Top Ten Tuesday: Settings I’d Like to See More Of

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!

This Week's Theme: Settings I'd Like To See More Of

Today on the blog, I'm talking about ten settings that I'd like to see more of in the books I read! Just to be clear, I'm not saying that there aren't plenty of books with these settings, I'm just talking about ten of them that *I* as a reader really love and want to read more of! So without further ado, let's get into it!

1. Palaces. I'm a sucker for any type of royal story! The Selection or American Royals, anybody?

2. The beach. Because who doesn't love romances that involve the hot sun and rolling waves?

3. Elite private schools. Because all of the best mysteries tend to happen there.

4. Abroad/on vacation. I've been meaning to read Again But Better, and the idea of stories set abroad during European adventures seems really exciting!

5. On tropical islands. Because I am a lover of all things tropical. 

6. Long Island! That's where our heart is, so we love seeing stories that reference places we know and recognize!

7. New York City. That's my favorite place in the whole world, so of course I can't soak up enough stories from there!

8. College campuses. Because we need more NA! Plus, as a college student myself, I love seeing fellow college students and their lives in books!

9. Actual, realistic apartments. Because whenever I read NA and the characters are in their apartments fresh out of college, I find it miraculous that they can suddenly afford a three-bedroom place with soaring ceilings and three bathrooms, LOL! Maybe I'm just jaded because I'm from NYC, but more realistic apartments is something I'd like to see more of in the books that I read.

10. A writer's mind. We!! Need!! More!! MCs!! That!! Are!! Writers!! I love reading about them. So, so much! So I'd love so much more of that!

So that's all for this week's Top Ten Tuesday! Do you have different settings that you want to talk about? Any that match up with mine? Comment down below and let me know! ♥

ARC Review: How We Became Wicked by Alexander Yates

Title: How We Became Wicked
Author: Alexander Yates
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Horror
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Publication Date: July 23rd 2019

Summary: 
A plague, called Wicked, is pulsing through the world; and in its wake, it’s dividing the population into thirds: The WICKED: Already infected by the droves of Singers, the ultraviolet mosquito-like insects who carry the plague, the Wicked roam the world freely. They don’t want for much—only to maim and dismember you. But don’t worry: They always ask politely first...The TRUE: The True live in contained, isolated communities. They’re the lucky ones; they found safety from the Singers. And while the threat of the Wicked may not be eliminated, for the True, the threat has certainly been contained... The VEXED: The Vexed are the truly fortunate ones—they survived the sting of the Singers, leaving them immune. But they’re far from safe. The Vexed hold the key to a cure, and there are those who will do anything to get it.

To be brutally honest, I never head of How We Became Wicked until I spotted it on NetGalley. Immediately the summary sucked me in. Ultra-violet mosquitoes that spread a plague that causes people to become incredibly violent and sadistic, sign me up! This book had my name written all over it. How We Became Wicked wasn't just a book about a world that had ended, but the sacrifices you make for the ones you love and how dark secrets can have really deadly and horrid consequences. I ended up loving How We Became Wicked a lot more then I thought I was going too.

How We Became Wicked is told in two point of views: Astrid and Natalie. Astrid has recently broke up with her childhood best friend Hank, but there is one problem. They are the youngest people in their domed town leaving people disappointed in them no longer being together. When the light house on the island across from where Astrid and Hank live begins to go off, Astrid begins to ask questions that lead to dark and deadly consequences. Natalie lives on the island that Astrid is asking question about. Her mother is heavily pregnant and her grandfather is locked in the light house because he became Wicked years prior. But when Natalie's mother goes into labor and gives birth to a baby girl it is up to Natalie to take her to the mainland and have her bitten by the bugs, its the only way to get her vexed, immune, to the virus just like Natalie and her mother. Only once on the mainland Natalie learns that her and her tiny family aren't the only survivors and there are people looking for answers too. 

I really enjoyed the writing style of How We Became Wicked. The characters and setting became alive in front of my eyes. The terror of the Wicked and how sadistic and terrifying they are was palpable. I waited a majority of the book for Natalie's and Astrid's paths to cross, only to be let in on the most amazing plot twist I've read in a while. I didn't expect the twist at all, but looking back at certain things that happened, it makes perfect sense. Overall I really enjoyed How We Became Wicked and hope we will get to see more of Natalie and Astrid's story. 


ARC Review: Start Here by Trish Doller

Title: Start Here
Author: Trish Doller
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Hardcover, 352 Pages
Publication Date: August 13th, 2019


Summary: Willa and Taylor were supposed to spend the summer after high school sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend, Finley. But Finley died before graduation, leaving them with a twenty-five-foot sailboat, a list of clues leading them to destinations along the way, and a friendship that’s hanging by a thread. Now, Willa and Taylor have two months and two thousand miles to discover how life works without Finley—and to decide if their own friendship is worth saving.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and as soon as I opened the package, I was really excited. First of all, the cover is absolutely gorgeous -- I took so many pictures for Instagram because I loved the font, the colors, the Polaroid pictures...everything about it! *major heart eyes* And then once I sat down on the beach with this book and started reading it, I found myself sucked into the story of Willa and Taylor's epic adventure. I finished this entire book (over 340 pages!!) in 24 hours because I couldn't make myself stop reading. So without further ado, let's get into my review!

As the summary explains, Willa and Taylor are still mourning the loss of Finley, their best friend who died from cancer. Before she passed, Finley had made grand plans with them to sail from Ohio to Florida in a boat that they bought and worked on together -- but now that she's gone, it's only Willa and Taylor that have to make the journey. Which isn't easy, since Finley was the one bond they had between them. And because they're still grieving and confused. So the girls set off on this rocky journey, trying both to survive the trip and also to survive each other, not sure if their friendship can be salvaged in the wake of Finley's death.

I definitely enjoyed reading this book. Seeing the sailing adventures that Willa and Taylor encountered made me start itching to go on my own adventure, even though I've never been a sailor and I definitely wouldn't know how to get a boat from Ohio to Florida the way Willa and Taylor did, LOL. I loved all of the spontaneous things that came with this trip, such as last-minute hotels, concerts, new friends, daring stunts, and everything in between. If you have a serious case of wanderlust, then this is definitely the kind of book for you.

Something else that I really enjoyed about this book was the way that it highlighted how the friendship between Willa and Taylor was rocky, turbulent, and definitely not perfect. It doesn't hide behind the facade of everything being okay -- these girls are grieving, they're hurt, they're angry, and they also believe that Finley was the glue holding them together, and they aren't meant to be friends without her. This book doesn't cover up that grief and make them instantly get along. Hell, it doesn't even instantly make the first apologies worthwhile. These girls have a lot to learn, both about the open water and about each other, if they ever want the trip to work. At first, I really wasn't a fan of both of their attitudes, particularly toward each other, but through time I got to learn more about them as characters and I found it much easier to crawl into their headspace.

There was only one thing that I wasn't super crazy about with this book, and it's the fact that the story is told entirely in third person. This isn't usually a huge deal for me, but the fact that the chapters kept switching perspectives between Willa and Taylor, but still was in the third person, left me confused a lot of the time. I had to keep going back to reread and orient myself on what was going on. I have no issues with third person in and of itself, but when a story is being told in dual-perspective chapters, I felt that that was where I started to get pretty confused. It's just one small writing choice, and my opinion is in no way the be-all-end-all, but I just found myself really confused a lot of the time.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Start Here. It was a quick, adventurous read that sucked me into Willa and Taylor's story, and the book had so many ups and downs that I kept wanting to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next. This is the perfect beachy summer read for me -- I sank my toes into the sand and got lost at sea with Willa and Taylor! I'm incredibly grateful that Simon Pulse was kind enough to read out and send me a review copy, because it helped me find another fascinating story. I'd recommend checking this one out!



Interview With 2019 Debut Natasha Diaz!


In 2019 our goal is to work with as many debut authors as possible and spread the word about their debut novels. Follow us this year as we pick the mind of the 2019 debuts and chat with them. Also stay tuned for news of giveaways, Twitter chats and more!
Over the summer of 2018 we had Tweeted about wanting to discover more debut authors and their books and Natasha Diaz responded with her novel COLOR ME IN, and we have been interested in it ever since. We are so excited to have Natasha on the blog today to answer some of our questions! 

About Natasha! 
Natasha Diaz
Natasha Diaz is a freelance writer and producer originally hailing from NYC and currently residing in Oakland, CA. As a screenwriter, Natasha has placed as a quarterfinalist in the Austin Film Festival and a finalist for both the NALIP Diverse Women in Media Fellowship and the Sundance Episodic Story Lab. Her personal essays have been published in The Establishment and The Huffington Post.
Keep up with Natasha: Website / Twitter / Goodreads / Instagram / Facebook



Interview!


The Book Bratz: First of all, congratulations! How does it feel to be a debut author?
Natasha: Thank you so much! Being a debut author feels like a million different emotions at once: terrifying, exciting, overwhelming. Ok, that’s three, but you get what I mean. I never believed I would have the chance to get my writing out into the world and in the hands of young people (I sometimes still don’t believe it). To sum it up: it’s a dream come true. 

The Book Bratz: What gave you the idea for the incredible story of COLOR ME IN?
Natasha: Color Me In is a fictional story inspired by my own experiences as a multiracial, white-passing, Jewish woman. I have always had a hard time relating to characters in books from a racial standpoint because I am at all times straddling my multiple cultures, never quite in one place at the same time. Sure, I look white, but my family is not white, my world is not white. And yes, I am half Black/Liberian and Brazilian, but my experience living and owning those parts of myself is majorly internal and cannot be compared to most people who are able to claim those identities visually. Finally, I am Jewish, but I am not religious, and for a long time, I rejected my Jewishness because I didn’t feel like I could be Jewish without believing in the religion. I also felt as though being Jewish made me even less Black/Brazilian than I was already made to feel because I look so white, (which I now know is not true). That’s a lot to unpack, but the reason I wrote Color Me In is: I wanted anyone who has ever felt like they aren’t “enough” as a result of their biracial, multiracial, or multiethnic identity to know they aren’t alone. I wanted to tell a story that would * hopefully * also speak to monoracial people, and perhaps give them a peek into the multiracial experience. Lastly, I wanted to encourage everyone, no matter who they are, to feel both encouraged and empowered to evaluate and acknowledge their privileges, whatever they may be.  

The Book Bratz: New York City plays a huge role in the story, both as a setting and almost as a character itself. Why did you choose to set Nevaeh's story here?
Natasha: I love this question because the truth is, when I finished the final draft of Color Me In and reread it, I realized the whole book is really just a love letter to my hometown, NYC. I was born and raised in Manhattan but was fortunate to have a wildly diverse set of friends who lived all over the boroughs. I spent my childhood and my early adulthood exploring and falling in love with all the incredible pockets of the city that rarely get portrayed in film, tv, and books. I get so frustrated when NYC is reduced to just Manhattan, not because there is anything wrong with Manhattan (although if I never need to step foot in midtown east, Murray Hill, and the surrounding blocks of Penn Station, I’ll be just fine!) but there is so much more to the City and what it means to be a New Yorker than just the borough of Manhattan. It was important to me to bring ALL of the colors and the smells and the sounds and the people of the city to life because they are what makes New York the (best) city on earth. 

The Book Bratz: Who was your favorite character to write in COLOR ME IN?
Natasha: I’m sure it is no surprise that the answer to this question is: Stevie. I just love him and his positivity and excitement to be alive. I love his fearlessness and confidence. I also love to dance, and it was fun to have a character who was so passionate and artistic and unafraid to go for what he loves and believes in. I’m an only child, so my friendships are extremely important to me and Stevie is the penultimate example of the type of friend I hope I am to those close to me. 

The Book Bratz: Which character was the *hardest* to write? What do you hope that readers will take from the story of COLOR ME IN?
Natasha: Honestly, Nevaeh. Aside from our similar racial/ethnic backgrounds, we are pretty different people, at least the Nevaeh we meet in the first 2/3 of the book. I didn’t grow up in an affluent environment. While Nevaeh was sheltered and hidden from her identity, I was constantly immersed in mine. While she learned early on to stay quiet and not rock the boat, I have been encouraged to call people out and speak my truth since I was young. I grew up for the majority of my childhood in Harlem (pre-gentrification) and was always very close to my family. Even if I didn’t always feel like I belonged, the people around me made sure I knew I was loved. That isn’t to say we are entirely unalike, I share many of the insecurities Nevaeh has and have, at times, made mistakes as a result of being ignorant of my privilege. The most important quality we share (I hope) is our ability to learn from and apologize for our missteps. Once I finally figured her character out, it was important to me that she realizes by the end that change is not bad and that she should embrace growth along with the pains that come with it. 

The Book Bratz: Do you plan on returning to the world of COLOR ME IN in the future, or do you have other projects in mind? Can you tell us anything about them? 
Natasha: I’ll answer the second part of that question first: I do have some other projects in mind/in the works but can’t speak about them just yet! I hope I’ll be able to discuss them soon ☺

***ALERT, STOP HERE IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS!***

I have this dream to write a companion novel to Color Me In that follows Nevaeh into her junior year after transferring to her cousin’s public school, Signal High (which is based off my own high school, The Beacon School). At the end of the book it feels like there are equal parts resolution as there are unresolved circumstances. Where are she and Corinne going to end up? How does Nevaeh do in a new academic and social environment without Stevie around all the time since he is off doing pirouettes in London? Can she and Jesus make it with him in college and her still in high school? Plus, his trial would be underway, will that make them stronger or tear them apart? Most importantly, will she ever be able to have a relationship to her father and new half sibling? BUT for now that is just a dream. I hope I am able to make it a reality one day, I already know what the title would be and I think about it constantly. 

About COLOR ME IN!

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Title: Color Me In
Author: Natasha Diaz
Publisher: Delacorte
Publication Date: August 20th, 2019 

Summary: Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom's family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time. Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but one of her cousins can't stand that Nevaeh, who inadvertently passes as white, is too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices they face on a daily basis as African Americans. In the midst of attempting to blend their families, Nevaeh's dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. Even with the push and pull of her two cultures, Nevaeh does what she's always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent. It's only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom's past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has a voice. And she has choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she find power in herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be?

Thank you so much to Natasha for stopping by and answering our questions! We are super excited about COLOR ME IN and can't wait for it to be out in the world on August 20th! We read this book already (you can read our review here!), and you guys are going to totally love this. 



ARC Review: The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

Title: The Best Lies
Author: Sarah Lyu
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Hardcover, 352 Pages
Published July 2019


Summary: Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like. She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world. But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest — And it was Elise who pulled the trigger. Was it self-defense? Or something deeper, darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I'm honestly so glad that she offered, because I really enjoyed reading this one! When I first heard about this 2019 debut, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of such a tightly knit friendship that things start going south and stuff starts to unravel. So as soon as I got this book in my hand, I curled up with it and lost myself in Remy and Elise's story. So without further ado, let's get into my review!

As the summary explains, Remy feels forgotten and unloved by her family, so when she stumbles across Elise and they form a fast friendship, she is relishing in what it feels like to be loved and needed. For awhile, her and Elise are the best of friends -- that is, until Remy meets Jack, and she starts developing feelings for him, and she notices Elise's obsession with her getting stronger and stronger. And when Jack is shot through the chest by Elise in self-defense, Remy can't shake the feeling that something more sinister is involved. Slowly but surely, this book pulls you under into a whirlwind of a thrill-ride that will leave you enthralled until the very last page.

I really enjoyed reading this book! At first I thought it was just going to be a story about a friendship falling apart, but things got super toxic and dark super quickly, which immediately roped me in. I found myself flying through this book because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next, and the stakes seemed to get higher and higher with each passing chapter. I stayed up late into the night reading this book because I was so hooked! Sarah Lyu is definitely great at writing the kind of story that immediately sucks you in.

My favorite character in this book was definitely Jack. He was super sweet and dependable, and definitely seemed like the perfect guy for Remy. The fact that the book starts with us knowing he's dead makes the flashback scenes even harder, because you knew what his fate was going to be from the very start and it just made me extra sad knowing that he had no idea what was coming for him. He was such a sweet, loving character!

On the other hand, a character in this book that I really didn't enjoy was Elise. (Although that can definitely be the author's intention, so this is not a critique on the writing, just my own opinion on Elise's character!) She was super clingy, manipulative, and toxic, in a way that reminded me of several friendships I had to end during my own high school and college years, and every time Remy went back to her I found myself cringing because I knew how bad of a person Elise was for her, but she didn't seem to realize it herself. This book definitely studies toxic friendships and shows the small, subtle, yet significant ways in which toxic people like Elise manage to isolate their companions and groom them to be entirely dependable on them. 

(Spoilers in this paragraph, so please skip to the next one to avoid them!) The entire ending of the book -- the last few chapters -- really hooked me as well. I kind of suspected Elise's malicious intent from pretty early on, because there were vibes that something more sinister was happening. So when I found out that the reason she shot Jack wasn't self-defense, and it was because she wanted Remy all to herself, I wasn't surprised by the revelation, but I was still absolutely hooked on the story and kept reading because I really wanted to know what was going to happen and how it was going to specifically play out. And I'm glad that Remy told the truth and stopped trying to protect Elise in the end, because even though she knew Elise was acting from a place of defense and hurt, the things she did still weren't okay.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Best Lies. It was a dark, twisting story about what happens when friendship crosses the line into obsession, and all of the dangers and trauma that comes along with that. If you're looking for an intense, gripping read to fly through, then I would definitely recommend this one! Hats off to Sarah Lyu -- I'll definitely be reading more of her books in the future!



Indie Ebooks Day is July 27th!


Join the movement to read more indie books!


Do you go out of your way to buy from indie coffee shops? Listen to music by indie musicians? What about indie books? When was the last time you read one of those? What’s the next indie book on your to-be-read list? Indie Ebooks Day wants to know!
Indie Ebooks Day is a grassroots movement to celebrate the vibrant, diverse stories of indie authors and the ebooks that make those stories available all over the world. The @IndieEbooksDay Twitter account is devoted to promoting indie books all year round, with the first official Indie Ebooks Day happening on July 27th, 2019.

Why buy indie?

There are three main reasons to buy indie books:
  • Make sure authors get your money – Independent authors, whether they’re published through a small press or under their own name, get higher royalty rates than anyone signed with the Big 5. This means when you buy a book, you know your money is going directly to the person who wrote it.
  • Support diverse stories and voices – Many marginalized authors choose independent publishing because they’re told their stories are “too diverse” by the Big 5. When you dive into the world of indie books, you’ll discover a rich collection of unique stories with diverse casts. 
  • Save money – Big publishers typically charge around $10 for an ebook, but many indie authors make their books available for $4.99 or less. This means you can buy twice as many indie ebooks as traditionally published ones!

Why ebooks?

Most independent publishers today use print-on-demand to make print books available, but we chose to celebrate ebooks specifically for a couple of reasons:
  • They’re accessible – Ebooks allow readers to change fonts and font sizes to suit their reading needs. Text-to-speech programs on phones and tablets even make it possible for visually impaired people to have their book read out loud to them, without the added cost of producing an audiobook.
  • They’re affordable – As we mentioned above, most indie authors sell their books for $4.99 or less. This means you can save an enormous amount of money by buying only indie books for a month (or a year!).

So how can you participate in Indie Ebooks Day?

Indie Ebooks Day is a Twitter event happening for the first time on July 27th, 2019. You can participate in three simple steps:
  • Buy an indie ebook on July 27th
  • Take a photograph of yourself reading your new indie ebook
  • Share your photo with the hashtag #IndieEbooksDay; make sure you include the title of the book in your post, especially if you share one of the pages instead of the cover
Not sure where to find the perfect indie ebook for you? Not to worry! The official @IndieEbooksDay Twitter account shares a featured #EbookOfTheDay every single day, and we’ve also got an amazing line-up of featured authors for July 27th. Follow us and you’ll never have to think about where to find indie books again!

We'd like to thank the awesome team over at Indie Ebooks Day for allowing us to share this post and be a part of spreading the word for the first official #IndieEbooksDay! Comment down below if you'll be participating!

ARC Review: Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Title: Truly Madly Royally
Author: Debbie Rigaud
Publisher: Point Paperbacks
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Paperback, 304 Pages
Publication Date: July 30th, 2019


Summary: Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She's excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she's definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who's an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming...and undeniably cute. Zora can't ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother's big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora's not sure it's something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that's like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.


First of all, any book that is described as The Princess Diaries for a new generation is absolutely up my alley. So when I saw that Debbie was doing a signing at BookCon this year, I made sure that I was on that line. And let me just say, for starters, that I'm super glad I did, because Debbie was super friendly and sweet and excited, and she even recognized me from the name on the my badge, so she held up the line to give me a hug!! It made my heart really warm and happy to meet such a genuinely friendly author like that. It was such a special moment! So without further ado, let's get into my review:

As the summary explains, Zora happens to run into this cute guy, Owen, during a summer class at a nearby college campus. What she isn't expecting to find out is that Owen is the prince of a small European country -- and he's infatuated with her. Because of that, suddenly Zora finds herself landing an invitation to the biggest royal wedding of the year, but what she signs up for is totally nothing like her life in New Jersey. So a lot of hijinks and sabotage ensue, as well as lots of the royal glitz and glamour!

I enjoyed reading this book. If you're a longtime follower here at The Book Bratz, then you know that I'm a sucker for all sorts of royal stories. So when I found out about this one, I knew it was something I really wanted to read. Falling in love with a prince? Count me in! I also absolutely adored Zora's character -- I felt like she was really smart and determined and capable, and it was clear that she cared deeply about her community. I was cheering for her the whole way, especially when she faced a lot of backlash from those who doubted her or also assumed things about her. 

However, something that I really struggled with in this book was the pacing. The book is only about 280 pages, but Zora doesn't even get to the royal wedding until about page 240, so it felt like the book had a lot of really slow buildup and then suddenly we were out of time and everything got all rushed at the end. It also felt like there were a lot of plot threads that randomly disappeared off to nowhere and then didn't get picked up again, to the point that so much was going on that most times I as a reader didn't even feel like Owen and Zora's relationship was the focus even a little bit. Which is fine for sure, but it was just confusing since the synopsis of this book leads you to believe that you're heading into it for a royal love story, but then that's not the focus half of the time and the main love interest seems to only be two-dimensional and you don't know much about him. It just confused me a lot while I was reading, which made me really bummed because I was so excited about the royalty aspect of this story and the royal wedding itself, but it felt like it passed by in a jumbled blur where barely anything is dwelled on and you rush through the experience. That speed-up of pacing in the end really threw me off and was definitely something that I really struggled with.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Truly Madly Royally, and I'd recommend it for anyone looking for a quick summer read to enjoy at the beach or on the train to work, or even from the comfort of your own bed. It was an easy story to get through and is less than 300 pages, which is always helpful if you're a speed reader and looking for something quick to pick up! I'm glad I got to meet Debbie and pick up her book at BookCon this year, and I'd certainly recommend it if you're a fan of reading royal stories! 




 

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Read Authors!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!

This week's theme: Auto-Read Authors!


I thought this post was going to be a lot easier to put together. But it actually took me a good while to come up with ten. I am very picky when I buy books, so I typically don't buy books unless I read and loved them! So instead I changed this weeks theme to Auto-Read Authors, authors I will read ANYTHING from. Including their grocery lists.


1. Leigh Bardugo 
   

2. Jennifer L. Armentrout
   

3. Suzanne Young
   

4. Tahereh Mafi
   

5. Jay Kristoff
   


  6. Mary Weber
   

7. Wendy Higgins 
   

8. Alexandra Bracken 
   

9. Samantha Shannon
   

10. Marie Lu 
   


These are among the few of the many authors that I will read anything they will write. If you haven't heard of any of the the authors on this list I highly recommend checking out them out! 

Do you agree with these? Make sure to leave the link to your TTT so we can stop back!