Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Letter to Ericka L. James

Hello Everyone!

Please excuse the absence right now...I'm moving!!! :)  So to say things are a little crazy is an understatement... :)

Anyway, I've had it, and I'm done keeping my mouth shut!

I want to apologize to a certain author, so I have decided to write her a letter here on The Romance Bookie, to show her that not all of us in the book world are like the people who treated her so poorly in the last couple of days.

Dear Ericka L. James,

I want to apologize to you, and tell you I am so sorry for the way you have been treated in the last days, and even over the past couple of years by some people in this world.  

While I know you are strong, I know it can also be tough, to just hear nothing but negativity from the world, who don't appreciate what you do; I want you to know, there are way more people in the world who DO appreciate what you and so many of our favorite authors do for a living.

Not only are you a successful published author, but you are one those kind people who hasn't forgotten about her readers.  You show us every day, by answering their questions, Facebook messages, tweets, how much you appreciate them.  

You're amazing, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

It doesn't matter what people think!  

Anyway, I wanted to apologize for the way the book world has treated you, because to be honest, I am beyond disappointed!  I haven't as much a part of this world, as I once was, due to life taking over, but honestly, now I understand why it might have been a good thing...if this is how this world has become.  

What those people did to you yesterday was just straight out bullying!  

No one deserves what you had to go through!  All of those people involved should be ashamed of themselves.  Because no matter how much you may dislike a person (which lets be honest, how can they?  They don't even know you?!) or there book, no one should have the right to bash and put someone down like that.

While some question you're success, all I have to say to you is kudos.  You've done amazingly, and you've definitely treated your fans better, then a lot of others.  You've never talked badly about your fans, or how annoyed you are of them.  You've never shown anything but appreciation!  

That's what makes a great author.

I enjoyed your books, they were definitely a guilty pleasure!  I will admit, they aren't in my top favorites...hope you don't take that the wrong way; but none the less, I did enjoy them.  But you know even if I hadn't, I would never think about bashing you or any author for that matter!  I look up to what you do; and can only hope one day, to even have one of my works published!

So again I'm sorry with the way you've been treated.  This letter represents all of your fans who appreciate and love you for everything you've done!

Here's a song to you, that's helped me a little over the past week as I move out of my parents house...a good pick me up, because always remember you are "One in a Million" <3

With Love, 

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Erin: The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

Hello! As you may remember, The Winner's Curse was one of my most anticipated reads of the year! I read The Winner's Curse last year after I was immediately drawn in by the beautiful cover and the description of the book!  They are such good books and I would recommend them to anyone!

All right! Here's my review!

From Goodreads:

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria's crown prince means one celebration after another.  But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making.  As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement...if she could only trust him.  Yet can she even trust herself? For --unknown to Arin -- Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country's freedom, he can't fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows.  In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.  And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Erin's Thoughts:

The Winner's Crime is an amazing book! It carries everything good from the first book and keeps going with it!  I absolutely love this book! I think if you loved and enjoyed The Winner's Curse, you're going to have a great time with this.

I love Kestrel and Arin! Both together and apart!  I think they're such great characters that fit each other perfectly.  They're both so intelligent and quick and sharp that it's so much fun to see them interact with each other.  That said, I really, really adore Kestrel.  I love that she's terrible at fighting, but compensates with her mind.  She's almost this super genius character like Sherlock Holmes, where nothing escapes her notice.  She see details everywhere and can basically work out what happened and people's motives without hardly blinking an eye.  She is so smart! I love her!  She's this incredibly brave and resourceful character that I don't think exists too much in the current books I've read.  I'd love to see more characters like her, where her wit and genius come into play.

Something that struck me once I finished this was...While The Winner's Crime trilogy is a high fantasy series, it has absolutely NO magic in it! Isn't that weird?  I only realized it after I finished, but The Winner's Curse is completely based on politics! And saying that makes the book sound really boring, but I swear -- it's not! I find it fascinating that Marie Rutkoski has created this totally new world that's completely unique and rich, yet doesn't depend on magic.  I think that's so cool!  There aren't a lot of fantasy books that don't contain magic -- and don't get me wrong, I love magic! --  but it's so interesting to me that in a really shallow way, it's almost like reading historical fiction, except that there's no basis in our world's history.  Uhhh, I don't know if that makes sense, but yeah, I am completely awed by it and I admire it so much for that reason!

Marie Rutkoski has beautiful writing with lyrical prose without it being too flowery.  You don't get bogged down with long sentences of description but she uses this almost bare (?) but elaborate language that really encompasses the feeling of the book.  I will admit that some of her metaphors went over my head and I had to read through it a couple of times to get the meaning, but it didn't really bother me that much.


Love this book so much! After I read The Winner's Crime, I went back immediately to reread The Winner's Curse.  And they are both soooo good!  I'm horrified that i have to wait a year until The Winner's Kiss comes out, but isn't that an absolutely amazing title? All the covers are so beautiful, too --I mean they're one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen! I'm sad that it's going to be the last book, but excited as well!

If you haven't read The Winner's Curse, I highly, highly recommend them! It's a fantasy story with amazing writing and, especially if you enjoy high fantasy, this is going to be such a blast! But even if fantasy's not your thing, I would still recommend this! It's an amazing book! Read it!! :D

Erin @The Romance Bookie

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Guest Review from Desirae: Nil (Nil #1) by Lynne Matson

Hey Everyone!!! 

I am very excited today to share with you a guest review from a book friend I recently met at a signing event.  Desirae is a veracious reader, she's a lot of fun to talk to, and super sweet!  She's been thinking about starting her own blog, but isn't sure yet; so I offered her the chance to write a guest review for The Romance Bookie first, and then see how she feels about it :).  

So everyone, please welcome Desirae with her review of Nil by Lynne Matson!

From Goodreads:

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.

Desirae's Thoughts:

I just want to say, thank you Mandy for letting post a guest review here, it means a lot. :)  And I hope you all like it. :)

Nil was a really enjoyable read, so good, that I re-read it after I finished it.  I loved how it took place on a mysterious island where dozens of questions piled up right away.  The story has a lot of suspense, action, romance, and vivid descriptions of the tropical island that makes you feel like you are right there beside the main character throughout the entire story.

Nil looks like a beautiful place, but it's a very dangerous island.  It isn't a place you want to visit.  It isn't safe.  The lack of supplies and wild animals looming about isn't the only thing you have to worry about there.  It's the time limit you have to worry about.

One moment Charley is at the store, just like any other day, and the next moment she wakes up to find herself on an island where she finds out by the island's leader, that if you don't leave this island in 365 days, you will die.

Every day, every minute, you have to worry about time.

One of my favorite characters in the story is Charley.  Not because she is the main character, but because she is a really strong character who survived on the island for 12 days by herself before finding the group of survivors on the island and teaming up with them.  Throughout the entire book, I was rooting for her.  Another favorite character of mine is Thad because he is always there for Charley.  He's always optimistic and he is a caring leader who wants all the best for everyone on the island and just wants everyone to find their way back home before their time is up.

There are so many characters in this book.  Some from Europe, some from America, some from Asia, some from Canada.  And none of them know why they are here.  They only know they need to survive.  Most importantly, they try to make sure everyone gets off the island before they die.  In the past, some didn't make it and it was sad.

But despite the terrible atmosphere Nil carries, and all the horrors the island brings, Charley and Thad stay hopeful.

This story is also told from two points of views, Charley's and Thad's, which makes it even more enjoyable to read.

I read this book in one day.  It's fast paced.  It's entertaining.  And throughout all the pages, it keeps you questioning everything about Nil.  How did it come to be?  Why are these people here? Why is this islands so terrifying it only give you 365 days to leave?

I wish there were more answers at the end of the book, but it's okay because it was still really good and there is also a sequel.  If you like suspense and romance, then you will like this book! :)

You can find Desirae on Twitter under the Twitter handle: @sodesirae7!

Desirae @The Romance Bookie

Friday, June 19, 2015

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

So I don't want to jinx anything, but I think I am out of my reading rut...and it's all thanks to Gayle Forman.

I am a big Gayle Forman fan!  I've read all of her YA novels, and just absolutely love all of them!  They are all so powerful and beautiful, and impossible to put down!

I Was Here, her latest release, was one of those books that I actually wanted to pick up every chance I got to read a bit.  I would have finished it sooner, but I went on vacation to San Diego for a days this past weekend, and I couldn't make my boyfriend sit there, as I read for hours, especially since we had a lot of exciting things to do!

But anyway, this one really stuck with me...and for some tough reasons.

From Goodreads:

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

My Thoughts:

I lost someone very dear to me through suicide, four years ago, very unexpectedly.  None of us knew, she had been depressed.  No one knew that she was sad and lonely.   We talked every single Sunday on the phone, and then one Sunday she didn't call.  We called and called, but no answer.  There was no way to check on her ourselves, because she lived all the way on the other side of the world.  It wasn't until that Tuesday that we found out...through an envelope we found in our mailbox. Inside were two letters...one for my mom and one for me.

It was toughest time of my life.  There were so many emotions running through me...but most of all only one stuck with me, for quite some time...Anger.

I was angry because I couldn't believe how selfish she had been to do this.  I was angry because she left behind so many people that loved her.  But most of all I was angry that she had left me.

I remember everyone coming up to me and my mom and just going, "I'm so sorry for your loss." And honestly, it made me even more angry.

I didn't want to talk about it, I didn't want it brought up...all I wanted was for life to go back to the way it had been.

We have a family friend who is very religious.  My family is not, however, we are very respectful of all religions, and expect the same courtesy back.  One Sunday, about a week after we had found out, this woman had us come to her church.  She had wanted us to hear her new song, that she would be performing on the piano.  We went, me more grudgingly, because at the time I just wanted to hole up in bed, lie there and think of anything but everything around me.

I had told my mom and that woman that I didn't want to talk about it, that I didn't even want it brought up.  My mom completely understood.

However, the woman had other ideas.

After the sermon, she introduced us to the pastor, who then brought me and my mom to his office, where he proceeded to question us about our loss.

I was livid.

I didn't want to talk to this stranger about losing one of the most important people in my life.  Especially to something, that this man, along with everyone at this church, considered a sin, and would land in a place less fortunate.

It was a bad time for me and my family.  It took a long time for me to come to terms with her death.  My grandmother had always been there for me, and from one day to the next, she was gone.  I will never be able to speak to her again, I will never be able to hear her voice again.  And we will never be able to laugh again.

I think that's what I miss the most...the laughing together.

I recently had a dream where I was in a room, and suddenly my grandmother was there.  It was just me and her, and she reached out to me.  I ran into her arms, crying, realizing at that moment just how much I missed her.  I told her I missed her and that I loved her.  I woke up crying, silent tears.  I curled up and hugged my pillow, and wanted nothing more to go back to that dream and see her for a longer time...perhaps even visit anytime I wanted to.

While I understand that the people who commit suicide have an illness, 90% of the time, I will always have some part of me that believes it is a selfish act.  I know, I know...I might get some serious criticism for my opinion, but it's just not something I can overcome.

I understand now why my grandmother did it.  She was hurting, both physically and emotionally.  She was lonely.  Loneliness is a terrible thing, that some people can just not overcome.

Gayle Forman's I Was Here, brought on so much heartbreak and so many of those memories four years ago, but not even in a bad way.

People commit suicide every single day, leaving behind so many loved ones, with heartbreak.

Cody reminded a lot of myself.  While I cried after my loved one's death, she was also mad like I was.  She didn't understand how her best friend could leave her like that.  So unexpectedly, with no further explanation except a group email telling her loved ones, about the decision she had made, but how it was too late, by the time they received the email.

The most shocking thing I had the biggest problem finding out was that Suicide Support Groups actually exist...Groups that support the decision to end your own life.

I mean, honestly, sadly it doesn't surprise me...if there are groups online that support Anorexia (Pro-Ana groups) then of course there would be sickos out there in this messed up world that would support suicide!

Why more people aren't trying to shut these groups down, is a mystery to me; but hopefully one day they won't.

This book was powerful, and really spoke to me.  I haven't been reading very much in the last few months, and have been averaging about a book a month, maybe.  I started this one last week and finished it last night.  I would have finished it sooner, but like I said above, my vacation with my boyfriend didn't need to ruined by me crying over this beautiful heartfelt story.

Overall rating:

I HIGHLY recommend this book.  Especially people who have lost a loved one to suicide.  It's a reminder that help is out there.

The suicide prevention hotline is available at ALL TIMES!!! Call them if you are having problems!

There number is: 1-800-273-8255

They are there to help you!!!  You are not alone, and people love you, just never forget that. <3

The Romance Bookie 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Erin: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Hi Everyone!!

Here's my review of Marissa Meyer's latest book, Fairest! I actually read this months and months ago, but hadn't gotten a chance to type up my thoughts on it until now! As you may know, Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors and Fairest was one of my most anticipated reads of this year! Anyways, onward for the review!! :D

From Goodreads:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. 

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Erin's Thoughts:

While Fairest has the amazing storytelling and prose of Marissa Meyer, it is a very different tone from the rest of the Lunar Chronicles.  It's a much darker, more serious, grim story and it doesn't have very funny moments or comic relief that's present in Cinder.

Learning about Levana was great, if not kind of devastating.  You get to see the relationship she had with her parents and her older (evil) sister, Channery as well as the events that may have caused her to become who she is in Cinder.  And despite how evil she is known to be, I couldn't help but sympathize with her (Eee! I Know!) She's so lonely and desperate for love that you can't help but feel for her.  She's been terrorized by Channery, dismissed by her parents, and Luna knows her as the princess who hides behind her glamour.  And she does --- she relies so much on her glamour she always wears, she comes from and represent and the ring she wears on her fingers that's hinted at in the Lunar Chronicles.  It's a very tragic story and it really does explain why Levana is the way she is. I feel like the book doesn't really answer the question about whether Levana was born evil or whether it was the circumstances in her life that made her who she is.  However, it doesn't really bother me seeing as I think it's a combination of both, but that's just my own opinion. :)

It was also really great to see much more of Luna.  Of course, I'm sure we'll get to know more about it in the upcoming Winter, but it's great to see a hint of it in Fairest. Aaand, we get glimpses of Winter, Cinder, and Jacin as well (as children)!!!

I know a lot of people weren't happy with this book as much as Marissa Meyer's other books and I know a big reason why was the length of the book.  Fairest is only 272 pages -- so very short compared to the other books in The Lunar Chronicles; it's very easy to read in one sitting (as I did).  And I heard some people weren't happy that such a short book costs eighteen dollars! But seeing how hard these authors work, I really do think it's worth it! Fairest is a great book and I do believe that it really adds depth to the entire series.


Fairest was one of those books that the longer I thought about it, the more I loved it.  Even after I finished, I kept thinking about it.  It's such a heartbreaking story in so many ways, but so beautifully done.  I really suggest fans of the Lunar Chronicles read this, but just know that it's much different story than Cinder.

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed the review!! :D

Erin @ The  Romance Bookie :)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Meg-A Readers 2015 Week 5! Final Week!

Hey Everyone!!!

I can't believe Meg-A Readers is already over!!! I'm so sad, with how little I was able to do this year! I have this whole plan of reading all the Meg Cabot books I haven't read yet (which pretty much is just the Allie Finkle series and Meg's Historical Romances), but of course life took over!

So instead today, on this last day of the 2015 Meg-A Readers I am going to celebrate that it has been TEN YEARS since I picked and read my first Meg Cabot book!  The sad part is that I wouldn't even be able to tell you which book by Meg Cabot was the first I read!  I think it may have either been All-American Girl or the first Princess Diaries.  I think it was PD though, because I remember going to library at my high school, freshman year, needing a book to read so I could accumulate 1,000 pages in independent reading for my English class.  I saw the first PD book on the shelf, and thought, "Oooh I loved that movie! Why not?!"

And that was the beginning of a wonderful friendship!

Mia and I spent our entire high school years together.  We were Freshmen together, sophomores, juniors, and seniors together.  We even graduated together!  Well, Mia graduated in January of 2009, when the last book came out, and I read it; and then I followed in June of 2009.  But still!  She got me ready for the end of high school!  I had tears in my eyes, as I shut that book; because it felt like the end of a beautiful friendship.

But what I soon realized was that the beauty of books is that they will never leave you!  Those friends you made will always be there! All you have to do is open that book again!

So that's what I did!  Almost every year since my graduation from high school, I have either reread the complete PD series, or just #3 and/or #10, because those are my two favorites!

Getting to read Royal Wedding this past March, was honestly a dream come true.  I was one of the many fans BEGGING Meg to write another PD novel!  BEGGING!!!!!  I couldn't believe my luck when I received that Advanced Copy in the mail!!  It was an incredible feeling, and it really felt as if The Romance Bookie had made it...I mean seriously, to me Royal Wedding was one of the most anticipated reads for A LOT of people this year...and me, The Romance Bookie, ACTUALLY RECEIVED A COPY IN THE MAIL MONTHS BEFORE IT WAS EVEN RELEASED!!!!!!

It was so cool!

So before I go, I have to say a HUGE thank you to Meg Cabot of course.  You've been such an amazing supporter of The Romance Bookie, and while I know you may not have the time to read this, I just wanted it to be known to anyone who has never tried your books...TRY THEM!! I think you'll will at the very least find at least ONE book from Meg that you will enjoy! :)

Thanks everyone for a great year again!! Thank you to everyone that participated!!!  You guys are amazing!! :)

As a Thank you I'm holding one last giveaway for this years Meg-A Readers!!

This is a little unusual, but THIS GIVEAWAY IS FOR MEG-A READERS PARTICIPANTS ONLY!!!!!!!!!

It's not much, but a little something, if you're interested!

It's a copy of the second Abandon book, Underworld.  I wish I had a copy for all of you, but unfortunately that is all I have left...:(

This giveaway is US SHIPPING ONLY!!!  But if you're an international participant, send me an email at: romancebookie@yahoo.com

and I'll try to get together a little swag envelope for you!  It may not all be Meg Cabot stuff, but I'm sure as a reader you'll enjoy it! :)

So anyway here you guys go...THANK YOU for all you did! :)

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Mandy @The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Meg-A Readers Recap Week 4! WITH GIVEAWAY!!! (US Shipping Only!)

Hey Everyone!

So unfortunately this year Meg-A Readers is not going at all like I had hoped.  I'm so sorry, I feel like such a flake, but this is a really tough time right now.  You see, I am transferring in the fall to University.  It's taken SIX years of Community college, because I work two jobs, and to be honest due to personal reasons it's taken me a bit longer than most.  Anyway, I've finally made it one step closer to achieving my dream of becoming an elementary school teacher!  I got my Associated of Science this semester in Liberal Arts, and was supposed to transfer to a University in my area.  However, I've been having some serious anxiety problems when it comes to commuting yet again for another THREE and a HALF years (that is my bachelors and teaching credentials), because I will end up having to give up my school job...the one job I actually need to keep my foot in the door.  But here's the problem...I can't commute three to four times a week, at 45 minutes each way, on the one paycheck I would have left, and my parents are already doing enough by trying everything they can to pay for the majority of my education!

So I recently found a possible solution...online school to get my bachelors, and then after that go to the University I was supposed to transfer to, for my Teaching Credentials.  But here's the problem, well really a few problems...it's a little more money and all the schools I've talked are being extremely difficult in accepting my credits, even though I KNOW they are legit!  I went to the #1 community college in the UNITED STATES.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I am in a rut right now.  I am a little stressed out, and while I have the most amazing family and boyfriend who are always there for me, it's a lot of pressure getting done with a goal this big.  So reading has not been on the top of my list, especially with work on top of it.

However, my school job is getting out for summer next Wednesday, so hopefully after that, I will be able to focus much more on what I will be doing, when it comes to school, in the next year, and hopefully getting back on it, and enjoy my summer.  It's definitely much needed time off!

So instead of a review this week, I will be doing another giveaway for your guys!

This week I am giving away a SIGNED copy of The Bride Wore Size 12!

From Goodreads

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NOTE: THE GIVEAWAY IS USA SHIPPING ONLY!! (I'M SORRY, Shipping costs for Internationals are SO expensive!!)

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SO anyway, stress aside, I have my two year anniversary to look forward to tomorrow with my boyfriend, TWO YEARS ALREADY!!!  So darn excited!!  We are going to San Diego next weekend, after schools gets out, to really celebrate our anniversary and the  beginning of summer!  And tomorrow we're going out for dinner :).

But in the meantime we have some really great posts from our Meg-A Readers to look forward to!!

Karen over at Lady Jessop is giving away a copy of Royal Wedding! Which came out Tuesday!! :)

Which reminds me!!! MY review of Royal Wedding went up on Tuesday!! :)

And then Deanna made another awesome post!!!  She shared How Meg Cabot Shaped Her Personality!

So that was it for this week!  Next week is already the end!  But I will end it with another giveaway! :)

Thanks everyone for your understanding! I would say it will be better soon, but I've been saying that for a while now!

Anyway, hope everyone has a good weekend!

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11) (ARC!!!)

Yay, release day must finally be here!!! I've had this post ready for MONTHS now!! I've been so excited to share with you my review, of the much anticipated Royal Wedding, the eleventh book in the Princess Diaries series! :)

I am reeling about the fact I got an ARC of Royal Wedding and The Notebooks of a Middle School Princess!!!  Seriously a dream come true!!

It was so amazing to be back in Mia's world, honestly like I was catching up with a good friend, I had lost contact with over the past six years!  So much fun!!

I can't believe how much has happened!!!!

From Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding--but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone--especially herself--that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

My Thoughts:

In reality, let's be honest here, if you know me, then you know isn't really even a review, yet another praise for Meg Cabot and her fabulous work.  

Like I said above, it honestly felt like I was catching up with a long lost friend.  I have missed Mia so much, and have been waiting YEARS for the news of a new PD book!  I've even BEGGED Meg!! Both in person and through emails, and comments online!!  Just to show how amazing she is, she actually listened to us waiting fans!!  

I've told you before, and I will tell you again, Meg is seriously one of the most amazing authors, no PEOPLE, I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to!  She is one of the few authors, where it is so obvious how much she appreciates her fans!  She emails back when she can, she will write back (if you go the old fashion way of snail mail, which I did back in 2009-- and got a reply!!), she will comment on posts on Facebook.  And she will just make your day brighter by posting something funny online, whether it's awesome post on her blog for her fans, tweeting somethings, or Facebooking.  She is there for us Meg-A Readers!

Speaking of Meg-A Readers, if you've participated in the last few years, you know how supportive Meg and her assistant have been!!  This year we were also shown a lot of support by Meg's publisher, which THANK YOU!!!!

But either way...let's get to the real point of this post...Royal Wedding, the 11th Princess Diaries book!  The one us fans have been looking forward to for over SIX YEARS!!!

Mia and Michael get ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!

There I said it...phew...it has been so hard keeping that secret for months!!!

Okay, okay, so it's not really a secret, what with Meg posting the invitation for their wedding online, and having an excerpt be available for free for us mega fans, who just needed a small amount of crack* to keep our addiction fueled; but seriously it is so unbelievably exciting!!!  Mia's getting married to the man of her dreams!!!!!!!!!  Her high school sweetheart!!!  

Not only that...but as we all know now too, with the May release of The Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, Mia has just found out she also has a long-lost twelve year old, Half-Sister!!!!!  Who by the way, is such a cutie!!!!

But wait, there is more!!!!  More things that I of course can't mention here, without spoiling them :(.  

So much has happened to Mia, so many incredible things, it's just so awesome to have learned them all!!

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So you can read the FREE Excerpt right HERE!!

There was one shocking thing that has happened in Mia's life...which is mentioned in the Excerpt...but I'll still warn you...


Mr. G has died!!!! 


If you read the spoiler above, then just know that I panicked when I first read it too.  But after reading Royal Wedding, while I'm still sad, it works...just trust me.

So yes, a lot has happened...exciting and a couple of sad things, but overall it's an exciting time in Mia's life!! Read it!!

You can get your copy on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

The Romance Bookie :)

*No crack was, or has ever been used, by The Romance Bookie to write posts...or ever for that matter. It was just a metaphor. My only addiction is book buying, and Meg Cabot's books, as you probably noticed by this post.