Book review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (Did not finish)

“I look like I hate Cinderella, yet now, to the world, I am Cinderella.”

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Title: The Royal We

Author: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit

Rating: Did not finish

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Bex meets Nick when she attends Oxford, she falls for him and suddenly she is thrust into the spotlight.

I felt that this book was like reading a diary, very casual yet sophisticated. I really liked the story, the only reason why I did not finish it was because I was really daunted by the thick 400 pages ;( I stopped reading at page 143

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Serenade (The Nightmusic Trilogy #1) by Heather McKenzie (3 stars)

“You need to be more careful, you’re all I’ve got.”

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Title: Serenade (The Nightmusic Trilogy)

Author: Heather McKenzie

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Romance

Rating: 3 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Kidnapped and held hostage in the Rockies, a teenage heiress falls for her abductor while her corrupt father and devoted bodyguard fight to get her back. The discovery of true love and dark family secrets turns deadly in this epic coming of age adventure.

Kaya Lowen dreams of living like a normal eighteen-year old, but being heiress to a billion-dollar company has put her life in constant danger. Fiercely guarded by her powerful and corrupt father, she develops close bonds with those who protect her, especially Oliver a bodyguard who has proven his devotion to her time and again. He wins her heart – until a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning everything she believes in.

Haunted by true love and reeling from a guilty conscience, Kaya’s world unravels when she’s kidnapped. Held captive in a rugged wilderness fraught with raging storms, mystical caves and deadly predators, Kaya’s father scours the forest and her bodyguard fights to get her back. But, the discovery of a dark family secret makes Kaya wonder if staying in the arms of her blue-eyed abductor, a captivating stranger with dark secrets of his own, is a safer place to be. At least, that’s what her heart is telling her, her head is saying run…

An epic adventure centered on a smoldering love-triangle, Serenade sings a timeless tale of courage, self-discovery, and life-or-death love that will leave you breathless.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Reading Serenade was like exploring a cave with a stranger, thrilling and exciting.

Kaya is a rich heiress, her father coops her up at home, she only has the company of her maids, male nanny; Stephan and bodyguard; Oliver.

Good Lord, Henry is so sick and evil. The plot twist was unexpected.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like the characters though, but I was glad for the ending. The story progression was good and the story was okay. I wasn’t interested in continuing the series.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Movie Review: Bad Genius (2017) (5 stars)

“But even if you don’t cheat, life cheats you anyway.”

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Title: Bad Genius (2017)

Director: Nattawut Poonpiriva

Runtime: 130 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Crime

Synopsis:

Lynn, a top secondary school student, makes money after developing elaborate methods to help other students cheat. She then receives a new task that leads her to set foot on Sydney: taking the STIC test, an international standardised test for students wanting to enrol in the world’s leading universities.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review:

This movie was literally genius.

(Technical)

The shots are really rustic and raw, and gives an overall really nice feel to the film.

(Story)

Lynn has a perfect GPA and is a model student, she worries about her new friend Grace and cheats to help her. She gets an irresistible offer since she’s struggling financially and she accepts the offer.

The way they set up the entire story was awesome!

(Thoughts)

It was so awesome that they used classical music pieces to pass on the answers and cheat. The way they introduced the characters were really interesting. The movie was surprisingly comedic in a sense.

Bank was so nice and honest, but I guess a taste of evil is too addictive for some (Watch the movie to see what I’m talking about!)

This movie was so emotional for me and it also highlighted how flawed the education system in certain countries are.

I would really love to know how they filmed the scene in the landfill (production wise). The argument scene was so well directed!!! The cast’s acting was fantastic and really helped the film to flow more effortlessly.

I was shipping Bank and Lynn so hard though😂 The ending was so brave and cool.

By The Way, me watching the movie doesn’t mean I’m condoning cheating. The concept was really interesting.

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Book review: Catherine by April Linder (did not finish)

“I need you to know I’m not funning away from him. I am running towards something.”

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Title: Catherine

Author: April Linder

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance, Mystery, Contemporary, Retelling

Rating: Did not finish

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?

Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.

Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Chelsea finds out that her mother is alive, she goes and tries to search for her.

The story is told in a dual POV.

Although I did like the mysteriousness and suspense surrounding the book, it didn’t manage to keep me entertained and I stopped reading at page 120.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir (3 stars)

“There’s something in the maze.”

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Title: Suspicion

Author: Alexandra Monir

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Rating: 3/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

There’s something hidden in the Maze.

Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.

Haunted by her parents’ deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin’s untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion’s aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself–and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Suspicion was haunting beautiful, like wandering around a library at night.

Imogen’s family manor was burnt down 7 years ago and she has moved to America. When a letter tells her that she is left to inherit the estate, she finds out bone-chilling secrets that are all interlinked.

The suspense and build up of the book was great. The plot twists were awesome and each revelation sent more shivers down my spine. The ending was nice, but slightly open ended as well.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂