Mini Reviews: Royals, My True Love Gave to Me, & You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

I want to try and actually review what I’m reading this year so that you guys can know what I’m thinking about the books I’m reading! If you want to keep more up to date on what I’m currently reading and thinking you can friend me on Goodreads! In this post I’ll be sharing my thoughts and ratings on Royals, My True Love Gave to Me, & You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone!

Royals by Rachel Hawkins Rating: ★★★★

I have to say I’m pretty much all in for any kind of book about royal families or people becoming royal. I just fly through them and usually I love them. Royals was no exception. Royals was a quick cute and fluffy book and just what I needed when I read it. Daisy as a main character was somewhat unlikeable for my taste. She was a little selfish and pretty hateful towards her sister, Ellie, mostly because of who she fell in love with. Daisy does still have some redeeming qualities for me, she’s funny, down to earth, and really doesn’t have a filter. The enemy to lovers situation between Daisy and Miles wasn’t my favorite. I just felt like there wasn’t enough development between the two characters. While I liked the romance I just think I needed more from it. Daisy’s family actually felt like a real family and that was a nice surprise. They don’t all get along, they are a little inappropriate, and they don’t change themselves for the royals. One thing that I wish we had more of was the relationship between the sisters. I wanted to see more of them together and learn more of why they really weren’t close. Another thing that bothered me was that the alcoholism was never really talked about, it wasn’t even mentioned as being a negative thing. The drama between the royals and their friends was a bit over the top for me. Sebastian was basically just a character to drive the drama. His whole personality was clearly full of privilege and it was really frustrating to read his interactions with Daisy or any girl. He just thought that they would all bend over backwards for him at first glance and that just wasn’t realistic. I also wish that the book was just longer. I felt like it ended just as the story was getting started. I feel like it could have done with another 50 pages to establish a real relationship with Miles. Overall this was a cute book and I really enjoyed reading it. 

My True Love Gave to Me Anthology

Rating: ★★

This collection was a mix of hidden gems and stories that I just didn’t connect with. I enjoyed reading all about the people from different walks of life. Here is my breakdown of each story

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell★★★★
This was one of my favorite stories in the anthology. It was a funny and sweet story that kind of melted my heart. There’s something a little sad about the possibility of the new and moving on and becoming someone else, Rainbow Rowell really captures his feeling in Midnights. 

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link ★
This story was absolutely not for me. I really did not understand it and it was honestly more boring than anything. 

Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pen ★★★
This one was okay. My main issue was with the female love interest. I just really didn’t get her. I do have to say I really liked that it was told from a guys perspective. It was actually a pretty cute concept and it was an enjoyable read. 

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han ★★★
Something about this one just didn’t completely click with me. It was cute but nothing about it really stuck with me. I didn’t love the writing style or the character it was about.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins ★★★
This story deals with a relationship over several years which was different than most of the others. It is one of the more enjoyable stories, but it also deals with anxieties about the future and the expectations other people have of you. The characters are likable and the story itself was one of the better ones. 

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan ★★
I honestly felt no connection to the characters or the story. I loved that these were LGBTQ+ characters and that the story was included but I just didn’t click with it.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black ★
This was another story that I just didn’t click with. I really just didn’t get it or the characters. 

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman ★★★★★
I think Gayle Forman is just one of those authors that I will love anything that she writes. I always fall for her characters and her stories. The ending was pretty cheesy but I can’t say that I don’t the cheesy. 

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Mrya McEntire ★
Another story that just wasn’t there for me. I just didn’t enjoy it.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White ★★★
This story was quirky, funny style that was easy to digest and enjoyable. The characters weren’t as memorable as some of the others, but I still enjoyed it.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter ★★
This story was fine but just not anything I loved. 

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor ★★★
In a collection of contemporaries, Laini Taylor managed to take me into her own fantasy world and put some magic into the holiday season. I just needed more of the story and the world.

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rating: ★★★★

I knew that this book would pull on my heartstrings and I’m not sure if I prepared myself enough for just how emotional it was. Every little detail just felt so real and earnest. I really loved just how honest and real each of the characters were, especially Tovah and Adina. They were angry, they fought, they had real emotions in the situation that they were in. Another thing that I really liked was that we got to see a practicing Jewish family, and we got to see what their faith meant to each girl. Faith is such a personal thing, and I liked seeing how each girl felt about it. I really enjoyed the fact that it also dealt with questioning fate and that it’s okay to do that. Adina was an unlikable main character done right. She does so many terrible things, especially to Tovah, but you can’t help but sympathise with her. Tovah is just as complex with her guilt over the test results and her anxiety over college. Both girls are so different yet you can’t help but love them both. The sisters have what seems like an ocean between them yet by the end they grow somewhat closer. I like that there was some romance for both girls but it wasn’t the forefront of the story. Tovah has a mostly healthy relationship but Adina doesn’t in the slightest. This book is heartbreaking in all the best ways and I really loved reading it.

These are the first three books I read in 2019! I’ve had an awesome reading time so far and I can’t wait to read and talk about some more books!

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