Wednesday, June 29

Waiting on Wednesday - This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights forthcoming releases which we're particularly excited about and looking forward to.


Tuesday, June 28

Some of the Worst and the Best Friends in Books


Hi everyone! It's been incredibly long since I've last written a Top Ten Tuesday post and, as I adore making lists (especially bookish ones), I MISSED IT SO MUCH. What makes me even happier than being back to creating these lists is that this week there's no theme - it's a FREEBIE. 



If you've been reading The Regal Critiques for awhile, you must know that negative/worst lists are my favorites and, one way or another, I always end up creating one when it's a freebie week. Today is going to be different, though. *shocked gasp*

Healthy portrayal of friendship is something that is very important for me in books, especially in young adult novels, as I do think it's good for teens (and people in general) - even if they do have the bestest best friend in the world - to see great examples of friendship in literature. Because of this I'm dedicating today's Top Ten Tuesday post to books with awesome best friends - but because I do love a good negative lists I'm also going to mention a couple of bookish friends who rubbed me the wrong way.


Sunday, June 26

A Whole Year of Being The Regal Critiques!

Unbelievable as this may sound, it has been one whole year since we became The Regal Critiques! No, not the actual blogoversary, that was on the 15th of March, but this is the first anniversary since we joined hands as co-bloggers! 


Ruzaika: I still remember how excited I felt when I thought about entering this exciting blogging world and meeting all you bookish people, and I'm happy to say that my experience in the bookish community has been nothing short of wonderful!

Veronika: First of all, it is SO AMAZING to be back. In the past few months I missed blogging and all of you so so SO much. What is an even better feeling is to look back at all the things that Ruzi and I have accomplished together here at The Regal Critiques. I can honestly say that - while I've been blogging since 2014 March - this last year was definitely the BEST. 


Let's take a look a look at some of our favorite posts and events of the past year!


It's been such a roller-coaster ride ever since we became co-bloggers. First we decided to take part in the Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2015 and it went just superbly. 



Then October rolled along, and we decided to host our very own seasonal event to celebrate all things spooky. That's how we came up with Spooky October, and to date, it remains as our favorite blogging event ever! 



Following it's success, we decided to have something along it's lines for Christmas too, but we decided to lure our blogger friends into contributing some posts for us! That is how A Christmas Story came to be, and it was a huge success even if we say so ourselves!



Our 2015 was an extremely successful year, reading-wise too! We did the End-of-Year Book Survey covering pretty much everything bookish about last year, and you can check it out here and here


    

Being co-bloggers means there's ample time for you to discuss books, and this is how we ended up doing some really fun discussion reviews of books we buddy-read together. You can click on the covers for the reviews, if interested! 

As you can very well see, we have had such a blast being co-loggers together- and this is not to mention the late night chats and bickering and moaning about everything in general that we do together. Through The Regal Critiques, we've really found a best friend for life in each other, and for that, we are forever grateful for everything bookish! We'd also like to thank YOU, our lovely readers, for being with us through and through- your comments and feedback and awesomeness in general mean so MUCH to us! Thank you!


To close this post off, we're asking you to fill out the survey below and help us improve our blog with your feedback - it won't take more than 5 minutes, we swear!



Saturday, June 25

Roshani Chokshi - The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1)

“No matter where we are, we’ll always share the same sky. We can always find each other in the same constellation.”

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself. 


Wednesday, June 22

Waiting on Wednesday - How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights forthcoming releases which we're particularly excited about and looking forward to.


Saturday, June 18

The Book Life Tag


Much thanks to Zena, the lovely blogger at Cinderzenablogs for tagging me! The minute I saw this tag I knew I just had to do it- what could possibly be more fun than choosing characters from books that would be my family and friends? Nothing. God knows how long I've been wishing I could just pop into a bookish world even if only for a few hours. Hours? I'll even settle for minutes, thank you very much! Anyway, without further ado, let the magic begin!

Wednesday, June 15

Waiting on Wednesday - And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights forthcoming releases which we're particularly excited about and looking forward to.


Friday, June 10

Wednesday, June 8

Waiting on Wednesday - Never Ever by Sara Saedi



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights forthcoming releases which we're particularly excited about and looking forward to.


Saturday, June 4

Nicole Jacquelyn - Unbreak My Heart


What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?

If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.

After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.

Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too - for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it . . . liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.

Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves - with or without Shane.


Thursday, June 2

Release Calendar: 2016 June


June already! Where HAS this year gone?!! But as always, this wailing about the year flying by will be shortly followed by the gorgeous books we'll be blessed with this month- so time flying ain't really a bad thing, yeah? Keep reading to see what lovely new releases we have on our calendar for June!


Wednesday, June 1

Waiting on Wednesday - Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights forthcoming releases which we're particularly excited about and looking forward to.