Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Royal Romance I Didn’t Know I Needed: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

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The Royal Romance I Didn’t Know I Needed: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
A Princess in Theory
Alyssa Cole
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 27th, 2018
by Avon

From acclaimed author Alyssa Cole comes the tale of a city Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise . . . 

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?
-A copy was provided by Avon for review-

If you have ever read or enjoyed a romance novel, this book needed to be on your TBR yesterday. I was over the moon when I was approved to read an advanced copy and the book held up to every single one of my expectations + more.


  • Naledi Smith is in grad school studying to be an epidemiologist
  • Spam emails that aren’t really spam from the assistant of the Prince of Thesolo
  • Cocky Prince who doesn’t really know how to function outside of a castle but learns to impress a girl
  • Some cooking experiments when said cocky prince is trying to impress Ledi
  • Angst but like good angst
  • Swoony romance with hate-to-love vibes.
  • Discussion of socio-economic privilege
  • Discussion of what it’s like to live in a non-western country with non-western traditions, also politics where white people always try to take advantage of non-white people. HMMMPH.
  • Part of the novel is set in a non-western setting
  • Ledi’s profession is actually a big part of the novel
  • Complex friendships where friends love each other but like, sometimes don’t know how to talk
  • An assistant who will not put up with Thabiso’s bullshit and is basically his only friend


4.5 Stars
4.5 Hot Espressos

Read by the Trope: A Guide to Romance Novels

Read by the Trope: A Guide to Romance Novels

Posted by on 02/14/2018 • 3 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! And happy Wednesday if you don’t give a flying fart about Valentine’s Day. I don’t really care one way or another but I always find that Valentine’s Day is a great day to curl up with a romance and just treat yourself to something fun! Like most people, I have my favorite tropes and I definitely can be sold on many a novel if the trope is a thing I like! So. Today. I’ve put together a mini guide on reading some romance books by the trope featuring some of my fav tropes and other tropes I know people like. I spent a LOT of time putting this guide together (probably like 10 hours all together?) so I REALLY do hope you’ll enjoy it! I also…

Rashika Turns 5

Rashika Turns 5

Posted by on 02/13/2018 • 4 Comments

I don’t mean so alarm anyone but I promise I am not actually a 5 year old waddling around in this community. Although, if I were, that would be pretty cool. I //have// however been blogging for five years which is wild. I really didn’t think I’d still be around??? But hey, this is a great way to reflect on my time within this community.

I’ve been blogging for a quarter of my life now. In the time I’ve been blogging, I graduated High School and I graduated College (Cum Laude ;)) Talking about books has always been an important part of who I am. In 7th grade, I got a bunch of people sitting at my desk hyped about The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. In 9th grade, I got…

New Adult and Romance

New Adult and Romance

Posted by on 02/12/2018 • 4 Comments


Discussion posts are sometimes really hard to write when you have a lot of thoughts and feelings and it usually requires a backstory. So here is a short one. Recently, on twitter, there were discussions happening regarding how homogeneous New Adult lit is. A lot of the criticism was centered around how romance and sex heavy a lot of New Adult books are.

I think no one will ever disagree that we are definitely short on the range of experiences that are usually found in New Adult novels. We need change in that regard but, I don’t think that the demand for change should come at the cost of dismissing the New Adult that already exists?

For one, New Adult isn’t really a genre. It’s a demographic, its an…

Fresh Batch (February 11th – 17th)

Fresh Batch (February 11th – 17th)

Posted by on 02/10/2018 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Honor Among Thieves Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre Series: The Honors #1 Publication date: February 13th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

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Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race…

Books In Verse

Books In Verse

Posted by on 02/09/2018 • 6 Comments

Writing reviews for books written in verse or collections of poetry is pretty hard because I’ve never really read poetry critically (even though I was a lit major.) However, over the past year, I’ve been reading more and more poetry collections and books written in verse because sometimes that mode just works for the stories being told and its incredibly lovely. Please note, I received advanced copies of both books for review.

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners Naomi Shihab Nye  


Voices in the Air is a collection of almost one hundred original poems written by the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye in honor of the artists, writers, poets, historical figures, ordinary people, and diverse luminaries from past and present who have inspired…

15 Books for New Adults

15 Books for New Adults

Posted by on 02/08/2018 • 9 Comments

Recent discussions in this community have been about how we don’t have enough books out there that reflects the experience of the average new-adult person. There are some facets of this discussion I disagree with (which might be a post for another day) but, I think we can all agree the more the better. Everyone deserves to have their experiences reflected in the books they read. So, today, I’ve compiled a list of 15 books with characters who are either in college or are college-aged. Some of these were marketed as YA and some as cross-over. Some of these just came out and others have been out for a while.

1. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Let’s Talk About Love pretty much has it all. Anxiety about choosing…

Vaguely Narnia Vibes + Unicorns: The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko

Vaguely Narnia Vibes + Unicorns: The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko

Posted by on 02/07/2018 • 0 Comments

I love middle grade novels and I love discovering new ones. As far as I can see, The Unicorn Quest is shaping up to be a major middle grade release this year and it synopsis sounded up right up my alley. The vaguely Narnia vibes along with unicorns sounded like it would be an enthralling read.

Here is what I can tell you. The Unicorn Quest is an adventure of the best kind. We get sucked into a new world from the get-go and like the MC, we kind of have to assimilate to the new world we find ourselves in. This is great because we experience the world alongside the MC which allows us to form a special bond with her but it also means that it takes…