Book Review | Regal Hearts: Season Two | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! Today I am so excited to share my review of Regal Hearts: Season Two by Livy Jarmusch. I read Season One a while back and really loved, so I was so excited jump back into this series!

Be sure to read to the end of the post, because I’m also sharing how you can enter to win an autographed copy of Season One, and you will not want to miss it!


regalheartsseasontwo.jpgTitle: Regal Hearts: Season Two by Livy Jarmusch

Pages: 437

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian

Publisher: CreateSpace (Jan. 28th, 2019)

Summary

Following the unexpected revelation of her regal heritage, Lena Bodner must travel to Tarsurella in search of allies. Rebuilding a broken nation is no small task. But now it’s up to Lena to convince her sisters to help. Will they learn to work together in love and unity? Will they rise to become the world-changers they were meant to be? Or will their nation crumble apart, as a wicked dictator overthrows their courage?

Regal Hearts Season Two is the continuation of an exciting story written in a unique “TV Show” format. Livy has been releasing these digital-book episodes on a weekly basis, but now you can read Season 2 (10 Episodes) all at once!

Regal Hearts: Season Two

what i thought

*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  A huge thank you to the author!*

After reading Season One of Regal Hearts, I was absolutely hooked on Livy Jarmusch’s writing!  Since first reading season one back in late 2017, I’ve also read and loved The Coronation and The Rebellion (a companion series).  Because of this, I was so excited for the chance to review season two!  And I am so delighted to say that this season did not disappoint!

One of the things I loved most about Regal Hearts: Season Two is the characters.  There are so many well-written and memorable characters.  I have become so invested in these characters and their stories.  Livy Jarmusch is truly such a gifted author and writes in a way that is just so encouraging and relatable.  While, honestly, I love them all, my favorite characters are still Eleanor, Emma, and Arden.  I have to say, however, Aurora really grew on me this season.  This book featured so much character growth from everyone compared to who they were last season, and I was internally cheering on all the characters as I watched them grow up, think for themselves, and mature.

The actual plot for this time around was so good, too!! Regal Hearts: Season One was so amazing and just when I didn’t think the storyline could get any better, Season Two happened and absolutely blew me away. There were so many twists and turns throughout this entire novel!

Another thing I loved about this book was the faith content.  I really appreciated how so many of the characters put their trust in God, and the many biblical reminders written throughout the pages of this story.

Overall, I really loved this book.  Regal Hearts: Season Two was filled with action, adventure, mystery, and romance.  There was truly a little bit of everything in this book, and I loved every minute of it!  I cannot wait to read Regal Hearts: Season Three!  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, adventurous, and wholesome read.

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giveaway

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One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of Regal Hearts: Season One!

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about the author

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Livy Jarmusch is a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. She enjoys crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When she’s not writing, you can usually find her playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning her next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies. Come connect at http://www.livylynnblog.com!

 

Visit her at:


tour schedule

Gracelynbuckner.wordpress.com 

Review of Season 1

March 1st

greenteawithbooks.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 2nd

http://englishmysteriesblog.blogspot.com

Guest post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 3rd

Spoonfulofsurprises.com

Review of Season 2

March 5th

https://bookslifeandchrist.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 8th

https://savannahgracewrites.blogspot.com/

March 9th

Writing Advice from Livy

http://kayleeskindofwrites20.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 12th

www.smylinggirl.blogspot.com

Review of Season 1

March 13th

https://imperialscribis.wordpress.com/

Review of Season 1

March 14th

https://hollyciampi.wixsite.com/holly

Review of Season 1

March 15th

www.alyssan.com

Review of Season 2

March 16th

youaresaltandlightblog.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 19th

www.writingsfromagodgirl.wordpress.com

Guest post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 20th

https://anitaseavey.com

Review of Season One

March 20th

https://uniquelymarieblog.wordpress.com/

Guest Post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 22nd

https://thecalicobooks.wordpress.com

Review of Season 2 

March 23rd

bensshowersofblessings.blogspot.com  

Author Interview

March 29th

www.rileyaline.com

Review of Season 2

March 30th


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February Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! So, I just realized I never posted my February wrap-up! So, here I am posting it halfway through March! 😂

Altogether I read 6 books in February!

BOOKS READ

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– Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (library book) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐

– Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I also read through the entire Bible in about two months, so that’s being counted toward my Goodreads goal, too!

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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All in Pieces was such a well-written and gripping book filled with such incredible characters.  Out of the books I read in February, I can’t think of one more deserving than this one (other than the Bible, lol, but I’m not counting that) to be labeled as Standout Book of the Month.

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

BOOK HAUL

I actually didn’t buy or receive any new books in February!

 

MISCELLANEOUS 

February TBR

I shared my February TBR with you all! As you can see, I didn’t get to all of these books, haha!

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I also shared which book I’m waiting on!

The Valentine's Day

Then it was time to spread some love with The Valentine’s Day Book Tag!

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And lastly, I participated in the Never Let Go blog tour!


That wraps up February! I hope you all had a good February and have been having a good March!

Thank you so much for reading!


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Top Ten Standalone Books I Wish Had a Sequel

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Standalone Books I Wish Had a Sequel

This week’s topic was actually surprisingly hard, because I realized that the majority of the books I read already have sequels, or I just really don’t think they need one.  That being said, I’ve come up with 10 books that I would really love to read the sequel to!

Here we go:

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I know Eleanor & Park has mixed reviews, but personally, I really loved this one!  I would love to have a sequel to this one to see what these characters are up to when they’re older! And to answer my questions about a certain note (if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about)!!

2

I just recently read All in Pieces, and I loved this book so much!!  It was so well written and I just want to know so much more about these characters’ lives.

3

I need more of the Grant family in my life.  I need more Bill in my life.

4

Saint Anything is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books.  I just want to know more about these characters!

5

I would love to see a book that takes place like, 5 years later, to see how the characters in Everything, Everything are and what they’re doing with their lives.

6

When Andie and Clark made a brief cameo in Save the Date, I was so excited!! The Unexpected Everything is one of my favorite Morgan Matson books.  I would love to see a full sequel about them and their lives now!

7

Jane of Lantern Hill is such an underrated LM Montgomery book.  Anne of Green Gables has several sequels, so I think it would’ve been lovely to have at least one for Jane!

8

I would love to see a sequel to The Graveyard Book featuring a grown up Nobody Owens!!

9

The Host was supposed to have a sequel, but never got one.  I’m never going to not wonder what else Stephenie Meyer had planned for this series!

10

Can I please have a sequel that features Tim and Alice in their 20’s?!  Pretty please??


That wraps up this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, and the first one that I’ve done in quite a while!

What are some standalone books YOU wish had a sequel?

Thanks for reading!


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Book Review | All in Pieces

all in pieces.jpgTitle: All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

Pages: 259

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Published by: Simon Pulse (Nov. 8th, 2016)

Summary

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

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what i thought
I received All in Pieces for Christmas from my TBTB Secret Santa, Andi, this past year, and I was so excited!  I absolutely loved Hotel Ruby and The Program by Suzanne Young, so even though this book seemed very different from those two, I had no doubt I would love this one as well.  I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint either!

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday/Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature, started by Breaking the Spine and continued by Wishful Endings, that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases! 

This week’s pick is:

Girls with Sharp Sticks

RELEASING MARCH 19th, 2019

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The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.

As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.  

Okay y’all this book sounds like it is going to be so good!  I really love Suzanne Young’s writing style and absolutely devoured The Program and Hotel Ruby by her.  I’m actually reading All in Pieces by her right now and I’m loving that one, too.  Suzanne Young just has such a way with words and creating such incredible characters.  I’ve heard only amazing things about Girls with Sharp Sticks from those who received ARCs, so I just cannot wait for this!

 


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Book Review | Rebecca

rebeccaTitle: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Genres: Classic, Gothic, Mystery

Published by: HarperCollins (August, 1938)

Summary

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

Rebecca 

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I first added Rebecca to my TBR a year or two ago after hearing so many wonderful things about it.  I just knew I was going to to love it!  Let me just say that this book did not disappoint!

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February TBR!

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Hey everyone! I know I’m a few days late, but today I’m going to be sharing some of the books I’m hoping to read this month!  Last month, I didn’t finish as many books as I would have hoped, so I have some pretty high hopes for February.  I don’t always set monthly TBR’s, but I’ve decided to try it out for a while and see how it goes. 🙂

Alright, let’s get started!

First of all, I really want to get to A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs and Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.  I had planned on reading them in January, but I just didn’t get the chance.  I am so eager to read these two.  As a lot of you probably already know the Miss Peregrine series and The Book Thief are two of my favorites.  So, it’s really no surprise why I cannot wait to read them.

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Next up on my TBR is Imposters by Scott Westerfeld.  The Uglies series is another one of my favorites, and I was so excited when I found out about this book.  I just recently bought this one and, as you can imagine, I am thrilled to read it soon!

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I’m also really looking forward to reading All in Pieces by Suzanne Young!  I love her book, The Program, and while this one seems like a very different type of book from The Program, it sounds like it will be amazing.  Also, I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book, so I’ve no doubt that I will love it, too!

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Falling for You by Becky Wade sounds like it is going to be such a fun and romantic book, which I think will be perfect for February and Valetine’s Day.  I haven’t read any of Becky Wade’s other books yet, but I’ve heard so many great things about them, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

Also, as soon as they come in from the library, I’m hoping to get to Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young for Taylor Epperson’s Book Lovers Book ClubRoss Poldark by Winston Graham for Haleigh (Sweet Sequels) and Laura’s (bookishstardesigns) Poldark read-along, and Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott for Katharine’s (readwithkat) February #ReadwithKat pick!


So, as you can see, I’ve got a rather ambitious TBR for me this month!  Please wish me luck, because you know I’m going to need it! 😂

What’s on your February TBR?

Thanks for reading!


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Blogmas Book Quote | Ring Out, Wild Bells

Hello! It’s time for one final Blogmas Book Quote in 2018. Today’s quote comes from the poem Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson, which is found in A Vintage Christmas.

I love how this quote really captures how so many of us are feeling on December 31st!


“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ring Out, Wild Bells


Happy New Year! Here’s to an amazing 2019! 🥂🎉

 


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End of the Year Book Tag

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Hello! Can you even believe that 2018 is just about over?! That is so wild to me!  This year was filled with some major ups and downs.  That being said, I am hopeful that 2019 will be an amazing year. 🙂

Today I decided to the End of the Year book tag. I discovered this tag over at Pretty Purple Polka Dots by Aoife!

Okay, here we go:

Best book you’ve read in 2018

I don’t think it’s possible for me to narrow this down just to one book!  I have a post coming later this week, where I share my top ten books of 2018, and that list is as close as I can get to listing a favorite.

Best sequel you’ve read in 2016

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The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch was such a great follow-up to The Coronation.  I cannot wait to read book three!

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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I love the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld so much, so I really want to get to Imposters in 2019!

Biggest disappointment

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote was so disappointing.  So many people are obsessed with this movie, and maybe the movie is quite different, but this book was very different than I expected.  I felt disconnected from the plot and all the characters.  The short stories included in the book weren’t my thing either.  I don’t think Truman Capote’s writing is for me.

Biggest surprise

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I have to go with Small Spaces by Katherine Arden for this one.  This book completely blew me away!  It was one of my favorite books of the year and was just so much more than I expected. I love it so much!

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Katherine Arden and Taylor Jenkins Reid were both new-to-me authors that I read in 2018 that I definitely plan on reading more of in 2019!

Newest fictional crush

I don’t really get fictional “crushes” but both Bill from Save the Date and Zach from the Illusion trilogy were such sweet, great guys and I loved reading about them!

Newest favourite character

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There’s no way I could pick! I will say, though, I found Charlie and her family to be super relatable, and she reminded me a lot of me when I was 18.  So, I guess I’ll go with her for this question.

Book that made you cry

My Sister’s Keeper was the biggest cry fest for me, but Save the Date and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo also had their moments!

Book that made you happy

I feel so redundant including it, but Save the Date really made me happy, too.  The Way You Make Me Feel also made me happy!

Most beautiful book you bought or received this year

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I won this gorgeous copy of Stories for Christmas by Charles Dickens from an Instagram giveaway, and oh my word, this book is stunning!  I’m obsessed with how pretty it is!!

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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I’m currently reading The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere, and I’d really love to have that finished up before the new year starts!


That wraps up the End of Year Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I would absolutely love to hear your answers. 🙂

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a safe and happy New Years! 🎉🥂

#TBTBSanta Unboxing 2018!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate; if not, I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week)!  My holiday was absolutely lovely, filled with family, food, fun, and memories. 🎄  Last week, I received my package from my TBTB Secret Santa!  It turns out, my Secret Santa was Andi @ Andi’s ABCs, and oh my goodness, did she spoil me so!! 💕  Today I’ll be sharing all the lovely goodies she gifted me with!

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