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An Indiscreet Princess

Being a child of Queen Victoria was not easy, especially after the passing of her beloved Prince Albert, whose memory obsessed the monarch’s waking hours until her own death. Nine of the queen’s ten children were unmarried at the time of Albert’s death, and Arthur, Leopold and Beatrice were ...

B+
American Royalty

Tracey Livesay’s American Royalty is a spin on the Meghan Markle-Prince Harry romance that transcends fanfic to deliver a good time, but requires significant suspension of disbelief with the UK setting and the royal family. Jameson Lloyd, Duke of Wessex, wants to leave his royal roots behind an ...

B
In Search of a Prince

The plot of In Search of a Prince is a twist on the classic story of Cinderella. In this case, a young woman discovers she is heiress to a royal throne in a faraway country, travels there to explore her options, and falls in love. The country is a West African island nation, and In Search of a Princ ...

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A Heart of Blood and Ashes

This was a Best Book of 2020 for us. Have you read it? originally published in February 2020 A generation past, the western realms were embroiled in endless war. Then the Destroyer came. From the blood and ashes he left behind, a tenuous alliance rose between the barbarian riders of Pars ...

B
Duke, Actually

Jenny Holiday calls Duke Actually and its predecessor, A Princess for Christmas, her “Hallmark Christmas movie in book form except with sex and swearing" series. It’s quite apt: like a Hallmark movie, this book has plenty of cheer. Dani, an English professor in New York, would rather be a wri ...

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Once More Upon a Time

Once More Upon a Time is a completely captivating, charming and comedic fairy tale novella about what happens after you find what is supposed to be your happily ever after. Imelda is one of the twelve dancing princesses. Contrary to popular belief, she and her sisters had good cause to wear their ...

B
The Royals Next Door

The Royals Next Door is sweet and funny, but it also has body and substance.  It starts out as extremely fluffy and lighthearted – very much a beach-read – but then it hits you with some surprising depth and truth.  You might have to adjust your expectations with this one, but it’s worth the ...

B-
Tokyo Ever After

Emiko Jean’s Tokyo Ever After is listed for grades 6-8 on Amazon, and it will be fine for that intended audience, especially in a library that is working to diversify. I do not, however, see it having what it takes to reach audiences beyond that maturity level, or to become a classic when a better ...

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Winterkeep

Winterkeep is the fourth book in the Graceling Realm series, and I’d strongly suggest that if you like the sound of it, you start with the first book, Graceling. Like many fantasy series, the books build on each other, and there’s no way to write this review without spoilers. Fortunately, the th ...

B+
Winter's Orbit

I’m not usually drawn to Science Fiction/Fantasy or Space-Opera Romance but I may have to rethink that after reading Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell. Kiem, Prince Royal of Iskat, has been asked to marry Count Jainen, the Thean representative to the federated empire ruled by Iskat. Jainen wa ...