Book review of Royal Decoy by Heather Frost

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)

A major page-turner! Heather Frost has delivered well-developed characters and an amazing new world.

Clare and Grayson, a kingdom away, but both under the rule of ruthless leaders, struggle to keep the ones they love safe while being sucked into their leader’s plans. Will they survive the dangers that their positions bring into their lives?

Royal Decoy is a fast-paced story, with well-developed characters and an amazing new world of the kingdoms of Eyrinthia! The characters are created well and develop a lot throughout the book.

There are many twists and turns, which made me want to continue reading at every end of a chapter. The way the story is written is pleasant to read and there were a lot of things I didn’t see coming, both with events that happened and character reveals.

The multiple POV’s were really enjoyable. They gave an insight into different people’s lives in different parts of the world, which also helped to form a picture of what was going on politically.

And finally, I’m a sucker for maps and new worlds in stories! The map really helped me visualize where the story took place. The individual scenes that described where the characters, walked, talked, slept, ate etc. were so well written that I felt like I was actually there.

I am excited to have read this book and can’t wait to read the next installment; Royal Spy!

Heather Frost sent me a copy of Royal Decoy for an honest review. The opinions formed above are my own. Thank you Heather for sending me a copy, I can’t wait to start reading Royal Spy!

The Giver of Stars

by Jojo Moyes

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)

A story of strong women in difficult times 

Synopsis
The English Alice marries Bennet, a man from Kentucky, on a whim, and finds herself in an unknown society where nothing is the same as in the England she came from. But then she joins the packhorse librarians to bring books to the most remote homes in the mountains. Soon Alice feels much at home with her new friends, more than at her own home where she lives with her husband and her father-in-law. The plot is full of twists and turns, but it never fails to show the strength of the women.

Review
I loved this book! From the get-go I was so involved in Alice’s life and I cheered for her and the other women throughout the entire book. It’s a story of love, hate, shame and victory. Every turn of events led me to want to read more! I loved how the characters came to life in my head through Moyes’ description of them. The same goes for the scenery described in the book. What I liked most about this story are the women that never gave up. Whether people tried to take down the library, or the women themselves, they always stood their ground and came up for their own rights. The women made me feel hope. On the other hand, some of the men made me feel really annoyed. It was a rollercoaster ride of thoughts and feelings and I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it! I have set my mind on reading more of Jojo’s books for sure.

An Imperfect Christmas

by Tanya Russell

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)

I loved this cozy Christmas story!

Synopsis
Maggie’s life is perfect until in a short amount of time everything falls apart. With the help of her family, whom she’s visiting for Christmas this year, she slowly tries to put her life back together.
She hasn’t been home for 2 years, and the reason why she hasn’t will be there too…

Review
I absolutely adored this cozy, love, winter town Christmas story!

With so many things going wrong in Maggie’s life, I think the author has connected the way in which Maggie acts and her past experiences really well. It makes you feel for her, knowing what she’s been through and allows you to understand why she does the things she does. The narrative changes between Maggie and the other main character, which I really liked because you get a more in-depth picture of their thoughts. The other characters in the story are also written really well. Some of whom you may come to love… others not so much.

This book is full of Christmas, love and family (and a snowy town – who doesn’t love that!). I would definitely recommend this book. It’s a great book to read during Christmas time (or any time of year if you love Christmas as much as I do! 🙂 ).

Thank you to Tanya Russell, Sapere Books and NetGalley for letting me review this book.