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The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, #1)The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The story had an excellent start and I liked that it was told in first person.
Unfortunately, my expectations were a little too high and ended in a DNF.

What worked:

– I liked that we dive right into the story from the get-go. A lot happens, which is also its ultimate downfall for me.

What didn’t work:

-The timelines move back and forth at warp speed making it confusing. It was like listening to someone with a million thoughts speaking a mile a minute. You had to keep up to follow.

– Because there’s so much going on with alternating timelines, the story doesn’t properly unfold. Before one portion of the story finishes, the next one begins.

The final straw for me was when the story takes place in the mortal world. The narration went from classic fairytale to contemporary YA. It was like I was reading an entirely different story.

There others who enjoyed it, I just wasn’t one of them..sorry..

Thank you Netgalley & Harlequin teen for my ARC.

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[#MiddleGradeBooks] The Humiliations Of Pipi McGee by Beth Vrabel @RP_Kids #Netgalley

Genre: Middlr Grade

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was a silly and entertaining read, with some laugh out loud moments. It kind of reminded me of Diary of a wimpy kid.

Middle grade can be pretty brutal and kids aren’t always nice, especially when something embarrassing happens!

I found Pipi to be a relatable character and liked that she had a blended family, which is pretty common these days.

Kudos to the author for writing such diverse characters and backgrounds without shoving it down your throat or making it feel forced.

The pacing was a tad slow at times, but overall it was an enjoyable read. I particularly liked the drawing of bacon with boobies! 😜

The first eight years of Penelope McGee’s education have been a curriculum in humiliation. Now she is on a quest for redemption, and a little bit of revenge.

From her kindergarten self-portrait as a bacon with boobs, to fourth grade when she peed her pants in the library thanks to a stuck zipper to seventh grade where…well, she doesn’t talk about seventh grade. Ever.

After hearing the guidance counselor lecturing them on how high school will be a clean slate for everyone, Pipi–fearing that her eight humiliations will follow her into the halls of Northbrook High School–decides to use her last year in middle school to right the wrongs of her early education and save other innocents from the same picked-on, laughed-at fate. Pipi McGee is seeking redemption, but she’ll take revenge, too.

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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams #netgalley #bookreview

** Thank you Netgalley & Simon Schuster Canada for my ARC **

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐ 1/2

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I’m definitely going to be an unpopular opinion on this one. While I wanted to love it and was excited to receive a copy to read it, it fell flat for me.

What Worked..

There were moments where Queenie and her friends were entertaining, along with some of her sexual escapades.

What Didn’t Work..

I found the narration confusing at times. One minute you were reading about the present, the next it would jump back to the past.

I can see why it was compared to Bridget Jones’ Diary with Queenie’s man troubles, work life and self-sabotage. But in no way, did this story mirror that of Bridget Jones.

The Characters..

Tom

He was a fucking douche. Particularly after the game of Clue with his uncle. I hated that he tried to make Queenie out as a drama queen and that it was her fault for ruining his mom’s birthday. 👏👏 Way to go asshole!

I definitely would’ve dumped his ass for that.

Queenie

Honestly, I wanted to slap her. She made awful choices repeatedly, which would result in me rolling my eyes.

Her constant texting to Tom and her need to still want to be with him was both frustrating and irritating.

While this one wasn’t my cup of tea, there are many who sing its praises and might be one that you’ll enjoy too.

Have you read it?

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Netgalley Review: Mr. Nice Guy by Jennifer Miller & Jason Feifer #Netgalley

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Pub Date: Oct 16, 2018

What It’s About..

Lucas Callahan, a man who gave up his law degree, fiancée and small-town future for a shot at making it in the Big Apple. He snags an entry-level job at Empire magazine, believing it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a famous writer. And then late one night in a downtown bar he meets a gorgeous brunette who takes him home…

Carmen Kelly wanted to be a hard-hitting journalist, only to find herself cast in the role of Empire’s sex columnist thanks to the boys’ club mentality of Manhattan magazines. Her latest piece is about an unfortunate—and unsatisfying—encounter with an awkward and nerdy guy, who was nice enough to look at but horribly inexperienced in bed.

Lucas only discovers that he’s slept with the infamous Carmen Kelly—that is, his own magazine’s sex columnist!—when he reads her printed take-down. Humiliated and furious, he pens a rebuttal and signs it, “Nice Guy.” Empire publishes it, and the pair of columns go viral. Readers demand more. So the magazine makes an arrangement: Each week, Carmen and Lucas will sleep together… and write dueling accounts of their sexual exploits.

It’s the most provocative sexual relationship any couple has had, but the columnist-lovers are soon engaging in more than a war of words: They become seduced by the city’s rich and powerful, tempted by fame, and more attracted to each other than they’re willing to admit. In the end, they will have to choose between ambition, love, and the consequences of total honesty.

My Thoughts..

This totally reminded me of Sex and the City (Season 2, episode 15 Shortcomings) Do you know the episode?

The Characters

Carmen was like Carrie Bradshaw with a hint of Samantha, and Lucas was like kinda like Jared mixed with Josh (the guy Miranda faked orgasms with).

Jays was kind of the Mr. Big of the story.

What I liked..

This book had some really great moments, especially the letters between Carmen & Nice Guy.

I constantly found myself rooting for Nice Guy. After all, he was a genuinely nice guy who was inexperienced with women and sex.

What didn’t work..

It took me a while to get invested in the characters, as it was a bit of a slow start.

I can’t put my finger on it, but I felt like something was lacking..there was no spark.

Overall, it was an entertaining read and I liked that it wasn’t your typical happy ending. 🙂

Have you read it? Or watched Sex and the City?

**Thank you St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for my copy**