Review | Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Red, White & Royal Blue

by Casey McQuiston

Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQ

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First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?


So. I don’t even know where to begin. This was book was just PURE JOY! I had a feeling I would love this (anything queer with the Royal Family?? Hell YES) but for some reason I was always so scared to pick it up in case I didn’t like it. Does that ever happen to you?

But let me just say, I am so happy I did. If you don’t already know from the incredible hype, Alex is the First Son of the President of the United States and Henry is the Prince of Wales. At first they dislike each other, but when their families make them play up an international friendship to keep up appearances, they begin to realise that it was never dislike they had for each other, but rather much deeper feelings indeed.

OH. HOW. I. SWOONED. I loved this so so much. I have to thank my friend Katherine for the countless messages/updates we sent back and forth to each other. These characters were all such a delight. Definitely my favourite thing from Casey McQuiston’s novel. They were all so strong individually and I found myself caring for them all – and I think that’s very important for a story to care about the characters and what’s happening to them. But of course I especially loved Alex and Henry the most.

The romance was PERFECT between these. If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down, then pick this one up. It’s so funny, it’s so fresh, the voices are so strong and I wanted to follow the characters from the very first page. Not many books make me physically cry, but I genuinely burst into happy tears at the end because I just loved the book so much. Can’t recommend this enough!


5 star

WWW Wednesday!

WWW wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

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Twilight

thoughts: I’m attempting to read the Twilight saga for the first time before the release of Midnight Sun next month! I have to say, I’m enjoying it so far!


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

thoughts: Bad news – I was actually expecting to like this a lot more than I did but it just didn’t blow me away 😦 it was still cute though!


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

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Felix Ever After


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

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Mid Year Freak Out Tag 2020!

Hey everyone!

Today I decided to take part in the notorious Mid Year Freak Out Tag! Hope you’re not sick of seeing them yet haha! I can’t believe we’re already in July, this year is moving way too quickly… and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing in this current climate.


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

This is an easy, obvious answer. I have to go with Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. It was one of the most stunning and important books I have ever read. I definitely want to get around to Bernardine Evaristo’s back catalogue because the way she writes is basically magic.

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2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

This was actually a really hard decision because I’ve not read many sequels at all this year! But my answer definitely has to be the third instalment of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. I mean… come on. Are you even surprised?

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

My friend Katherine has obsessed so much over this that it’s made me SO excited to read it – and it’s Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. It sounds like such a gorgeous book too and I’m so excited to get around to it (hopefully this year!)

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4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

5. Biggest disappointment

I had such high hopes for Lydia Ruffles’s The Taste of Blue Light after she talked about it a book panel I saw her at, but when I read it I was surprised just how much I disliked it. Another would be Children of Vice and Virtue by Tomi Adeyemi! I absolutely adored the first book but the sequel definitely disappointed.

6. Biggest surprise

The first book I finished this year was Pride and Prejudice and honestly, that was probably my biggest surprise. I’d been meaning to read it for years but I always put it off because it was a classic and tbqh, it scared me! But little did I know how much I fully loved it. I adore it so much and am currently reading my 2nd Jane Austen book at the moment!

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Samantha Shannon. I read The Priory of the Orange Tree this year and absolutely adored it. It was so damn good. So much so that I went and bought all 3 The Bone Season books even though I haven’t started the series yet. I can’t wait to get around to it!

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8. Newest Fictional Crush 

I loved Ellis from William Hussey’s Hideous Beauty, and also Harry was such a sweetheart from Noah Can’t Even!

9. Newest Favourite Character

Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I mean, man, what a force to be reckoned with. She is so badass and she’s lived such an awe-inspiring life. Yeah, sure, she’s flawed but it doesn’t make her any less forgettable.

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10. Book that made you cry

This is definitely an answer you probably won’t expect, but it was Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I actually don’t physically cry at many books at all, but this was one that just made me so happy at the end that it actually moved me to tears. I love this book so much.

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11. Book that made you happy

I could easily go with the one above, but I’m going to choose Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett instead. It was so refreshing to see a book with a HIV positive character and so sex positive too. This book was just wonderful, with amazing characters and I enjoyed it so much!

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12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Probably Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi! I might not have enjoyed it as much as I hoped to, but the cover was actually gorgeous I kept looking at it whilst I was in the middle of reading it.

13. What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?

Definitely Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer. I’m in the middle of reading Twilight for the first time and definitely looking forward to seeing this story I know so well from a different POV. Also, Team Edward FOR LIFE.

14. Favourite post you wrote this year?

I am super proud of the second #LGBTQMonth I ran again this year, so I guess the schedule post was one of my favourites! I’ll definitely be running it again next June, so why not check it out now?


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Review: Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green

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Noah Can’t Even

by Simon James Green

YA Contemporary

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Poor Noah Grimes!

His dad disappeared years ago, his mother’s Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran isn’t herself anymore. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is…Well, it’s pure HELL.

Why can’t Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone – maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely – he’d be seen in a different light?

But Noah’s plans for romance are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That’s when things go from bad to worse utter chaos.


It’s actually shameful how long I’ve had this book/wanted to read it, so I decided to finally bite the bullet and I thought what month could be more perfect to finally get around to this than #LGBTQMonth?! And let me tell you, I’m so glad I did. This was my first Simon James Green novel but it definitely won’t be my last.

Noah Can’t Even is a crazy rollercoaster ride packed to the brim with humour and many, many plot twists. It follows the life of our MC Noah Grimes, who has a bit of a wildly extravagant life as it is—and when his best friend Harry kisses him at a party, it doesn’t make anything much better!

I loved this book so much. It’s got that quintessential British humour that I’m so fond of, and then some. I have to admit, I found it a bit slow to first get into but when it picked up, there was no putting it down. I loved the hilarious cast of characters and did really feel for Noah, even if he acted like a bit of a knob at some points! I really liked getting to read about Noah and see him grow as a character. He felt very real and genuine, and his character was really a joy to read – to follow his highs and also his lows!

There were so many twists and turns throughout this book that it was almost hard to just keep up! It was a fun, contemporary read with a lot of heart. A solid addition to the UKYA community and I think it would be a much bleaker place without Noah. I can’t wait to get around to the sequel!


4 star

July Anticipated Releases!

Hey everyone!

Happy Sunday! Today I’m going to share some of the books I’m most excited for that are coming out this month!


loveless Loveless

Out July 9th | ORDER HERE

Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.

As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.

But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.

Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?


cinderella is dead Cinderella is Dead

Out July 7th | PRE-ORDER HERE

It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over.

Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night she’s sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball . are forfeit.

But Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen – she’s in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world.


YSSMIAC You Should See Me in a Crown

Out July 2nd | ORDER HERE

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?


blood moon Blood Moon

Out July 2nd | ORDER HERE

A timely feminist YA novel in verse about periods, sex, shame and going viral for all the wrong reasons.

BLOOD MOON is a YA novel about the viral shaming of a teenage girl. During her seminal sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, physics-lover and astronomy fan Frankie gets her period – but the next day a gruesome meme goes viral, turning an innocent, intimate afternoon into something sordid, mortifying and damaging.


good girls die firstGood Girls Die First

Out July 2nd | ORDER HERE

Mind games. Murder. Mayhem. How far would you go to survive the night?

Blackmail lures sixteen-year-old Ava to the derelict carnival on Portgrave Pier. She is one of ten teenagers, all with secrets they intend to protect whatever the cost. When fog and magic swallow the pier, the group find themselves cut off from the real world and from their morals. As the teenagers turn on each other, Ava will have to face up to the secret that brought her to the pier and decide how far she’s willing to go to survive.

For fans of Karen McManus’ One of Us is Lying, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and films like I Know What You Did Last Summer.


And that’s my most anticipated releases for the month of July! What are you looking forward to getting released? Do you share any of the same as me?

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ROYAL RECORDS | Chromatica – Lady Gaga

Hello!!

I’ve been thinking over the past while over what the Royal Bookshelf really means to me. Now that I’ve fallen head over heels back in love with blogging, I want to be able to take this blog more seriously and dedicate more time to it. I had been thinking about slightly expanding it for a while. Of course it will always be a book blog first and foremost because nothing could deter my love of books and writing, but another passion of mine is music. I don’t know how often I listen to it but I imagine it would be a shocking amount.

I always love watching album reaction videos on Youtube and though I don’t have the confidence nor effort required to be a Booktuber, I decided I’d take this to my blog. I’ve seen fellow bloggers react/review albums before such as my good pal Amy, so I thought I’d give it a go myself and make it a regular feature on my blog.

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to a brand new seriesROYAL RECORDS! I am so excited!! Each week I will be reacting to a new album/sharing my opinion track-by-track. I have recently fallen in love with Chromatica so I decided it would be fun to start off by making my way through Gaga’s discography.

So first up, let’s hear my thoughts on the world of CHROMATICA.

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Track By Track

Chromatica I

A gorgeous opening to what’s already an interesting concept album. I love the orchestral vibes from it and I think it’s a simple yet perfect way to ease us into the album.

Alice

Okay first of all, we need to appreciate that the first track FLOWS STRAIGHT into Alice. Originally I just liked it – didn’t think it was anything special – but now it has completely grown on me. Such a dance bop, I love the production how it feels like you’re constantly rocking back and forth and such clever lyrics on a classic story of Alice in Wonderland we all know so well. I was actually reading Juno Dawson’s Wonderland when this dropped so it was truly perfect timing, haha.

Stupid Love

Oh come on!! What a belter of a single. When this was released way back when, I knew that Chromatica was going to be good. So catchy, so fun and I think it was a perfect lead single for the album. Also the music video was stunning, really great first introduction to the world of Chromatica.

Rain on Me (feat. Ariana Grande)

I mean, holy SHIT. I knew to expect something good with an Ariana Grande feature but I couldn’t have imagined this. Their voices harmonise and go so well together. I don’t think I could ever get tired of this song. Such a good message and the music video is ICONIC. My favourite part is the breakdown before the chorus when Gaga is like: “RAIN. ON. ME.” I can’t wait for clubs to reopen so I can bop my ass to this incredible song.

Free Woman

And as if Rain on Me wasn’t enough, Gaga takes us STRAIGHT THERE with Free Woman. One of the best songs on the album without a doubt, I absolutely love it. The message, the lyrics are so damn powerful. Gaga’s vocals on this are really impressive too – I’d love to see this live. The minimal production at the beginning works really well before it transitions to a loud, stomping explosion for the chorus.

Fav lyric:

I’m not nothing without a steady hand,

I’m not nothing unless I know I can,

I’m still something if I don’t got a man,

I’m a free woman.

Fun Tonight

This was another good track. Not a stand out for me on the album, but I think it was right to strip back the production on this one after the last few bangers. It’s got a nice melody and really tugs on your heart strings. I love the little nods to her older stuff too, like Paparazzi and the Fame.

Chromatica II

Another perfect instrumental interlude. For some reason this really reminds me of Danny Elfman’s music. Who knows why? Also, have y’all seen this transitioning into “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue? It’s glorious.

911

I mean the way this jumps straight into action tells me that this song is already a bop. I absolutely adore this track. There’s so much going on and so many different sounds and I think it works wonderfully for the theme of this song.

Plastic Doll

This song definitely had to grow on me. I wasn’t sure of it at first, I thought it would have been a skip for me. I love the message behind it and the eclectic melody. It wouldn’t be my favourite song off the album but I do appreciate it.

Sour Candy (feat. BLACKPINK)

This is a tricky one for me. As much as I enjoy Gaga’s verse, it sounds more like a BLACKPINK song featuring Gaga instead of the other way around. I do bop to it when it comes on but wouldn’t be a fave for me.

Enigma

I feel like this is the point in an album where you usually get some filler tracks, but with Chromatica, this does not happen. Enigma is so fun. I find it so rebellious; it’s about Gaga not fitting into any box anyone tries to push her into. It’s such a good, catchy song.

Replay

I love love love this song. I get such disco vibes from it and if you can’t tell from my graphics, disco is definitely my thing. The lyrics are dangerously sharp and the production is sick. It’s literally a perfect blend of the expected and unexpected. Definitely one of my fave tracks to dance to.

Chromatica III

Another cute instrumental. I like the way Gaga uses these to break up the album into Three Acts almost, very clever.

Sine from Above (feat. Elton John)

This song is just not it. I think if I could get rid of it off the album, I would. Elton John is iconic, don’t get me wrong, but he just sounds so weird on this song, as if he’s in pain. I think I excepted more from this, or at least something different. Hard pass for me.

1000 Doves

At first this kind of disappointed me because it was one of the tracks I looked forwards to most, but it has definitely grown on me. I especially love and highly recommend the piano demo version from the deluxe CD. A beautiful melody with beautiful lyrics. This to me makes me think of the friends I have around me and how they lift me up.

Babylon

The BEST way to close the damn album and honestly my favourite track by far. It is just incredible. I get serious Vogue vibes off it and I literally could not myself dancing to this if it came on. The lyrics are just so clever and only Lady Gaga could pull off “serve it Ancient City style.” I adore this track. It’s my favourite song of the album, period.


Current Top Three Tracks

  1. Babylon
  2. Free Woman
  3. Rain on Me

Overall Thoughts

Chromatica was an entire serve. Enough said. I’ve always loved Gaga’s singles because I’m not completely uncultured, but I truly feel like she’s knocked it out of the park with this record. A perfect fusion of joyful dance beats with powerful messages about love, pain, strength and what it means to get back on your feet after you’ve been knocked down and keep dancing no matter what.

I hope you all enjoyed the first instalment of ROYAL RECORDS and I can assure you there is a lot more to come! I will be working my way through Gaga’s discography for the next few weeks and I have some more ideas after that but comment below if you have any albums you’d like to see me react to/review!

Thanks for reading and see you soon!


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Blog Tour: Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

Hi everyone!

Today I have a super exciting post! I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Helen Corcoran’s debut, Queen of Coin and Whispers! If I haven’t shouted about this book enough yet, then hopefully now is another chance to do exactly that. I thoroughly enjoyed this political intrigue fantasy tale with a gorgeous f/f romance at the heart of it!

You can find my full review here!

BLOG TOUR

Thank you especially to Tríona at O’Brien Press for asking me to be apart of this and to Helen of course for writing such a fantastic book! If you want to purchase Queen of Coin and Whispers, then you can do so at obrien.ie or from Book Depository.

You can find Helen at @hcor on Twitter or through her website, helencorcoran.com!


ABOUT QUEEN OF COIN AND WHISPERS

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‘She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade.’

When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold … Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father.

Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?

In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country – and for each other …


Now, onto the extract!

Xania

The carpet muted my footsteps, giving me a few more moments of stealth. ‘How long?’
Matthias whirled. His face tumbled through shock, surprise, guilt, then settled on anger. ‘Xania.’
‘Miss Bayonn.’ He’d lost the privilege of my name. ‘How long have you been working for her?’ What secrets have you told her?
‘It’s not –’
I whipped the dagger up.
He went still.
‘How long?’
He flicked his gaze from the dagger to me. ‘I’ve known her since childhood.’ He hesitated. ‘However you’re imagining I betrayed you, I didn’t.’
Careful phrasing. Typical Matthias.
The doors burst open, and the new Queen stood in the doorway.
Fear rolled in my gut.

‘Drop the dagger.’ This close, layers of powder couldn’t quite hide the grief or exhaustion on her pale skin. But her gaze still pinned me. ‘Drop it now.’
She spoke as if she’d never been disobeyed in her life, which was probably true. Refusing her meant courting death.
I let the dagger slip from my fngers.
Matthias nudged it towards the Queen with his boot. She scooped it up and held it at her side.
‘Your Majesty,’ he said through gritted teeth, ‘may I present Miss Xania Bayonn, daughter of the late Baron Bayonn and Lady Harynne.’
‘If this is a joke,’ the Queen told him, ‘it’s in poor taste.’
‘It isn’t. I don’t appreciate having the business end of daggers pointed at me.’
My legs tensed, though running was futile. The Queen knew my name now.
She narrowed her eyes. ‘How did you convince the guards to let you through?’ She looked between Matthias and me, then at the walls. So she had told him about the passages – and he shouldn’t have told me.
Matthias grimaced.
At the sound of an approaching patrol, the Queen gestured at him and stepped back into the room. He pulled me inside before I could protest. The Queen shut the doors. The guards’ footsteps faded around a corner.

‘Release her,’ the Queen said, and nodded towards the chairs at her desk.
I sat, keeping my head down. Mama had drilled etiquette into me for years as my most effective shield.
The Queen placed my dagger on the windowsill behind her. I waited for her to speak first. Only the ticking clock broke the silence, until Matthias took an incensed breath through his nose.
‘I’m aware this isn’t the meeting you intended, but here we are,’ the Queen snapped. ‘So instead of acting like a spoiled child, Baron Farhallow, I suggest you salvage it.’
Meeting?
I looked up. ‘I… I beg your pardon, Your Majesty…’
‘It’s a bit late for politeness now.’
Matthias snorted.
‘Would you prefer I leave you both alone with the dagger?’
‘No, Your Majesty,’ he said. ‘I would not.’
‘Good. Start explaining.’

 

From Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran, published by The O’Brien Press.


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Camp Nanowrimo July 2020!

Hi all!

This month is exciting because I’m diving straight back into writing. I took a little break for some of May and all of June – mainly to focus on my reading and try make a decent dent in my TBR and focus on #LGBTQMonth, but alas, it is a new month, and with it comes one of my fave things in the world—Camp NaNoWriMo! Eeek!

I love taking part in Camp Nano and Nanowrimo in November because I always feel so motivated. I thought I’d share a little about my project and let you know that I’m taking part. If you are, my username is @rootsbeforebranches so add me and we can motivate each other!

This month I’ll be diving into a new draft of one of my finished novels – IVYWOOD. It follows George, the heir to the Ivywood estate in 1909, England. When his father dies at the beginning of the novel, he becomes the Earl of Ivy and so much pressure is put on him to find a wife and produce the next heir.

Meanwhile, his older sister Barbara is furious that her inheritance has been so wrongly overlooked because she’s a woman—and she’ll go to the extreme to make sure she gets what she wants. But when the Patels, a family of Indian aristocrats arrive on a tour from His Majesty himself, a murder occurs and George and Barbara reluctantly must work together to save the reputation of their beloved home.

Here is a mock-up cover I made for it myself (just for personal use, I don’t own the image!)

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I’m so excited to dive back into this strange little novel about deer, murder, family and what it means when you’re pushed into a box you desperately long to escape. I’m aiming for 40k, which might seem like a lot, but I tend to write a lot especially in Camp Nano months.

Are you taking part? Let me know in the comments below if so and tell me about your project!

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My July TBR!

Hi everyone!

I don’t want to be that person and be like, “omg how is it July?”… but, seriously… how the hell is it July??!

This year is truly flying in! And after last month and the amazing #LGBTQMonth, I’m excited for all the fun stuff I have planned for this month too. I have a lot of reviews to catch up on this month lmao.

I am also starting a new music-related series on The Royal Bookshelf that you will be finding more about on Saturday! Stay tuned, and for now, here’s my July TBR!


First up…the Twilight Saga! Honestly, had you asked me a year ago would I be reading the Twilight series in 2020 I would have laughed in your face. But with the imminent release of Midnight Sun in August and my love for the movies, I have decided to bite the bullet and actually read all of Twilight (for the first time!)

Am I mad? Or are you doing the same? I’d love to know!



And here are the other 6 books I’m hoping to get around to this month! Some exciting new releases especially!

What about you? Have you got your July TBR planned? What are you going to try read this month?

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#LGBTQMonth: The Wrap-Up!

Hi everyone!

No, that’s not the sound of crying because #LGBTQMonth is over… I don’t know what you’re talking about *scoffs*

ANYWAY, today I have the final post for this year’s #LGBTQMonth and it’s a bittersweet moment. I’ve had such a good month of LGBTQ fun and I hope you’ve all been enjoying it too!

This month I managed to read a whooping 16 books this month!! I’m so happy! I read all of the books I planned for my TBR this month, along with two extras (including my most anticipated release of 2020!)


June Wrap-Up

Burn by Patrick Ness 

Camp by LC Rosen

Wonderland by Juno Dawson

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Read with Pride by Lucy Powrie

Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green

Hideous Beauty by William Hussey

We Are Young by Cat Clarke

Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Skylarks by Karen Gregory

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Author Interviews

I also had a host of lovely authors featured on my blog this month for #LGBTQMonth! It was such an honour to be able to share all their amazing wisdom with you all. In case you missed out on any, I’m also going to link their interviews below!

Adiba Jaigirdar          Alice Oseman

Dean Atta           Robin Stevens

William Hussey            Sophie Cameron

Simon James Green        LC Rosen

Helen Corcoran         Lucy Powrie


I had so much fun this month and I wanna thank you all for taking part! June truly flew by but I had a blast and a great reading and pride month despite the world’s circumstances!

I’m already counting down the days until another fantastic #LGBTQMonth next year!

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