Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR Pile

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke & The Bookish - to join in go to their site for more details!

So my Summer to read pile is a tall and wobbly thing, but it is stuffed full of exciting new releases that I cannot wait to get stuck into. Being stuck in France means that I am becoming increasingly reliant on Netgalley to provide me with awesome books, so this weeks list is basically a compilation of Netgalley titles that I currently have on my kindle that I cannot wait to get reading in a patch of sunshine on the balcony. Plus a couple of extras that I just cannot wait to get hold of.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Release Date: August 27th 2015
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. 
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


This blurb and cover combined to catch my fancy and intrigued me. I have an Anna and the French Kiss sized hole that I need to fill and whilst I'm not yet convinced that this one will do exactly that, I want something a little bit light and a little bit romantic to enjoy in the sunshine this summer.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here


The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: July 7th 2015

When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians' scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister's footsteps and becomes D.C.'s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.
Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life... Until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy's. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.


I love Jenny's books, she has such a fantastic imagination and executes her ideas brilliantly. I've loved every book of hers that I've read, so it was a no-brainer when this one popped up on Netgalley - of course I wanted to read it.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erkia Johansen
Release Date: July 16th 2015 (Hardcover) / June 9th 2015 (Kindle)

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling – and that of Kelsea’s own soul – may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
My excitement for this book has been well documented over the last few months and it is now so close! I want it, I need it, I cannot wait to read it.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here


Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
Release Date: August 25th 2015
Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.


I am so crazily excited for this one that it is taking all of my self restraint to not just throw my reading schedule out the window and start reading it now. I have heard nothing but good things about it and I cannot wait to read it.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler
Release Date: June 30th 2015
Young actor Josh Chester has never been sure that acting is for him--he's mostly interested in the parties and the hot Hollywood girls that come with the job. But he ends up taking a job on the hit TV series Daylight Falls, opposite Vanessa Park, a girl who is immune to his charms and also his polar opposite. Vanessa loves her job, despite her parents' disapproval. She's pretty certain about everything in her life, until she meets her new career handler, a gorgeous girl named Bri. Then things start to get a little confusing. Under the Lights features an adorable romance between two young women, all set against the backdrop of Hollywood. As Vanessa confronts her emerging feelings for her handler, Bri, her co-star Josh confronts his realization that the Hollywood scene might not really be his cup of tea. Under the Lights is a story of self-discovery: learning that the person you always thought you were might not actually be the case anymore.


Another Netgalley gift, I'd heard some really great things about this one so it had been on my radar and to read wish list for a while. Then Netgalley happened and the rest, as they say is history. Confession, I have actually read this one in the last week and loved it, but it is currently summer so it technically still counts. Right? Anyway, it was a courageous and brilliant book and I can't wait for more people to read it.
You can read my review of the book here tomorrow!

You can pre-order this book on Amazon here


Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Release Date: June 2nd 2015

Ollie and Moritz are two teenagers who will never meet. Each of them lives with a life-affecting illness. Contact with electricity sends Ollie into debilitating seizures, while Moritz has a heart defect and is kept alive by an electronic pacemaker. If they did meet, Ollie would seize, but turning off the pacemaker would kill Moritz.
Through an exchange of letters, the two boys develop a strong bond of friendship which becomes a lifeline during dark times - until Moritz reveals that he holds the key to their shared, sinister past, and has been keeping it from Ollie all along.
This is another Netgalley find and I'm intrigued. There have been a lot of books about illness released this year which I think is a very good thing. Plus friendship! Letters! Gorgeous cover! What more could you want really?
I'll be reviewing this title at the end of the month so don't forget to check back!

You can order this book on Amazon here

The Little Flower Shop by the Sea by Ali McNamara
Release Date: July 30th 2015

The blossom is out in the little Cornish harbour town of St Felix
But Poppy Carmichael's spirits aren't lifted by the pretty West Country spring. Inheriting her grandmother's flower shop has forced her to return to Cornwall, a place that holds too many memories.Poppy is determined to do her best for the sake of her adored grandmother, but she struggles with the responsibility of the more-shabby-than-chic shop. And with the added complication of Jake, the gruff but gorgeous local flower grower, Poppy is very tempted to run away...The pretty little town has a few surprises in store for Poppy. With new friends to help her and romance blooming, it's time for Poppy to open her heart to St Felix and to the special magic of a little flower shop by the sea!
It's Ali McNamara. Nuff said really. Her first book is one of my favourite contemporary romances ever - fun, brilliantly written and with a great plot. Ali's books are an auto buy for me, no blurb reading necessary.
Keep an eye out for my review in July!

You can pre-order this book on Amazon here


Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Release Date: August 13th 2015

Nicolette's awful stepsisters call her Mechanica to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother's knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday-and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse-Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There's a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.


A Cinderella re-telling with a gorgeous cover and a slightly steampunk feel? Yes please! The cover caught my eye and the blurb caught my interest and now I can't wait to see if the story lives up to my expectations.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Release Date: July 2nd 2015

It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

There has been so much buzz surrounding this book for months now, and I was incredibly curious. That cover,  that sneaky blurb that just piques my curiosity further, this has been on my want to read it now list for months and now in the last couple of days I finally have and it was so good. One of the best books I've read this year - if you're a fan of Maggie Stiefvater than you're going to love this one. Look out for my review on Thursday!
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
Release Date:  July 2nd 2015

Royal Wedding follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding - but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.
For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community centre, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements, Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.
But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone - especially herself - that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?
I have loved Princess Mia ever since I was a little girl, and now she's all grown up and getting married and I am so excited. The first adult book in the series, to reflect Mia's own age, I cannot wait to see what hijinks are in store as she tries to juggle being a twenty something getting married and a princess about to start her reign. This one is taunting me from my bedside table and I cannot wait to get stuck in.
Keep an eye out at the end of the month for my review!

You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

So those are the books that have found their way onto my to read pile. Are there any you haven't heard of that you're adding to your reading pile after seeing them here? Any that are on your to read piles as well? Or any I've missed that you think I need to pick up? Let me know and link me to your own top tens in the comments below!

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  1. Everything Everything sounds really good; Because You'll Never Meet Me looks intriguing too (both have Ollies in!). NetGalley is great for finding new recommendations :-)

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    1. Netgalley has had some really fantastic books up for grabs recently, I can't wait to get stuck in!

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  2. Great picks! I want to read Everything Everything and The Accident Season too. I really liked Because You'll Never Meet Me - Enjoy your summer reading!!

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    1. The Accident Season was so good, completely not what I expected and utterly engrossing. I cannot recommend it enough! Thanks so much for reading!

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  3. I need to read Everything Everything!! Because you'll never meet me is such a great book. I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. I've heard so many good things about it, I can't wait to get into it, it's so close to the top of my TBR pile! Soon!

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  4. Legacy of Kings looks really good! I've seen it around as well and hear great things.
    Here's my list: https://zezee112.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/top-ten-tuesday-4-summer-2015-tbr/

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    1. I'm so excited for 'Legacy of Kings' - it looks like it's going to be a really epic read! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  5. I have everything everything on my TBR too :-) great list

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    1. It looks great! I hope you enjoy it too!

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  6. Hi Rosy, Great list, I really loved the new Tearling book. I was lucky to get an ARC from Netgalley. It's even better than The Queen of the Tearling, if you can believe it! I really really wanted a copy of Legacy of Kings but it's USA and I live in little old England :( I'm so excited to see if it's as good as it sounds! Also the cover of Mechanica is gorgeous! Can't wait for that to come out :)

    Happy Reading
    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much! I've got a copy of Invasion from Netgalley but haven't yet got to it on my crazy reading pile, I can't wait though, I'm very excited since you've said that! That's such a shame about Legacy of Kings :( It might be worth requesting on Netgalley anyway, as sometimes they say they won't allow access to those outside of the US but then approve requests! I've had a few that way, so might be worth a try :)

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  7. Hmm...perhaps I'll sneak in Everything Everything, Under the Lights, Mechanica and The Accident Season this summer. My poor tbr is so big at this point I need a ladder to reach the top book! Great list, I hope you enjoy them all!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My TTT

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    1. Do itttt! Ladders just add to the fun of TBR piles ;) The Accident Season and Under the Lights were both so good, I cannot recommend them enough! Thanks so much for reading!

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  8. Great list! Everything Everything seems to be on many people's lists this week; I love the cover and am curious about the story. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it and on Legacy of Kings--am also curious about that one! xD

    Happy reading this summer, Rosy! My TTT

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    1. I love how many people have got it on their lists! It's popular already! I'm so excited about both of them, and I hope you enjoy them too! Thanks so much for reading!

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  9. Everything Everything sounds like a beautiful books! I'm going to put it on my tbr. Also, I've seen a lot of people rave about Because You'll Never Meet Me. It's unique and I'm curious about it.
    Great list! :)

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    1. Both of them have such brilliantly unique story concepts! I hope you enjoy both of them and thanks so much for reading!

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  10. Mechanica and Everything Everything are 2 books I've been looking forward to reading. This week could easily have been my Top 20. And it looks like we both be reading Legacy of Kings this summer. :D

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    1. There are so many incredible books being released, as well as ones that have been out for a while that I still need to read, that I could have rambled on for ages about them! It was so hard cutting it down to ten! Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy them too!

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  11. The Legacy of Kings blurb sounds so awesome, my history nerd side needs this! Because You'll Never Meet Me is also one hell of a unique story, cute but I feel like there's a dark aspect to it somewhere. And I've never seen that version of the cover for Royal Wedding but omg the COMBAT BOOTS, the nostalgia! Great list, Rosy :")

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    1. I know! The boots are fab! I love this cover so much! I'm reading it at the moment and so far it's brilliant! Totally with you on the history nerd needing Legacy of Kings, I cannot wait to start reading it, I'm so insanely excited about all I've heard about it so far! I hope you enjoy it too!

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  12. SO EXCITED for ROYAL WEDDING! When I heard Meg Cabot was writing another book, my inner 14 year old jumped for joy. Can't wait to see what Mia is up to!

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    1. I know! I was excited to hear there would be a new book, but even more excited when I found out it was an adult book as Mia is all grown up now! It's so funny and brilliant being back with Mia and I'm only a few chapters in!

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  13. I am very excited for Everything Everything.

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    1. It sounds like it's going to be a fantastic story. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy it too!

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  14. So many of these are on my extended TBR list. I have already read Royal Wedding and it was everything I hoped it would be! It was so fun seeing who the characters that I love became as adults. I'm crossing my fingers for more! Great list =)

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    1. I'm reading it at the moment and loving it! I'm so glad it lived up to your expectations! Thanks so much for reading!

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  15. I still need to read The Queen of the Tearling!! It seems like everyone loved it! Mechania looks great too! I hope you love all of these :)

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. I really recommend Queen of the Tearling, it was one of my favourite books last year! I can't wait for Mechanica, it looks like such a great retelling! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  16. Great picks Rosy! I really love the sound of Everything Everything and I got sent the Royal Wedding so I'm excited to read that :D Hope you get to read some of these :-) Here's my TTT if you would like to check it out :-) Have a great day! :-)

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    1. Royal Wedding is excellent so far, and I cannot wait to get into Everything Everything, it sounds like such an intriguing idea! I really hope you enjoy all of them. I loved your TTT!

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  17. I can't wait for Legacy of Kings, either!! It sounds SO good, and I've seen quite a few people who started it right after BEA who really enjoyed it!!

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    1. It looks fantastic, I cannot wait to start reading! I've got it on my kindle and I am amazed my restraint has lasted so long! Thanks so much for reading and I really hope you enjoy it too!

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  18. I can't wait for Everything, Everything. It's probably the most unique sounding contemporary from the new releases I know off this year. Also, most people seem to love it very much. I should be reading Because You'll Never Meet Me soon for Netgalley, I can't wait for it, after one review I've read about it. The Royal Wedding... I have no words. Meg Cabot jumped just reminded me why she was always one of my fav authors. :)

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    1. I'm loving Royal Wedding so far, and it is great hearing so many awesome things from people reading it! I finally caved and read 'Everything Everything' last night, and it is definitely unique and full of surprises - I really enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy it too!

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  19. Everything Everything reminds me of a 'real life story' I read in Sugar magazine as a teenager - I definitely want to read it!

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    1. I finally caved and read it last night and it's really good. Funny, heart breaking and with a few surprises too! I really hope you enjoy it!

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  20. Some good looking books on this list Rosie! I want to read Accident Season, Everything Everything and Because You'll Never Meet Me too! I also want to read the first book in the Invasion of Tearling series!
    Hope you enjoy all the books you read this summer :)

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    1. The Accident Season is fantastic - one of my favourite books so far this year. I read Everything Everything last night and I can't wait to hear what people think of it when it comes out, it is definitely a unique story. I loved Queen of the Tearling, I hope you enjoy it (and all the others) when you read them!

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  21. The Fixer does sound interesting, and I did enjoy The Naturals by Barnes!

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    1. She's a great writer, and always has such fascinating ideas. I hope you enjoy the book!

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  22. Great list! I've been wanting to read The Queen of Tearling but didn't realize there was a 2nd book and I love the look of The Little Flowershop by the Sea. It looks like perfect summer reading!

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    1. It really does look like a perfect summer read! I'm saving it to relax with on a sunny afternoon! Queen of the Tearling was fantastic, and so far I've heard nothing but good things about the sequel. I hope you enjoy them!

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  23. I still need to read The Queen of the Tearling! It almost made my list for today. :) I love your list!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I really hope you enjoy it!

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  24. You have a lot of titles that I really want to read too! Great list!

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    1. Thank you! We're being spoiled with some incredible titles this year! I really hope you enjoy reading them too!

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  25. Ooh, I LOVED Everything, Everything and Because You'll Never Meet Me!
    And I requested Mechanica from Netgalley but didn't get approved :(

    Great list :)

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    1. I caved and read 'Everything Everything' last night and really enjoyed it. I can't wait to get to the others! So glad you enjoyed them too!

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  26. I can't wait to read Everything Everything! I hope you enjoy all of these summer reads! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    1. I read it last night in the end and really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to it hitting the shelves so I can talk about it properly though! Thanks so much for reading!

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  27. Great selection of books! I liked the sound of The Fixer, might have to try and check it out. Happy reading! x

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    1. Thanks so much! I really hope you enjoy it!

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  28. Royal Wedding was amazing and I LOVE Ali McNamara too :)

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    1. I'm loving it so far! It's so awesome hearing from so many people who have loved it! Ali McNamara is fantastic! I can't wait to get to her new one!

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  29. I'm only about halfway through the Princess Diaries series (of the books published so far), but I really really really want to catch up in time for Royal Wedding! The books aren't *technically* on my TBR, but anything can happen ;)

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    1. They are such awesome books, I really hope you enjoy them! And Royal Wedding is fantastic, I keep laughing and reading bits out loud to Husband. It really is fantastic!

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  30. I can't wait for The invasion of the Tearling. I loved the first book. MECHANICA. As soon as it's published, it will be in my collection. Gorgeous cover and I am obsessed with fairy tales. Legacy of kings has been getting some buzz lately, I will keep an eye on it. Happy reading :)

    Mel@thedailyprophecy

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    1. I'm so excited to read Invasion after the first book. I've heard nothing but good things about Legacy of Kings. I really hope you enjoy them all!

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  31. I am buying The Accident Season right now. Not only do I love the cover, but it sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing it with us! Thank you also for visiting and commenting on my post. It is appreciated!
    Laura@thebookjunkie
    @lagnella

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    1. I'm so glad it caught your eye! I really hope it lives up to expectations for you. I absolutely loved it, so I'm excited to hear what other people think of it! Thanks so much for reading.

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  32. Under the Lights sounds so good! Royal Wedding!!! O.M.G. I read all the Princess Diaries books when I was a teenager and loved then all! I can NOT wait to see how Mia is doing now! Princess Mia is back and I can not wait! Is it July yet?
    Thanks for stopping by my blog http://wonderstruck-kcks.blogspot.com, means a lot!

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    1. Princess Mia is as brilliant as ever, it's been so great to get back and see how she's doing and to see how her diaries have changed now she's mid twenties. I really hope you enjoy it!

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  33. I had no idea there was another Princess Diaries coming out! I read the Mia blog for a bit on Meg Cabot's website, which was good, but sort of tailed off. So excited now!

    http://www.basedonthebook.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yes! And it is definitely an adult book rather than a YA book. It's still brilliantly Mia, but it's awesome to see her in her twenties! I really hope you enjoy it!

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