Royal Mistake: The Complete Series by Ember Casey and Renna Peak

This is the second book of the Royal Heartbreaker series from the two authors. I first discovered the book through BookBub when they were offering book one of the series for free. 

A brief summary of the book:

Some princes are charming. Others are assholes.

I’ve spent most of my career writing tabloid articles about the royals of Montovia, and Prince Andrew, the heir to the throne, was always the one that intrigued me most. He’s so guarded, so mysterious…so ridiculously attractive.

And then I met him. And I found out he’s the most arrogant, smug, infuriating man to ever live.

He also desperately needs my help.

There are three things I know for sure. First, Prince Andrew has a secret. Second, he’ll do anything to keep it a secret. And third, in spite of how infuriating I find him, I can’t help being incredibly attracted to him.

Which is exactly why I’m in deep, deep trouble…

I was intrigued by the premise of the storyline. The idea of a stuffy prince who hired a sassy journalist in an effort to help him win favor back to the people of Montovia?  Count me in. 

I’m also reading the first book in the Royal Heartbreaker series, so I’ll be reviewing it separately once that’s done. 

Royal Mistake doesn’t shy away from the erotic portions of the book. I find that the pace of the sex scenes were slow and steady without being over the top. For the storyline involving Andrew and Victoria, the character development between the both of them was well done. I couldn’t help but  smile at Andrew & Victoria’s banter between each other. 

Of course, there are some serious moments (which I won’t mention here to avoid spoilers) but let’s just say that these true to life events humanises the characters even more.

Andrew’s personality, while less charming than his brother Leopold, shows that there’s more to the cold exterior than meets the eye. He starts to soften up as he realises what he truly wants. Victoria acts as the catalyst where she gives him the wake up call he needs and somehow manages to be the voice of reason, even if her life was falling apart. 

The sweet and tender moments they both share when having moments of vulnerability were a wonderful touch. Reading their perspectives throughout the book gives an insight on what they’re feeling and how the circumstances changed them. 

This is a story you don’t want to miss from the series. You can grab a copy of Royal Mistake over at Amazon

Is Chirp Books Worth It?

During the early years of motherhood, I’ve spent my time listening to audiobooks on Audible. I could’ve listened to music, but I needed a way to keep up with my books addiction. Audiobooks are a godsend since it was a way to keep myself occupied while providing full attention to my little one as it was impossible to read on my phone. Babies do get rather finicky, after all.

I remember at nights, I would walk my child back and forth to help lull my kid to sleep. As I was doing so, I remember immersing myself to A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness. There was something magical in listening to the narrator when she conveyed the characters personalities using different voice techniques.

Sadly, I had to cancel my Audible subscription as I found the pricing to be expensive. Most of the time, I haven’t listened to the remaining books on my device since I was busy with work and home life.

A couple of months ago, I received an email from BookBub (yes, the same company where they sent awesome emails on discounted book deals) where they announced their new venture called Chirp Books. It’s touted to be the answer for those who simply didn’t want an audiobooks subscription and instead, purchase heavily discounted audiobooks on your device. I was very much intrigued so I signed up for their Chirp Books newsletter to stay informed of their sister site.

After signing up for their newsletter, I was able to take a look at their “today’s deals” page where the pricing ranges are from $1 – $3. I haven’t seen any free audiobooks (which is the type of model BookBub does when they offer books for free). Still, I felt that the pricing on the audiobooks were reasonable.

To date, I’ve purchased three books and while I haven’t finished them yet, one thing I’ve noticed is the interface of Chirp Books. It’s very friendly to use and has nice tabs on the page where it tells you which books you have finished and ones where you haven’t started. There’s no Goodreads integration, however. You’ll need to manually enter in the book on your account and keep track of the progress on the platform. Similar to Audible, you can only make the purchase of the books directly from their website. There’s no credits system as what Audible uses. What you see is what you get seems to be the motto behind Chirp Books.

Is Chirp Books worth checking out?

Absolutely. If you simply want a fuss-free way in listening to your audiobooks without the pricey subscription fees, then I highly recommend their service.

You can find out more by visiting their website at chirpbooks.com

Gods of Shade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I received this book from the Book of the Month Subscription on July 2019. As I’m in the midst of reading Silvia’s latest book, The Mexican Gothic, I wanted to share my thoughts on her previous book.

A brief recap on the book:

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

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My thoughts on the book

While I enjoyed the book in its entirety, I did find the ending to be predictable. I won’t give any spoilers, but if you have read typical fairy tales where two folks live happily ever after – for this story, it was the complete opposite. However, that’s not to say that the ending was bad. In fact, it was justificable on Casiopea’s wish at the beginning of the story.

I really did enjoy the incorporation of Mayan mythology in the story. With enough description of the scenery and the elements from the Jazz Age, I’m reminded of The Great Gatsby with themes surrounding on money and death. The character progression between Casiopea and the Mayan God of Death was a bit slow at first, but starts to pick up towards halfway in the story when the God of Death contemplates on his existence and what life would be like if he were to be a human just like Casiopea.

The book is a great example on trying to attain the best of both worlds, but realising that compromises need to be made in order to satisfy both ends of the spectrum.

Overall, I do recommend this book to others who want to learn more about Mayan mythology and are fans of The Great Gatsby Jazz Age era. You can purchase the book here on Amazon.com

If you’ve read the book, let me know in the comments below!

Why I Stopped Using Litsy

About a year ago, I found out about the books only social media network Litsy. The platform was geared towards folks who wanted a place to post their books content, instead of just relying on Instagram for the #bookstagram feed and Goodreads for keeping track of how many books you’ve read

The interface seems straightforward enough – you can upload a review, blurb or quote and post your thoughts on what you’re reading. The community is rather pleasant and hardly had issues on trolls commenting on my posts.

So why did I stopped using the platform? A couple of factors came into play:

  • Even with a straightforward interface, at times it felt clunky when uploading the images onto the platform. Sometimes, there were errors when making edits on the images using the filters and the app would crash.
  • The database has a limited amount of titles to search for when posting on the platform. Most of the books I’ve read are from indie authors and are not searchable within their platform.
  • You’re limited to the amount of characters when writing a review. This was the final nail in the coffin when I felt that I couldn’t elaborate as much as I wanted to when writing my book reviews. Hence, it’s why I took the plunge in opening up this website to write about my book reviews without the limitation.

Litsy has potential to do better. But until then, I’ll stick around and write my book review posts on my blog.

Have you heard about Litsy? If so, let me know your thoughts about the platform!