I had no idea this was a series. I probably would not have read Just One of the Royals if I had known that since I don't like to read books out of ordI had no idea this was a series. I probably would not have read Just One of the Royals if I had known that since I don't like to read books out of order. However, this could stand alone and it's really not necessary to read book one first since you get the back story in this one. The authors did a nice job of filling in gaps from the previous book without info-dropping key plot elements.
What they did manage to do, though, is make a very predictable story line. Typical cookie-cutter teen romance novel. In fact, one line in the book tells you exactly how book 3 will turn out.
I found that the characters were not relatable at all. It was incredibly hard to make connections to both Daniel and Madison because there was not much depth to either. I also found it incredibly unbelievable that Madison's super protective and future-focused doctor parents would allow her to travel "across the pond" for an entire summer without so much as meeting the "adult" chaperone or doing any sort of background planning. There was zero thought given to that whole scenario which was problem number one. Little issues like that kept piling up as I read.
I went into this book looking for a beach read. I wanted something light and fluffy that didn't involve a lot of brain power to sort out characters and plot twists. I can safely say I got what I was looking for. I can see the appeal this book would have for a certain group of readers. It's a good, clean romance that reads a lot like a Disney channel teen movie (i.e. Camp Rock or High School Musical). It just happens to not be the complicated, layered story that I prefer....more
A few months ago, my mom and I went to a traditional English Tea at a local Bed and Breakfast. Neither of us hadFull review on theflashlightreader.com
A few months ago, my mom and I went to a traditional English Tea at a local Bed and Breakfast. Neither of us had attended a tea before, but we decided it would be a great way to kick off the holiday season and do something different. Sometimes life demands a distraction from the mundane every day routine. What better way to slow down and refresh yourself than with delicious food and flavorful teas?
The experience was very pleasant. In fact, we enjoyed it so much, my mom and I have talked about hosting a tea for my great-aunts. Imagine how delighted I was to discover A Literary Tea Time. I have often thought the concept of tracking the foods in literature to be brilliant. I’ve seen books that have different variations on the concept, but this book was a bit different because each recipe is designed for tea time.
This was such a fun read! I am usually all in for any type of book that hints at a mermaid. Unfortunately, those books usually leave me disappointed bThis was such a fun read! I am usually all in for any type of book that hints at a mermaid. Unfortunately, those books usually leave me disappointed because they feel stale and unoriginal. Not with To Kill a Kingdom!
I enjoyed the twist on The Little Mermaid immensely. Lira was a strong, powerful force to reckon with throughout the entire book. She is everything a strong female character should be. The witty banter between characters is also an added bonus.
Great paced plot. The villainous Sea Queen was really a special touch! She was a horrid person (can we call her that?), with a rather sordid back story. I don't want to give away anything, but the history of how you get from point A to point B where the Sea Queen is involved is complicated. That particular detail also gives Lira a whole new layer to work with.
There were a few places in the book that I probably should have read a bit more slowly/carefully because I found myself asking "huh?" several times. I do not know if that was my sleep deprived brain (I did read this one in one sitting because I enjoyed it so much) or the story itself to blame. Either way, I have recommended this To Kill a Kingdom to many of my friends. It really is worth reading....more