Meet the (Other) Hero: Dmitri

Meet Dmitri Full Name: Dmitri Straussen Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia Status: Crown Prince of Tybiria Distinguishing characteristics: Tall, blond, and bespectacled. Loves books and reading poetry and novels. Often lost in his own daydreams. Motivations: Until his imprisonment, his biggest aspiration was to write … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Dmitri

Meet the (Other) Hero: Raul

Meet Raul Photography by Giulia Pugliese. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Raul Petigya Featured in: The Emperor’s Daughters: Jordinia, Book 5 by C.K. Brooke From: Halai, Heppestoni Status: Former foot soldier, builder. Distinguishing characteristics: Dark skin tone, warm eyes, sharp-witted. Motivations: Homeland, service, and helping others. Raul’s Story: Once a foot soldier lost in the … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Raul

Meet the (Other) Hero: Bram

Meet Bram Photo by Paolo Nicolello. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Officer Abram Visigoth Featured in: The Duchess’s Descendants: Jordinia, Book 4 by C.K. Brooke From: Pierma, Jordinia Status: Officer of the Royal Guard Distinguishing characteristics: Very tall. Calm demeanor. Dark eyes and hair with a violet sheen. Motivations: Duty, honor, and service. Compassion. Bram’s … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Bram

Meet the (Other) Heroine: Pavi

Meet Pavi Full Name: Pavola Ward Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Wintersea Fortress, Llewes, East Halvea, World of Jordinia. Status: Ward of the king Distinguishing characteristics: Tiny and slender. Cropped red hair. Extremely intelligent. Taught herself to read and loves devouring tomes about science and mathematics. Motivations: To escape the oppressive … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Pavi

Meet the (Other) Heroine: Benedicta

Meet Benedicta Photo by Hai Phung. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Grand Duchess Benedicta “Nedi” Ducelle Featured in: The Emperor's Daughters by C.K. Brooke From: The Royal Palace, Pierma, Jordinia Status: Fourth and youngest Grand Duchess of Jordinia Distinguishing characteristics: Pale blonde hair, a generous heart, determination. Motivations: Benedicta would like a husband and family someday, … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Benedicta

Meet the (Other) Heroine: Johanna

Meet Johanna Photo by Tiko Giorgadze. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Johanna Cosmith Featured in: The Duchess’s Descendants by C.K. Brooke From: Rhys, Jordinia Status: Daughter of the late Duke and Duchess of Jordinia Distinguishing characteristics: Wild curly hair; flirtatious. Perhaps a bit too experienced with gentlemen… Motivations: Johanna is carrying an unexpected surprise and she … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Johanna

Meet the Hero: Geo

Meet Geo Full Name: Georome Straussen Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia. Status: The younger Prince of Tybiria Distinguishing characteristics: Raven hair, athletic, courageous. Can be reckless but for noble causes. Motivations: Loyalty and family. Will do anything for his brother. Geo’s Story:Although the two couldn’t … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Geo

Meet the Heroine: Guinevere

Meet Guinevere Full Name: Guinevere Pendrakon From: Camylot Featured in: I, Guinevere by C.K. Brooke Status: Queen-to-be of Camylot Distinguishing characteristics: Long blond hair; has a special, innate connection to the sword, Exkalibur Motivations: Fighting for the ones she cares about, becoming the queen her kingdom needs. Guinevere’s StoryOn the winter solstice, a mysterious sword … Continue reading Meet the Heroine: Guinevere

Book Review: Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

Origin (Penguin Random House, October 2017) is the latest installment of the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, following bestsellers Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. However, the books can more or less be read out of order, as each adventure is separate and none really build upon the others … Continue reading Book Review: Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

Book Review: Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series (HarperTeen, 2015) is a compilation of previously published novellas and new bonus material, all pertaining to The Selection series by Kiera Cass. The bonus material was a nice touch. I loved the scenes from Celeste's point of view; those were definitely the highlight. I feel like I … Continue reading Book Review: Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Favorite: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

The Favorite: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2015) by Kiera Cass is the final (to date) novella in The Selection series, told from the point of view of Marlee, America's best friend and the country's "favorite" contender of the Elite. Marlee sadly loses favor in either The Elite or The One (forgive me; it's been a … Continue reading Book Review: The Favorite: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Guard: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

The Guard: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2014) is a companion novella to The Selection series by Kiera Cass. The Guard is told from the point of view of Aspen, America's first love, who is eventually enlisted as a guard at the palace in the original series. *Spoilers Ahead If You Haven't Read The One* I … Continue reading Book Review: The Guard: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

"Was I so mysterious? Perhaps I was. I'd mastered smiles and half truths. But I certainly didn't want to appear that way." The Prince: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2013) by Kiera Cass is a mini-novel retelling the first days of The Selection from Prince Maxon's point of view. I was surprised to see how much … Continue reading Book Review: The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Queen: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

"In that instant I wanted him, the crown - every last piece of this - like nothing before." The Queen: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2014) by Kiera Cass is a short prequel to The Selection series. Although it's a prequel, it's best to have read the original trilogy, consisting of The Selection, The Elite, and The … Continue reading Book Review: The Queen: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

Book Review: Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row #3) by Ally Carter

"I don’t want to be a princess. I don’t want the spotlight and the chaos and the duty. But more than that, I want the people I love to be safe, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen." - 52% Take the Key and Lock Her Up (2016) is the third installment in … Continue reading Book Review: Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row #3) by Ally Carter

Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown (2016) by Kiera Cass is the fifth and final book in the #1 NYT Bestselling Selection series. After her mother suffers a heart attack, Eadlyn Schreave, princess of a futuristic U.S. monarchy, has narrowed her suitors down to the six "Elite". She must step in as regent while her mother recovers her health, although the … Continue reading Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir (2015) is the continuation of Kiera Cass's original Selection trilogy, and the first book in (what I'm guessing will be) a new trilogy about the next generation of the Illéan royal family. I cannot believe this was nearly a 350-page book, because it felt so short! I absolutely devoured it and couldn't put … Continue reading Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

The One is the third book in The Selection series by Kiera Cass, following The Selection and The Elite. While I really enjoy Cass's writing style in that it's incredibly easy to read and become immersed in, I'll admit I was shocked and rather disappointed with the ending. I don't want to give anything away, but I … Continue reading Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite (2013) by Kiera Cass is the sequel to The Selection, and the second book in The Selection trilogy. In this story, we read the continuation of America Singer's stay in the royal palace as the 35 girls in the prince's Selection are narrowed down to just six contenders. The writing reads much the same as the first … Continue reading Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (2012) by Kiera Cass is a teen dystopian romance, and is pretty much as close to perfect as you can get. This novel has everything: world-building without the crutch of magic, royalty, a futuristic dystopia-lite U.S., a love triangle, tons of clean romance, and a protagonist who's a phenomenal role model. Not to mention, Cass's writing … Continue reading Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Book Review: Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap

Anastasia’s Secret, published in March 2010, is an historical romance for teens written by Susanne Dunlap. The premise is that the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, had a love affair with one of the guards, Sasha, who imprisoned her and her family. In Dunlap’s world, the reason that Anastasia … Continue reading Book Review: Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap

Book Review: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

This quaint story was a refreshing find among the edgier novels flanking it on the shelf. Based off of the Grimm fairy tale of the same name, The Goose Girl is the story of young Ani, Crown Princess of Kildenree. An unusual trait for a book’s main character, Ani is not a good communicator and … Continue reading Book Review: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Book Review: Ophelia by Lisa Klein

I picked up this book simply because I liked the cover. I'd never even read Shakespeare’s Hamlet! Written by Lisa Klein, Ophelia is Hamlet's story told by his lover, Ophelia’s, point of view. We're introduced to the young Danish woman when her ambitious father secures a place for his family at Elsinore Castle. Ophelia is adopted as … Continue reading Book Review: Ophelia by Lisa Klein

Book Review: Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769

This is a very neat little retelling/fictitious diary of Marie Antoinette's younger years, and her days before she becomes the notorious Queen of France. The author uses her imagination to invent a childhood for Marie that girls today may relate to, and all the events leading up to her arranged marriage and the obscene pomp … Continue reading Book Review: Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769

Book Review: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer

This book was originally part of Scholastic's Royal Diaries series. We meet the last Grand Duchess of Russia, Anastasia, in her tender adolescence, and read all about what her life was like with her siblings, prior to the Revolution and their deaths. This diary-formatted book is a good introduction to the history of the Romanovs and … Continue reading Book Review: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer