Red, White, and Royal Blue
Red, White and Royal Blue is easily my favorite book I’ve read in 2020, so far. I went into it skeptically, like I do most books that have been overhyped, and then read it all in one day.
The book follows Alex, the son of the first female President of the United States, and Henry, a literal Prince of England. They start off at odds with one another, a feud if you will. But then it becomes very obvious that they are in love, and the book quickly becomes one of the most realistic, love stories I have read.
The book is achingly romantic, and I found myself rooting for the success of Alex and Henry’s relationship. I borrowed this book from the library, but I will probably end up purchasing it so I can re-read it over and over again.
The Alice Network
This month’s book club pick was The Alice Network. I listened to this book on audio, and I ended up strapping the blue tooth speaker to the waist belt of the baby carrier and spending four hours one day listening to the book while I cleaned. For perspective I normally just listen to audiobooks in the car. This book was that good.
The book follows two different women in two different times. Eve, a British spy in France during World War I, and Charlie, a pregnant nineteen year old American, who seeks out Eve to search for her missing French cousin, post World War II.
The book flips between both timelines and you get to see how strong both women are as they face different obstacles, while also watching the two form an amazing relationship with one another. Along for the ride in post WWII is Finn, Eve’s Scottish driver.
Each story has heartbreaking revelations, and the author really shines a light on PTSD following fighting in a war.
If you enjoy historical fiction, definitely check this one out.
Things in Jars
For Christmas this year, my sisters gifted me with three months of a Book of the Month Club subscription. Things in Jars was my pick for January.
This book was, different. I don’t know if I would have chosen it if it hadn’t been offered up to me in a curated pick of five choices, but it was right up my alley. Victorian London, supernatural aspects. Maybe? Ever since finishing the book, I’ve had a hard time figuring out if everything that happened was real, or if it was in Bridie’s head.
The book follows Bridie, a private investigator as she tries to solve the case of a missing child. She is joined by a handsome ghost, Ruby. As they solve the case, it becomes more and more surreal. I’m about a week out from finishing the book, and I’m still trying to figure out the ending. I will be passing the book to a friend so I can talk to someone about what it was exactly that we just read.
Time of Contempt
At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this installment of The Witcher Series. The first half of the book is a lot of explaining about politics and movement in the universe. A lot. It’s pretty tedious.
And then about half way through the book, everyone converges together for the first time, and everyone is happy! And then everything happens. There is an epic battle, and for the first time the tide has turned against our heroes, and the book ends sort of on the morose note.
I currently have the next book on hold. It’ll be available in a month. It’s going to be a long month.
After reading The Alice Network I had high hopes for The Huntress, and I was not disappointed. The book had engaging characters and a plot that caused me to not want to put the book down.
The book follows three people: Jordan, an aspiring photograph, Ian, a former war reporter turned Nazi hunter, and Nina, a Russian fighter pilot. They are all affected by a woman who is known as The Huntress, and when you find out how each one is affected, really is the heart of the story.
Like in The Alice Network the second the storylines of these people converge, the story becomes even more interesting, and the plot moves even quicker.
If you enjoy World War II stories, or just historical fiction in general, I highly suggest you pick this book up.
The eighteenth installment of The Blackdagger Brotherhood series. While I didn’t completely fall in love with Syn like I normally do with any of the Brothers who is featured, I loved Jo, who we have been following for several books now. That and the conclusion of the Dhestroyer prophecy really made the book nearly impossible to set down.
Butch has always been one of my favorite Brothers, and his relationship with Vishous has been one of my favorites of the series. The focus on Butch and Vishous and their role in the war against the lessers, was touching and enthralling all at once.
Syn is flawed, and it took me a while to feel any sympathy for him. I was more in love with Jo, a half-breed waiting for her transition, even though she didn’t know she was a half breed. Once Jo was brought into the secret world, the book got infinitely better and I started enjoying her and Syn together. Maybe it’s because the last two romances of the series were so intense, but Syn is definitely no Muhrder.