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Princess in Practice by Connie Glynn

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★★★★

From Connie Glynn comes the second book of the Rosewood Chronicles – Princess in Practice, and it is the adventure of a lifetime that we all have been waiting for. If you thought Undercover Princess was amazing – you will definitely love its sequel.

”Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

The story continues where it left off, with Ellie, Lottie and Jamie settling after the adventurous ending and getting ready for their second year in Rosewood. With the new school year starting, their enemies are on the rise again, plotting their new actions, and Lottie and Jamie are more than ready to protect their princess.

But as always, things are not as easy as they seem, and they never suspect that danger will be so close to them, now more than ever.

I loved that Lottie has her moment with her old best friend, when she visits the hometown, and tells him all about the princess world. It was soothing to know that she still cares about him, and always will, despite their lives being very different now.

Throughout the book, we don’t see any romantic scenes, but we do have a lot of subtle talks about them. I really loved the romance between Anastacia and Saskia. Maybe not the romance itself actually, because to be honest, as much as I love the author, she doesn’t have a skill set for writing romance. What I did love, was the dedication of the couple to stay together and what Saskia would do and sacrifice, just for the person she loves.

I was very upset with the author trying so hard to make Lottie and Ellie a couple. Yes, we know lesbian relationships are against the rules in the kingdom and Ellie’s father would be furious to find out. But Lottie had such a nice slow-burn romance going with Jamie, getting to know him and all. They even reminded me of Dimitri and Rose from Vampire Academy. They have a thing, and the author ruined it with trying to convince me Lottie likes girls. Well, I am not convinced. I already have my favourite girl couple, and it’s not Lottie and Ellie.

Princess in Practice was a better-written book than Undercover Princess in my opinion.

If I had to choose though, I would still prefer the first book, because of the whole set up. The friendship stories were better and even the villains were better in the previous book.

The villains we had in this book were plain, without a character, and I simply did not care about any of them. Even that last chapter, with the mysterious leader that stands behind everything, all I could feel was – MEH!

When it comes to the friendship, and the wider team that helps these three main characters, we didn’t really get to know them much more than we did from the previous book. My favourite was and will stay Raphael, who always makes me laugh.

”What? Why don’t I get to be a plus-one?” Raphael maned, tutting. 

”Because, Raphael,” Anastacia mocked, ”you’re not a trained bodyguards, nor are you a princess.”

To conclude, I loved reading Princess in Practice. It had a nice overall story and it was very easy to read. I will definitely be waiting for the third book to come out and will be desperate to read it! A great book during the summer period for sure. If you love princesses – that is 🙂

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The Serpent’s Mark by S.W. Perry

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DNF

The first book in 2019 that I didn’t manage to finish is The Serpent’s Mark by S.W. Perry.

I am sad and disappointed. If you know me, you will know how I don’t want to leave things unfinished, especially when reading books. I want to finish every book I read, so I can have a thorough opinion and valid comments.

I stopped reading this book at page 75, which is very early days, but I just couldn’t continue because of a few points.

Before I start, I need to mention all the things that attracted me to this book in the first place. I love mysteries, and this book promised conspiracy, murder and espionage in Elizabethan London. It is set in the year 1591, where a doctor is investigated of his questionable practices. This was, by itself a promising start. And if you haven’t seen the beautiful cover already, please do. It’s art to have this book on your shelves.

However, while reading those 75 pages, I haven’t encountered any murder. Conspiracy and espionage maybe, but it is so subtle, that everything else comes in first place, while I am here, flipping pages and desperately waiting for something to happen.

A book that contains a lot of politics and religion in a same chapter is just not the book for me. As a person that moved into the UK, I know a little bit about politics and not much about history politics, but I am also not very interested in it either. Documentaries, yes – but books for pleasure, not quite so much. This book was over-flooding with politics and religion, and it is something I just couldn’t put past me. After deciding to DNF it, I also realized that it was a second book of a series, but can also be read as a standalone.

I wish I enjoyed it, but I just couldn’t. However, if the book seems like something you might enjoy, please go for it, read it, and let me know how it went. We all have different tastes in book – and that’s OKAY! 🙂

Thank you to ReadersFirst, a UK based website that sends me books every month in exchange for my honest reviews. What you do it absolutely amazing!

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Down The TBR Hole #35 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Hi Everyone! I have new set of books this weekend, and I can’t wait to decide whether I’m keeping or removing them.

Welcome to the 35th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

How Down the TBR Hole works: 

❤ 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ 2. Order on ascending date added.
❤ 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

This doesn’t seem like something I would enjoy right now. I am letting it go.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I am not sure. I am like, yes, and then no. And when I doubt, there is only one choice – it has to go. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have doubted in the first place.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1) by L. J. Smith

I loved, loved, loved the TV Show when it aired a couple of years ago. And I remember then how bad I wanted to have and read the books. I still don’t have them, and I still haven’t read them, but I will. I definitely will do soon.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R. R. Martin

The glorious ”A Song Of Ice and Fire”! I own the whole collection, and need to read it ASAP! Did you guys watched the last season of the TV Show of Game of Thrones? What a disappointing ending is all I’ll say. Let me know in the comments what you thought. No Spoilers, of course 😉

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) by Laura Sebastian

I will definitely read this one, and soon. I love everything about it, and the book cover I have also has a little gap in the middle, so you can actually see where the fire is carved. Amazing!

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Looking for Alaska by John Green

I love reading John Green. He always sets me in such a chill mood, thinking about my life. I own this one and it’s sitting on my shelves. Should I pick it up soon?

Verdict: KEEP ☑

FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven

A violent book that is a mix of The Hunger Games and Battle Royale. I want it! So bad…

Verdict: KEEP ☑

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black

I loved The Cruel Prince so much, and I still don’t know how in the world I still don’t own The Wicked King. I need it!!!

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Alexander: Child of a Dream (Aléxandros, #1) by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

As a Macedonian, Alexander the Great is a proud part of my history, and I have always admired what he did while he was so young. I have read ”Spartan” by the same author and fell in love with the style of writing. When I found out this series existed, I knew I had to read it!

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Alienated: Grounded At Groom Lake by Jeff Norton

An interesting children’s book of alien high-school. I won this as a giveaway and will definitely be reading it soon!

Verdict: KEEP ☑

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI only removed 2 books this time. When it comes to genres I love, I have a weakness. I currently have 370 books on my TBR list. This is how my TBR list looks now.

Which books would you keep or remove? Let me know in the comments.

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His Frozen Heart by Georgia Le Carre

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★★★★

His Frozen Heart pulled me into an idyllic winter paradise and made me want to cuddle up with a warm blanket and a hot chocolate in my bed.

This is the most romantic novel by Georgia Le Carre I have read so far. Don’t you worry, the steamy scenes are there too, but for the first time, they are not the main focus of the book.

Cade lives alone on the mountain side. He is there to escape both his reality and his troubled past. When a woman crashes her car and a blizzard is coming up, she needs to spend a few days in his cottage.

Sometimes, you only need a few days with a person to know whether they are right for you. What begins as a lust turns into a deep relationship, full of love and caring.

But with an unexpected twist, I started doubting everything I had read and all the characters involved. With an even more unexpected ending, I felt so disappointed…

When you find out a dark secret that makes you double-check your feelings, you need to talk to the other person. You need to get face to face and bloody talk. No matter your decision, whether you’re going to stay or go. No matter if you have already made your mind, you need to say something. If nothing is said, how can it be a happy ending?

Despite the ending though, and my emotional reaction, this is so far the most thrilling book I read by this author. Unpredictable and satisfying, she did manage to keep me on my toes, and actually managed to get me to care about the characters.

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Down The TBR Hole #34 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Hi Everyone! Sorry I am late and posting this on a Sunday night – but hey, yesterday in the UK we had the hottest day of the year. I wasn’t sure if we are ever getting the sun again, so I had to make the most of it! 🙂

Welcome to the 34th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

How Down the TBR Hole works: 

❤ 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ 2. Order on ascending date added.
❤ 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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Model Spy (The Specialists, #1) by Shannon Greenland

This reminds me of Ally Carter’s ”I’d Tell You I Love You but then I’d Have to Kill You”. I loved that book… I am not sure what to do, but I do think I will pass on this one.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Not quite sure about this one…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Wife Before Me by Laura Elliot

A thriller about which I was very hyped when it came out, and then my friends were disappointed. And now, time has passed and I am not that fussed about it anymore?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1) by Veronica Roth

I am not sure about the synopsis, but it is the writer of Divergent, so I am having trouble deciding. I think I should pass. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Blood Symbols by Izak Botha

I won Blood Symbols as a giveaway, and if you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I always try and read all the books given to me. I will keep this one, because it somehow reminds me of Dan Brown’s type of books on the first sight, and I am eager to read more.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Raven’s Gate (The Gatekeepers, #1) by Anthony Horowitz

I bought this whole series at a work event, and I still haven’t started it. I love the synopsis, but especially I love the art on the cover.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

You have all heard about Wonder. The only reason I still haven’t watched the movie is because I own the book and should read it soon. I will definitely read it this summer!

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara

This was my birthday gift to myself, as I love camper vans and I am dreading for a road tour adventure. I need to read it as soon as possible!

Verdict: KEEP ☑

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1) by Rin Chupeco

This book was recommended to me by Mel from Meltotheany, when we were talking on Instagram on how to pronounce the name Tea, as that’s my sister’s name. Mel said there an awesome series with Tea being the main character, and I just have to read it! 

Verdict: KEEP ☑

The Children of Men by P. D. James

A dystopian world where children don’t exist and the last generation of people are infertile adults. I would love to see how this has been executed!

Verdict: KEEP ☑

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI only removed 4 books this time around and currently have 365 books on my TBR list. This is how my TBR list looks now.

Which books would you keep or remove? Let me know in the comments.

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