Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins — 4.5 stars
American Royals by Katharine McGee — 5 stars
Rules We’re Meant to Break by Natalie Williamson — 4 stars
The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and Hyekyung Baek — 3.5 stars
The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare and Hyekyung Baek — 3.5 stars
The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare and Hyekyung Baek — 3.5 stars
The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean — 3.5 stars
The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2 by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean — 3.5 stars
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi — 4.5 stars
So I read Prince Charming last year when it originally released as Royals, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t adore it at the time. However, upon my reread, I found myself loving it more than I did during my first time! I really loved being back in Daisy’s head and re-meeting Miles. It’s such a fun rom-com and it’s absolutely a favorite of mine now. I just really want a second book of them set during the royal wedding…or maybe even Sebastian’s book! Be sure to check out my aesthetic.
American Royals was one of my most anticipated fall reads, and it did not disappoint! I freaking loved all of the drama and how addicting the different storylines were! Tons of my favorite tropes are utilized (like falling for you best friend’s brother!!) and I absolutely loved it all! Look for a full review coming to the blog closer to its release date.
Rules We’re Meant to Break has been on my radar since it was announced so I was so excited to have a chance to read this cute contemporary debut early. I thought this was a pretty fun read, and I loved the focus on family and dogs. If you love dogs, basketball, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you are going to love Rules We’re Meant to Break! Read my full review here.
I read The Infernal Devices magna/graphic novel adaptations in one weekend. TID is one of my favorite series so I really liked being back in the world again. It’s been several years since I read the trilogy, but the key parts all seemed to be touched on. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the art as some of the characters seemed very similar at times. Also, I think I would’ve been confused if I didn’t already know the story. I gave this a 3.5 star rating because of my love for the original trilogy. It is a fun adaptation though, and I think fans will like it.
On the other hand, The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel volumes were so much better. I loved the art in this adaptation, which really seemed to capture the characters, atmosphere, and scenes in City of Bones. I assumed each volume would focus on each book so I was surprised that City of Bones was spilt into two volumes. This definitely allowed every part of City of Bones to be captured, which I liked, but that means it’s going to be a long time before the entire series is complete.
I adore rom-coms, and Tell Me How You Really Feel is such a wonderful, diverse edition to the genre! I first heard of this book from the author describing it as if Rory and Paris had gotten together in Gilmore Girls and oh my goodness that is such a spot on comparison. There are so many Gilmore Girls vibes throughout the novel, and, as a fan of the show, I loved finding these little similarities and watching how Safi incorporated them while still keeping Tell Me How You Really Feel a truly diverse story. Rom-com fans will want to add Tell Me How You Really Feel to their summer reading list! Read my full review here.