New to Me – September Voting

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all-time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in a way and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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There wasn’t a lot of voting in the August poll so I honestly had no idea which book would end up winning. In the end, 6 of the 7 books that were on the list had at least one vote. Now full disclaimer, it is ARC August this month, so I may not read the winning book until September and will do two New to Me reads for the month. But the winning August book was:

Now it is your time to vote again and pick the book I will read in September. You have until 8/23/19 to get your vote in and tell me what book I should read next!

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New to Me: Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all-time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in a way and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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New to Me: Royally Screwed by Emma ChaseRoyally Screwed by Emma Chase
Series: Royally #1
Published by Everafter Romance
Published: October 18, 2016
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four-stars

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

I have had Royally Screwed of my TBR since 2016 and have owned the eBook for just as long. Honestly, I’m not sure why I didn’t read it back then. It is totally my kind of read but something held me off. Well, thanks to all you wonderful voters I was finally pushed to read it and I’m so mad at myself for waiting. Royally Screwed was so fun and entertaining and it made me want to read the rest of the series as soon as possible!

Royally Screwed is the story of Nicholas, the Crowned Prince of Wessco. Nicholas is everything stereotypical about the royal family. He is arrogant and charming, and handsome. And he is used to people bowing to him and falling at his feet. That is of course until he meets Olivia Hammond. She refuses to be charmed by his obnoxious ways. So much so she actually shoves a pie in his face. But as the two get to know each other the sparks begin to fly and suddenly Olivia is brought into the world that is Nicholas’s life. Too bad being the Crowned Prince of Wessco comes with a lot of rules and obligations and Olivia just doesn’t meet those standards. Nicholas may be worth it to her, but is she worth it to him?

Immediately when I finished I thought…that was royally fun! The book flowed naturally and didn’t feel like it was trying to be something it isn’t, like some other royal-themed books I have read. Nicholas and Olivia had OODLES of chemistry and I think that helped with the story. I also loved that Olivia had a backbone and didn’t just sit back and become a wallflower behind the Prince and his life. The friends were all a little over the top for me, but that was just a minor annoyance. all in all, it was so worth the read.

If you are looking for a fast, royal-themed book with a lot of romance and smiles, Royally Screwed is for you. Is there drama? of course, it is a romance after all, but I felt the drama added to the story instead of distracting. Get to reading. Don’t be like me and wait so many years!

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And there you have it, July’s book selection for New to Me. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

 

 

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New to Me – August Voting

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all-time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in a way and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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I’m not actually surprised by the winner in July. This book has been almost winning every month so it was bound to be the one selected. It has also been one that I have been meaning to read FOREVER. And with 63% of the votes my July book is:

Spoiler alert: I already read it and can’t wait to read the rest of the series! A review is coming soon.

Now it is your time to vote again and pick the book I will read in August. I will tell you that August is ARC August and I plan to read a lot of new and old ARCs I have in my possession, so I will try my hardest to read the book selected.  You have until 7/26/19 to get your vote in and tell me what book I should read next!

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New to Me: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all-time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in a way and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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New to Me: Princess of Thorns by Stacey JayPrincess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
Published by Delacorte Press
Published: December 9, 2014
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three-stars

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?

Stacey Jay’s book, Princess of Thorns came out December 9, 2014. How long have I owned it? It has been on my shelf since December 30, 2014. Yup, I was so excited for this book I had it mere weeks after it’s release. So to say I was happy to see it as a New to Me suggestion and then a New to Me read I was thrilled. It was about time I read this backlist book I ran out and bought. Sadly though I didn’t end up loving it like I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but I really struggled with a lot of it which outweighed the good for me.

The story is about Aurora, a princess without a throne. She is on a quest to save her brother and the throne that rightfully belongs to her family. But in order to stay hidden and safe, she has to hide in plain sight as a boy. While on her journey she meets Prince Niklaas, a prince with a secret of his own. With an unlikely ally at their side, these two make a dangerous trek in order to save the kingdom, themselves, and maybe find love.

In theory, I should have loved this. A hidden identity book? A book with danger and intrigue and magic? There for it. Sadly the first 50% of the book was really hard to get into. It dragged a lot and the pacing was a little slow. And as much as I loved Aurora and Niklaas’ connection, it took a really long time for me to feel it. Truthfully I think that is really where my struggle was. I was missing something in those first 200 pages and I don’t know what it was. And then after all that build up, I didn’t feel there were enough pages to deal with everything that was left so the end felt a little rushed.

Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book. But I just didn’t love it. By the end, I was reading like crazy to find out what happened, but I just don’t think there was enough for me to be satisfied. There are plenty of people that loved it though and you may be one of those people so don’t rule it out because I was just so so on it.

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And there you have it, June’s book selection for New to Me. I wasn’t sure I would finish in time but I made it work!

Looking for more books with a character in disguise? Check out this list on Goodreads.

 

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New to Me – July Voting

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all-time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in a way and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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Last month was the worst voting month yet, but the people still spoke and told me what I needed to read in June (which I will be doing soon, I hope). About 17 of you took to the polls and 6 books got votes. But this was not a close race. With an overwhelming amount of support and 47.06% of the votes, I will be reading:

 

Now it is your time to vote again and pick the book I will read in July. You have until 6/23/19 to get your vote in and tell me what book I should read next!

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