Better Known as the Unauthorized Fan Fic of the Windsor Middleton Wedding: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

In their first adult novel, authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan take on a story of romance and rivalries inspired by today’s most talked-about royal couple: Will and Kate. 

If I’m Cinderella today, I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy-tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess. But it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall – and thus Bex who accidentally finds herself in love with the eventual heir to the British throne. Nick is everything she could have imagined, but Prince Nicholas has unimaginable baggage: grasping friends, a thorny family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a native. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex reflects on what she’s sacrificed for love — and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.

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The Royal We is by the Fug Girls who have wrote a couple of hilarious YA books before.  So, of course I had to request the book.  And thank the Netgalley gods I got approved.

While the Royal Wedding might’ve been so 2011, it’s actually a trend in adult books these days.  Okay, not really a trend.  But there’s a few books about princesses and I’m willing to eat them up. Most of them don’t feature Prince William or a non-balding version of Prince Will like this book does.

See so emulating them on the cover. Except they gave Nick Harry hair.

The Royal We is a fun book.  Fun is the best way to describe it.  You know what you’re getting into-basically a more dramatic version of William and Kate, but it doesn’t matter.  You want to read all about how Bex gets to become a princess and read about both of the royal brothers.

Though, it might be just me but Team Freddie all the way.  I liked Nick, but the Freddie character is way more developed and I was sort of hoping that there would be a surprised twist that the queen wouldn’t have approved of in the end.

I was wrong.

There was nothing really unpredictable about The Royal We.  Pretty everything could be sum up by the cover of the book.  True, the end took a bit of an unexpected turn but it wasn’t that unexpected.

This is by itself purely a fluff read.  The romance between Nick and Bex is fairly realistic.  There is no insta love and there are consequences for action.  It reads like reality, or as real as becoming a princess is going to be.

It’s sort of surprising to me that the romance was portrayed in such a realistic way, while other aspects of the book were anything but realistic.

Most notably, the amount of drinking that went on in this book.  It’s like they’re constantly reading The House of Night series.  If that was the case most of them would be dead or in need of a liver transplant, but the drinking was just viewed as a normal part of these characters lives.

And apparently, they could jet set drink a gallon of Jack and hold down a job in the UK.  Oh, and get a degree from Oxford while drunk.

I wish I could be that productive.

Alas, I can barely write a review when tipsy.

Besides, the amount of unrealistic binge drinking that went on.  There were also a few plot points that I just had to be like come on.

Most likely the whole subplot surrounding Nick’s mother.  Really, no one spilled that secret for twenty years?  You’d think Majesty Magazine would’ve bribed someone.

Besides, those it’s so unrealistic my eyeballs are about to fall out moments, I liked this one.  It was a good escape novel.  I really felt like Bex was a bit of the Every American Girl, so you had the sense that this book could happen to you.

The ending was a little rushed, which is a problem I’ve had with other books by the Fug Girls. It was just abrupt and things came to a screeching halt.  The conflict with the antagonist really wasn’t even dealt with.    Maybe they’re figuring on doing a companion sequel like they did with their YA book, but it really felt almost undone.

Still enjoyable though.

People who devour Majesty Magazine and got way too involved with the Royal Wedding hoopla, will enjoy The Royal We.  Hence, why I am keeping my pre-order and giving it to my sister as a birthday gift….okay, maybe I’m keeping it for myself.

Overall Rating: A solid B.

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I Want It Now: Books that are Slowly Driving Me Insane

 

In Which I talk about Books I desperately want NOW!:

 

 

What Is It About:

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

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Why I Need This Book: Netgalley had an excerpt available and it was just amazing.  I really like Perkins writing and it’s just been too long since I’ve read something by her.  Plus, New York and Paris.  That alone makes me interested.

 

 

 

What Is It About:

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

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Why I Need This Book:  Genies.  Well, jinnis.  But seriously.  This is a paranormal lore/creature that YA has not exploited yet.  And as an added bonus there’s diversity in this book.  I also read an excerpt and God.  The world building looks damn interesting.

What is It About:

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

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Why I Need This Book: Fairytale rellings and me are like this.  This one looks really interesting because I haven’t seen a lot of Snow White retellings.  Albeit, this isn’t going to be the first one that takes place in space (cough, Winter, cough)

 

What’s It About:
Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

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Why I Need This Book: Stacey Jay’s Of Beast and Beauty is probably one of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings I’ve read.  While Sleeping Beauty isn’t one of my favorite fairytales, the blurb makes this one sound great (I think it’s the added addition of a Mulan plot twist).  Got to love gender bending.

 

What’s It About:

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The NutcrackerWinterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

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Why I Need This: The freaking Nutcracker.  Maybe it’s because I grew up around musicians, but I love the ballet.  So much that I have a Nutcracker themed Christmas tree at the holidays.  I should point out though that the ballet is actually based off of a book where some pretty gross things happen (i.e. child marriage).  Hopefully, this book won’t be that gross.