Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

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★★★★★

I am lucky to have the best sister ever, who keeps giving me books I love! She gave me Undercover Princess for my birthday back in November last year, and I finally managed to get to it. Thank you, sis!

Even though Undercover Princess has great resemblance to The Princess Diaries and The Princess Protection Program, this book is unique in its own way, and the story is very different and positively surprising. I was in love with the characters and loved this book a lot. I will definitely be reading the second book of the series!

The story focuses on two main characters:

  • Lottie Pumpkin – the ordinary girl

  • Ellie Wolf – the princess

And I wish it was all so easy. But you see, Lottie is an ordinary girl, she grew up in England and her mother passed away when she was little. Before she passes away, she gives Lottie a tiara for her birthday and makes her promise that she will always be brave. Lottie’s only goal in life is to attend Rosewood Hall, no matter what. And she makes it, with a scholarship.

On the other side, we have Ellie, the princess of Maradova. All she ever wants to be is ordinary, but she is surrounded by servants and shiny items. She wants to go to Rosewood Hall, only to avoid all her royal duties. And the only way of her parents letting this happen is if she attends the college undercover.

Then we have these two girls being roommates. A rumour spreads around the school and everyone thinks that Lottie is the princess. And in this whole mystery, the real princess is in danger, but no one must know that the real princess is Ellie. And this is only the beginning.

The story is full of adventures and hilarious scenes, where we see Lottie and Ellie building their friendship, and trying to figure out the mystery behind all the threats they are receiving, all while they attend classes and go to parties like ordinary college girls.

While they play this game of swapping identities, they realise that this is more than a game, it is a lifestyle. And if Lottie is the undercover princess, she has to do everything to protect the real princess and her identity. Is this what she really wants? Is their friendship worth it?

There was a LGBT reference with a couple in this book, and maybe it was me, but I could also see a few sparks between Lottie and Ellie. I honestly expected something to happen between Lottie and Ellie’s bodyguard. There were sparks though, so perhaps in the next book? I loved how the partially-romantic scenes were building up to the real moment and made me want to read more. The writing skills this author has is truly amazing, and I praise her for it. It was a pleasure to read each chapter.

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Down The TBR Hole #26

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 26th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

I hope you had an amazing week ahead and managed to read lots of books. It’s time for another Down The TBR Hole. You might already know how it works, but I have listed the rules below anyways. Ready? Let’s go!

How it 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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Save Me by Mandasue Heller

An interesting mystery novel, I have to admit. However, I don’t own this book and I already have so many of these on my shelves. I will try to get to those, before I go for this one.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

A Darker State (Karin Müller #3) by David Young

Ah, you see. Another mystery, but I do own this one. I will keep it, as I actually need to get to this one soon.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

In the Blood (The Witchbreed, #1) by R. L. Martinez

This choice will be tricky, because I only own the second book of the series and DNF’ed it because the plot involved stories from the first book (this one). I think  should keep it, and try to get to it, so I can give the second book a second chance as well. How often do you give books second chances?

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways by Mabh Savage

This book came in my hands through a giveaway. I remember being immediately intrigued by it. I will definitely get to this one in the next few months, and if not, it will definitely be my Halloween read for sure!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

A Tycoon’s Secret (Sin City Tycoons #3) by Avery Laval

A fierce romance / erotica. I am not much of a fan of these, to be honest. But I did receive this one as a gift, and it’s only fair to read it. I am a bit worried that it is a third book in a series, since I haven’t read the series before, but I am sure it won’t really matter much.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

If you often read blogs about books, it’s very likely you have already heard about this book. A graphic memoir of a lady that lives in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. I own this book, and I still don’t know how it hasn’t been read yet.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

On the Other Hand: The Little Anthology of Big Questions by Renée Paule

On the Other Hand is an interesting Children’s book, therefore I would love to get to it soon. I own this book, and also a few more by Renee Paule.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Black Bullet by L.D. Rose

Black Bullet is the second book from The Order of the Senary Series. I loved the first book, Releasing the Demons. It covers a vampire story, with an FBI agent in it, and the romance is so steamy. You just can’t miss this one. 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Irène (Verhœven, #1) by Pierre Lemaitre

I have this book on my shelf because I loved the book Alex by this author. Reviews are good for Irene. What do I do… I have to let it go, for now. I don’t own it, you see. And I have many similar books I already own.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

This is one of those times when you are too late to read a book, and now when all the hype is gone, you are wondering whether it’s still worth reading. This one goes, at least for now.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantWe only removed 3 books this time around. It’s not as good as previous times, but we are moving slowly. Have a look at my complete TBR. 

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments because I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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Brightley and Glow by Sophie Carmen

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★★★★

I don’t often read Children’s Bedtime stories, as I think myself to be a grown up person (sometimes). But I couldn’t ignore Brightley & Glow by Sophie Carmen, as the cover was too gorgeous.

Even though I am past this whole bedtime story moment, I sometimes do read children’s books. Maybe because I get nostalgic. Or maybe, because sometimes, we forget to look and remember the little things. And Children’s books are all about little things in life. Moments and fragments that we often remember to forget as adults. Take a moment to look in the sun. A moment to smile to a person. Create a little space for yourself. Breathe. And be happy!

Brightley & Glow is quite short, but full of amazing art. I loved the way everything was represented, the dark background and the bright colours surrounding it. The story was also really cute. Brightley is a shooting star and his job soon will be to start bouncing and slowly fall out of the sky, so children can make their wishes. But his brother, Glow is a shining star. And his job is to stay close with the Moon and keep shining at night.

When it’s time for Brightley to leave, both him and his brother become very sad and try to solve this unfairness so they can stay together.

I found the story in Brightley & Glow quite moving and absolutely adorable. It brought  out many feelings inside me. How it feels when you see a loved one leave, and you know they have to go, and you have to accept the fact. But it also shows us how you can still love someone so fiercely and innocently that you are willing to give up everything for them.

If you have little ones, I highly recommend this Children’s Bedtime Story. It is short, but adorable, and the images are really cute as well!

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Captain Hook: Villain or Victim by Ellwyn Autumn

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★★★

Has it ever occurred to you that there might be another version to Peter Pan’s story? Would you want to see Captain Hook’s point of view? If so, then you will truly enjoy this lovely short read: Captain Hook: Villain or Victim by Ellwyn Autumn.

I have always loved Peter Pan and this fairy tale is without a doubt my favourite fairy tale. The world is unique, and the story is amazing. Maybe Peter Pan was the reason I was always so in love with England. I will never know.

When Ellwyn introduced me to her book, I knew I had to have it. I had to read it and find out what Captain Hook’s story might be. The book is quite short, but full of adventures throughout. We follow the journalist, David J. Locke, who sails through the seas searching for Captain Hook. When he finally gets a clue, he dives into the story of Captain Hook and discovers truths that have never been told before.

Even though there were times when the Captain Hook’s story seems like a side-story to David J. Locke’s adventures, it was a pleasure to read it, and I read it in one sitting. The book keeps you interested throughout, and the fiction of the re-telling is quite smart and uniquely thought through. I am very happy that I read this book! I would recommend it to all of you that love retellings and love fairy tales.

A huge thank you to Ellwyn Autumn, for sending me a paperback copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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March 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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Hello everyone! It’s finally time for my March Wrap Up. This month went so quickly for me. I managed to read and review 8 books. I have a few books that I did finish, but haven’t written a review for them yet, so they will go on top of the April list.

I have also continued with my Down The TBR Hole Tag and I am excited to see what progress I will make this year. Below are all four posts I did this month:

TBR Hole #21🌟TBR Hole #22🌟TBR Hole #23🌟 TBR Hole #24🌟TBR Hole #25

Books I read:

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Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield – ★★

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is a story that had the perfect plot potential to be amazing, but it didn’t deliver at all. As a huge fan of storytelling, this was a big disappointment for me, the biggest one so far in 2019. 

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Blood Moon: Part 1 by S. Yurvati – ★★

A beautiful writing, but a confusing adventure, mixed with Out-Of-Earth creatures that don’t really appear until the end of the book, a very disturbing plot, however, a very promising ending as well. I can’t say I enjoyed this book, but it did leave me curious to read the next one. 

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The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath – ★★★★

A mystery that left me curious until the very end. A psychological paradise of a thriller that captures people at their very worst, right when they realise their lives are at stake. These people did nothing. But that doesn’t mean they’re innocent… 

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To Best The Boys by Mary Weber – ★★

The blurb sounds so good, and the cover is gorgeous. I hate to say this, but the book seems like an unfinished draft. It seemed so promising, and all I thought I would get out of this was non-existent.

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Beast Rider by Tony Johnston – ★

A fantasy that stays true to many young people, that dare cross a border, searching for a better life. A fantasy, but also a cruel reality of what truly happens to these young boys and girls, and all the journeys they have to go through, fighting for a better tomorrow.

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Romanov by Nadine Brandes – ★★

A wonderful and magical tale, with a history behind it of a mysterious family, especially their end – this book brought tears on my eyes and made me think about the power of forgiveness and love. A true masterpiece.

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The Battle of Trafalgar Square – David Winship – ★★

I dived into ‘’The Battle of Trafalgar Square’ not knowing what to expect. This is a book where two pigeons are the main characters and through dialogue and presentation they share this historic battle, but from their point of view.

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The Devil’s Apprentice (The Great Devil War #1) – Kenneth B. Andersen – ★★★★

Possibly the best Young-Adult Fantasy I have read this year. Enter and discover Hell and see how it works, meet the Devil and learn why we need evil in order to be good! A fantastic story and great adventures await in Hell. Read this at your own risk! 

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How did your March go? How many books did you read and what was your book of the month?

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