Weekly Update

 In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Review: Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager
  • Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Memorable villains
  • Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee
  • ABC Book Challenge: A
  • Review: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

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I’ve been reading:

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1 thing this week:

  • I bought a car! I think that’s the only exciting thing that happened this week, but honestly, that’s enough excitement to last me for a whole year or so.

Blog hopping:

  • Shruti talked about the importance of a good, clean (and mobile-friendly!) blog layout.
  • Mandy and Sha celebrated their two-year blogging anniversary!
  • Kaleena gave so many tips on social media!
  • Rae shared a ton of tips for book bloggers!

Weekly playlist:

This week’s playlist isn’t so much a playlist as it is a music video. Thanks (as usual) to Daniel for being the best and for telling me to step away from my desk to watch this video when it premiered on Friday.

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Book review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Source: Purchased

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

It seems like every book I was anticipating was released in October this year. First there was Vengeful, then there was What If It’s Us, and now there’s The Lady’s Guide. I loved The Gentleman’s Guide when I read it last year and was so excited when I heard that Felicity was getting her own book in the series. (So excited that I actually preordered it, although that was mostly just so that I could get the novella as well.)

I absolutely adored the first half of this book. I loved every character, from Felicity to Johanna to Sim. I loved getting to see Monty and Percy again. I loved how snarky Felicity could be. When she turns down a marriage proposal because she has “so much to read?” Actually me.

But the second half of the book? I’m not sure what happened. It really took a turn and I just couldn’t go for it. This is definitely spoiler territory, so…

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The biggest problem I had with the second half was the introduction of the sea dragons. If this had been a fantasy novel, it would be one thing. But it wasn’t. It’s historical fiction about a girl in the 18th century who wants to be a doctor. I thought that the dragons really took away from the story.

Another problem for me personally (that wouldn’t necessarily be a problem for everybody) is that toward the end of the book, Felicity starts speaking in a much more modern way than she had been at the beginning. One example is her rolling her eyes and saying, “That sounds fake” when she learns about fuzzy cacti. It just didn’t feel like her voice anymore and it pulled me out of the story.

Was The Lady’s Guide an enjoyable book? Yes. But it didn’t really live up to my expectations and I found myself putting it down all the time to go do other things. I liked the characters, I liked the representation, and a lot of the writing was funny and sassy and wonderful, but overall… I just didn’t love this one as much as I’d expected.

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Weekly Update

 In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores I want to visit
  • Review: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
  • Review: Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
  • Review: Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar
  • Review: Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

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0 things this week:

  • I’ve still got nothing. There is both a lot and nothing going on in my life right now.

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Weekly playlist:

You may or may not know that twenty one pilots is one of my favorite bands! I saw them in Brooklyn with one of my friends a couple years ago and they were so good!! In honor of the Bandito tour starting this week, here’s Trench in its entirety. I can’t even believe that I’m going to see them again in June. ❤ ❤

Weekly Update

 In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

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1 thing this week:

  • It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a week, but hey, I’m in Tennessee right now and it’s going to be a great day. ❤

Blog hopping:

Weekly playlist:

If there’s one song that got me through this week, it was Laugh It Off by Chelsea Jade. It’s not much of a playlist, but it is what it is.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d slay a lion to get early

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today we’re talking about those books that we would love to get early (and might do anything to get). I’ve actually had to revise this list a couple times since I’ve received some ARCs that I never thought I would get!

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee! I loved The Gentleman’s Guide and cannot wait for its follow-up. Felicity was a great character and I’m so excited to read about her adventures.

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Big F, Maggie’s debut. It was an amazing book and I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for her sophomore novel.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera! It’s no secret that I’m a huge Becky Albertalli fangirl, but the cover of this book has actually slayed me. I want to frame it and put it on my wall.

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer! I don’t know how I ever got lucky enough to get an ARC of Renegades but it was one of the highlights of my blogging life in 2017. I have to know what happens next!

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab! I actually got an ARC of A Darker Shade of Magic back in the day and I’ve been a big fan of Schwab’s ever since. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for Vengeful, so I am open to just about anything to shorten the wait!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab! Yep, it’s another Schwab book. I follow her on Twitter and every sentence she shares from a new book makes me want to read it even more. Who even knows how long we’ll have to wait for this book. I need it now!

I’ve been meaning to read more Kasie West since I’ve really enjoyed what little I’ve read from her so far, but I’ve just never gotten around to it. Still, Listen To Your Heart has an adorable cover and I love the vibe of her books.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson! I haven’t yet read all of Morgan Matson’s work, but what I have read, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. I’m thinking it’s pretty doubtful that I’d ever be approved for an ARC of a book this hyped, but hey, I can dream.

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka! I was over on Twitter one day and there was a thread where debut authors could talk about their books. The way that these authors were talking about this book made me hop over to Edelweiss and immediately request it. I never have any luck on Edelweiss so I’m just over here waiting for this book to finally come out.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne! I loved The Hating Game and Sally Thorne quickly became one of my must-buy authors. Twitter’s about to show up for the third time on this short list… Honestly, Sally has been killing me with her vague tweets about this book! It sounds so amazing! Please, save me from my misery and give me this book asap.


Books that originally appeared on this list that I actually got advance copies of are: The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie, Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, and Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff.