The Selection by Kiera Cass, published 2012

     This book was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The spin on the basic love triangle was interesting, especially when not a lot of romance books have a love triangle these days. The pace was quick enough that you weren’t falling asleep, but slow enough that you weren’t scrambling to keep up. I also appreciated that the author didn't go overboard with the dystopia setting.      I liked the characters a lot, however, I wish the author had dug a little deeper into their personalities, which is why I took off the star. Other than that though, I don't have a lot of criticisms regarding this book. I'd definitely recommend it and will be reading the next book.

Thriller and Horror Book Authors to Check out

I know I normally don't post stuff that isn't a review of a book, but I thought with Halloween coming up, you might appreciate if I, your favorite reviewer, named some authors to go read. Before I do that, I recommend the Mara Dyer series, some thriller novels that I loved. Peg Kehret: She's very mild, and I recommend her books for elementary school students. It's been a long time since I've been in elementary though, so I'm not quite up with her latest stuff. I mean, I did read a few of her books, and they weren't that scary.  Mary Downing Hahn: She's my favorite thriller author. I cannot even tell you how many of her books I've read. She got me through the late years of elementary and middle school. My favorite book of hers is Took.  Stephen King: The King. (See what I did there?) I haven't read many of his books, but I can identify him as a horror author. The King is also The Scariest. (I assume, I don't have much to judge him against.) I

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, published 2013

     5 stars. I loved, loved, loved the characters. So much. The main character especially, I loved her. Her perseverance and spitefulness was so fun and relatable. I could keep rambling about how amazing the characters were, but I think you get it.     If I’m nitpicking, I didn't like how oblivious the main character was to the affections of the two men after her though. I feel like if she had acknowledged it a bit more, then this book would've been even more of a home run. The dystopian theme wasn’t overwhelming, and I loved how the author let the fantasy aspect of the story shine.     Anyway, great book, great characters. And I mean it, this is a very good book if you want something simple that you don't have to get really into and  it leaves you just satisfied enough. I won’t be reading the next one, but I would still 100% recommend this book.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, published 2018

  This book had a great concept. The meet-cute was classic and I looked forward to how the author was going to play it out. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It was badly edited and I was confused by the flip-flopping of perspectives. I also didn’t like the characters a ton. I liked what the characters stood for, the reasons that backed their actions, but in general, I just don’t think either of them were very likeable or realistic people.  The story followed the basic structure almost all romances follow, but I didn’t like how long it took them to go beyond the friends with benefits stage. There were other details about the structure, character narration, etc. that I could get into and nitpick at, but hating on this book has made me sad, especially with how optimistic I was at the beginning.  I definitely won’t be recommending or rereading this book.

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore, published 2019

                 This was a great book; I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it. I would reread it in a heartbeat and the next books in the series are on my to-do list. I’ve always had a soft spot for historical-fiction romances, especially ones set in old England, and this one topped all. The attention to detail was amazing, and while I’m not sure how historically accurate it is, it certainly seemed like it was written straight from the 1880’s.  I loved how we got to dig further into the characters’ personalities as the book progressed. The characters were so deep and I loved how everything played out. Certain twists and turns in the plot were unexpected and it was fun to be surprised. I admit, I wish that the main character was a bit more vengeful and had gone back to wrong those who’d wronged her because that would’ve been satisfying, but alas, a life well lived will always be the best kind of revenge I suppose.  I also loved the cover, which is the perfect balance between old Engla

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, published 2005

     This book is amazing. I was a little worried going in that the reputation pumped it up to be more than it's worth, but I did a total 180 when I got into it. At first, the setting seemed to be a bit bland, not really matching the rest of the story. Once you get deeper though, it's the perfect setting and I really can't picture this story taking place anywhere else.     I was really looking forward to reading this story, and the ending made me wish that I had checked the rest of the series from the library. I love how the fantasy didn't overtake the book and really let the romance aspect of the book shine. My only problem is that I felt like they declared their true love for each other a bit early in the book. It caught me off guard, but I'm so happy that they found each other and are in love. Also, at times I wished I knew what Edward was thinking, and I’m super disappointed that they didn't add some chapters that were from his perspective.      This book is

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