Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders. I’ve decided to take this topic and go in a slightly different direction…Ten Books That Feature Characters Forced into Leadership Roles. I love books that tell the story about a character that due to dire circumstances have to step up to help their loved ones. Ok…here we go!

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? 

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Mini Reviews: The Lady of Royale Street & Colorless

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

32620396The Lady of Royale Street by Thea de Salle

Release date: August 21st, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Romance, new adult, contemporary
Format: eBook

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Alex DuMont is everything his brother Sol isn’t: regimented, serious, and devout. Between twelve-hour workdays, service to the church, punishing daily workouts, and bi-weekly therapy sessions, Alex is, as Sol once put it, “a kettle perpetually whistling as it boils itself to death.” So when Sol announces his marriage to Arianna Barrington, heiress and society sweetheart, Alex is the absolute worst choice to be his best man. Sol asks anyway and Alex reluctantly agrees. It’s only a week, after all, and Alex should be able to stop himself from throttling his big brother for a meager seven days. Probably. Maybe.

Theresa Ivarson is Arianna’s best friend and the maid of honor. A decorated photojournalist who interrupts her globetrotting to stand beside her friend, Theresa is beautiful, witty, and unafraid to speak her mind. So when she is faced with working with the best man from Hell, a Viking who doesn’t know how to smile, is bossy, and about as pleasant as a cactus, the sparks are bound to fly—and not in the good way. To make matters worse, Sol and Rain’s wedding planner was hit by a bus the week before their special day, and Alex and Theresa find themselves at the center of a list-ditch effort to pull the wedding together. But when you can’t decide if you want to kiss or kill someone, something’s bound to break.

I discovered this series by Thea de Salle a few months ago from people posting about it on Twitter. It’s new adult and features a ton of sex which is usually not my “thing”. I’m usually a fantasy and oh-so-cute romance book kind of person, but I was intrigued by what people were saying. And they were all right….this series is AMAZING! I devoured this book along with its predecessors (The King of Bourbon Street and The Queen of Dauphine Street) within a month. If you haven’t read them seriously get on it!

The Lady of Royale Street was a fun and quick read! The story resolves around the Sol and Rain’s upcoming wedding. Nothing has gone as planned and in an effort to to avoid the day from turning into a complete disaster, the two enlist the help of Theresa (Rain’s best friend) and Alex (Sol’s brother). The problem? From the first time they meet these two are at odds, constantly bickering about every single thing.

Alex and Theresa were super adorable together. Their banter was some of my favourite from the series. It was witty and fast paced and had me smiling a lot while reading. Also, unlike the other relationships featured in the series, theirs felt natural. It was a slow build and one that developed by spending a large amount of time together. The one thing it did lack was the super steamy sex scenes that the other books had. I guess I was expecting more of the same? That said, this book had something the others lacked, which was an examination into religion, sex and desire. Both characters were religious and struggled with their beliefs and the feelings they had about each other and their actions. I honestly hadn’t read anything like it before.

Although it wasn’t what I was expecting, I loved every bit of The Lady of Royale Street. The characters were adorable, the dialogue brought a huge smile to my face and the blend of old and news characters was wonderfully done. I hope this isn’t the end of the series. There are so many more secondary characters to focus on, plus who doesn’t love New Orleans? Go out and buy all three books. YOU ARE MISSING OUT if you haven’t read this series. *sigh* I want more please!


I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

34625067Colourless by Rita Stradling

Release date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Rita Stradling
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Format: eBook

DNF — 55%

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In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.

Their only target: Annabelle.

Rita Stradling is an author with totally original ideas and the description of Colourless really caught my eye. Honestly, I thought that this book would be amazing. I guess I should have known better because as much as I adored the first two books in her Dakota Kekoa series, I really haven’t had much luck with her other books.

I read about 55% of this book and put it aside. I’m not even sure why I read so much of it. But then again, I really wouldn’t label it as “reading” but more as “skimming”. I was reading a few work in a sentence or a paragraph a page and just going through the motions. There was no spark, nothing that kept me interesting or wanting to read. The main issue? The lead character Annabelle was not likeable at all. She thought too highly of herself, like everyone owed her. How am I supposed to connect with that? She just irritated me to no end! Ugh!

The pacing and writing of the book also didn’t do it any favours. Alright, the first few chapters did contain some potential. They were full of mystery and intrigue…but after that it all just became so dull. The mystery and intrigue turned into pure confusion. I stopped caring because everything bounced around. Why were there so many perspectives? Was that necessary? Why did all the characters sound the same? Who was talking? My mind just kept on wandering and reading this book unfortunately felt like a task, not something that I wanted to do. Maybe I should have put it down sooner but I really wanted to try to finish it.

So, while Colourless had a fascinating plot idea nothing really took off after the first few pages. I’m sad that this book turned out this way. It was the first I picked up after not reading for weeks due to work. I guess in the future I’ll steer clear of Stradling’s books, although I would really love for the third book of the Dakota Keko series to be released. It feels like ages since the second book came out.