Royal Replicas by Michael Pierce

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The Selection gets a sci-fi makeover in Royal Replicas. Basically, a dying princess is cloned and the clones are sent to each section of the country to be raised by a high standing family. Once of marrying age, they are brought back to the palace to complete for a neighboring prince’s heart. The one he picks becomes his wife, and the rest…well, it’s not hard to figure out where this is going.

This type of book is 100% a guilty pleasure. I can’t help but enjoy them, just like arranged marriage turned love scenarios. I didn’t go into this book expecting anything mind blowing, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was pretty much what I expected, aside from a few hick-ups that bothered me (like for the second half of the book, the MC totally forgets she has a second sister…).

Overall, I enjoyed it, but I won’t be picking up more of the series. Too many books on my to-read shelf. That cover though – so pretty! Though book two’s cover is a bit more…ahem…adult.

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It looks like a BDSM romance (or porn). o_0

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The Devil’s Lullaby (The Devil’s Advocate #2) by Michaela Haze

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AAAHHH this book! I could squee to Hell and back with how much I enjoyed reading it.

If I thought that book 1 was much like the Lucifer comic books, this book takes a turn and becomes a lot more like the Lucifer TV series. It tones down on the sex and violence and gives us angel wings and magical artifacts. Since I love both, it was the icing on the cake for me. I honestly cannot wait for book 3!

The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea by Melanie Cellier

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I have never read a Princess and the Pea retelling, so this book immediately got my attention. Fairy tale retellings are my jam!

I was really excited to read this, and it turned out to be a sweet basic story that reminded me of the Faerie Tale Collection Series by Jenni James, minus the insta-love. The constant emphasis on beauty felt a bit distasteful, but it was a fairy tale. What did I expect? I did enjoy the book and I’m really interested in the next one.

However, there was one issue: someone stole all the commas.

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Ok, so maybe not ALL the commas, but a lot of them. Maybe it was an ebook conversion error that ate the commas like pacman.

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Or maybe Australia has different grammar rules? I don’t know. I did enjoy the book, though, and I hope book 2 has escaped the comma thief.

Bloody Banquet (The Corpse-Eater Saga Book 2) by Leod Fitz

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*squee* It feels like I’ve been waiting for this book forEVER. I loved Awfully Appetizing and could not wait for book 2.

So we have our unconventional protagonist, Walter, who is a ghoul and eats dead things. He has morals, though they’re quite grey at times, but throughout the whole book you want to cheer for him. He’s so strangely likable, I wish there were more mcs like him in literature.

This book had so much action, I was taking notes on how to make great fighting scenes. Raw and realistic, and so well written I couldn’t get enough of it. Did I mention I love Walter?

My only gripe with this book is that I wanted to read it to get answers from a foreshadowed question in book one: what did his blood do to a newborn vampire? And we get nothing but more teasing! Ahoa;kjdf;goakwj;lk! That means I have to wait for the next book to come out before I find out (hopefully, anyway). This story was great, and I’m happy to have devoured it in less than two days, but now I need more!

Overall, a great continuation of the series, and I’m itching to pick up the next one.

How getting a literary agent is like winning the lottery.

I wanted to write about something different today: literary agents. The holy grail of an aspiring author. A lot of people compare finally getting an agent to winning the lottery, while others say it’s skill and perseverance that gets you there. I agree with both. While hard work is what makes your writing good, getting an agent (and getting published) does rely on some degree of luck. So I’ve made a list of just how much luck you need to land that agent offer.

There are six numbers on the average lottery ticket, and there are six criteria for an agent that are pure luck:

  1. Subject matter. The agent has to personally like what you’re writing about. Whether vampires or the revolutionary war, this has to be a subject they’re passionate about.
  2. Voice. The agent has to be enthralled with the writing. Some like it flowery and others like it concise. It’s all subjective.
  3. Characters. The agent has to connect with the characters on a deep and personal level. Care for them the way you, the writer, does. This is kind of like dating, and we all know how hard dating is.
  4.  You. The agent has to be on the same wavelength as you, the writer. Agents facilitate writing careers, not just sell a book. The two of you have to mesh in order to work together, and a clash of personalities will only get in the way of that. Also, if an agent asks for revisions you don’t want or has a different vision for your book, they may not be a good fit either.
  5. Current clients. Your work may be amazing, but if the agent already has a client with a very similar work, you’re out of luck.
  6. Current publishing trends. You may have written the perfect dystopian novel, but publishers just aren’t buying them anymore and an agent won’t waste time trying to sell it. Time to shelve it for another day and write a different book.

 

And there we go! Six lottery numbers that you have to draw before you hit the jackpot, and that’s after writing the perfect novel. So good luck to all you querying writers out there, may the odds be ever in your favor.

PS: For anyone just entering the querying world, check out queryletterbuilder.com – a 100% free querying resource to get you started.

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

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I have no idea what I just read. When I tried to explain it to my husband, I started laughing so hard I was crying it sounded so silly. The actual book description does not come close to what actually happens here. It wasn’t a Phantom of the Opera retelling. It was Love Never Dies meets Get Out.

Warning: the following review is critical and contains spoilers (and GIFs!), because it’s impossible not to do it while describing this book.

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A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride

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So I really don’t read contemporary, but I met Kristina at a bookstore event where we were doing an author panel together, and her description of this book hooked me. Unfortunately she didn’t have any there so I didn’t get a signed copy, but I got the Kindle version the moment I got home.

Here’s what happens: Hadley steals her boyfriend’s car to go for a drive, only to find out he’s so pissed, he put a nude picture of her up on Facebook. Hadley has two choices: go back to the party she left him at and face everyone, or keep the car and leave as payback.

So what does she do?

The answer is both.

This book goes, chapter by chapter, into two different timelines. The first one is the story of her returning the car, and the second is her driving away and not looking back.

And it’s so freaking cool.

I seriously loved how we find out little details from each storyline that coincide with the big picture. Pieces of information that pull everything together, even though the characters don’t realize it. And I loved the ending. It couldn’t have been more perfect for this story.

I’m so glad I picked this up, and I think anyone reading YA who’s looking for a totally cool experience would enjoy this book.