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When I saw that I had the opportunity to get the first part of The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (the geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself) I jumped on it. I will admit that I was hesitant when I first heard about the subject for this book, it seemed too "ripped from the headlines" and I worried that it would be cheesy instead of funny. However, I loved the other books that these authors put out, so I was willing to give it a go. I'm really glad I did. Cocks and Morgan aren't breaking any new paths here, but when you write in a way that is entertaining, you don't really need to. The first 7 chapters were snappy and sassy and I immediately was all in for Bex and Nick to get together. I was also extremely happy that the book didn't dive right into that as the main plot. It's much more about a girl who is away from home for the first time, and on top of that is thrown into the royal inner circle (by virtue of a dorm room location) without much preparation. When I hit the end of chapter 7 I was bummed because I wanted more right then. Cocks and Morgan managed to take a well trod storyline and make it fun and interesting. I can't wait until April 7th when the full book comes out and I can see what happens next.
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble.
Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing. (from goodreads)
A Conspiracy of Stars
By: Olivia A. Cole
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.
But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.
With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family