Tuesday, January 31

Top Ten Jaw-Dropping Covers of 2017

Hi, everyone! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is all about our favorite graphic novels, comics or picture books... but, I don't read any of these. I FEEL SO LEFT OUT. *sad face* 

I could, basically, choose from two options: a) stick to the official topic and leave this post blank, because I'm just not interested in these types of novels, or b) do something else. Obviously, I went with the second option, but to stay on the graphic-track, I decided to pick the ten most gorgeous, absolutely jaw-dropping covers of 2017. 

Beware, this post is damn pleasing to look at, and can result in massive amount of sadness and frustration over not being able to get these in your hands right now. 
You've been warned.

*as per usual, just click on the covers for Goodreads page*

Thursday, January 26

Amie Irene Winters - Strange Luck & The Nightmare Birds

"Our memories are all that we have in life. We are our memories. They are everything!"

Hidden deep in the forest, beneath mounds of forgotten memories, lies the secret world of the Nameless - a magical realm as beautiful as it is dangerous.

Daisy Darling used to think of Sea Salt, the small mountain town she has always called home, as a boring place where nothing ever happened.Then she met a peculiar wanderer who reveals a mysterious world hidden beneath the town all along. A world where mind-bending, magical, life-altering phenomena happen. A world harboring a dark secret under its snow-capped mountains, aquamarine waters, and perfumed jungles. A world built using stolen memories.

Now that Daisy's eyes have been opened to the truth about the Nameless, there's no turning back. Driven to save the other Collectives, Daisy is pulled deeper into the world's tangled lies, finding herself ensnared in a dangerous network of tunnels and time-altering portals. Somehow Daisy must discover the strength to win back her freedom before the Nameless claims her forever.


Only those who possess wild eyes, an impulsive heart, and a wandering spirit hunt for the Theater of Secrets—and once they witness the darkest of magic, they don’t return. 

It promises to change your life forever—but is the mysterious Theater of Secrets legend or something more? Tasked to answer that very question, Daisy Darling sets out to uncover the truth and is thrown headlong into a life where inexplicably strange and dark things happen nightly. A life of deception and uncertainty. A life in the spotlight as the theater’s ringleader. 

As Daisy assumes her new role, she not only discovers a surprising connection between herself and the previous ringleader, but also the haunting truth behind the theater’s limitless power. Determined to expose the theater and foil its wicked plan, Daisy must first embrace her heritage before she can defeat the dark forces at play.


Tuesday, January 24

The 16 Least Favorite Books I've Read in 2016

I know I talked and talked about the importance of positivity when I made 4 posts about my biggest obsessions of 2016, including the bestest books I read, but looks like I can't stop myself from making at least one post about my dislikes. Thankfully, Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) has just given me the perfect chance to do just that, as this week's topic is a FREEBIE. 

IT'S MEANT TO CHEER EVERYONE UP, THOUGH. See, you either a) agree with me, so we can companionably feel sorry for each other and give out virtual hugs for the time we wasted on these books, or b) you disagree with me, and in that case laugh at what stupid shit I'm saying about your favorite. AM I RIGHT, OR AM I RIGHT? 

See, no hard feelings! Because, of course, the fact that I didn't love these novels doesn't mean a thing. WHO AM I TO TELL YOU WHAT TO ENJOY? No one, so, do not be offended, because hurting anyone's feelings is the last thing I want to do, okay? 

Now that that's out of the way, let's get right into the 16 worst books of 16 - from the least bad to the absolute worst. With a few exceptions that really ticked me off for one reason or another.

Saturday, January 21

Interview with Amie Irene Winters, Author of a Unique YA Fantasy Series titled Strange Luck

Hello, pretties. I'm glad to tell you that I had the chance to interview the author of Strange Luck and The Nightmare Birds - book 1 and 2 in an ongoing series, more info on them below - and I'm here today to share her awesome-sauce answers with you. 

Without further ado, let's get right into the interview.

Thursday, January 19

Jenny Han - To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)

“If love is like a possession, maybe my letter are like my exorcisms”

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. 

But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. 

As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

Wednesday, January 18

A Curated List of Diverse Books Releasing in the First Half of 2017

What was your reading resolution this year? We at The Regal Critiques- like most readers this year, we're sure- decided to read more diversely. That was our resolution last year too, but there's no harm in hoping for more, is there? 

The increase of interest in diversity in the bookish community is undoubtedly a welcome change. We see authors, bloggers, readers all actively involved in promoting books that celebrate diversity and we couldn't be more happy about it. To contribute our bit for this, we decided to hunt down as much diverse releases as possible and put together a grand list of all books scheduled for this year. We were overwhelmed too see just how many books were planned- you'd be surprised, perhaps, to know that there's at least a 100 diverse releases just in the YA category- isn't that awesome? That, of course, meant that listing them all together would be too exhaustive (and some of them hadn't zeroed in on a release date yet either),  so we ended up splitting our list in two. 

Today we are unashamedly proud to present you with our comprehensive list of diverse books- mostly YA- releasing in the first half of 2017. We've made sure to list the diverse elements in these books as well as their release dates so that this can be a useful source of reference for when you (or we) need suggestions! We'll be back around June this year with our second list, so till then, make sure you catch up with as much of these as possible!

Tuesday, January 17

Ten Ridiculously Underrated Books You Need To Read Like Right Now

Here's a hello and a smile to all of you little muffins. *beams* Why am I so ecsatitc? IDK... oh wait, MAYBE BECAUSE THERE'S FINALLY A CHANCE FOR ME TO SCREAM ABOUT SOME MASSIVELY AND UNFAIRLY UNDERRATED BOOKS I'D DIE FOR. *takes calming breath* 

Wait, what are you saying? Oh yeah, that... sure, technically speaking I could do that in every single post, but now I have actual motivation thanks to this week's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic. So huge thanks to whoever came up with this topic - you rock. 

We could argue for days about which books are underrated, as that's a pretty subjective word, but I'd rather just shove these beauties into your face now and argue about their underratedness (totally a word) later. 

By the way, I've read all of these titles in 2016 & you should too!! Well, not in 2016, obviously, because time travel doesn't exist - bummer, I know - but in 2017 for sure. For the sake of easing your task of adding these to your TBR list, all covers lead to Goodreads. Thank me later when you're furiously adding these awesome-sauce titles to your wishlist. *flips hair*

Saturday, January 14

Ishara Deen - God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems


Craving a taste of teenage life, Asiya Haque defies her parents to go for a walk (really, it was just a walk!) in the woods with Michael, her kind-of-friend/crush/the guy with the sweetest smile she’s ever seen. Her tiny transgression goes completely off track when they stumble on a dead body. Michael covers for Asiya, then goes missing himself.

Despite what the police say, Asiya is almost sure Michael is innocent. But how will she, the sheltered girl with the strictest parents ever, prove anything? With Michael gone, a rabid police officer in desperate need of some sensitivity training, and the murderer out there, how much will Asiya risk to do what she believes is right? 

Thursday, January 12

6 Reasons Why Nevernight by Jay Kristoff Did Not Work For Me

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us.”

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Tuesday, January 10

Ten 2016 Releases I'll Surely Tackle in 2017

Hi everyone! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is all about those 2016 releases I really, truly wanted to read... but didn't get to. As I cheat all the time in TTT, I decided to stick with 10 today to show that I can stick to the rules. 

FYI, all of these novels are books that I'm still super-duper excited to read, so I'm terribly, unbelievably ashamed I haven't yet had the chance to read them. *curls up in a ball*

Click on the covers for GR link.

Saturday, January 7

Louise Gornall - Under Rose-Tainted Skies

"We can assume the best, but we can't choose how people perceive us. We can, however, choose how those views affect us."

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.

Thursday, January 5

My #DiversityBingo2017 TBR + Book Suggestions (and #ReadDiverse2017 Announcement!)

Hello, there! If you've been lurking around this part of the blogosphere, you'd no doubt have noticed my announcement about taking part in #DiversityBingo2017!
If you haven't (since, quite understandably, you have much better stuff to be doing rather than see me and my neverending word vomits), fear not- I'm back today with the spectacular TBR I've put together for this! 

After quite some research, I managed to create a grand list of over 150 books (yeahhh, I didn't go overboard there or anything) and after much thought and consideration, I brought it down to just over 140- so in this post, I've included my choice for #DiversityBingo2017, and I've also added 3 other suggestions for each category so that it may serve as a reference for myself in the future...and for you, if you think it's helpful! 

I've tried to verify all books included as much as possible, but if you feel any of these don't belong in their category, do please correct me! And even though I may have added a book into a certain category, it may also fit into other categories- just so you know. Anyhoo- I'm ridiculously happy with how this turned out, and I hope you find this helpful! 

Tuesday, January 3

10+1 2017 Debuts I Want & I Want Them NOW

Hello sweeties. Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is all about highlighting debut novels I'm super-duper excited for. Unfortunately - in this case - I have tons of 2017 debuts on my list I can't wait for, so writing this post will be tough. WISH ME LUCK, PEOPLE. (IDK why, though, because by the time you see this, I've obviously finished it. Whatever, just #fucklogic & wish me luck anyway.)

Sunday, January 1

#DiversityDecBingo Wrap Up & #DiversityBingo2017 Announcement!

When I signed up for #DiversityDecBingo I was feeling all very optimistic about reading as much as possible during December...but I didn't count on going into a huge slump that ended up on me not reading or doing anything else particularly, for at least 3/4th of the month. So while I initially planned on reading ten books, I ended up reading only five- but I did manage to complete the first column, so yay? Now let's have a quick look at these wonderful books that were fabulously diverse and helped me come out of my ridiculous slump!