the knot—but their wedding may not be the easy fairy tale they’ve dreamed of…
 
Someone’s out to ruin Gretchen’s happy-ever-after on the eve before the big day. Can she trust Hunter, the man she’s given her heart to? And can she rely on her sister Daphne (the least reliable person of all!) to help her salvage things? Or is this marriage going to go down in flames before Gretchen and Hunter ever get to the altar?

My Thoughts

Well, the day has finally come – and i think that from all that we’ve seen from the ‘spin off’ Billionaires and Bridesmaids, it’s not a moment too soon.  We’ve spent the last few years with this group of friends, starting with Hawking and Bronte and revolving quite a bit around Hunter and Gretchen.  So not only do we finally get to ese the wedding happen (or maybe no), we get to see a bit more of another character’s story – one that we’ve really been dancing around throughout much of the series.

So as you all know, Gretchen has been planning her wedding and through needs of moving the date due to Hunters work, her friends getting pregnant etc, she’s having a christmas wedding.  Just days before, she finds out that someone seems to be blackmailing Hunter and that’s just one of many issues that Gretchen has to deal with.  All she wants is her man – isn’t that enough?

Then there’s another little side story here – Gretchen and Audrey’s sister Daphne is out of rehab and wants to find a way to get back into their lives.  So we get to see how her trainer/life coach manages to keep her on the straight and narrow, and at the same time we get to see how welcoming or not her sisters are.  I think that you guys will remember the many other times that we’ve crossed Daphne in other stories, with Audrey, Gretchen even and then also with Kyle (her makeup artist).

It’s a sweet culmination of things – where what you expect doesn’t happen and when things seem to be too easy and smooth, you know that the other shoe is about to drop.  The question is whether this wedding will happen, where it will happen and who will be there since it’s all up in the air.  Enjoy!

Review: Sydney (Entangle Me #1) by Maggie Way

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Title: Sydney
Author: Maggie Way
Publisher/Year: Lucky Red Press 5/13/16
Length:   93 Pages
Series:  Entangle Me #1

Overview

A jilted girl…
A wicked boy…
A forbidden kiss…
A happily ever after?

Lacey Ryan’s perfect life was well underway, until her fiancé blindsides her with a betrayal so deep it changes everything. Now her life’s gone to hell, and the only way out may be at the hands of the last person she’d have expected to come to her rescue, Tristan Keys—the deliciously sexy player she’s fantasized about her entire life.

Sure he’s arrogant, cocksure, and frustratingly handsome, but he’s also offering exactly what she needs, a fresh start planning destination weddings. First class flights, the chance to see the world, and maybe a little harmless flirtation while she’s at it. Yes, it’s just what she needs.

Only there’s one glaring problem: Tristan happens to be her brother’s best friend. Which means he is completely off-limits. She knows it, he knows it. It’s completely forbidden. Even though she’s always followed all the rules, suddenly Lacey find herself wanting to break them all. Is he worth the risk? Or will he only break her heart—and possibly her bed springs? There’s only one way to find out, and it’s going to involve a lot of suitcase packing, merlot and chocolate.

My Thoughts

Well, first off i should thank the folks at Instafreebie who gave me access to this sweet story.  I don’t know that i would have crossed paths with it so this was a nice trip off my usual.  What we have here is a really sweet semi chick lit type story about a girl who’s been forced to find herself and her own love now that she’s found out that her fiance (and bf of 6 years) has cheated on her, the day before her wedding.

Where we go from there though, you have to keep in mind we really only see a span of less than 24 hours in the actual story (although there are jumps in the prologue and epilogue) but at least for those few hours, we see our leading lady Lacey go through stages of grief rather quickly, and make a determined decision to get back on her feet and sort herself out instead of wallowing.

The nice thing here is that while she does the drunken wallow well that first night, she also happens to come across the path of her brother’s best friend from childhood and of course drunkenness and hot guys means that we’re going to see complications come up in the story as it progresses.

If that weren’t enough, there’s a lot looming on the horizon for Lacey professionally both with her own company and an opportunity that said drunk brother’s friend offers, so i think that where we go with this series will be a place where we can see how she comes into her own and then figures out how to make herself happy without her cheating ex.

All in all a sweet story – quite a quick read but that’s kind of what i needed last night – so if you’re able to get your hands on it, i’d say do it, and enjoy!

Review: Looking Inside by Beth Kery

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Title: Looking Inside
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 11/1/16
Length:   384 Pages

Overview

Are you just going to stand there and watch?
 
Eleanor Briggs just can’t help herself. The sight of the man in the high-rise across the street is driving her wild. She longs to feel his touch up close and personal. To win him over, she’ll need to shake off her wallflower sensibilities and become the seductress she never imagined she could be. The only trouble will be finding the perfect way to meet him…
 
Or are you going to join in?
 
Sex is easy for millionaire entrepreneur Trey Riordan. Finding something of substance, however, seems impossible. That is until a simple night of reading at a local coffee shop becomes something far steamier when a beautiful brunette comes by and leaves a note telling him to look out his bedroom window at eleven o’clock. But when the time comes, neither of them will be truly ready for what follows…

My Thoughts

For those of you who have been with me for a while, you know that i love Beth Kery and just about everything that she writes.  So when i saw this one on my Goodreads list, i was ecstatic.  The challenge though is that i saw very early on that this wasn’t going to be what i’ve become accustomed to in her writing.  The story has potential, but i think that there’s that ‘it’ factor of sorts that is missing.

What we have here is a sweet story about Nora, a girl who’s a bit more subdued and introverted finding herself at a point in her life where she’s just lost her sister and as a result, has decided to heed some advice and try to live her life for each day.  That of course means that she’s going to go after a guy that she’s been watching for the past year.

This guy, Trey, he lives across the street from Nora (now that nora’s moved into her sisters apartment), and he’s quite successful both in business and in the bedroom.  Nora’s seen him participate in all sorts of things with all sorts of partners, and that’s part of the allure.

The journey that we go on in this story is a bit of Nora finding herself since she’s at a crossroads for where she wants to go in life, and Trey kind of doing the same thing since he’s realized that he’s all about sex with women and not about relationships.

The bits that ring consistent and true for other stories from our author is that when these two come together, the scenes are super hot.  You can feel the chemistry and electricity between them, and honestly, that’s what keeps me into the story since the rest of it was ‘meh’.  That’s my biggest issue – the plot itself didn’t really feel deep – it was so on the surface that you never get too much about the actual bits of the storyline.

True to Ms Kery’s form, we get a nice twist at the end, someone ends up in the hospital, there’s a twist related to nora’s sister that was unexpected (yet oh so expected) and all in all, at least there’s closure that’s realistic and what the story deserved.  So….Just because i didn’t love this one, doesn’t mean you guys won’t – so feel free to let me know if you think differently.  Have a great day!

Review: Take my Dare (Stark International #4) by J Kenner

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Title: Take my Dare
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year: Martini & Olive 11/8/16
Length:   113 Pages
Series:  Stark International #4

Overview

New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner returns to the smoking hot, emotionally compelling world of the Stark International trilogy that  features Jackson Steele, a strong-willed man who goes after what he wants, and Sylvia Brooks, a disciplined woman who’s hard to get—and exactly who Jackson needs…

I’ve never been happier than I am with Jackson Steele. But I should know better than anyone that happiness always comes at a price …

My life with Jackson is nothing short of perfection. He is my love, my husband, the one man in all the world who makes me feel alive and whole. Our careers are on track. Our family is growing. And the ghosts of our past have been vanquished – or so I believed.

When a wonderful night of sensuality and passion following a masquerade ball turns dark with the news that haunting, horrible photographs of me have surfaced, my old fears and insecurities threaten to knock me down, and it is only within Jackson’s arms that I find the strength to endure.

But even Jackson’s protection may not be able to save us, because I know my husband well. And he will do whatever it takes—even if it means risking himself—in order to protect our family…

My Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of all things related to this series, be it the stories about Damien and Nikki or those that we get now about Sylvia and Jackson.  There’s so much great stuff going on with these stories, both with the exciting plot lines and twists as well as the hot passion that’s shared between each of the couples.

In this novella we get a peak into the life of Jackson and Syl now that they are parents and are moving on with their lives beyond all the stress that finally allowed them to be together.  If you remember back, we know that Syl’s dad went to jail for killing Reed – the man who abused Syl all those years ago and took pictures of her in compromising positions – but mind you i believe she was a minor so anyone who went to release them would be doing themselves a world of hurt.  Regardless, there was that bit and then the fact that Jackson has a daughter (Ronnie) who’s now living with them along with their new little baby boy.  So as you can imagine, their life is very different and as all new parents wonder, how do you keep the passion and spark alive.

These two really have no trouble in that department.  They were combustible before and even more so now.  When it’s the night of a costume ball, we see that the challenge has been thrown down – Syl has been dared to dress up and disguise herself so well that Jackson has an hour to locate her in the throngs of people otherwise Syl wins.  She goes to great lengths with the help of her friend Cass and while i think that it’s quite impressive how well she does, you know that these Stark men have a sixth sense with their women and you know she’s going to lose.

That’s only a part of what makes this story great – since you know that if he does catch her, there’s going to be some amazing sceneing, likely at the party and at home, but there’s another subplot that we get.  her father is released from jail so it’s a matter of some how blending that world with her own now, and figuring out if she’s able to forgive him for all that he did, and making sure he can experience her family.  The other bit of this story is that those pictures that were supposed to die along with Reed have somehow resurfaced, along with a woman that Syl fired, and that means that all that she worked to hide may come out and all that her father went to jail for in the murder may come out as well.  Not ideal at all, and i think that we’re going to see how that all plays out since the ending isn’t necessarily what we expected.

On that note – i can’t wait to see what’s next in this series since i read that there will be another installment in the Damien and Nikki bits of the series – which of course is always hot and steamy since he’s Dominant with a capital D.  Have a great day all!

Review: Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt

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Title: Twisted Palace
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 11/2/16
Length:   370 Pages
Series:  The Royals #3

Overview

These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

My Thoughts

Where we left off at the end of book 2 was that Reed was in deep trouble now that Brooke’s been found dead and he was the last person spotted with her, and on top of that, it turns out that Steve, Ella’s father truly isn’t dead.  so of course that means that what was a roller coaster before is going to be even bumpier now.

Throughout this finale we’re dealing with a few things.  First being the fact that Ella and Reed truly have feelings for each other and they want to be together and yet, there are so many things pulling them apart outside of themselves.  Steve wants Ella to have nothing to do with Reed, the kids at school keep making things complicated – but throughout it all they find solace with each other.

Then there are the brothers who i adore – Easton is growing on me so much more – he’s such a sweet guy who’s overcoming so much of his own addiction throughout this story that it’s nice to see the teddy bear side of him come out.  Gideon of course continues to be elusive and he’s an odd one since we know why he’s always in the mood that he’s in, yet it’s a question of whether he’ll ever be able to get away from all that has caused it.  namely Dinah.  (Steve’s wife)  We at least continue to get the relief from Val, Ella’s bestie who knows exactly what to say and do and how to do it all to make Ella feel a bit better of the horror that her life has become.  Val of course guides Ella through what it’s like to have a parent who’s protective and a father at that who’s over over protective. Because of all this, we also get to see ab it more about who Val is and what’s going on in her angst ridden teenage life – so that’s a nice addition in this installment.

The roller coaster that i mentioned is off the charts here.  We know that Reed didn’t kill brooke but there’s no one else that they can pin it on.  mind you, i figured it out quite early on because it’s obvious to me, but of course not to the cops.  Reed has to make the choice of whether to juts take the plea deal and do time or to take it to trial where he’s not sure that he’ll win even though he’s innocent.  The family works to stand beside him, but it’s tough at times knowing that the entire town is against him and there’s so much that keeps cropping up that’s just going to make more trouble.

There are so many questions in this book.  Who killed Brooke.  What’s Dinah’s motive with being such a bitch.  Does Steve really suspect that Dinah was behind the gliding accident and what will that mean for her down the road and will Ella and Reed ever be free to spend their days together.  You’ll have to read to find all that out.  Enjoy!

Review: Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

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Title: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 7/25/16
Length:   370 Pages
Series:  The Royals #2

Overview

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

My Thoughts

This second installment makes you wonder how much more complicated are things going to get.  We know that Ella was running away since her heart was broken and we know that the family isn’t going to like that.  as if that weren’t enough, the roller coaster that we’re taken on with just about everyone in the family in this 2nd book is insane.

Our author – Ms Watt puts a new perspective on this book – we had it all pretty much from Ella’s POV in the first one, and in this one we alternate chapter groups between Ella and Reed – getting their take on how the situations are unfolding from both of their minds.

Where we pick up in this book 2, the Royals are crumbling in a way.  Reed is at a loss because Ella is gone, Easton is pissed off because he knows that it’s Reed’s fault, and Easton tends to get into his own sort of trouble when he’s trying to cope with stuff.  The twins seem to be doing ok, but i’m sure there’s doom on the horizon there for some reason.  Callum however, while we all thought he was clueless about things, he’s really on the ball and knows all of what’s going on in his home and really tries to step up to sort it out.

Throughout this book we see their world fall apart both personally and in school.  No one knows where Ella is and when they can get her back before she’s hurt or worse.  Val, her best friend knows there’s more to what she’s being told going on, and of course that makes things even more emotional for everyone.

Tying Val back to school and what’s going on there – with so much going on with Ella, Reed and the other Royals haven’t held the same level of control over school and things are going insane.  The cattiness etc is getting so far out of hand and the fact that Daniel from book 1 is still up to his own ways with no one to reign him in, you can be certain that we’ll get into it a bunch there.  Prep schools definitely breed a lot of tension!

Then there’s Brooke – (and Dinah i guess).  Those two are trouble in such a big way for the Royals that i’m actually interested to see where things are going ot go with them.  As it relates to Brooke, we know that she’s the reason that Ella ran – because Brooke was trying to seduce Reed, and Brooke’s got an end goal of money and power from Callum.  I think that there’s a huge question of whether or not she’s going to succeed since she’s got a dirty plan in mind that she’s putting into place that makes everyone angry.  One that has something to do with a bun in the oven….who’s parentage is unknown.

Then there’s Dinah – we know she’s Steve’s widow (Ella’s dad) and when we learn that Ella’s been given 1/2 of Steve’s wealth and a quarter of the company – well we know that’s not sitting well so she must be scheming.

There’s a rather large cliff hanger that we’re left with at the end – someone’s stabbed, someone’s killed and someone’s being investigated by the cops.  Who falls into those buckets?  you’ll have to read on your own, but trust me, i don’t know that it’s possible to have left this 2nd book off with more tension.  Enjoy!

Review: Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

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Title: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 4/4/16
Length:   287 Pages
Series:  The Royals #1

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

I’ve clearly been on this thing where i need to read light and airy YA books and this one falls right into that description.  What we have here is the introduction to a trilogy that will really just take us through what it’s like being a teen who’s live was one way and routine and then all of a sudden, it’s something completely different.

As we read in the summary, our leading lady Ella has had a bit of bad luck her whole life.  Her mom passed away, she never knew her father, and she’ll do whatever she has to in order to survive and get to college etc.  When things seem like they are working out, she finds herself being taken away from all that and thrown into the world of wealth and all that comes with it all because of Callum Royal who was best friends with her father.

If that weren’t enough, bring along 5 testosterone laden sons, 2 of whom Ella’s attracted to and one of those that she perhaps may even love….then an entire school of catty girls and guys who will say whatever they want about her because she’s different.  Callum seems to be the only one on her side, the sons want nothing to do with her, and she really would do whatever it takes to get out of there and live her life on her terms.

While i usually see a bit of ‘coming of age’ in these things, it’s really just about survival here – being able to make it through the day with everyone who’s against her in this new environment, and just when she thinks she’s turned a corner, it all blows up in her face.  People that she felt she could trust – she can’t, and when she almost had enough to allow for survival if she had to run, that’s all gone too since she tried to protect one of her brothers.

We’re left on a cliffhanger – Ellas world is completely upside down again and she can’t trust anyone.  Her heart’s been broken and she’s on the run.  Can’t wait to see where she goes and who comes after her in the hopes of finding her.  Everyone’s got an agenda and i feel like it may be an unlikely suspect that comes to her rescue.  we’ll have to wait and see.  Have a great day all!