Monday, November 30

{Royal Rantings} Why Rereading Can Be The Best Thing Ever

Something you all quite possibly know about me is that I love rereading books. I believe that the best thing that can happen upon finishing a book is knowing that, yes, I’ll definitely get back to this novel because it was too good not to be devoured again and again... and maybe a few times after that. 

However, I do know that rereading books has some cons that are especially hard to swallow - like, thinking about all your shiny new books that are left unread while you're spending your time on ones you've already read. Despite this I fully believe that rereading your favorite books is worth your time and effort. 

Why is that?

Saturday, November 28

Gabrielle Williams - The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex

"It was funny how you, yourself, could pretend something to you, yourself, that you, yourself, knew full well was untrue."

A rock chick.

An artist with attitude.

A girl with a past.

A party animal.

Four lives collide when one of the world's most famous paintings is stolen. It's a mystery that has the nation talking, but while Picasso's Weeping Woman might be absent from the walls of the National Gallery, in other parts of Melbourne the controversial painting's presence is being felt by Guy, Rafi, Luke and Penny for four very different reasons.

Life, love, art and one giant party intersect in this offbeat comedy about good intentions, unexpected consequences and the irresistible force of true love.

Thursday, November 26

Leila Sales - Tonight the Streets Are Ours

"These days, I think that love is not so dramatic as all that. Maybe loving somebody means simply they bring out the best in you, and you bring out the best in them - so that together, you are always the best possible versions of yourselves."

Recklessly loyal.

That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone—including her needy best friend and her absent mom—taking her loyalty for granted.

Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to gether in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her.

Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him.

During one crazy night out in New York City filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

Tuesday, November 24

15 Books and Series I'm Thankful To For Restoring My Faith In Fantasy, Paranormal & Dystopian Fiction

Hello everyone! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today's topic is the Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For. I decided to share with you 15 books that restored my faith in Fantasy, Paranormal & Dystopian Fiction. 

In no particular order.

Monday, November 23

2015 Anti Bullying Readathon Recap + Recommendations

Hello sweeties! In the last week I've been *quietly* participating in the Anti Bullying Readathon, (hosted by Sarah Churchill) and I had SO MUCH FUN WITH IT. I didn't only manage to read a couple of anti bullying novels from my tbr, but also found quite a few new titles that I'd gladly read any day. The only reason I haven't been updating you about this is that - as per usual - I heard about this readathon in the last possible moment, and I was in a rush to get as much reading done as I could. However, I still wanted to share with you my progress AND my favorite anti bullying reads - I'll consider it a plus if I manage to convince you to participate next year. :)

Saturday, November 21

Liza M. Wiemer - Hello?

“I'm an answer, Frankie. Maybe you're an answer for me, too?

One HELLO? can change a life. One HELLO? can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma's death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens' stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian).

Thursday, November 19

John Grisham - Kid Lawyer (Theodore Boone #1)

A perfect murder, a faceless witness, a lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old. Meet Theodore Boone.

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Tuesday, November 17

Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In 2015

Hi lovelies. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today's topic is: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In 2015. I absolutely love this topic and can't wait to get started - hope you'll enjoy my post. :)

Saturday, November 14

Holly Martin - Fairytale Beginnings

Love is an open door…except when it keeps slamming in your face.

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of an historical building in the village of Clovers Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away - a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone.

As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

Thursday, November 12

Rick Yancey - The 5th Wave (The 5th The Wave #1)

“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Tuesday, November 10

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To

Hi lovelies. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's topic is the Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To. I love movie adaptation, so this topic is perfect for me. Can't wait to share my list with you. 

Saturday, November 7

Fall Time Cozy Book Tag

We love finding new and fun tags to do, so Vera and I were extremely delighted when the lovely
Noelia at A Day in Bookland- check her out, she's ah-mazing!- tagged us in this one. We both love, love, love this time of the year and all the super awesome things it means- hoodies, lattes, cozy sweaters and chilly mornings. So with fall time here in all its glory, we felt this would be the perfect time for this tag!
Without further ado, let the ‘Fall Time Cozy Book Tag’ begin!

Thursday, November 5

Lisa Becker - Clutch: A Novel

"Find something you love and hold onto it."

clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto. 

Wednesday, November 4

{Author Interview} - Meeting Lisa Becker, Author of Clutch: A Novel

Hello all you beautiful readers of The Regal Critiques! In my first ever author interview, I take great pleasure in introducing you to Lisa W. Becker. I came up with quite a few questions for this lovely, lovely author who is currently basking in the glowing praises for her latest book, clutch: a novel. *rubs hands together nervously* So, what are we waiting for? Let's start this!

1. This is my first time reading one of your novels, but I understand you’ve been writing for quite some time now. Could you tell us more about yourself?

I’m fortunate to have had a series of wonderful careers outside of writing including being a wife, mom, PR professional, college professor and community volunteer.   Clutch: a novel is my 4th book.  The book actually started out as a screenplay that was optioned by a production company housed at one of the major movie studios summer 2014.  Unfortunately, it fell out of development.  I was eager to have this fun story with some of my favorite characters told, so I turned it into a short novel earlier this year.

2. I love the title for your new book, Clutch! So on to an inevitable question- what inspired you to write it?

Tuesday, November 3

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

Hello lovelies. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today's topic is the  Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel. As you'll probably see, I cheated here and there BUT I do think that a series should be considered a debut not only the first novel, don't you agree? 

Click on the covers for Goodreads. 

Sunday, November 1

Release Calendar : 2015 November

Hey there, you lovely reader! Today we're here with the gorgeous, gorgeous new releases of another brand new month. 2015 is drawing to an end, can you BELIEVE it? Well, anyways, take a look at all these books and don't forget to tell us what books you are eagerly awaiting for this month! Have we missed any? Do link in your monthly release post if you have one- You know we're always looking for new books to read despite our ever-growing TBR list :) x