Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Review: Royals by Rachel HawkinsTitle: Royals (Royals #1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

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I am such a sucker for any book about royalty, so it’s no wonder I enjoyed Royals by Rachel Hawkins so much. This book is about an American girl who ends up following her sister to Scotland after becoming royalty. The main character is snarky and the side characters make the story so much fun. This is a light read perfect for anyone looking for a fluffy contemporary. Continue reading

ARC Review: Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Anne Tyler


Book cover for Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Author: Anne Tyler
PublisherPenguin Random House
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around? Continue reading

Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Book cover for The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood.

I received a copy from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Heart Goes Last
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.  Continue reading