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Paper Princess... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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Current book:

Paper Princess (The Royals #1)

Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick)

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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.

Sneak Peek:

"My skill, if I have one, isn't dancing. It's my ability to believe that tomorrow can be a better day. I don't really know where I got this optimism." p 171

Initial Thoughts

Let me start by saying, this is rated R - seriously do not pick up this book, or series for that matter, if you are not a fan of explicit intimate scenes. At first this was pitched as a YA, but it is mature, so even though the characters are in high school, this should be a NA or adult fiction...  So fair warning, because if you read this, you will have to pick up the rest of the series, it is just too fast-paced, only to end with the ultimate cliff hanger! I do have issue with the language of many scenes, yet the characters are well developed and the story line is intriguing.  I discussed this with my husband, and while I know most high schools are not at all like this one, having gone to a "rich kids" high school, it isn't that far off for some experiences... overall, I'm on the fence...

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Marissa @ Reading List

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.

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Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.

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• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

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Book review

The Wrong Prince {A Book Tour}

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Wrong Prince

C K Brooke

I'll admit it, in case you didn't already know, I'm a sucker for a good love story and if you throw in a little comedy, well then I'm yours!  So you know pitching a book as a fun romcom new fairy tale with a love "quadrangle" (maybe love square? I don't know!) means I will at least pick it up.  And you probably know by now, that if I pick up a book, there is a very real chance I will finish it... putting down books I do not like is a new thing for me... and does not happen often.

But this was a super fun book, and a wonderful tour to be part of!  While I did have some minor hangups, I believe I will be picking up another one of Brooke's books in the future!

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Story Overview 

Lucie is in love with the prince, but as a daughter of a Baron, she knows she will never be allowed to be with him. To make matters worse, as the story opens, she finds out she has become engaged to a man according to her father, and she is obedient to her father.  So she makes the heartbreaking decision to cut ties with the prince whom she has given her heart to. 

Meanwhile, said prince, Geo, and his older brother, Dmitri, are in battle when they both shoot arrows at the enemy, one specific Llewesian.  Of course, the poor solider turns out to be the crowned prince of Llewes, the only heir, and the mourning king of Llewes becomes an even more poignant enemy to Tybiria.  

Right after the battle, the King and Queen of Tybiria host an engagement announcement party for their crowned prince, Dmitri. And you've guessed it, Lucie is the lucky girl. Before Geo can even fully realize what happened - his love is not engaged to his brother - the Llewesian army sweeps in and kidnaps Dmitri.  And of course the adventure begins...

Personal Likes

The pace of this story was perfect. As a typical fairy tale adventure story, I wanted something full of action, and this book was full of action. Each chapter drives you further into the adventure of brother saving brother, boy falling in love with girl, girl falling for the wrong boy... so in that way, this was an incredibly fun read.

I also appreciated both Geo and Dmitri - they are opposites, but are best friends. There is no crazy brother rivalry that has them fighting over the crown, or whatnot. They truly have each other's best interests at heart, at least the majority of the time.

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Personal Dislikes

I understand that the romance between Lucie and Geo early in the book was there so we would know just how much they loved each other. But the scenes are bit too explicit for the style of the writing.  The intimate moments between these two reads like a mature YA book, yet the rest of the story, plotting, and adventure reads like a teen book. I simply wish there would have been a way to leave out some of the details of their need to sneak around to meet...

Also, later in the book, there is a point where they enter a brothel to find some assistance in the ongoing battle of the two kingdoms, and again, for just this scene the terms used are more mature than the rest of the book. Overall this is very much a fairy tale story, that should be a fun read for young teens, but some topics, in the detail described, are simply not necessary.

Reading List Rating

I can only give this book a three heart rating because of the knock on not writing to the correct audience on subject matter. If this were pitched as more of a New Adult book, fine, but as a teen/YA book, there are some scenes that needed edited for mature content. Otherwise, it was a super sweet teen fairy tale. 

My Suggested Audience

This one is a little tricky... because it is a love story, think Romeo & Juliet, sort of... and as such there are some romance moments, which is fine.  Amazon claims this to be a romance or even a romcom, which is fine, alright, but the language used, and the pacing reads like a teen/YA, which is where many Goodreads reviewers place it.  And I would put it in a YA category as well... the fairy tale books are all the rage in YA.  But with some mature intimate scenes, I would caution young teens from this, at least give a heads up to parents.  Which is why maybe this should be a NA (New Adult, at this is a coming of age story, of a more mature nature...).  So if you are an adult, and don't mind some explicit, or hinting, heavily at explicit scenes, this would be a fun read for fairy tale fans.  Well that was full of rambling... but oh well!

Author & Giveaway!

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C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers' Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books - reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them. When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. There's tons to check out at the new, so come and see what she's up to! Check out her V.I.P. Readers Club (Subscribers get a free eBook!)

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Do you enjoy new fairy tale stories? The romcom genre is fairly popular when it comes to new fairy tales, do you have a favorite in the genre?  How explicit should an author get in describing a love relationship for different age groups?

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