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 theĀ 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 lovedĀ 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.

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.

Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon

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As someone currently writing a mermaid book, this was a perfect read. I seriously could not put this book down. It was beautifully written, stayed within the original minus minor tweaks here and there, and opened up a whole other world within the fairy tale – the world of the princess.

I’ve read a lot of re-tellings, and I absolutely love it when it gives us more insight into how things happened. A lot of reviewers are saying there was no point to this book, but I disagree. This was definitely a wonderful story, and while there were a couple out-of-nowhere sex scenes, it was beautiful and lyrical and made me feel inspired to write.

If you want a great Little Mermaid story with a slight twist that will leave you breathless, this is perfect. But if you’re looking for something original, well…. you probably shouldn’t be reading re-tellings haha.