Saturday, December 29

Where CW from The Quiet Pond and Vera Recommend Books to Each Other (And You Too!)


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome:

CW from The Quiet Pond!

I discovered CW's blog a while ago, back when she was blogging at Read, Think, Ponder. Sadly, I could only follow her for a couple of months before she quit blogging, but I've remained a follower of her twitter, and found quite a few amazing books thanks to her recommendations. There's just something so convincing and genuine in her voice and her recs are always top notch. So, of course, I couldn't be happier that she 1) started her new blog, The Quiet Pond, and 2) agreed to guest-post at The Regal Critiques. I'm so excited for y'all to see what the two of us did here, and can't wait to hear your feedback! - Vera 💙

                                                   

Thursday, December 27

Hidden Gems I Stumbled Upon Over the Years {Holly from The Fox's Hideaway}


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome:

Holly from The Fox's Hideaway!

Holly's blog was one of the first I discovered as a new blogger, and it remains a favorite of mine to this day. All the work and heart she puts into her posts is really visible, and her love & dedication for her blog has inspired me so much during the years. She is friendly, welcoming and truly creative - and for sure one of my favorite bloggers. - Vera 💙
                                                   

Saturday, December 22

Favourite Books or Favourite Authors - A Discussion by Olivia from Olivia's Catastrophe


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome:

Olivia from Olivia's Catastrophe!

Olivia is one of my more recent discoveries, but I've fallen in love with her post and videos super-quickly. She comes up with some of the most interesting ideas I've ever seen, including stuff I would have never thought of myself. She also happens to be a kind and lovely person, and so I'm incredibly honored to welcome her on The Regal Critiques today!   - Vera 💙

                                                   

Thursday, December 20

A Long Overdue Author Discovery: Where Ann from Dual Reads Talks About Her New Favourite Author


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome:

Ann from Dual Reads!

I discovered Ann the same time I discovered Clare (yes, the one who's a 'regal critique' now!) and I became an instant follower of their blog, Dual Reads. Since then I've come to cherish Ann not only as a blogger, but also as a person - she is a lovely human being and I'm so freaking happy that I can call her a friend. - Vera 💙
                                                   

Saturday, December 15

Faith, Books and Esa Khattak: A Think Piece by Riza from All That Is Cultural


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome: 

Riza from All That Is Cultural

I discovered Riza at a time when I was not really into blogging- but that didn't stop me from following what she's been doing and seeing how she's been growing as a blogger and just how much she's been contributing to the bookish community. It was, therefore, no surprise that her name was one of the first that popped into my mind when when Vera asked me to recommend a blogger for this event. I love what Riza's been doing so far and I'm incredibly excited to see all else she has in store for us in the future- and yes, you need to check out her blog ASAP if you haven't already! I'm super excited about what she's come up with for us because it resonated with me so much, and so without further ado...scroll down already! -Ruzi 💙
                                                                      

Thursday, December 13

The Seven Deadly Sins of a Synopsis {Tessa @ Crazy for YA}


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.


Today, we are happy to welcome:

Tessa from Crazy for YA!

I honestly can't recall when I discovered Tessa, but what I do know is that her blog is a treasure. She shares both hyped and underhyped titles, and her posts are always so articulate and well-phrased. No matter if I agree or disagree with her on a book, I always close her blog feeling like, yeah, that was time well spent. So I'm extremely pleased & hyped & othergoodfeelings to welcome her at The Regal Critique as a guest-poster. - Vera 💙

                                                                     

Picking a book to read is difficult. There are just too many books and so little time, especially if you are a chronic Twitter procrastinator and Netflix binger like me.

I barely have the to do my own laundry, let alone spend time on books that aren't my taste. Thankfully, the publishing industry has evolved to provide summaries aka a synopsis, with books these days to help readers decide if a book is right for them or not. This is an amazing idea in theory, but sometimes it falls short in practice.

Here are the seven deadly sins of a bad synopsis:

Saturday, December 8

Top 4 Underrated Series Roberta @ Offbeat YA Will Never Stop Shoving at People


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome: 

Roberta from Offbeat YA!

We've been huge fans of Roberta and her blog for a long, long time now, so it was a no-brainer that we wanted her to be a part of this event- especially since this isn't Christmas-themed because - for those of you who don't know this already-  she isn't the biggest fan of Christmas ;) Anyhoo, we're happy to have Roberta here with us today and we love what she's come up with for us- hope you do too! 

                                                            

Hi Regal Readers! Roberta from Offbeat YA here. Vera was so kind as to ask me to participate in TRC's December event, and I jumped at the chance of spamming... I mean... creating content for this awesome blog. Since I'm passionate about indie/small pub/all along underappreciated gems in the YA field (hence my blog's name), I decided to talk about some of my favourite underrated series today. 

Please bear in mind that the only reason why a couple of them only have a handful of reviews on Goodreads is that small publishers don't have the resources to market their books - therefore, the authors ultimately decided to take matters into their own hands and give the series the ending they deserve, no matter what. (Plus, not everybody leaves reviews on Goodreads. Shocking, I know). So, when I say "in progress", it does mean the story will get wrapped up eventually! Soon or soon-ish. OK, end of rant. Here goes...

Thursday, December 6

My Attempt to Embrace Winter {Sam from We Live and Breath Books}




This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.


Today, we are happy to welcome: 


I've been following WLaBB for quite a while, so Sam was pretty much a given when Clare and I first brainstormed for bloggers to invite. What I admire about her and her blog - besides the adorable sloth-theme which is 1000% precious - is the way she is able to engage her readers; no matter if she's reviewing books or discussing an interesting topic, it feels natural to join in on the conversation in the comments. - Vera 💙

Now, without further ado, here's Sam's post!

                                                                        

It’s that time of year. There’s a chill in the air, and the threat of snow is imminent — WINTER



Saturday, December 1

A Winter's Tale - Opening Post + International Giveaway


Happy December, y'all! It's me, Ruzaika, making an entrance here quite a bit earlier than anticipated because the situation called for it- sounds glamorous, but not really, because it's the end of the year (like, where did the year even go, right?) and we're all suddenly busy trying to meet deadlines and survive what's left of the year and trying hard not to freak out and...well. I'm going off the course here. Let me rephrase.

What I meant to say is, Vera and Clare worked hard to bring together some of our favourite bloggers for a blogging event this month- quite alike what we did with A Christmas Story the past couple of years- but it's obviously Winter-themed here in order to make the grinches feel welcome (yes, Roberta, we're looking at you! xD), and to be inclusive of those who don't celebrate Christmas. We love ALL of you and know that centering an event around a holiday not everyone is celebrating is unfair. 

I'm here today to officially kickstart the event with a list of all the wonderful blogger-friends who will be guest-posting here throughout the course of the month.  Excited already? No? Well, you will be once you see the amazing people we have lined up for the month!


Without further ado, let me present- 

Saturday, November 24

December Releases I'm Finding It Hard to Resist


December is the worst month of the year for someone with basically no self-control (obviously me). I'm broke from all the Christmas shopping but I so want to treat myself. Parks and Rec has not been a wholly positive influence it seems. Unfortunately for me (and my bank account) there are some pretty exciting books coming out in December and I am trying oh so very hard not to hit that buy button! 


Thursday, November 22

A Gothic Suspense That Doesn't Quite Hit the Mark: A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden


Nineteen-year-old Nell Hallam lives in a modest corner of Mayfair with her brother Matthew, an inspector at Scotland Yard. An exceptionally talented pianist, she aspires to attend the Royal Academy; but with tuition beyond their means, Nell sets out to earn the money herself—by playing piano in a popular Soho music hall. And the fact that she will have to disguise herself as a man and slip out at night to do it doesn’t deter her.

Spending evenings at the Octavian is like entering an alternate world, one of lively energy, fascinating performers, raucous patrons—and dark secrets. And when Nell stumbles upon the operations of an infamous crime ring working in the shadows of the music hall, she is drawn into a conspiracy that stretches the length of London. To further complicate matters, she has begun to fall for the hall owner's charismatic son, Jack, who has secrets of his own.

The more Nell becomes a part of the Octavian’s world, the more she risks the relationships with the people she loves. And when another performer is left for dead in an alley as a warning, she realizes her future could be in jeopardy in more ways than one.


Saturday, November 17

My Interests Outside of Reading, Part 1: Youtube


One of my favorite things to read on other blogs are non-book related posts. No matter if they are about personal thoughts, hobbies or work/study related stuff, there's something super-cool about seeing different sides of my favorite bloggers. 

I figured you - even those who are here for the first time, in which case hello! - might want to see the same thing from me? I mean, I'm hella interesting and GREAT, so why on earth wouldn't you!? 

As part 1 of this enlightening series, I brought to you some of my favorite youtube channels; including booktube, unsolved murders, humorous and even some beauty channels. Basically, everything your heart could desire. YOU ARE WELCOME. 

Thursday, November 15

My Goodreads Recommendations


I've been struggling to decide what to read lately so decided to dip into my goodreads recommendations and see what they think I want to read (and how accurate they are). I'll be looking at all the categories and seeing if any work for me! I've not really paid any attention to Goodreads recommendations before so this should be interesting.


Saturday, November 10

Embracing my Negativity: The Books That Disappointed me in 2018




I had a fairly good reading year in 2018. I read a lot less than I'm used to reading but I don't think there was a single book that I hated? So I'll take that as a win! There were, however, quite a few books that fell just short of my expectations and left me feeling very disappointed. These are all books I was SUPER excited for that just... were fine.



Thursday, November 8

Anything but Books Tag



Personal posts are one of my favorite things to read on the blogs I follow - there's something fun in seeing behind 'the reader' part of bloggers. 

I've been trying to make my posts - including reviews, lists, recaps etc. - more personal, and I have some non-book related posts lined up for you, as well as (book related) discussions and other fun things that will show my personality more than reviews do.

To start off these, I've decided to share a totally non-book related post today, and what is more perfect than the 'Anything But Books Tag'!?

Tuesday, November 6

Beating the Backlist: Titles We Loved in 2018 & Titles We Still Want To Read


As bloggers who pay attention to book-twitter, goodreads and who read quiet a few blogs, Clare and I are quite conscious of new releases. That, of course, means that our tbrs are not only ridiculously long, but we also are filled with new releases that are a lot harder to ignore than backlist titles. To work on tackling more backlist titles, Clare and I both signed up for Beat the Backlist in 2018, and I'm pleased to say that it definitely motivated me to read more of my older titles.

To showcase that we'll both be sharing four backlist titles we loved and adored in 2018 and four that we still need to read. 

Saturday, November 3

Fireworks Book Tag



We are just two short days away from Bonfire Night - the last day standing between me and full on Christmas mode (just you wait). If you're not familiar with Bonfire Night it is a night on which we Brits confusingly celebrate the day parliament was almost blown up by blowing things up. What wonderful and sensible traditions we have. To celebrate I decided to try out the Fireworks tag!! You can find the original post here.


Thursday, November 1

2019 Book Releases I'm Already Hyped For


Hello friends!! Today's post is something I'm super-excited about posting, because while yes, this is a new release post, so it's not THAT outstanding, I'm trying an entirely new format that's supposed to be helpful to you and have most of the information you could need. I'm super-interested in what you think about this post, so let me know in the comment what you like/dislike about this format!! 

Wednesday, October 31

Happy Halloween & The End Spooky October


I feel freaking weird writing this post, because October seemed to flew by so fast that it feels like Spooky October has just started... but now it's ending!? Where the heck did the rest of October go!? I am confused. 

So, what exactly is this post, you might ask. It is, at it's core, a happy Halloween message to anyone who's celebrating - we hope you're having fun whatever your plans are for the night, or that you already had some Halloween shenanigans prior to the 31st. 

Besides that, I've brought you a quick summary - with links to all our posts!! - of what went down this Spooky October. And we've also selected the winner of our giveaway via rafflecopter, and have their name here with us!! 

Tuesday, October 30

Haunted Houses for Halloween: Top 10 Novels You Need To Read


Despite having been used in the horror genre for centuries, haunted houses remain a fascination of mine. The Conjuring and Insidious are just two horror franchises that utilize this trope... and have earned tons of money while doing so. For me, the haunted house's appeal lies in how sinister and stifling it is to be unsafe in the very place, your home in most cases, that's supposed to keep you safe.

Today, Clare and I have collected five-five haunted house novels we immensely enjoyed and would recommend - both to long-time fans of the trope and to those who want to dip their toes into haunted house stories.

*titles either link to goodreads or to reviews* 

Saturday, October 27

Dare You to Scare Me



This has been one of my favourite posts to work on because all month I've been immersing myself in Halloween-y movies and scares! I love being scared (weird right?) but I don't scare too easily so I, really scientifically, have been watching horror movies, alone, in the dark all month and been having just the best time. Here are some of my thoughts on them!


Thursday, October 25

Damsel in Distress!? Nah, She Isn't - Badass Female Characters I Adore


I've made some new friends at uni this semester, and as I was talking to one of them, she said something that pissed me off, namely that she dislikes books with female characters. Now that confused me - I mean, female characters are amazing, and they are hardly the same, or even similar to each other, right? Obviously, there are some I dislike or even can't stand - but to write off all female characters because she disliked one or even a couple? What. The. Fuck.

Thankfully, further discussion clarified her issue, which wasn't with female characters, but that generally speaking the romantic subplot is heavier in female-led novels than male-led ones, and she really dislikes romance. Which is valid!! But still, our chat had me thinking a lot about female characters, which is how this idea came to me and the fact that it's perfect for Spooky October only solidified my desire to write it. {See our Spooky October opening post with a giveaway here.)

Now, I'm obviously not saying the female character type who is far from being a damsel in distress is the best type. It is one type that I love - but I also love some soft characters, some that could be considered a 'damsel' because they might need a push to save themselves, or they might require help etc. as most of us do. So yes, enjoy this list of ladies who will save themselves but do expect different female character centered lists in the future!!

Tuesday, October 23

Deliciously Devil: Top 10 Villains I Love


Villains are the ultimate guilty pleasure. Whether we love-to-hate them or hate-to-love them they capture our imaginations in a way heroes very seldom do. Today's Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl was such a perfect Halloween theme! My picks are a mix of vilains I love (who kinda maybe have a point?) and villains who are so cruel and hateful and yet I love reading them anyway! 



Saturday, October 20

{mini reviews} YA psychological thrillers and mysteries


Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.


Thursday, October 18

Monster Mash



I've decided to pit some of the characters I read this year, against a random assortment of monsters and paranormal activity to see just how well they'd survive. Or just how well I think they'd survive because this is in no way scientific. That said I did use a very scientific number generator to choose each characters monster just to stop myself from playing favourites.


Saturday, October 13

Sawkill Girls; The Gorgeously Creepy Halloween Must Read


38139409Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.
He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.
Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

Thursday, October 11

A Guide To Movies & Shows For Halloween (for the scaredy-cats and horror fans alike!)


Creepy horrors, mysterious movies and supernatural tales are an essential part of October in our house... but who am I kidding??? These are my favorite movies all through the year, even during Christmas, which means that I'm pretty well-versed in these genres.

Thus, I thought it'd be useful for some of our readers - maybe you included? - to flood you with some recommendations! I made sure to include as many type of titles as possible - you'll find truly creepy horrors, gory movies, thrillers, mysteries and even animated movies and shows. Basically, I have something for everyone here, so I'm VERY excited to see your reactions! 

Titles link to IMDb. 


Saturday, October 6

{mini reviews} adult psychological thrillers



Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.





Thursday, October 4

Halloween Recommendations For All Fear Levels




Do you love Halloween but don't enjoy horror so feel like you're missing out? Or do you just want more recommendations for books that you should not be reading at night? I've put together some of my favourite Halloween reads with a helpful fear rating out of five!! 



Tuesday, October 2

Authors We Would Love To Plot A Creepy Novel With


I am so darn excited to put out today's post, because this is our first official Spooky October post, and damn, Clare and I have been working hard on these, and it's NICE to finally put something out!! 

Well, okay, originally, this is a Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) topic, but we've put our own little spin on it, so it feels like its ours too. At least on some level. Maybe.

ALSO, if you're wondering what Spooky October is?? Fantastic - here's a link to our opening post where you can (1) learn more about the event, (2) enter our INT giveaway! ISN'T THAT AMAZING!? 

Khm, but now, we should finally get to today's post where we've shared 5-5 authors we'd love to plot a creepy novel with. There are authors from multiple genres here, so even if you don't like horror this list might be something you enjoy. 

Monday, October 1

The Official Start of Spooky October 2018 + INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY


It's the 30th of September when I'm drafting this post - yeah, I'm totally working on this last minute, which is KILLING the well-organized part of me, I tell you - and I couldn't be more hyped for it to go live on the 1st of October. Why?? Because this is the OFFICIAL OPENING OF SPOOKY OCTOBER 2018. 


Ah, how I adore this movie.

So, what exactly is this post if it's "just" an opening post -

(1) short summary of what Spooky October is 
(2) some info on this year's posts
(3) the giveaway link & details

See, short and sweet - there's literally no reason you want to miss this post, hmm?


Saturday, September 29

Books So Wholly Unique We Can't Think Of Any Like Them (but we WANT more!)


When I think of fiction, the first thing that pops into my mind is endless possibilities. Throughout the years, there have been an unthinkable amount of novels written - you could bring up any genre + topic, and there would be people able to recommend something to you within those limits. Basically, were you to point to a book, and say "I want more like that!" you'd be hit with a ton of recommendations. 

That being said, Clare and I could easy think up some titles that are so special that we could not think of any like them... but we'd love to hear your recommendations if you have them. Without further ado, let's get into these. 

Saturday, September 22

How To Read More Than Ever Before - Tips To Ace Your Reading Goals


Is your goal increase the amount you read? To read more than ever before? Fantastic, you came to the right place! Today, I'm going to share a couple of tips for reading more, hoping they'll be as helpful for you as they are for me. 

But before that, let me just clarify that the amount you read is entirely up to you - you can be an avid reader if you read 5, 10, 40, 100 or 300 books a year. The amount really does not matter as long as you're doing something that - hopefully - makes you happy, or benefits you in some way. SO, this post is in no way to make you guilty for not reading "enough" - what the fuck is enough anyway? - but to mention some tips that could help you in squeezing in some reading time. :)


Thursday, September 20

Books That Get Mental Illness Right


I have severe depression and anxiety, so reading books that cover mental illness can be a real mixed bag. Sometimes its super comforting and makes me feel like I'm not alone. Sometimes, its just straight up triggering. These are some of the books that made me feel so very seen and I want to promote the heck out of them! 

Saturday, September 15

Movie Adaptations Better Than Their Books



I'm so used to saying "the book was better" that this sounds wrong, but sometimes - the movie is just better than the book. It happens! And here are my favourite movies that are better than the original book! 

Thursday, September 13

{Royal Rantings} Do we judge female characters harsher than males?



There’s no question, female characters are held up to different standards than male characters

Take Wuthering Heights, which is one of the most outrageous and baffling example of this. Cathy, an unarguably spoiled and selfish brat, gets hated on a lot more than Heathcliff, who is verbally and physically abusive, controlling and manipulative, ready to destroy just about anyone for his “revenge”. It makes my stomach roil when the same readers who call Catchy horrible names actively romanticize Heathcliff. 

I have so many thoughts on Wuthering Heights, which we're not going to get into today, because this post was not meant to be on in-depth analysis of classics. Instead, I'll be concentrating on fiction from more recent years, with special emphasis on fantasy, and anti-heroines.