Sunday, August 13, 2017

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess: Royal Crush (#3) by Meg Cabot

Hey Everyone!

So once again, it's been a few months.  I don't even know what is my life anymore, to be honest.  Let's see what has happened since my last post...

1.  I graduated!  I officially have my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Studies!
2.  My husband and I had a wedding celebration for all our friends and family.  We had quite a bit of family from Germany come for the occasion, which was amazing <3.
3.  My husband and I got a three day mini-getaway to beautiful Palm Springs.  That was amazing!
4.  I just got a promotion for my job, and a second job!

Life has been crazy. This past year...I just don't know.  Next month, it will be a year, since I lost my dad.  That's been hitting me more and more.  Overall though, this summer has just been spent attempting to recuperate a bit.  Things have been a bit everywhere though, just taking care of a lot of things, that I couldn't while doing school.  Without the help of my amazing husband, I don't think I would be getting through stuff anymore.

It's been rough, but the other day I got a wonderful surprise in the mail, when I received Meg Cabot's newest book, From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, Royal Crush, the third book in the Olivia Grace series!  There is something I can usually always count on to cheer me up, and get me into reading again...Meg Cabot!

From Goodreads:



From the Inside of the Book-jacket: (Normally, I use Goodreads, but that is TOTALLY the wrong description!!):

"Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is turning thirteen.  Even better, she's finally starting to get the hang of this princess thing.  Just in time too, since her half-sister, Princess Mia Thermopolis, is expecting to give birth to twins any day now!
"It's pretty much the worst time possible for a school field trip, but Olivia must attend the Royal School Winter Games.  Between Grandmere chaperoning, Olivia's snobby cousin Luisa complaining about her relationship woes, and everyone insisting that Olivia has a crush on Prince Khalil (even though she isn't sure that he wants to be friends anymore!), things are quickly turning into a royal mess!"



My Thoughts:

I love this series!  Not only is Olivia Grace absolutely adorable, but it is in the world of Princess Diaries, so I get to hear about Mia and Michael, and Grandmere, and everyone else!  Mia has her twins!!! What are their names??  Well...you are just going to have to read to find out!  I was not disappointed! :)

Olivia, who is about to turn thirteen, is growing up, just like Mia in the Princess Diaries.  She has changed even from the first book!  I am really looking forward to watching her grow more and more. She has been through a lot...losing her mom at a young age, living with "family" that doesn't like her, finding out about her father, finding out that she is a princess!  That's a lot for an almost thirteen year old to take in!

Meg's humor is present, of course!  Grandmere still has her amazing sassiness.  Mia has grown A LOT!  She really is an adult now, ready to be a mommy.  I just love that so much!

Overall Rating:

My only complaint is...now I have to wait ANOTHER YEAR for the next Meg Cabot book!!  I am really forward to what is next!

The Romance Bookie :)


Monday, May 15, 2017

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Hello Everyone!

I have some news...

I AM FINISHED WITH MY UNDERGRAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is about time, right??  I finished all my assignments last Monday, received my honors on Saturday, and am graduating this coming Saturday!  It's been such a long process...eight years to be exact.  Six years of community college, I took classes every Fall and Spring semester of those six years.  And then two years of university.  70 hours of student teaching last semester, 196 hours this semester, working, school at night and homework whenever there was some time...but I did it guys.

I am sitting here right now, writing this post, and waiting for my cap design to dry, so I can finish decorating my Mortarboard for Saturday.  It all feels so surreal.  SOOO surreal.  The hardest part is definitely knowing that my dad will be missing it.  I tear up every time I think about it.  I miss him so so much, it hurts.  I just hope more than anything, he is watching out for me and going to see me walk this Saturday from high above.  He will have the best seat in the house 💔.

I feel very blessed to have my husband, mom, and brother with me on Saturday watching.

Anyway...on to book stuff!

I, first off, wanted to mention that my husband and I got to go to YallWest a couple of weeks ago!  That was fun!  I'll be doing a post on that this week hopefully!  I finally have some time off, in the mornings!  And starting June 15th, when my work gets out for summer, I get the WHOLE ENTIRE SUMMER OFF!!!

And second, I have a review, of AN ACTUAL BOOK I READ!!!!

I know, I know crazy!!  A BOOK REVIEW on a BOOK??!!  I know I have doing a lot of audiobook reviews, in fact this is my first actual physical book read this year!

So on to the review, shall we?!

From Goodreads:


My disease is as rare as it is famous.  Basically, I'm allergic to the world.  I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years.  The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. 

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door.  I look out my window, and I see him.  He's tall, lean and wearing all black -- black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely.  He catches me looking and stares at me.  I stare right back.  His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things.  For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly.  It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.


My Thoughts:

WOW! Could I have picked a better book to get me back into reading??  Probably no!  The movie trailer looks so good, that I found myself ordering my first book order of the year last week off of Amazon.  I picked up immediately, and just read and read for the rest of the week, when I had time, and just devoured it!

This story was so unique.  A disease where you cannot go outside, and have to live in a completely 100% allergy-free house??!!  Seriously??!  How does one come up with this stuff??!!  LOVED IT!  In my copy, there was a bonus Q&A and one of the questions did ask Nicola Yoon how she came up with the story?  And she said, it was based on her worries of raising a young infant, and all the dangers that are out there of getting her sick.  It is something all parents worry about!

I loved Madeline.  While at first glance, being one of the most unrelatable characters ever, given her living situation, she turned out to be one of the most lovable and relatable characters that I have read in the longest time!

Olly...needs his own book!  One in his point of view.  I would love to read that!  We got to learn some things about him, but I would love to get into his head and really hear what is going on!

Madeline's mom, oh God, where to start??!!  You will have to read it for yourself!

Overall Review:

That ending, guys!  WOW!  This entire book left me on my toes, and wanting more.  It was hard to put it down, when I needed to go to work, I almost took it with me, but then realized that is probably not the most responsible thing to do when you are supposed to be watching a bunch of kids...just maybe.

Anyway, highly recommend this one.  I am very excited to see the movie!  Review will definitely go up for it, when I do!  The actors they chose, look really good!  I really liked the guy, who is playing Olly, in Melissa and Joey!  Can't wait guys!

I am SUPER Bummed, that Nicola Yoon was at YallWest, and I missed her.  It was before I got the book, and just had no clue!

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week!  I know I will be spending my mornings, recuperating, relaxing, reading, and doing art.  And then afternoons will be working, up until Friday, which I took off for a day of pampering to get ready for GRADUATION!!!

EEEEEE!!!  Cannot wait!

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's #1) by Ransom Riggs (Audiobook)

Hey Everyone,

I actually cannot believe I am writing this review right now, because to be honest, there are a thousand other things that I need to be doing right now, but I am so ready for my yearly book event tomorrow (YALL WEST!!!) that I just couldn't wait to finally be able to write a review again!

So I do have some exciting news...

After months and months of the sh*# that my life has become I got some good news last Friday.  Not only am I graduating on May 20th, with my bachelor's in Early Childhood Studies, but I will also be graduating with Honors!  This has been the ultimate goal since I lost my dad in September. I knew I had to keep going, I knew my dad would want me to finish school; and for my own goal I wanted to make him extra proud by graduating with honors.  And I did it.

But school is not over just yet.  I have made my final homework list!  Which means as soon as I get through this list of things to do for school...I am officially done with my undergrad education!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I have been working towards this for EIGHT YEARS!! I know I know, that is a long time, some may say too long, but I did it!! I DID IT!!! I never gave up, and always kept going, and that is what is important!

Anyway, along the way this semester, I have been commuting a lot to school and student teaching, while still working, and I have been listening to audiobooks from the library!  And one of those books was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, which is the first book in the Miss Peregrine series!

From Goodreads:


A mysterious island.  An abandoned orphanage.  A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar.  They may have been dangerous.  They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason.  And somehow -- impossible though it seems -- they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children  will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


My Thoughts:

So before I begin my review, I just want to let everyone who is reading this know that I may be shunned for my answer on what I thought about this book.  Please be nice, once again I must mention this is just what I thought of the story, and it does not mean I am trying to change anyone else's opinion of the story, or make anyone's opinion seem invalid.  This is not fact. Only opinion.

Are you ready for the bombshell?...

I am going to say this very quickly...

I liked the movie better than the book.

I know I know, terrible right?

To be fair, this is not my type of book.  It is very dark, a bit slow in reading, and quite frankly the opposite of what I normally read.  I like my girly-girl romance novels, so to go from that to something that has an almost Stephen King feel...is pretty shocking.

Which is why I thought it might be better to listen to the book via audiobook, instead of reading it.

I did see the movie before reading the book, which might very well be why I have the opinion that  I do.  But let me explain further...

I was not a fan of Jacob.  I do not know if it was the narrator, but all-in-all I do not think so, because I did read part of the book, before ultimately switching to the audiobook.   I have been trying to read that book for well over a year now.

I thought Jacob was a spoiled entitled teenager, which was a huge turn off for me.  I think he is definitely the reason why I had a hard time getting through the book, and to be honest, I even had to switch to music while listening to the audiobook, because I just got tired of listening to him whine.

I know, I know, I am being super critical right now, and probably have a million fans, if they were to hear this, wanting to attack.

HOWEVER, I really do love the idea of this story!  It is such a thrilling, interesting tale that did have me continuing.  The book was obviously much more detailed than the movie, which I loved!  The movie just kept things moving much faster, which helped in my case, because like I said, this just isn't my style of reading.

I do have one other thing that bothered me a little, was it just me or was Miss Peregrine a lot less likable in the book than in the movie?  I feel she, first off, was not as prominent of a character as she was in the movie, which was a little surprising.  I mean, do not get me wrong, she is talked about throughout the book, but she does not appear all that often in my opinion.  However, that may have to do with the slowness of the book.

The slowness, however, did not really throw me off.  It can be expected with the first book in a series, when everyone is being introduced and the storyline is on its start-off.

Anyway overall rating:



It was good, not my style, but still had a good storyline.  Jacob is the ultimate decider on me not giving it four bookies, only because I have no near-by future intention of getting the second one immediately.  I do definitely see the appeal in the series, it is the most unique storyline that I have read-seen in the last few years, and that has me excited and really hoping for the second one to be made into a movie!!

The Romance Bookie

PS:  Again, really hope I did not offend any fans here!! Love you all, and definitely respect other's opinions!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski (Audiobook)

Hey Everyone,

I have another audiobook review for you!  This one was a pretty quick one!

From Goodreads:


Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have). 

We weren't always like this.  We used to be average New York City high school sophomores.  Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects.  Maybe a headache.  Maybe a sore arm.  We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers.  But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking.  Our friends.  Our parents.  Our crushes.  Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy.  That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper.  That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.  

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests.  We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us.  We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs.  We always know what's coming.  Some of us will thrive.  Some of us will crack.

None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex.  We're always listening.


My Thoughts:

I originally read this one as an ARC back in 2014, shortly after it was first released.  I remember liking it just as much as I did this time around!  I really need to read more of Sarah Mlynowski's books!  I have one more of her's right now, Bras and Broomsticks, that I want to listen to as soon as I'm done with the one I started yesterday!  I read Bras and Broomsticks back during my sophomore year of high school I believe, so it has been ten years now!

Anyway, about Don't Even Think About it!  I really liked this audiobook!  Erin Spencer, the narrator of this one, was super good!  She did the voices great, especially since she put in charge of being over a dozen different characters throughout the book!

I found myself busting out laughing multiple times in the car on my to Student Teaching, work, and school.  When hearing Nurse Carmichael's thoughts at the beginning...OMG that was hilarious!

Mackenzie bothered me at times, just because I do not really understand cheaters.  Why they sabotage themselves like that?  But she really did try to make things work out between her and Cooper.

Tess, I liked a lot.  Being in love with your best friend, and hearing his thoughts, especially the thoughts that Teddy was having... That must suck!

Olivia, I loved how she grew over this book!  The telepathy really gave her some much-needed confidence!

It was really just hilarious hearing all the random thoughts going through everyone's minds!  Mainly, because I am sure that is totally what is going on in people's heads!

Overall Rating of the Audiobook:

I definitely recommend this one!  It is a fun easy listening piece, and will have laughing to whatever destination you're headed!

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Winter (#4 in the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer (Audiobook)

Hello Everyone,

Because of my crazy schedule, switching between student teaching, school, and work, I have not had time to pick up a book in months.  I am counting down to when I get start again!  It is looking like towards the end of May, but then it also depends on my sanity at this point, because it is looking a little iffy at this point.  All I know, that this summer better involve some fun and relaxing time!  I am tired!

The only "fun" thing I have been able to do (and that depends on your definition of "fun"), is listen to audiobooks as I commute from home to student teaching, student teaching to work, and then at night make the hour long drive to school.  It has been a nice change, because to be honest as much as I had been a music lover before everything happened in my life, I have had a hard time listening to music since my dad passed away.  So audiobooks have been a nice change!

Anyway, I have been trying to read Winter since Christmas 2015!  Which is when my husband went out of his way, and went on a search to find me the most special edition he could find!  He tried eBay (which had copies on the ups of $400!), obviously we couldn't afford that, but then Barnes and Noble and Walmart only had the basic editions.  But then he went to Target and found a really beautiful edition containing pictures of all the characters inside the book cover.

It has been bumming me out for over a year now that I haven't had time to read Winter, because the Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series!  It is just such an intense series, that you really need to have the concentration in order to read it!  Especially when it is the conclusion to the series!

So anyway, on to my review!

From Goodreads:


Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin.  But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years.  Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?  Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.


My Thoughts:

Wow, just wow! Marissa Meyer seriously knows how to tell a story!  Even if it is a story that has been told over and over again, she is able to put a spin on it, that makes its own unique tale!  Unbelievable!  I am sad that the series has come to an end, but happy to dig into Heartless, which has been sitting on my bookshelf since December (my 2016 Christmas book from my husband 💜).

Princess Winter is an interesting character.  I do not know if she is my favorite, to be honest, that goes to Cinder, but she was a great edition to the Lunar Chronicles.  She and Jacin, who was introduced before, are so sweet together.  Hearing Winter have her episodes was, I know this is weird to say, but good!  Rebecca Soler just sounded like she belonged in a padded room, which was exactly the type of situation Winter's state of mind was in!

My favorite part of this series has always been that we get to hear from all the characters!  Even though Winter is the main characters, I would say at least half the book is still about the others!

Marissa Meyer has put so much detail into this series, and it is honestly so incredible!

Then to the audiobook! OMG I LOVED IT!  Rebecca Soler is SO GOOD!  I am actually planning on borrowing the others from the library, because I had no idea that one person can be so many characters, and be so incredible at it!  Scarlet!  This may sound so silly, because I know that Scarlet is from what we know as France, but hearing Scarlet come alive through Rebecca, was just perfect!  Her voice for Levana...PERFECT!  So creepy!  I loved Fairest, but I am really curious to hear it on audiobook now!

I seriously got the chills listening in the car!

Overall Rating:

Really liked this one! I think one day I will actually read the book, but this was a great way to hear the story!  Normally I have liked to read the book first, and then listen to the audiobook, to get that different point of view, but first off, I am glad that I have been able to finally hear Winter's story, but also that Rebecca Soler was able to bring all these characters alive in such an incredible way!

Definitely recommend this series, and if you do not have the mind set to read, which I can understand, then listen to this audiobook!  I know they are expensive!  But if you go to your local library, they should have it, and if not, be able to order it for you!

Mandy @The Romance Bookie :)