Monday, October 21, 2019

My Thoughts: Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

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Twice in a Blue Moon
by Christina Lauren
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Publication Date: October 22nd, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781501197420
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy | Own

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Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners and the “delectable, moving” (Entertainment Weekly) My Favorite Half-Night Stand comes a modern love story about what happens when your first love reenters your life when you least expect it… (Goodreads)


I am always super excited to get my hands on a new Christina Lauren novel, and when I discovered Twice in a Blue Moon, I knew I would have to check it out. I am SO glad that I did!

Twice in a Blue Moon is a story about first loves and second chances. Sam and Tate meet and fall in love in London, but it ends in heartbreak after a close guarded secret is revealed. Fourteen years later and their paths cross again, can love be found Twice in a Blue Moon?

I really liked the storyline for this book, not only the parts that take place in London at the beginning of the book, but also the parts where Tate is making the movie in the later parts of the book. The setting for both places sound wonderful. (I keep reading books that are set in London, and it’s totally making me want to visit.) I’ve read a few books where there is a movie being made in the storyline, and I always find that interesting. I also love the second chance theme to the storyline. I have not read nearly enough of those lately, and reading this makes me want to read more.

The book is full or interesting characters as well. Tate is our main character in the story, and we get to see the past and present from her point of view. I liked Tate, and I thought her story was refreshing. I love seeing a character make a great thing about of a bad thing. Sam, the love interest in the story, actually took a while to grow on me. I probably should have liked him more in the beginning of the book, but he really didn’t win me over until about halfway through the second half of the book. There are a lot of fun secondary characters in the story as well, and I liked almost all of them! (Except Tate’s dad. What an ass.)

One thing that was missing from this book that I kind of expected, was the humor. I am so used to characters like Olive (The Unhoneymooner’s) and Hazel (Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating), and others, that I kind of expected it in this book. I was expecting this to be a romantic comedy like most of the previous books I have read by these authors, but it was more of a contemporary romance. Not that that made me like the book any less, I just kept waiting for it, and it never happened. 

Overall; Though I had a few issues with the book, I really enjoyed Twice in a Blue Moon! I am so glad that I read it, and I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for Christina Lauren’s next book, The Honey-Don't List, which is currently set to release next March! (It sounds great as well, so if you’re a fan, check it out!)

Sunday, October 20, 2019

My Thoughts: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

The Burning Maze
(Trials of Apollo #3)
by Rick Riordan
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Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 431
ISBN: 9781368024129
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy | Mythology
Source: Own

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The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . . (Goodreads)


I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am enjoying the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan, and The Burning Maze is just another great addition to this already fantastic series. (I thought I had already done a review for this book, but I see that I have not. My thoughts for this book are going to be a little short and sweet, because while I have read the book twice now, I have read quite a few books since, and my brain is a little jumble-y. Bear with me!)

So a while back I set out on a journey to read ALL of Rick Riordan’s books, which I read 1 book per month until I was officially caught up, and now I get to do the impatient yearly wait for a new book to release. (This is not fun. I definitely enjoyed binge reading more. *grin*) But these books are definitely worth the wait, and I am more than happy to do so.

The Burning Maze picks up right where The Dark Prophecy leaves off, and is an adventure from the start of the book to the end of the book. In this third book, we get to see if Apollo will survive the third task he needs to accomplish in order to get back his godly status, all with the help of some really awesome friends. (It’s SO nice to see some of the characters from different books again!) The storyline for the book is completely fascinating, and full of twists and turns. (Oh, and there is one thing that will probably break your heart. I know it did mine, and I’m still a little upset with Rick over it.)

One thing I love about these books is that I am totally learning so much about mythology. We didn’t learn most of this stuff in schools, and I’m absolutely fascinated by it. (Seriously, I can’t get enough!) And, this knowledge has come in handy for more than one episode of Jeopardy!

Another thing that I love about the series are the characters. Both new and old, you’ll love them all. I especially love that Apollo is growing on me more and more as the series goes along. I am SO rooting for him now, and I can’t wait to see what the next two trials, (and books), have in store for him.

I also want to add that I have been listening to the audiobooks for this series, which are narrated by Robbie Daymond, who narrates all of the books in this series so far, and he does SUCH a great job with all the different voices. Very entertaining! If you have the opportunity to listen to these books on audio, I highly recommend them.

Overall; The Burning Maze is another great addition to the highly addictive Trials of Apollo series! I can’t wait to get started on the next book, The Tyrant’s Tomb, which is officially out as of September 2019! I hope it’s great!
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Saturday, October 19, 2019

10 Favorite Halloween Movies! (And a few I'm hoping to watch!)

One of my most favorite things about October, (besides Halloween), is watching Halloween movies! Well... not scary movies, to be honest, since I'm a big chicken, but I do have a few movies that I love to watch this time of year. Here are a few of them!

(keep reading to check out a few that I'm hoping to watch this year as well!)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107120 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088930

Hocus Pocus
Hands down my most favorite Halloween movie!
I've already watched it a million times this month, and I have no regrets.

Clue

This movie is so much fun, and is definitely another favorite!
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101272 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106220

The Addams Family & Addams Family Values
Halloween just isn't Halloween without watching The Addams Family movies!!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094721/

Ghostbusters
I watched this movie about a million times when I was a kid, and it never gets old!

Beetlejuice
Confession: I was kind of terrified of this movie as a child. Once I watched it again as an adult, I appreciated it so much more.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112642 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0241527/

Casper
This is definitely one of my most favorite NON-scary Halloween movies!!

Harry Potter
Ok, technically these aren't Halloween movies, but for some reason I love watching them around this time of year!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060550/ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279830/

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This is not a movie, but is yet another show that I grew up watching every year!
(I still watch it every year. Never fail!)

Garfield's Halloween Adventure
This is another show that I watched over and over again as a kid!
It never gets old!

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And here are a few movies that I haven't seen before,
but am definitely going to watch before Halloween!
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289401/ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107688/ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121164
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1051904 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5308322

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What are some of your favorite movies to watch for Halloween??
Let me know some of your favorites in the comments, and I might check them out!
(if they aren't too scary!!)

Friday, October 18, 2019

My Thoughts: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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The Wicked Deep
by Shea Ernshaw
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Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9781481497343
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Witches
Source: Own

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Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself. (Goodreads)


The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw has been on my TBR for quite some time now, and it sounded like the absolute perfect book to put on my Halloween TBR this month. Having just finished the book, I am so glad that I did!

I put this book on my TBR because it sounded like the perfect witchy read for Halloween this year. I don’t feel like I’ve read nearly enough books with witches for the storyline, and I was excited to finally have the chance to read one. The storyline for this book definitely has the witchy vibe to it, but it also felt a little like a ghost/haunting storyline as well, which was interesting! Though there were a few parts in the book that were a little slow to get through, it still managed to hold my attention, and also threw me a few surprises that I didn’t expect!

I also have to say that I really loved the setting for the book. A small, coastal town that is haunted every year by the three sisters that were sentenced to death for witchcraft?? The perfect place, right? The descriptions of the setting were perfect. I loved this creepy little town.

There are some really interesting characters in the book as well, but I was most fascinated by the actual three sisters themselves. Parts of the story are told from their perspectives, and I think that I loved those parts the most. The main character, Penny, also had an interesting story, as did Bo, the mysterious love interest in the book.

Overall; I’m so glad I decided to read The Wicked Deep for Halloween this year! It was a quick, creepy read, and was a perfect read to get me in the mood for Halloween. I’m definitely interested in checking out more books by Shea Ernshaw in the future, including her newest upcoming release, Winterwood, which is set to release this November!
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

My Thoughts: The Diviners by Libba Bray

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The Diviners
(The Diviners #1)
by Libba Bray
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Publication Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 578
ISBN: 9780316126113
Genre: YA | Historical | Paranormal | Fantasy
Source: Own

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Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. (Goodreads)


The Diviners by Libba Bray is one of those books that has been on my TBR list for FOREVER, but for some reason or another I never read it, even though I have been trying to for the longest. Well, that finally changed and I’m thrilled to have absolutely devoured the book. I’m totally wishing that I would have read it sooner!

So, wow, there was a LOT going on in this book and it was all very interesting. I really enjoyed the time period and setting of the book, I haven’t read nearly enough books set in the 20’s, and it’s absolutely fascinating to read about. And while the book was set in New York City, (for the most part), it felt both familiar, yet kind of eerie as well, which was pretty cool. The storyline for the book, however, was insane. This storyline was one wild ride after another, and I never knew what to expect as I turned the pages. It was great!

There are also SOOOO many characters in the book to love! (And a few to not so much, but let’s skip over them.) I love Evie, and Jericho, and Theta, and Memphis, and so many more! I really hope we will see all of these characters in the next book, because I seem to have become really, really attached to them. *grin*

I also want to add that while I have both the ebook and print copies of this book, I opted to listen to the audiobook, (yes, I now have the book in all the different formats), and I’m so glad that I did! The narrator, January LaVoy, did an amazing job narrating all the different voices in the book, and kept me thoroughly entertained as I listened to the story. I was beyond thrilled to discover that she narrates the audiobooks for ALL the books in this series!

Overall; I really don’t know why I waited so long to read The Diviners, but I am SO glad I finally did so! I am definitely excited to read the rest of the books in the series now, and I have Lair of Dreams on my TBR for next month! I am hoping to be completely caught up on the series before the newest book, King of Crows, is released in February 2020!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday: Call Down the Hawk & The Guinevere Deception

Call Down the Hawk
(Dreamer Trilogy #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater
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Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9781338188325

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The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . . (Goodreads)

WHOOO! A new book from Maggie Stiefvater!!
I don't know about you guys, but I love The Raven Boys series SO much,
and I can't wait to get my hands on this new book!
(I have both the book AND the audiobook pre-ordered for this ones!




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The Guinevere Deception
(Camelot Rising #1)
by Kiersten White
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Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780525581673

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From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name--and her true identity--is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

*THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY* (Goodreads)

Ummmm, did you read that summary?!?!
This. Book. Sounds. AWESOME!!
I just received a finished copy in the mail last week,
and I'm SO super excited to dive into the book!!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

My Thoughts: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Serpent & Dove
(Serpent & Dove #1)
by Shelby Mahurin
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 519
ISBN: 9780062878021
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Witches
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Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou's most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all. (Goodreads)


I have to admit that the first thing that drew me to Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin was that absolutely gorgeous book cover. (Snakes seem to the new thing for book covers lately, and the cover for this book is definitely eye catching.) After reading the summary for the book I was not only intrigued, but I also thought this would be a great addition to my Halloween TBR. And it WAS.

It’s been quite a while since I read a good witch story, so I was super excited to read Serpent & Dove. I very much enjoyed the storyline for this book. It’s all about witches and magic and so much more, and I was hooked as I turned the pages. The book ends in a way that definitely left me wanting more, and I’m super curious to see what’s going to happen in the next book.

I have to say I love SO many of the characters in this story. SO MANY. Lou, the main character, is definitely my favorite. I loved her sass and humor so much. Watching the relationship between her and Reid grow over the course of the story was both interesting, and, I dare say, quite intense. (It’s a very well written enemies-to-lovers storyline.) This was really fun to watch. (I also want to add that there is a pretty graphic sex scene in the book, which kind of caught me by surprise, because this book is a YA book, and I don’t see that in YA very often. It didn’t bother me, I read a lot of romance, but if that’s not your type of thing, be prepared.)

While I had a review copy and a finished copy of this book, I opted to listen to the audiobook after checking out a sample clip on Audible. I am SO glad I did! I have listened to a few audiobooks narrated by Holter Graham in the past, and I very much enjoyed his voice for Reid. The voice for Lou was also familiar, and I can’t tell you how many books I’ve listened to that have been narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. SO MANY BOOKS! I love her voice, and I was beyond thrilled to have her tell me Lou’s side of the story.

Overall; If you like a good witch story, then you definitely want to look into Serpent & Dove! This book was a really quick read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, Blood & Honey, which is set to release in 2020!
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Monday, October 14, 2019

My Thoughts: Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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Ayesha At Last
by Uzma Jalaluddin
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Publication Date: June 4th 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 351
ISBN: 9781984802798
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
Source: Review Copy from Publisher | Own

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A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices, and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself. (Goodreads)


The moment I discovered that Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin was a Pride and Prejudice inspired retelling, I knew I would have to read the book. I love ANYTHING Pride & Prejudice, and I especially enjoy seeing an author take my favorite classic and give their own spin to it. This book sounded very promising, so I was super excited to check it out!

Not only is Ayesha At Last a retelling, it’s a modern day Muslim retelling, which is also set in Canada. (I have not read many books set in Canada, so this was especially interesting.) The storyline felt both familiar, yet completely fresh and new as well. Other than a few character changes, (and the obvious modern conveniences), it actually follows pretty closely along with the original storyline, which I liked. I did myself getting a little bored a few times in the book, but this was a really quick read, and the story always picked back up to grab my attention, which was nice.

The story is told through two of the main characters viewpoints. Ayesha is our modern day Lizzie Bennett, who dreams of being a poet, but is instead trying to find work so she can pay back her uncle. Khalid is the Mr. Darcy of the story, and much like the original Mr. Darcy, he took a while to warm up to. (Don’t worry, he won me over by the end.) I really enjoyed the alternate narration to the story, and I actually wish the original had had that as well. There are a lot of interesting secondary characters in the story as well, some that you will like, and a few that you will despise with a purple passion. Read the book to meet them all!

I also want to add that while I started reading the actual print copy of this book, I ended up listening to the audiobook about a fourth of the way through. I’m so glad I did! The story is narrated by Roshni Shukla, who has a fantastic voice, and I hope to find more audiobooks that she has narrated in the future!

Overall; Ayesha At Last was a very fun, quick modern day retelling of my absolute most favorite book, and I am very glad to have to read the book! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Uzma Jalaluddin in the future! If you like a good Pride and Prejudice retelling with a modern day twist, do check out Ayesha At Last!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

My Thoughts: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

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Royal Holiday
(The Wedding Date #4)
by Jasmine Guillory
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Publication Date: October 1st 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781984802217
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
Source: Netgalley Review Copy

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New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory makes her hardcover debut with a heartwarming Christmas romance.

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can't refuse. She's excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn't expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain Private Secretary and his charming accent and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has been the Queen's Private Secretary for years and has never given a personal, private tour...until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.

Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy fling come New Year's Day...or are they? (Goodreads)


When I discovered that there was going to be a fourth book in the Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory I was instantly curious, as I had thought the series ended after The Wedding Party. I was definitely wrong! Royal Holiday is a quick, fun read that you should definitely have on your holiday TBR list!

Royal Holiday is a continuation of the Wedding Date series, but this book is about Maddie’s mom, Vivian. (And we do get to see Maddie in the book as well, but that’s the only character we know from the previous books.)

I have to admit that the storyline for this book was pretty cute. When Maddie lands a job in England dressing a royal family, she asks her mom to tag along with her to take a royal vacation. Cute, right? (Being a mom myself, I kind of love that Maddie asked her mom to go instead of her man.) I definitely enjoyed all the royal parts of the story, as I’m always a little fascinated by that anyway. I could have done with a little more as well!

Along with the storyline, I also really enjoyed the setting for this book. It’s set in London, (a place that I would LOVE to visit sometime), and I loved reading all the descriptions for the places visited in the story. (One day I will visit as well!) I especially loved the descriptions of the cottage, (aka MANSION!).

The characters in the book were all interesting. Vivian definitely had the mom vibe going on, and she was very mature compared to the other ladies in the series. This was both interesting, and a little awkward at times. Her relationship with Malcolm was super cute though, and I enjoyed watching their romance grow over the course of the book.

Overall; Royal Holiday was not at all what I was expecting, but was a fun addition to the Wedding Date series! I definitely want to visit London even more now than I did before. I am assuming that this is the last book in the series, but considering that I thought The Wedding Party was the last book in the series, who knows! If you enjoyed the first three books in the series, definitely check out this newest edition!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10 Things I Love About Autumn!

Did you know that Autumn/Fall is my MOST favorite time of year??
I seriously love EVERYTHING about it, and if I could live in a place where there was autumn year round, I would totally do so. :)

Here are some of the things I love most about Fall!!

(All images provided by Unsplash!)


Fall Colors
I love when the leaves change colors in the fall!
It never lasts long here in the south, but I love all the gorgeous yellows, oranges, and reds!



Sweater Weather
There's nothing I love more than getting out my sweaters and hoodies!
(AND my sweatpants too!)
There's just something about curling up and being warm!



Warm Drinks
Technically I drink warm drinks any time of year,
but doing so in Fall is my favorite!


Photo by Alex Geerts on Unsplash

Curling Up with a Good Book
What is better than curling up with a good book and a warm blanket??
I can never do this in the spring and summer, so it makes me love the fall and winter even more!



Halloween Movie Nights
I looooove Halloween movies, (the not-so-scary ones, anyway!)
Bonus points for when we do movie nights outside!


Photo by Bernd Schulz on Unsplash

Long Walks
It's so much better to walk outside in the fall! It's not too hot, and not too cold.
I love talking long walks with just my audiobooks to keep me company.
AND you get a really awesome view as well!



Bonfires
I haven't done a bonfire in awhile, but I love them, and I'm definitely hoping to do so this year!


Photo by Cayla1 on Unsplash

Sweet Treats
Though I don't really eat sweets, I still enjoy baking them!
Also, I love buying Halloween candy!



Carving Pumpkins
While I'm not very good at it, I LOVE carving pumpkins!


Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

HALLOWEEN!
Last, but definitely not least, is Halloween!
I love everything about this holiday, and it's probably my most fave of ALL!
The decorating, dressing up, treats... I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!

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There you have it! Just a few of my favorite things about Autumn!!

What's your favorite season??
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