Saturday, April 21

Just the Most Fun a Romance Lover Can Have: My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the “traveling companion” of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate? Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.






I LOVE romance. I love it when its sweet and sappy with happy ever afters, and I love the angsty over the top drama romances. And everything in between. So a choose-your-own romance? Totally intrigued me. And boy did it live up to its promise.

Firstly there are so many different avenues to go down here that it's a little overwhelming at first. But the authors do a pretty good job of controlling the choices so that you only ever make small decisions at a time - which can of course lead to big changes. There are four main love interests to pursue but if you take side routes you can also wind up with any number of side characters as well. You can even if you want take a weird circuitous route through every love interest because why not have fun?? (This by the way is what I did).

My favourite part was that there was a Lady love interest who is, in my oh so biased opinion, the best of the lot. Her storyline was the first I tried out and was full of intrigue and treachery and passion and it was just SO much fun. This is perhaps one of the greatest strengths of the book. Each branching path is its own self-contained story. Yet each story feels complete and complex. There must be dozens of different endings (there's no way I've explored them all yet) and the relatively small amount of pages meant I expected poorly developed insta-love romances. And there is an element of that sure. You have to fall in love in a few pages or your story is going nowhere but crucially they felt romantic still.

There is a huge amount of (very well placed) humour here. There is a lot to laugh at in the romance genre and as a fan I can recognise overused tropes (whilst kinda loving them still). My Lady's Choosing takes full advantage of this by poking fun at its own genre in the best possible way. There was a lot of love in the laughter and I could sigh over the romance whilst simultaneously laughing at the completely on point use of metaphors in love scenes and the frankly ridiculous descriptions of our heroes. 

This is a must-read for any romance lover especially if you kind of miss the days when choose your own adventure stories were everywhere (I do). I loved having control of the heroine. I adored finding how a tiny sidestep could derail an entire story - and it was even more fun preventing miscommunication because OMG just talk to each other. Plus it's just a whole lot of fun and a super quick read, depending on how much you get lost in it - I lost a week but you could dip in for one story-line and it would still be satisfying. 

Originality: 4/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Cover: 4/5
Swoon Factor: 4/5
Humour: 5/5


Thursday, April 19

Royal Rantings - Reading Styles



So, this was an actual conversation Vera and I had a couple of weeks ago. There's SO MANY TYPES of reading. It's not as simple as just picking up a book and getting started on it- especially when you're a book-blogger. Picking up the book itself is a tedious task most times. You check reviews, maybe on social media pages, on Goodreads, Amazon. You talk to your friends about it. You then check with the rest of your TBR and prioritize because why not. You may end up with a completely different book from what you first set out to read. You then pick up the book and sit down- oh wait, a pencil, bookmark (or sock, who cares), notebook, sticky notes? Snacks? Properly snuggled in? Okay, and then you ACTUALLY start reading, and this is when things get even more complicated. Here's part of our convo so you get what we're talking about:

Tuesday, April 17

Popular Books We Feel Everyone Has Read But Us


Hello! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) we chose to go with a topic that happens to us all too frequently! It seems like there is constantly some book that everyone has read but it somehow passed us right by. Here are some of the books we've heard oh so much about but have never gotten around to reading!  

Saturday, April 14

How To Keep Your TBR In Control: Trying Out & Rating Different Methods


Hello, friends! As bookworms, many of us suffer from over-flowing to-read piles. Some of us have the privilege to own an unbelievable amount of books - either as physical copies or ebooks - while others have to battle with incredibly long wishlists when picking their next. And, yes, of course there are some, myself included, who struggle with both.

What I'm trying to say here is that, one way or another, most bookworms are buried under massive to-buy and/or to-read-owned book piles. Keeping track of all that, deciding how and when to get rid of books can prove to be tough. Helpful tips are all over the internet, which is great! But sometimes, it's hard to predict which method would be the best, and how exactly to go about doing it when there are no pointers given. To help you with that, in today's post, I'm here to not only list some common methods, BUT to also showcase how well they worked for me, what difficulties I faced, etc. while trying them. 

Disclaimer: This is only MY opinion. I cannot guarantee that what works for me, will work for you the same way. With that being said, I did my best to stay as objective as possible when commenting on these methods. So let's get right into this!

Tuesday, April 10

Our Favorite Novels We're So Ready To Revisit


Hello friends! Tuesday means two things for me, (1) we're one day closer to the weekend, and (2) it's time for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl)! Now, Clare and I were struggling a teeny tiny bit with today's topic - smh, we are so bad at this 'following the weekly theme' thing - so we switched it up a little and so, instead of books we loved but don't want to reread, we'll be writing about books we're so ready to revisit. I SWEAR WE'LL GET BETTER AT THIS THING. Anyhow, without further ado, let's jump right into our lists: 


10-10 books we loved, and cannot wait to reread.

Saturday, April 7

My Favorite Bookish Haunts


So I recently came across Roberta's discussion post on what makes one decide on whether or not to comment on a post and that had me thinking... Why not do a shout out for some of my favorite blogs in here? While there a lot of great blogs out there, there are a select few that I always try to make time for. 


I can't exactly find a particular set of reasons as to why I tend to gravitate towards these particular blogs, but I find that I generally interact the most with them. Some of these have similar reading tastes to mine, so it's always great to have another perspective on things. Some of them have wildly different tastes and even if I wouldn't read what they do, I still like reading what  they have to say. Some of them are friends, some are not...yet. Some comment back, some don't. But whatever it is, I find these blogs really amazing and I feel it would be a crime to not share them with y'all! 

I figured this could work as both a post to let y'all know some of my favorites and hopefully introduce you to a few new ones in the process, and also make myself aware of the ones I frequent. A win-win situation either way, so let's start the party already! 

Thursday, April 5

Mini Reviews to Two Super-Popular Backlist Books



THE book that made me want to write this post in the first place, because I needed to flail about it & push y'all who haven't read it yet a tad bit into its direction. Yes, it was THAT good. 


Let's go, 4 Reasons to read Grave Mercy, a Historical Fantasy set in the Middle Ages: 

⚔️ The main characters are assassin nuns, ASSASSIN NUNS!! Is that not reason enough?? They are vicious and well-trained in all the different methods of killing AND they are excited about said killings. 

Tuesday, April 3

Our Favorite Novels Where The Characters Outshine Everything Else

*characters

Hello friends! For today's Top Ten Tuesday post (weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), Clare and I have decided to switch up the topic a little bit, because we were SO BAD at trying to come up with answers for the original TTT that is: 'Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books'. Now, we didn't want to venture too far away from the theme, thus we modified it to 'Books Where the Characters Outshine Everything Else', and wow, are we excited to show these 10 (5-5) books + characters with y'all! So, without further ado, let's get right into this post!

Monday, April 2

ALL the Exciting Books Being Released in the Second Quarter of 2018


Hello friends! Today, much like in the beginning of every month, we brought you some of the most exciting book releases we could dig up. However, unlike before, we decided to do a release calendar every quarter of the year, instead of every month, quality over quantity and all that. That means that for today, we've showcased the new releases of the second quarter of the year (April, May and June) that we couldn't be more excited for. To limit the length of this post, we've only shared 4-4-4 books per month, so you'll find the total of 36 books in this post. Have fun browsing through our mini-lists!

*click on the covers for Goodreads*

Saturday, March 31

My Life in Books Tag!!


As you may know I only recently joined The Regal Critiques and I wanted to do a tag that helps people get to know me bookishly (yes that's a word)! So much of my life has been shaped by and around books so this was a really fun tag to try!