Thursday, September 29

Faye Bird - What I Couldn't Tell You

When love turns to jealousy, when jealousy turns to rage, when rage turns to destruction...

Laura was head over heels in love with Joe. But now Laura lies in a coma and Joe has gone missing. Was he the one who attacked her?

Laura's sister Tessie is selectively mute. She can't talk but she can listen. And as people tell her their secrets, she thinks she's getting close to understanding what happened on that fateful night.

Tuesday, September 27

What I'll Be Reading This Fall (A.K.A. the 154565th Desperate Attempt at Tackling My TBR)

Hello there, friends! Being Tuesday, I'm back with another Top Ten Tuesday post - this time it's all about the novels I'll - hopefully, but not very likely - manage to tackle from my tbr pile this fall. Without further ado, let's get right into them. 

As always, Goodreads is just a click (on the covers) away!

Saturday, September 24

Meredith Russo - If I Was Your Girl

“You can have anything once you admit you deserve it.”

Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school.

Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she's falling in love with.

Amanda has a secret.

At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.

A book about loving yourself and being loved for who you really are.

Thursday, September 22

Naomi Novik - Uprooted

“If you don't want a man dead, don't bludgeon him over the head repeatedly.” 

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Tuesday, September 20

My Favorite Artists in the World

Hi sweeties! Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is all about audio freebie. As I don't read audio books - I tried, but I couldn't seem to concentrate on them - I'm going to list my top 12 favorite artists today, along with my 5 favorite songs by each of them. Hopefully, we can fangirl over them in the comments!

Saturday, September 17

5 Reasons To Read These Stunning Fantasies - The Final Empire & The Sword of Summer

"You should try not to talk so much, friend. You'll sound far less stupid that way."

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.


“My name is Magnus Chase. I’m sixteen years old. This is the story of how my life went downhill after I got myself killed.” 

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Thursday, September 15

Holly Bourne - What's a Girl Gotta Do?

"I want to be the sort of person who could face themselves in the mirror."

I couldn’t believe my luck when I received What’s a Girl Gotta Do? for review from the publishers- if you’ve read the synopsis (given below) you’ll know why. A YA contemporary that exclusively deals with feminism? When did we last come across anything even remotely talking about feminism? I certainly don’t remember and I’m sure you wouldn’t too. In YA? Nah. It’s therefore safe to say that I was really excited about reading this book, and given my tendency to take the easy way out in practically everything in life (not that I’m proud of it, oh no), I was really intrigued by this:
1. Call out anything that is unfair on one gender
2. Don't call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe)
3. Always try to keep it funny
4. Don't let anything slide. Even when you start to break...
Lottie's determined to change the world with her #Vagilante vlog. Shame the trolls have other ideas...

A girl who is determined to change the world when there were people like me who were prepared to lay low and take the easy way out? Yes, please. My expectations were undoubtedly at an all-time high, and I
needed to read it. However, despite this book promising to work well enough as a standalone, I wanted to read the first two books as well, because they did look really amazing, and they had been sitting in my TBR for too long already, and what better moment to pick them up than this? And so I did. I read both Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? and trust me when I say  they are so, so, SO GOOD. I really regret not picking them up sooner, but anyway, now that I did, I guess I can now yell in your faces- do yourself a favor and pick them up already!!! *deep breathes* Please. And now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you why What’s a Girl Gotta Do? instantly became one of my mostest favoritest books of forever.

Tuesday, September 13

All Time Favorites: Fantasy Edition

Hi sweeties! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is all about our all time favorite books in certain genres. Lately, I've been really into Fantasy novels, so I decided next to listing my all time favorite fantasy books. WISH ME LUCK, because I'm pretty sure reducing the number to ten is going to be a total bitch. But I'll try, for once, so next week I can calmly go back to breaking all the rules.

Dystopia & Science Fiction novels are excluded from my list.

*I'm literally on the 2nd page of my read shelf and I already have 5 titles that need to be on the list. #lostallhope*

Thursday, September 8

The Would You Rather Book Tag

Hello everyone! This week we've decided to do a tag with some very anxiety-inducing questions. Would you rather we didn't do it? Can't help it- we've already come up with the most painful answers ever. The things we do for our readers. *sighs* You'd better be grateful is all we say!

Tuesday, September 6

All About The TV Shows

Hi sweeties! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is all about tv shows. I have to admit that I'm not the biggest tv show fan out there - for one, I lose interest in them freakishly fast and I also feel like they take away a lot from the time I could spend reading my precious books. So basically, I could only list 7 shows that I love and constantly watch, 2 that I casually watch when it's on tv, and a few that I'm dying to start. 

One thing you'll see on my list is that I don't have YA tv shows (that's a thing, right?) between my favorites, simply because they either A) got cancelled, like Starcrossed, or B) I lost interest in them, like Vampire Diaries, The 100, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars (strangely enough, I just realized that I gave up on all these in their third season. What is up with that???) Also, I seem to have a liking for mystery, crime and/or gory shows... which, I guess, tells you something about me. OH WELL.

Saturday, September 3

{Mini Reviews} Wanderlost by Jen Malone & The Problem With Forever by J. L. Armentrout

Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.
Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.
But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

Friday, September 2

Monthly Anticipation - September 2016

A new feature! Yes, Monthly Anticipation is the brand new feature that's going to replace the Release Calendar at The Regal Critiques. We came to a mutual decision to do away with the latter since it was soon getting weary- there were just too many releases, and we hated missing out on featuring every amazing book that's seeing the light of the day. Believe us, at the rate of all these books getting published it was just all too easy to lose track of what book was coming out when, and not including ALL the books kind of beats the purpose of a release calendar, doesn't it? And so we came up with this brilliant idea where we spotlight only the books we are most excited about. This could be anywhere between five to ten books, but this way things are easier, for you and definitely for us (you can think of this as a kind of replacement for the Waiting on Wednesdays posts which we ultimately ended up discontinuing too!). Without further ado, let us introduce you to these wonderful books we are looking forward to this month!

Thursday, September 1

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories Edited by Stephanie Perkins

“She pulled the pot of apple balm from her pocket. [...] Eli snatched it from her palm and hurled it into the darkness, into the lake. 'Hey!' Gracie protested. 'Why would you do that?' He took a deep breath. His shoulders lifted, fell. 'Because I've spent nine months thinking of apples.'

Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.