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Book Birthdays: May 14, 2019

Here are the books (on my radar) that are celebrating their Book Birthdays this week (a.k.a. books that are being published in Canada this week)! Happiest of Book Birthdays to all of these lovely new releases! Which ones are you most excited for?!

TitleRed, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (Macmillan)

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

Title: We Hunt the Flame
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: William Morrow

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

Title: The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
(Simon & Schuster)

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.


15 thoughts on “Book Birthdays: May 14, 2019

    1. Hehe I keep hearing good things! I tried one but it wasn’t for me. Some friends who like Lauren’s books though have told me that that was not the right book to start with to begin with though hahaha

    1. Yeah it was a good week for releases! I can guarantee that Red, White and Royal Blue was good (I need to review it soon, haha) and I’ve heard good things about the other 2 😀

  1. I’ve already read We Hunt the Flame, and Red White and Royal Blue sounds like a nice summer contemporary read. I may have to pick it up. –oh, and you have the wrong author listed for We Hunt the Flame. It’s Haifsah Faizal, not Sonali Dev. 🙂

    1. I need to pick up We Hunt the Flame soon! And yeah, Red White and Royal Blue was GOOD! Also thanks for catching that! WordPress must not have saved the change I made to my template

  2. Yeah, my reading mood just did a dramatic shift towards craving contemporary. It tends to happen when the weather finally starts getting nice. I read a contemporary yesterday, am a good chunk through another one already today, and I’ll probably read Red, White, and Royal Blue next. Hopefully after that I can get back to my giant stack of fantasy reads.

    1. Ohhh I hope you’ll enjoy Red, White and Royal Blue 🙂 And I get those cravings too! Right now, I can’t seem to do YA contemporary but am all over the adult rom-coms that are coming out. I’m also craving a good YA fantasy hehe, so I’ll be diving more into The Beast Player soon!

      1. I’m feeling like I need more adult rom-com reads. I just devoured both My Favorite Half-Night Stand and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, and of course am currently reading Red, White, and Royal Blue, so I feel like I need some recommendations of other rom-com reads to dive into this summer.

        1. Ohhhh maybe I’ll make a blog post with a list! The Bride Test was good, and I really liked New Orleans Rush too. Alsoooo I’m really enjoying Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors right now. I picked up The Unhoneymooners from the library yesterday and hope I’ll have time to read it before I have to take it back hahaha

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