SBPT: The Regal Critiques

Hey everyone!

This is the sixth stop on the Book Bratz Summer Promo Blog Tour! Today we have The Regal Critiques!


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Hello lovelies. We’re Veronika and Ruzaika from The Regal Critiques (http://reading-is-dreaming-with-open-eyes.blogspot.hu/) and we’re so very happy for having the chance to collaborate with Marissa for The Summer Blogger Promo Tour.  We’re going to do the Book Tea Party Tag, originally created by Paper Fury (http://paperfury.com/). You’ve probably guessed as much but just to be sure, we’re informing you that this is an Alice in Wonderland themed tag. Now, doesn’t that sound super exciting

Just Alice: What book cover(s) had made you super-curious?

Veronika

Cinder’s cover is the first that comes to my mind. I was a bit afraid of the sci-fi aspect of the book, thus my hesitance to read it, but I found myself picking it up every time I saw it in the library. Another cover that lured me in was They All Fall Down’s. I usually pass on books that get so many negative reviews but because of that intriguing cover I bought it anyway. I made a horrible choices like the latter thanks to my cover love.

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Ruzaika

Personally I tend to not judge a book by its cover. A good proof of why this is a wise thing to do is the book I’m currently reading- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I have to say I was pretty reluctant to pick it up when a friend recommended it to me- I’m sure you’d agree with me when I say that it looks like it might be a regular, light, fluffy romance. But oh boy, it’s NOT. It’s much much more than that and but I’m so glad I started reading it.

Well, anyway, coming back to your question, a book cover that certainly made me curious enough to read it was The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.  I’d still say the cover didn’t do justice to the book- it was that good- but it certainly made me curious, and I’m glad I chose to go ahead and read it because it led to the discovery of one of my favorite authors.

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Mad Hatter: List the craziest character(s) you’ve ever read.

Veronika

Some characters from Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train but I don’t want to spoil anything so I’d rather not name them. Oliver from Dangerous Boys is a must on this list, as well as at least one character from Dangerous Girls who I, yet again, can’t name due to it being a spoiler. Adrian from Bloodlines is all sorts of crazy as well, though nothing like the others on my list. Thinking about it he reminds me of the Mad Hatter a bit.

Ruzaika

Crazy? Alison DiLaurentis from Pretty Little Liars. Having been cray cray enough to endure the whole series of sixteen freaking books (more, if you count the novellas) I’d say most of the characters were completely INSANE, but Ali definitely tops the list.

red queen: off with your head! What book have you felt like beheading?

Veronika

Particularly every book I’ve rated one or two stars, but the ones that come to my mind are sequels that let me down. I want to “behead” them because on some levels they ruined the whole series for me. The first I always think of when a question like this comes up is Ashes to Ashes. I can’t believe that a fantastic trilogy like Burn for Burn got such a crappy closure. But I could mention The Ruby Circle, which was not the epic final we were promised.

Ruzaika

A book I read this year- 99 Days by Katie Cotugno. I hated the characters and I couldn’t relate to any of them. That wouldn’t have been a problem if I had at least enjoyed the story, but sadly NO. I did not. Off with its head!

White rabbit: What books or series have been insanely popular but you’ve been “late” to pick them up?

Veronika

The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy is one that I’ve picked up very “late” – all books have been out by the time I read the first novel. I have no idea how those who’ve followed the story since the publication of the first novel survived the wait between the second and third novel, because I’m pretty sure that would have killed me.

Ruzaika

The Vampire Diaries. I’ve been so late in picking them up- meaning I have STILL NOT READ THEM!! I don’t know why but I’ve never been in the mood to read them. *shrugs helplessly* I know the books are way better than the show (which I didn’t like all that much) so I WILL read them. Some day. Hopefully soon.

Caterpillar: what’s the most confusing book you’ve read?

Veronika

That’s a hard one. I’ll go with Of Scars and Stardust. Thanks to the unreliable narrator this story made me question everything as I was reading it. And the ending left me with a bunch of questions as well.

 Ruzaika

To date it would be The Host by Stephenie Meyer. It was not only confusing, it also annoyed me like hell. Needless to say, I ended up not even considering giving the other books in the series a chance .

  1. Dormouse: what was the last book that sent you to sleep?

Veronika

Most books I dislike make me angry rather than bored so I had to think hard about this one. I ended up choosing All the Bright Places. I had huge expectations because most people loved it but I just couldn’t get into it. DNF-ed at around 60%.

Ruzaika

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer. I tried so very hard to like this book- the synopsis was SO GOOD, but it ended up being a below-average read for me. And yeah, I did fall asleep reading it because the start was kind of… slow.

Cheshire cat: Book that made you laugh and smile

Veronika

Royal Wedding or any other novel by Meg Cabot. I was a bit afraid of this book but if anything the characters became so much more fun than they had been. Now I just want Meg Cabot to write more contemporaries in the Adult genre because I found this a lot funnier than her YA novels.

 Ruzaika

Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella never fail to make me smile. Since you’re asking for the last book that made me laugh and smile it would have to be Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot. Oh but really- The Princess Diaries and the Shopaholic series are both so hilarious. Not only are the protagonists lovable and completely wacky, their significant others are adorably amusing too.

knave of hearts: most recent character who stole your heart

Veronika

Definitely Liam from The Darkest Minds. He’s seriously one of the gentlest, most caring and awesome book boyfriend I’ve ever read about. I can’t wait to see more of him in the next books.

“Ruby, give me one reason why we can’t be together, and I’ll give you a hundred why we can. We can go anywhere you want. I’m not your parents. I’m not going to abandon you or send you away, not ever.”

Ruzaika

“I want everything with you, America. I want the holidays and the birthdays, the busy season and lazy weekends. I want peanut butter fingertips on my desk. I want inside jokes and fights and everything. I want a life with you.”

Maxon Schreave from The Selection series by Kiera Cass!! I sure did miss the old him in the latest addition to the series, The Heir.

jabberwocky: best villain you’ve read this year

Veronika

I don’t think I’ve read about that good villains this year but one that comes to my mind is Lillian from Trial by Fire. She was in complete control of not only the people around her but of her emotions as well. She kind of had everything planned out and seemed to know exactly how people would react to the things she did. I think she had everything a great villain has to have.

Ruzaika

Who can beat Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles?  She was truly heartless and an utter horror. I simply can’t wait to witness the end of her. She gave the word “manipulative” a whole new definition!

down the rabbit hole: what is the latest book/series/author who completely swallowed your interest?

Veronika

Heather Demetrios. I’ve read all three books that are currently published by her and I’m planning on starting The Lexi Project soon as well. I’m going to read anything and everything she writes in the future because she’s just that amazing.

Ruzaika

There are so many authors who I came across this year- Kiera Cass, Marissa Meyer, Heather Demetrios, Jennifer L. Armentrout… I could go on, but since Winter is one of the books I’m most awaiting for this year, I’d go with Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles certainly swallowed my interest!

Well, that was super fun ☺ Thank you for enduring us- and hope you enjoyed this just as much as we did!

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