Top Ten Tuesday: Top Mash Ups

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Today’s  topic is top ten mash ups.  To shake things up I’m not only matching authors with other authors, but authors with screen writers as well because why not.

10)Stephenie Meyer and Stephen King: Because it would be a mash up from hell.  Mwhahahahaha.  Come to think of it, the mash up from hell would probably be Stephenie Meyer and EL James (but I don’t want to start the apocalypse with vampires who are obsessed with tampons).  Actually, I’d like to see what King would do to the Twilight characters.  I’m sure if anyone could make them interesting or at least have a crazy clown kill all of them.

9)Ellie Marney, Steven Moffat, and Mark Gatiss: There are so many Dr. Who spinoffs why can’t there be a Sherlock spinoff that’s really an adaptation of Marney’s Every trilogy.  Marney can write a great mystery and you could totally adapt the second book to have Sherlock and Watson meet up with Mycroft and Watts.  Sold, sold, sold.

8)Huntley Fitzpatrick and Sarah Dessen: Because duh.  It would be the contemporary of the ages.

7)Melissa de la Cruz and Ron Carlivati: Because de la Cruz writes soap opera and Carlivati used to write soap operas until he dragged out his story lines for two plus years and ratings tanked.  All kidding aside though, when Carlivati wants to he can write decently (actually he can write pretty good ).  I think if anyone wanted to turn Blue Bloods into a TV show he would be the one to go too.  He’d probably adapt the books into something a little more campy than de la Cruz did-though I really don’t know how much cheesier you can get when you have your 16 year old characters refer to each other as “my love” the point is I think if you had these two collaborate it could be interesting good or not so good.  I’m hoping for good.

6)Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Ally Carter: I think they’re friends IRL, so this could potentially totally happen.  And I wish it would.  At the very least I think there could be a crossover between the Gallagher Girls and The Fixer.

5)Sarah J Maas and Rosamunde Hodge: Because epic fairytale retelling.  That’s why.

4)Lisa Kleypas and Judith McNaught: I’ve been reading a lot of historical romances by these ladies lately.  I enjoy their books, but I feel like both authors are missing something the other has down pact.  Why not combine the two?

3)JK Rowling and Marissa Meyer: Because book would be total boss.  Both the authors excel in world building and I would read anything by both of them.  Though I know it’s sort of a weird pick since cyborgs and wizards are two completely different things.  Though Cinder has mind magic (sort of, it’s really bio electricity).

2)Jane Austen and Any Historical Romance Novelist: Hey, there was nothing on this list that I couldn’t feature a dead author.  I think it would be hilarious to see how Austen would react to a modern day regency novel.  Especially the sex scenes.  But what would be even better would be a collaboration of old and new, I would totally eat up a book like that.  Oh yeah, we get Austen retellings but they just lack the magic that an actual Austen novel has.

1)Meg Cabot and Amy Sherman Palladino: I would kill for a book or a TV show collaboration form these two.  I think there are plenty of Cabot books already perfect for collaboration.  Queen of Babble, I think would be a nice choice.  Of course, Lizzie movies to New York City and that’s a little bit different than Stars Hollow but I can imagine the snappy dialogue  and how Sherman Palladino could flesh out the side characters.  Teen Idol would also be a good one to expand on and bonus that it has the small town setting.   Heck, they could even pay Meg Cabot to be a consult for an entire new project with Palladino and it would be killer.



If Jane Austen Met a Hot Gambler: Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

She stood at danger’s threshold—then love beckoned her in.

In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Feilding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven—and into Derek Craven’s dangerous world.

A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from poverty to become lord of London’s most exclusive gambling house—a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world—with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress—and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion…and the promise of love.

Source: GoodReads

This book could also be known  as Jane Austen Did Have a Happily Ever After and Married a Reform Rouge.

Okay, Sara is not exactly Jane Austen.  Instead of writing witty commentaries on society, she writes gritty books about undesirables that might even have Dickens blush.  And she’s out researching a novel-because unlike certain authors she doesn’t rely on Wikipedia as her only source material (Not that there was Wikipedia back in her day) and ends up saving super hot and rich Derek.

Of course, things develop from there.

But first Derek and Sara have to deal with obstacles.

And while the obstacles in romances always annoy me to some degree, I couldn’t help but swoony at them throughout it.

Lisa Kleypas is one of those authors I can usually count on for a solid experience.  Some of her books are better than others, but none of them I’ve read so far have been bad.

This one while not the best Kleypas’s book I ever read, was thoroughly enjoyable.  The characters were richly described.  Particularly, Derek.  The side characters also held my interest enough where I’ll probably-okay, I know-I’ll be indulging in their stories later (I bought a lot of Kleypas’s books on Amazon a couple of weeks ago).

The characters also deviated enough from the typical Regency stereotypes which made it more enjoyable.  I liked that Derek was a self made man-something you hardly ever see in these books and that Sara wasn’t a the stereotypical pathetic spinster.

Instead, she was a kick ass activist with a pistol.

The characters themselves were stellar.

The plot.


It was just sort of stagnant, while there was more excitement than Again the Magic, the villain though annoyed me.

I just really expected more from Kleypas than to use that trope of all things. I just didn’t like how one note that villain and it made what was a good book a bit over dramatic.

Still though, Dreaming of You is probably one of the better historical romances I’ve read recently. I liked the characters and their backstories, and their romance was charming.  I just wish there wasn’t that over the top melodramatic villain.

Overall Rating: A solid B.

Top Ten Things I Need to STOP Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Habits are hard to break. Here are ten bookish habits I need to stop.


I need to quit this series and I need to quit this author.  I think I outgrown de la Cruz’s book and it just seems like they’ve gotten progressively worse.  You really see that as the Blue Blood saga progresses and don’t get me started on that sad excuse of a New Adult book that came out last year.


Over hyped books.  I was really looking forward to this book because of it’s blurb and early reviews, but it was not living up to what I wanted.  Sad thing is, there are ton of books like this.  And trying to avoid over hyped books is hard to


Binge reading series/authors/etc.  I like binge reading too much for a blogger.  I feel like to have a successful blog, you need to have variety.  But once I get started reading something I can’t stop.  My latest obsession is Kleypas’s historical romances.  So freaking good.


Guilty pleasure authors.  Claudia Gray is perfect by any means, but I’ll gobble up anything she writes.  I just love how cheesy her books are.  And I shouldn’t, I really shouldn’t.  I should look at the faults more critically but….


Auto buy authors.  As good as some authors are there might be a book or two from their list that won’t gel for me.  I think it’s very important, in the future, for me to review the premises and if I’m not 100% sure about in the book in the future either library it or pass.


Reading phases.  I usually tend on reading a ton of one genre until I get burned out. Case in point YA fantasy.

4) The Amazon One Click button.  Which basically accounts for about 80% of the books I’ve purchased and almost all of the I should’ve have purchased it books.


Synergy products.  I have to say, the above book looks like it might be really good.  I like Once Upon a Time and Ruby is one of the better character so I should be interested in this.  But after that disastrous A Whole New World, I am steering clear of synergy products.


Blind reads.  I always, always, need to check out reviews.  Sure, there’s an appeal of doing a blind read BUT when I actually end up reading the blind read I’m a little less than impressed especially when a book that looks so cool ends up being a turd (like the above featured book).


Kill the cat reads (because the curiosity of these books only attracts cats).  Books like Collen Houcks’s, The Cast duo, Alexandra Adornetto, etc. should have warning labels on them.  Readers like yours truly, should know better but for some inexplicable reason I-and others still read them. Regretting each and every painful reading experience.

Dead on Arrival: Dead Upon A Time by Elizabeth Paulson

It’s a fairy-tale nightmare . . .

One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she’s given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles — and if she pricks her finger, she’ll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . .

A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate’s world. She’s not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother’s house in the woods — and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can’t get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what’s happened.

Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention — even though the girl’s stepmother would rather he didn’t. It’s up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that’s far from happy.

Source: GoodReads

Ugh, just ugh.

Look at that beautiful cover.  Look at this promising verb.  Don’t buy the book.

It’s a horrid April Fool’s joke on some pathetic publisher’s behalf.

The book was incredibly short, only a little bit over two hundred pages, yet I barely made it through sixty pages.  I think this is one book that was in the wrong medium, Paulson’s writing was such where I think it might’ve connected better as a TV piece instead of a book.  Because as the way it was written, I couldn’t connect to any of the characters and only had a vague sense of what was going on.

But look at that cover.


Look at that premises.

Kick ass.

The actual book though is terrible.

So freaking bad on so many levels.

Maybe bad isn’t the world, dull probably is the best descriptor.  Because in the sixty pages that I read I couldn’t connect or really feel anything for the book.

Even writing a review is difficult.

The thing is I get that I’m not going to be happy with every book I read, but usually I’m going to expect some sort of feeling or connection to said manuscript.

I got nothing here.

Instead, I got a vague narrative with vague character development in the third person.

I have a weird relationship with third person, I either love it when it’s used or hate it.  This is one of the cases where I hate it.  The writing just lacked any aspect of voice, and I really didn’t know much about these characters other than their names.

The main character, Kate, I think is suppose to be Little Red Riding Hood.  And the only reason I know that is her last name’s hood, she’s visiting her grandma, and she meets up with some sort of wolf guy.

That’s it.

Oh, and the sort of wolf guy is the love interest.  But it really doesn’t make any sense.

If you like fairytales, just don’t bother with this one.  You’d be better off reading The Lunar Chronicles, Cruel Beauty or Crown of Thorns and Roses.  Don’t let the fabulous premises and cover fool you.

Overall Rating: A DNF with an emphasis on F.  Nothing remarkable, redeemable, or even note worthy about this blah book.

Sleepy and Gina for the Win: Reunion by Meg Cabot

Accidents happen. With ghostly consequences, if you’re Susannah Simon.

The RLS Angels are out for blood, and only Suze can stop them – since she’s the only one who can see them. The four ghostly teenagers died in a terrible car accident, for which they blame Suze’s classmate Michael… and they’ll stop at nothing until he’s joined them in the realm of the dead.

As Suze desperately fends off each attempt on Michael’s life, she finds she can relate to the Angels’ fury. Because their deaths turn out not to have been accidental at all. And their killer is only too willing to strike again.

Source: GoodReads

What I Remember:

When I first read this I was sort of in a rush, but there were a few things that stuck out.  One being the relationship between Suze’s NYC bestie, Gina, and her stepbrother, Sleepy.  I shipped them oddly enough and they were a background relationship.  Also, I loved the action scenes in this book.  Although, this isn’t the zenith of action for this series (that alone goes to book four), this one does have a few good ghost busting moments.  And I was entranced enough to get through it without  my eyes wondering to the last book.


Reunion holds up pretty well, but it is a filler book.  It really isn’t until the fourth book in this series that things start moving for the overall series arc.

Although, there is more Suze and Jesse development.  So, yay on that front.

To be honest, books 1-3 follow a similar format.  Suze attracts the eye of a guy who is somehow being haunted or  knows someone who’s being haunted.

In this book it’s Michael Meducci who I always view as Michael Moscovtiz evil twin who is less sexy  but probably just as nerdy that ends up killing Josh Ritcher.

Okay, that didn’t happen in The Princess Diaries.  Though, it could’ve if Meg Cabot wanted to sort of make in like The Heathers.

Weird digression aside, it’s interesting in this book that the hot guy Suze has to watch over isn’t really that hot-unless he’s not wearing any clothes.  And is borderline creepy.

Another bonus to this book, was the introduction of Gina.  Who is one of my favorite side characters.  And I really did like the side ship with her and Sleepy.  She’s the reason I tolerate that stepbrother.  I like Doc too.  Never really grew to like Dopey though, but I think that’s the typical feeling.

Anyway, Gina has some great lines in this installment.  Some of my favorite, involved her reacting to Kelly Prescott’s proposed tank policy against China.  Why I find it hilarious, upon reread is the ridiculous election that’s going on in the US right now.  Seriously, I felt that every ludicrous thing Kelly Prescott said was akin to something The Donald would say.

As far as filler books go, I found this one a little bit more tolerable than Ninth Key not that Ninth Key is bad, it’s just definite filler.

Overall Rating: A B+.

Top Ten Books If You Like Meg Cabot

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Okay, I recently read the Mediator series again by Meg Cabot-I binge read it, but will still be reviewing my  reread month to month.  And when I saw this topic-recommending ten books based on a popular author.  I thought why not use Meg Cabot.  I have all of her books, and her stuff overarches on a lot of genres (save for dystopia, but I’m not a dystopia fan so that really doesn’t matter).

Here’s the deal, when I suggest a book I’m going to make a note in my comments what Cabot book it reminds me of.  So, you can go from there.


I still need to read the companion book to this one which features LBGT couple, BUT the first book perfect for fans of Teen Idol.  Dahlia has wit that’s similar to Cabot, and bonus points is that she’s hilarious on Twitter IRL.


If you like Meg’s Princess Diaries or All-American girl book, you should give this book a try.  It’s like if those two books had a baby that was just as awesome as they were.  Bonus points is it’s sort of like that Colin Firth movie, What a Girl Wants.


Rose Hathaway eerily reminds me of Suze Simon.  I think it’s that these two characters are both full of confidence, are into older men, and aren’t opposed to using their fists to get what they want.   Rose’s fashion tastes though needs a little work.


This book oddly reminds me of Meg’s boy books, since many of the conversations take place in email.


Meg’s Pants on Fire involves a beauty competition much like Dumplin’ both books though are more than just beauty contests.


There is just something that is Meg Cabot-y about Stephanie Perkins’s writing.  I chose Anna and the French Kiss for this list because it shares some elements that Meg Cabot’s adult book Queen of Babble has-main character going abroad to France specifically.  Except Anna takes place in Paris not in rural France which is sort of awesome.


If Princess Mia’s wedding wasn’t enough for you.  The Royal We is basically a fictionalized version of Princess Kate’s wedding to Prince William.  Since I love royal weddings even when they don’t involve Mia this is a must read.


Miss Mia’s early days, Holly Smalle’s geek turned model series reminds me of early Mia before she matured.  And I guess Airhead in a sense too that it involves models.


The Abandon trilogy involves Greek mythology as does the Sweet Venom series.  Both of the series involve characters who find themselves in a difficult place and their worlds not surprisingly thrown upside down.  While there is almost a bit of a Greek Mythology sub genre in YA, I chose Childs’ trilogy because there’s a light Meg Cabot vibe to it despite the darkness.


Another book involving royal weddings because when in doubt…

A Whole New Turd (or Synergy!): A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

Source: GoodReads

If you ever read fan fiction you’ll inevitably come across the practically plagiarized fic where the only thing original about said fan fic from cannon is its disclaimer.

This book is much like that fic.  Okay, it eventually does diverge from cannon but that’s when things get really bad.

It’s too bad that Agrabah doesn’t have an official cocktial because I’d so make myself one now.  I’m thinking for this book I need something pretty strong.  A vodka tonic might do the job.

Or maybe a good sidecar.  Can’t go wrong there.  Taste like battery acid, those do.  And that’s sort of what I need after this book.  Something to get the bad taste of forced synergy out of my mouth.

Currently synergy is a big thing for Disney.  Look at Once Upon a Time-or how many Disney movies that aren’t even fairytales can we stuff into an hour of programming .  I like Once a lot, but sometimes I just roll my eyes at the Mouse doing some very obvious self marketing.

This book was like Once Upon a Time’s infusion of Frozen last season.  Good on paper, but epic fail.  A lot of it was that it didn’t try to deviate from cannon at all. The first hundred pages are basically a novelization of the Aladdin but with horrible purple prose.

Just look at the opening paragraph:

A High White Moon cast its light on the city below as brightly as the sun was said to shine in northern countries.  White mud-brick buildings gleamed like pebbles form a faraway beach.  The golden onion domes on the capital glittered like a dream against the pale dunes and the dark, starry void. (1)

You could’ve condensed this into something like this:The moon cast a light on the city below.  It flickered on the white brick buildings and the dome of the capital.

Okay, you could probably eliminate said paragraph in its entirety to be honest.  But I was trying to be nice here.

Screw this book.

It doesn’t deserve nice.

It is a blatant attempt to cash in on a popular 90’s film and recent broadway show.  However, instead of showing me a whole new world it showed me that Disney could make a whole new turd on once fabulous merchandise.

The cover is wonderful too, really this book does not deserve a cover.


The thing about trying novelize a Disney novel, is that you can’t do a blow by blow play of the movie when the character are pretty flat-to be fair to the movie it was only a little over an hour long and it had Robin Williams as the Genie so that helped some of the flatness.

Speaking of the genie, when the book went AU his lines were probably some of the most painful.  It’s sad how a bad book is yet another painful reminder of how great the late comedian was.  The lines that Braswell wrote were just bad.  I even tried to think of Robin saying them.  And no, just no.

I didn’t stick around to the end.  Mainly because I didn’t see a point.  There was no great deviation from the source material till the AU and once it hit the AU…..well, The Return of Jafar was written better.  And we all know that was a direct to video Disney sequel (which Steve Jobs ex-nayed because they were so bad, BTW).

Overall Rating: A  DNF with an F.  Disney you should think about making sure your synergy is of quality.


Elementary Did It Already: Lock and Mori by Heather Perry



FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

Source: GoodReads

I enjoyed the book.  The thing is though, it’s not a good Sherlock retelling.

Because this Sherlock does not have a clue.

The mystery also was very easy to solve and not that very difficult either.  I figured it out  at the funeral after the first murder.  And it didn’t take that much skill to figure out.

I could be generous.

I could say that I solved the mystery because all those hours of playing Nancy Drew made me a sassy detective, but no.  It was a fairly obvious mystery.

One that Mr. Holmes should’ve easily deduced.

But he didn’t.

Instead, he acted like a lovelorn teen for most of this book.  Okay, with some oddities about him.  But this wasn’t the Sherlock that I’m used too.

And the thing is, I know retellings can take a lot of different directions, BUT you have to keep some of the core aspects true.  And one of the core aspects of Sherlock Holmes is he doesn’t get moony eyed by a girl.

Or should I say moony eyed in the way where he looses track of a case.

It was really shameful.

All Sherlock comparisons aside though, I did enjoy this one in a guilty pleasure type of way.  Mori was an interesting character to explore and I’m looking forward to her descent into sociopath-dum.   And I did like her relationship with Lock even though Sherlock was acting way OOC.

That’s the thing, for me to enjoy this one, I had to ignore the fact that it was a retelling.

The mystery, as I said before, really wasn’t much.  Maybe this was because it was in Mori’s viewpoint, not Sherlock or Watson’s where the mystery is the primary focus on the story.  Here it was more or less Mori making some choices that are probably going to effect her life later down the road.

Also, I liked the fact that this book focused on an abusive family.  It’s something you don’t see often in YA.  While there were times I was inwardly shuddering, I think Perry did a pretty good job depicting what is an awful situation.  Of course, Mori’s situation is more dramatic than most.’

In the end, I really can’t say what it is about this one.  By all accounts, I shouldn’t like it.  It is a horrible retelling.  However, I do like villain origin stories and was surprising shipping this ill fated couple.  Who knows, maybe it will deviate from cannon and work out for them.

Okay, maybe it’s hopeful thinking that things will go AU from this gif.

Regardless, this is going to probably be a guilty pleasure series of mine.


Overall Rating: B-


The TBR Pile: October is the Month of Puppies

I’m getting two puppies this month.

Yes, two puppies of the Chihuahua persuasion.  Their names are Pinky and Brainie.  After the cartoon Pinky and the Brain.  They’ll be living with my mother until I take the bar in this God forsaken state.  But I am so excited about flying home and meeting them this month.



In the meantime here are the books that I currently have scheduled on my reading list or preordered for the next month.


Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown: WWI is a period in history I don’t know as much about as I want and one of the things I love about reading is you learn stuff, which is why I’m interested in picking this one up.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch: I was tepid about this series, but I’m willing to continue on.  But something needs to happen in this one that sets it apart from other high fantasies.

Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted: A political Rom Com that does NOT star Donald Trump-thank God.  Though, that would be a hilarious YA book if it was about the child of a Trump like character who was embarrassed with all of the offensive things her dad says to the media that she decides to get emancipated and move to Mongolia to live in a yurt.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: I don’t know why I’m reading this.  I can’t stand Harco  (Harry/Draco) slash, which is what Simon and Baz basically is. Because how Harry and Draco would be together, because Draco is a dick, doesn’t make sense. But I’m curious, okay.

Illuminae by Aimee Kauffman and Jay Kristoff: I read an except of this and I am so interested in finding out more.  It’s told in a series of memos, and notes and stuff.  And I love that sort of format

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl: Duh.

Spinning Starlight by RC Lewis: I oddly grew to like Stitching Snow a lot more post read, so I am excited about this book.

 A Thousand Nights by Emily Kate Johnston: Another retelling.

Scheduled Reads:

Reunion by Meg Cabot: This is the thrid book in the Mediator series.  It’s more or less another filler book in the series, but I remember having a fondness for it.  And bonus points for me, is that I already finished reading it.

Until You by Judith McNaughtI am going to be reading historicals and adult romance from time to tie.  I’m trying to schedule it out.  So this one is on the list for next month.

Blood and Salt  by Kim Liggett: Because it looks like the perfect book to read around Halloween.

Most Anticipated Read:

Because Black Widow.   She has gotten so shafted in the movie verse.  Hopefully, her book won’t suck.

EW: A Kiss at Midnight Eloisa James

Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince… and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancee, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’tlove her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble…

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune…

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.

Source: GoodReads


Just ew.

I hated this book.

The good news is I got it very cheap, the bad news in the words of the great Gordon Ramsay it sucked Donkey’s balls.

To sum up this book you could make a drinking game whenever any of the following things are mentioned/happened:

  1. Kate tells us how she’s so unattractive because she’s skinny/old/tan/etc. (this happens around  5k times throughout the novel)
  2. Kate slut slams her half sister (about 1k times)
  3. Kate wears a wig (oh, a good three hundred and some odd times).  You can vary shots on this one depending on the color of the wig-the more audacious the color the more fancy the cocktail can be.
  4. Anytime, the prince comes up with a lame excuse why he can’t be with Kate(pretty much anytime save for the last chapter).
  5. A conflict is solved with little to no fall out (the entire book)
  6. Kate becomes miraculously beautiful or is told she’s beautiful and instantly rebuffs it

Based on this impromptu drinking game I made it, it’s very obvious this book was grating to me.

To be fair, I read it in the course of another very boring work day where I had nothing to do because I reviewed my notary chapters and I can’t calculated the figures yet for the report I’m working on.  So…reading time.


Until you read crap like this.

I purchased this book because I read somewhere it was nominated for some award and was fairly cheap.  I don’t know how this got nominated for an award because it was awful.  The characters were flat, I didn’t really get the conflict, and any semblance of a plot there was was pretty much resolved with no freaking fall out save for a rushed explanation in the epilogue.

Epic suckage.

The sex scenes even felt lifeless.  Grant it, in historicals I usually skim them anyway-because the imagery is more often than not painful-BUT in this one those scenes were more or less an afterthought.

To be honest, I didn’t think the characters liked each other enough to have sex.

The plot, also was a hot mess.  There was no logic at all holding it together.  I didn’t get how this scheme was suppose to work, or why the sister’s boyfriend was in on it.

It didn’t make sense.  Let alone, why the Idiot’s (hero) approval was needed.

Yes, he was a prince.  But they downplay that a LOT through the novel.

While this wasn’t offensive in a way a old fashion 70’s or 80’s bodice ripper would’ve been, it’s its own brand of offensive.   It’s the sort of book that thinks their readers are raging idiots.  I understand that sometime that you have to stretch you imagination to believe that some things in a book can/have happened, but this was just ridiculous.  The author was just plain lazy.

Look, I’m going to advise you to pass on this one.  I feel like it got way more recognition then it really deserved.

Overall Rating: A big fat F.