Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: The Guild, #1 by Felicia Day

The Guild (The Guild, #1)The Guild by Felicia Day
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although the book description/blurb calls The Guild an "Internet phenomenon", I was not aware of it prior to finding it on Goodreads. Glad I didn't miss out!

Cyd is having some personal issues. Her boyfriend is a selfish douchebag and she's currently in therapy. She turns to an online game (similar to World of Warcraft maybe?) for an escape. But she finds so much more: a means of expression, friendship, and self-confidence.

Even if you're not a gamer, I feel that us Internet nerds can relate. The Guild really captures the fun of making online friends for the first time.

I loved this, and I hope to check out more of "The Guild phenomenon" soon!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (22)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.

For this Waiting on Wednesday, I picked "What I Thought Was True" by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

Release Date: April 15, 2014

Book Summary: From Amazon: "Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her idyllic Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past--or the island--Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true--about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself--with what really is.

Huntley Fitzpatrick delivers another enticing summer read full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions, and a romance that will make every reader swoon."

My Thoughts: I adored the characters and world that Huntley Fitzpatrick created in her first novel, "My Life Next Door." I wanted to crawl into the book and be adopted by Jase's large, happy, non-wizard Weasley-esque family. It was a believable, fresh contemporary YA romance. I'm exciting and eagerly anticipating what Huntley Fitzpatrick has in store for readers in her next novel!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Review: Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Princess Ever After (Royal Wedding, #2)Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Princess Ever After is a fun, light read. The main character, Regina, is a Tallahassee girl with a hick side, who just recently left her job as a CPA to restore cars. I enjoyed that her character traits and background were both strong and original. I don't see too many female mechanics in any romance genre.

Little does Regina know, her Gram was actually a princess who had to flee her country, making Regina the rightful heir to the throne. Although the idea has been done before and is a little far-fetched, Rachel Hauck successfully makes the plot as realistic as possible. Regina has doubts, identity issues, and not everyone in the country is ready to welcome her as the monarch with open arms.

The romance in the novel was very sweet, especially if you like love-at-first-sight. Regina and her love interest, Tanner, seemed to be drawn to one another from the beginning.

Personally, I recommend reading the first book in the Royal Wedding Series, "Once Upon A Prince," before picking this one up. I think the politics and history of the imaginary countries of Hessenberg and Brighton are best explained in "Once Upon A Prince," helping the reader to understand why the stakes are so high for Regina and the other characters in this novel.

I hope this isn't the last book in the series. Maybe Hauck will write about the younger sister of Susanna from "Once Upon A Prince" or the twin girls from this story, aging them up, with cameos from other characters.

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