Tuesday, August 30

Top Ten Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table (Part 2)

Hi lovely people! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is a SCHOOL FREEBIE, and because I'm a huge character slob, obviously, I had to pick a topic that has something to do with characters, thus the Top Ten Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table were listed.

The characters are in no particular order, as we'd all be equals and the best of friends at the table, FYI. As for those who wouldn't want to sit with me, - with us - well, I'm a Slytherin for a reason, I'll convince them. *evil laugh* 

PS: This one was an official TTT topic back in 2014, thus why I call this post part 2. For part 1, check out this post. Or maybe do not, because my English sucked so bad back then.

Saturday, August 27

Catherine Torres - Sula's Voyage

“It's certainly a travesty of education, Sister, when those charged with the noble task of expanding our children's minds should try to cage them.” 

Fifteen-year-old Sula has always known she is different. Even though her parents have shown her nothing but love and acceptance, she sees her dark skin as a reminder of how she doesn’t fit in with the rest of her family.

What’s worse is she also feels that her parents are hiding something from her. After getting expelled from school, Sula reluctantly goes to stay with her mother’s friends. There she unexpectedly finds herself on a journey of self-discovery — a journey that keeps drawing her to the sea. Sula must not only figure our her parents’ secret, but also just how different, and possibly magical, she really is.

Thursday, August 25

The 100 Questions Tag

I came across this really overwhelming tag when Emily @ Paperback Princess did it, and I was extremely flabbergasted (I always wanted to use that word!) at how much effort it must have costed her. But me being the idiot I am, decided to try all 100 questions because I do so love making life difficult for myself. Plus,it does look like fun (because I obviously love talking about myself). So, here we go!

Tuesday, August 23

10 Books That Have Been on My TBR For Ages

Hi there! *waves* I'm kind of excited, because I'm unable to do the real Top Ten Tuesday topic for today... Alright, that sounds strange, BUT today's topic is not such a positive one - Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR Since Before I Started Blogging. I honestly thought I'd found like 50 books that have been on my tbr since then, but I was WRONG. *surprised awe*

I started blogging in March, 2014 and there are only 5 books that I added to my Goodreads TBR before then. That is more thanks to refreshing my TBR list at least once or twice a year then actually reading ALL the books, but I'm choosing to ignore that for now. Anyhow, I changed up the topic just a bit, calling this post - 10 Books That Have Been on My TBR For Ages. It'll include the 10 books on my Goodreads TBR that have been there for the longest of times.

I did not disqualify the books that came out after I added them, because I've been waiting for them since adding them to my TBR, not since the day they were published. That makes sense?

Exceptions are: 

  • Fire in You by Jennifer L. Armentrout (added to my tbr back in the beginning of 2014) that'll only be released in November, as it'd have been pretty much impossible to read a novel that hasn't even been published, yet.
  • The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke, because I'm not quite sure I still want to read it. (I know, cheating.)
Order - from newest addition, to the oldest. 

Click on cover for GR page! 

Saturday, August 20

Nicola Yoon - Everything, Everything

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Thursday, August 18

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Hello lovelies! Considering how much I love to write negative reviews here at The Regal Critiques, it seems unbelievable that I haven't yet done The Unpopular Opinions Tag. Today I finally correct that mistake. Without further ado, let me share all my unpopular opinions with you.

Saturday, August 13

My Thoughts On The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Spoiler Free)

“Your mail could've waited." Daemon followed me into the kitchen. "What is it? Just books?"

Grabbing the OJ from the fridge, I sighed. People who didn't heart books didn't understand.”

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.



Highlight for spoilers.

  • I'm sure you guys know this, but just in case - Lux is about hot as hell, quite kickass and powerful aliens, and that includes the male protagonist, with whom you may or may not fall in love with in the course of the series. Hint - you most likely will. 
  • The writing is not what most people would call beautiful, but it was fun, easy to read and Jennifer L. Armentrout can surely create some of the best dialogues. The exchanges between the characters were mostly sassy, snarky and sarcastic, making me laugh out loud more times than I could count. Reading this series was what I'd describe as pure entertainment.

    “We could really use the Avengers right about now." 
    "Screw that. We need Loki," Daemon retorted.
    General Eaton arched a brow. "Well, unfortunately, the Marvel Universe isn't real, so...”

Thursday, August 11

Paula Hawkins - The Girl on the Train

“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”   

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.


And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? 

Tuesday, August 9

Top Ten Most Dislikable Main Characters

Hi sweeties! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is a Top Ten Tuesday Rewind, which means that everyone can pick one from the previous topics. My choice is, oh-so-surprisingly, a negative topic - Top Ten Most Dislikable Characters.

For this list I only picked protagonists that I disliked, supporting characters - be more or less important - will not appear on my list.

Saturday, August 6

Nick Lake - Whisper to Me

A remarkable story of strange beauty and self-discovery from Printz Award winner Nick Lake

Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.

Thursday, August 4

Nalini Singh - Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Changeling #15)

“Heroes, I’ve learned, don’t always wear white. Sometimes they come from the darkness, shadows among shadows.”

The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

Tuesday, August 2

15 Books I'd Gift Myself With If Someone Handed Me A Fully Loaded Gift Card

Hello everyone! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's topic is - Ten Books You'd Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card.

I made two lists for today's topic: 

  • 5 gorgeous editions that I'd love to have, but likely will never buy (already read from library/friend or own another edition)
  • 10 books on the top of my to-buy list

Monday, August 1

Release Calendar: 2016 August

At first glance, August seems like such an exciting month book release-wise, but I sadly had to realize that I'm only seriously interested in 6 of these releases, and slightly in two. 

That said, there are tons of sequels coming out and books that I know a lot of people are excited about. So without further ado, let's jump right into this calendar -