What I've Been Reading....

I've finally gotten back on the reading train and zipped through several books this past October! And there may have been a royal theme to my reads, which wasn't planned, but I didn't mind!

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks:I know you've seen this floating around blog world, and so did I! It was on sale on Kindle a bit ago, so I downloaded the book for $3. I wasn't sure how good the book was gonna be--sometimes all of the hype from others turns out to be a letdown. But, let me tell you, this book was SO good! It was such an easy read, and I loved the spin on this book took on the royal family. It was almost like you could pretend that what happened in the book is what happened in reality because the details are SO good. 
My advice when reading it: try not to fully plug Will and Kate into the characters. I started doing that at the start of the book and it threw me off. It's NOT their story. 
I was actually sad when I was done reading this one because I just loved the characters in the book.

I rated this book 5 stars!

The Selection Series, Books 1-4, Kierra Cass
(How gorgeous are these covers??)
Let me start off by saying that I read books 1-3 in one week. Total. Book 4 took me less than a week to read. Thanks to my friend Trish for recommending these books (and then letting me borrow them from you on Kindle, too!)
Here is the Goodreads synopsis for book 1:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

These books are a SUPER easy read, and they're really interesting. Books 1-3 are their own series, and then book 4 (and 5, when it comes out next May!!! wah!) are kind of a spin-off of the original.
I liked that this was a fun mix of Bachelor and royalty in a post-apocalyptic America...sounds weird, but it's interesting! I really liked the characters, and the character development through the series.

The Selection (Book 1): 4 stars-the whole idea was interesting and I loved reading as the characters and their relationships unfolded.

The Elite  (Book 2): 3 stars-I was antsy to find out what happened and was getting a little tired of the back and forth between her and her love interests

The One (Book 3): 5 stars--the story really picks up and a LOT of stuff happens!

The Heir (Book 4): 4 stars-It took me a bit to adjust to the new main character, and I didn't love her in the beginning (she's kind of a brat), but I liked how her character develops and changes through the story.
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I seriously can't wait until Book 5 comes out...and am super bummed I have to wait until May of next year!!!

Have you read any of these? If you haven't, you definitely should. They are all really fun and easy reads!

32 comments:

  1. Totally on the same wave length today - I need to get started on the selection series too!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Oh I wish I had time to read! That first book looks amazing - one day!!!! :)

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  3. The Royal We has been on my list forever, I think it will be the next book I read! I'll have to check out the Selection Series as well!

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  4. I love book recommendations, and this is perfect timing because I plan on doing some reading over the Thanksgiving break. I will definitely be getting the first one!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  5. I keep hearing amazing things about the selection series! I think this is what will get me to finally make the time to read a book again! Perfect thing to occupy my time while nursing instead if scrolling social media! Question: how do you borrow books on the kindle?! And why have I never done this?!

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  6. I absolutely LOVED the Selection Series! I haven't read the spin offs yet though!

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  7. I just finished The Royal We and LOVED it! And I did the same thing where I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't about Will and Kate, but I'm sure there were a lot of similarities ;-)

    Green Fashionista

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  8. You know I LOVED the Selection series. I want to read the Royal book. I have to check to see if I downloaded that from your kindle..Trish - tales from trish

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  9. So glad you loved The Royal We too! It is such a cute, light read! I really hope they do a second one, I'm dying to see how their story finishes. I'll definitely have to check out The Selection Series! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  10. I've seen the Selection books on goodreads and Barnes & Noble and thought that the covers were beautiful! So glad that the story is just as good as the cover makes it out to be! I might have to pick these up soon!

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  11. I'm going to have to bookmark these for future reads. I love a good, fun and easy story.

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  12. My sister read The Selection series and loved them so I may need to borrow her books! Ok I'm adding The Royal We to my reading list :)!

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  13. I just started the Royal We (finally, I meant to in like July, ha) on the plane this weekend. I have the first book for the Selection Series in my stack too - can't wait for those!

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  14. I have heard so much about The Royal We, and I definitely have to add it to my list to read! It sounds so good!

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  15. I just got The Royal We so now I am excited.

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  16. I've heard great things about the Royal We, I may need to check it out.

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  17. I added The Selection series to my Goodreads because the dresses on the covers are to die for, but now I might actually read them!

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  18. Add to my Christmas reading list. Always looking for good plane books!

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  19. These are awesome suggestions! Gonna add to my list.

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  20. The Royal We was such a fun, quick read. Did you see that they're turning it into a movie?

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  21. yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy i love that you loved the royal we! totally agree about letting go of will & kate because you start to compare and it's not good. i seriously LOVE that book. i also really loved the selection series, though i didn't love the heir as much, for the reasons you mentioned.

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  22. Okay you have totally sold me on The Selection series!! Sounds SO good and I love when you are so into a book that you can't put it down! The Royal We is currently on the way to me, too!

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  23. I keep hemming and hawing about reading The Royal We.

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  24. Hi dear, I´m huge fan of Selection by Kiera Cass!
    Sweriously I love it to much to Maxon and America! *w*
    Lovely and amazing post!
    xoxo

    www.sakuranko.com

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  25. LOVED both of these. I zipped through the Selection as well. I hate that we have to wait so long for the next one! That's what happened to me after I finished the last book in the Selection. I first read them on my drive moving back to Texas from Florida and had to wait a whole year for The Heir.

    I REALLY want to see a sequel to The Royal We! I'm dying to know what happens with them next!

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  26. The Royal We was a fun book to read!

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  27. The Royal We really was such a good read, huh? And I am in LOVE with The Selection books! I can't wait for the next one either! Whyyyy can't all the books be released at one time?! Lol. x

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  28. I haven't read any of them but I'm thinking I should since everyone has been raving about them.

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  29. SOOO glad to see you read & enjoyed The Selection Series --- one of my favorites! I couldn't put the books down :)

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  30. These books look right up my alley! Between your recommendations and everyone else's I think I will just be getting books for Christmas! So many options!

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  31. Glad you loved Royal We! I reserved the first Selection book yesterday, so I'll be anxious to start. :)

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