Saturday, March 31

My Life in Books Tag!!


As you may know I only recently joined The Regal Critiques and I wanted to do a tag that helps people get to know me bookishly (yes that's a word)! So much of my life has been shaped by and around books so this was a really fun tag to try! 

Thursday, March 29

World War Two, a Jewish Girl, and a Nazi Boarding School - Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

"Never lie when you can tell the truth. Lies have to be worked out in advance or they will tie you up 
and eat you."

A Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this highly commercial, relentlessly nail-biting World War II drama!

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah--blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish--finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can't attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass, befriend the daughter of a key scientist, and steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. With years of training from her actress mother in the art of impersonation, Sarah thinks she's ready. But nothing prepares her for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she'd ever imagined.



Tuesday, March 27

Magical Places We'd Love To Visit


Hello, friends! Veronika here, and wow, I'm so excited to share with you today's post! Clare and I are both massive fans of fantasy novels, and so it only seemed logical to share with you magical places instead of real life ones. So, breaking the rules of Top Ten Tuesday a bit (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), let me present the 14 (7-7) places we'd love to visit.... emphasis on the visit, you'll see why. 

Saturday, March 24

Stuff That Positively Pisses Me Off In Books


Hello friends, today's post is a little bit ranty, a little bit negative, but ALL kinds of relatable (I hope?) if you also dislike some of these things. So go ahead, continue reading if you're up for a good moan about cringe-worthy slash annoying tropes in books. 


Thursday, March 22

Feminism and Strong Female Friendships Mean I'm in Love With The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

"Bitches bite back. And men hate that. Society hates that."

Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has...





Tuesday, March 20

Our Over-Flowing Spring TBRs


Hello, friends! Veronika here, and I am über-pumped for today's post, because today marks the first occasion when Clare, OUR NEW CO-BLOGGER, is joining me for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl)! As for the topic, Spring TBR... by now, many of you likely know that I'm terrible at following TBR lists. No joke, at this point the bar is set so low that I'll celebrate reading even one (1), yes, ONE book from this list by the end of spring. What about you, Clare? 

Clare: Honestly with my current reading I'll be lucky to hit one all spring too! But there are so many amazing books releasing this season and so many other incredible books that I own and still haven't read because I am awful at TBRs!! 

Now, Spring, 2018, we're READY TO READ ALL THROUGH YOU. 

Saturday, March 17

Dinosaurs, Humans and an Overcrowded Planet - The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson (The Extinction Trials #1)

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials.

In Stormchaser and Lincoln's ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.


But in a land full of monsters - human and reptilian - they can't afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other...









Thursday, March 15

Yet Another Milestone at The Regal Critiques


It's been four years already! Four years since this little blog was born. Four years of talking about all things bookish, ranting, venting- you name it. On this occasion, we decided to have a look at how exactly we came to be The Regal Critiques, and so, let's have a look at our timeline, shall we?

15th of March, 2014

The birth of this blog, by the name of Reading is Dreaming With Open Eyes. The proud mom? Veronika.

18th of June, 2015

Addition of a co-blogger when Vera made the truly momentous decision of sharing her baby with another human. Enter Ruzaika.

19th of June, 2015

Blog revamp-  a design change, as well as name change to The Regal Critiques. 

Since today is a special day and all, we'll let you have a look at the brilliant list of names we came up with first when trying to decide on a name for the blog! Excuse the typo and the general silliness, but you'll see Royal Rantings, the title we now use for our discussion posts was actually considered as a name for the blog itself! 



Aaaand now we're here today  celebrating yet another milestone here on the blog and we have mighty exciting news for you! Drumroll please! *cue drumroll*  As of this day, 

Saturday, March 10

Unique Characters and An Unflinching Look at Expat Life in Saudi Arabia in A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved. 

Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school.  You don't want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that. 

This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.


Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley

Thursday, March 8

A Series To Binge #1: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

   



Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.



What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.


Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.



The plot gets better and darker with each book. I am so very impressed with the way the author built-up the series. See, I fairly enjoyed The Naturals, I really liked Killer Instinct, I loved All In, but I was absolutely blown away by Bad Blood. SO MANY THINGS CONNECTED, and like, yes, THIS is how you write a great, psychological thriller series. I need more like this, and I need it NOW.

Saturday, March 3

All the #GirlLove You Can Imagine in Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

“Weak or strong - she didn’t know what they meant anymore. Maybe they didn’t mean the same thing for everyone.”

At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.



Thursday, March 1

Release Calendar - March 2018


Bonjour, mes amis! Here we are, yet again, at the start of another brand new month with the most exciting of new YA releases! We've tried to limit our choices to only the ones we are absolutely dying for- like every other month, really- but you can see the attempt has been very much futile since we have more new releases than we could possibly get around to this month as well. Anyhoo. Have a look at our pick of the most promising of YA books coming out this month!