The Guinevere Deception: Review

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the e-galley!

Arthurian myths are my jam. They are so much my jam that I have been writing a YA reimagining for the last two years (I’m going to finish it, I swear). That is why I was iffy to read this mostly because I was bitter that somebody got a King Arthur retelling out before me and also because I was scared that it was similar to what I was writing and I would be soooooooo sad and if I published mine people would be all, ehhh she copied Kiersten White. Wow, rambling over.

This book was great. It follows, “Guinevere, the daughter of Merlin, who is sent to protect King Arthur. Theirs is not a marriage of love, but a necessity. Guinevere has magic, which has been banned from Camelot alongside Merlin, so she has to hide it. After a while, we find out the truth of why she’s been sent to Camelot, as well as discovering her feelings for Arthur, and his nephew, the dark and mysteriously hot Mordred.

GAH. Ok, so I flew through this book because my Netgalley approval happened four days before the book’s release. There were some aspects that I loved, which were sweet cinnamon roll Arthur and Darkling-like Mordred. The city of Camelot was a dream, and I simply loved being in this world! There were also things that could have been a bit fleshed out, such as Guinevere’s past. I could have also used some signs of the times, such as clothing and food that went with the setting and period. I also felt a bit cheated at the end. I had so many questions from the beginning that never got answered, and now I have to wait a whole year for the next book. BOOOO BUT THAT TWIST THOUGH.

Let me touch upon the romance. I LOVED IT ALL: the sweet moments and the secret looks. I WAS DYING. I need some fanart of Mordred because I have this unhealthy obsession with bad boys that kiss like wild animals, and I CANNOT HELP IT. The fact that these romantic aspects were sorta slow burned also delighted me. There is no insta-love, and the female friendships are spot on amazing.

I pretty much adored this book, and I vowed to hold back on my book box subscriptions for the rest of the year, but I may have to renew a particular one to get this book.

Sick Kids in Love: Review

THIS IS THE BOOK I NEEDED THIS MONTH!!!

So, I was doing this thing where I read nothing but spooky stuff for October, and let me tell you something. Reading nothing but horror and thrillers can make your brain all weird. So, I needed a break. This book checked off everything I loved in a romance, so here’s my glowing review.

Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis, and she meets Sasha, who has Gauchers disease. Together, they form Sick Girl and Sick Boy, and they are the best couple in the entire universe. Seriously, the way their romance bloomed was so incredible that when there were those bouts of bad tension between them, I seriously feared for how much I would cry if anything happened to these cinnamon rolls.

Isabel has questions column in her school’s newspaper, and these breaks in the story were a delight to read. I found myself laughing out loud at Isabel’s humor. She is seriously one of the best protagonists not only for her strength but because she feels so deeply about the abandonment of her mother and the absence of her hardworking father.

And SASHA! AHHHHH He is a total book boyfriend material. He is stoic yet unafraid to show his feelings. I mean, the boy naps like a cat and he WILL NAP WITH YOU ALL DAY and lie around and do nothing but be near you and if that isn’t just the perfect relationship, I don’t know what is.

I learned a ton about these two diseases and how debilitating it can be. I had thyroid cancer and had to have mine removed in 2005 so I can relate to Isabel’s fears of people seeing her “faking” her illness, just because people aren’t able to see how she suffers on the outside. You constantly look at others who are way sicker and feel as though you have no right to feel the way you do, and sometimes these emotions drown you.

Isabel and Sasha navigate these feelings together and learn to support each other without trying to change each other. This book was an absolute breath of fresh air from all those sick kid books. I wish I could succumb to amnesia just for a day so I could read this book all over again.