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Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, published 2019

  I picked this book up because it won an award on Goodreads, so my expectations were high and it absolutely exceeded expectations. This book was so funny and the character development was the best I've ever seen, especially coming from a new author. I wonder if it would've been even better if it were written in first person because sometimes the third person got a bit confusing. It was fun to compare the characters at the end to themselves from the beginning. So much changed about them that they seemed like real people. The characters made mistakes, had feelings, changed for the better, reflected on who they were, and did things normal humans do that you rarely see characters do in books. They felt like real people and I am seriously disappointed this is not based on a true story. I'm not going to lie, most of the political stuff went over my head. If I understood more I'm sure it would've added a new dimension to the book, especially considering how deep the

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light, published 2020

            Let me start by saying that I love the cover of this book. It’s absolutely adorable. This book is fully deserving of the 5 stars, and I was impressed with the quality of the writing, especially coming from a newer author. As far as criticism goes, I have very little. I think the characters were super awesome and I loved them both. My only thing is sometimes some of the scenes were a bit more cheesy than necessary. I felt the characters’ personalities were a bit too similar at times, but I think that’s what made the relationship work, so it wasn’t a huge deal. At the end of the day, this is a really, really great book. I thought it was super cute and I would 100% recommend this book to anyone looking for a chill relaxed romance. I’ll definitely be rereading this one. 

Roque Princess by B.R. Myers, published 2020

    I think this book deserves 4.5 stars. I would give it 5 but my hesitation comes from me thinking the book would get 3 stars while I was reading it. There were lulls in the book that had me filled with doubt and therefore I don’t think it deserves the full 5 stars. The only reason the rating was upped so much is because the ending wrapped up so perfectly.  As a disclaimer, I found that many of the scenes I was picturing were insanely close to scenes in Avatar and Star Wars. So if you haven’t seen those movies, I wonder if some of the scenes would be hard to picture. Or maybe it’d be better if you haven’t seen those movies because I found the sci-fi and fantasy conflicted with one another. I wasn’t sure if it was intentional, but at times the flip-flopping of genres got a bit choppy. In addition to sci-fi and fantasy, this is also a really cute romance. If you usually don’t like romance, I would still recommend this book because the romance isn’t an overpowering factor. Also, if

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, published 2011

     I picked this book up because it had really great reviews. But I'm not going to lie, I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. I felt like the main characters didn't click as well as they should, and I'm not sure what to make out of the bad-guy-also-seeming-like-a-good-guy thing. Some of the writing choices also left me unsatisfied.     In the beginning, the main character thought in poems. This made her seem like she was complex and you would slowly unravel her character throughout the book, but that didn’t happen and I don't think it will in future books. She was slightly insane at the beginning, so I thought that maybe her poem-like thoughts symbolized her insanity, but if anything, she just got more insane as the book went on while the poems completely stopped for no apparent reason.      The ending also didn't do it for me. The cliffhanger wasn't much of a cliffhanger, and I was disappointed that I didn't feel more compelled to read the nex