Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

Hi! It has been a while since I last wrote here, at least a book review. However, here’s my review of this amazing book!

Goodreads synopsis: 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? 

So basically, I loved it. It was beautiful and heart warming, funny, and sad sometimes. Just the book you want a rainy day. Alex really had this teenage spirit, while Henry was more deep minded. Henry thought about things and their meaning, I guess their isn’t very much else to do when you live in a big castle mostly left having to be your own company.

While reading I never really got an answer to what Ellen achieved as the president. Why should people vote for her? I liked that it was an AU and really was in our time.

The book references! Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. I had a good laugh at it all. SO much fun.

Favorite character: I must say the Prince, Henry. He was so sweet and funny.

My rating: 4, it’s a great book (it’s a debut too!) but she could have made more things happen, problems and solutions.

Goodreads rating: 4.25


Sometimes you just jump and hope it’s not a cliff.

This is so true. Find a reason and go for it, worrying isn’t going to help you.

“You are”, he says, “the absolute worst idea I’ve ever had.”

But he must admit, it was a pretty good one too.

Take anything you want and know you deserve to have it.

This is something that could lead you through a lot of things but also guide you into a lot of shit.

History, huh?

History.

I don’t care what Joanne has to say, Remus John Lupin is gay as the day is long, and I won’t hear a word against it.

Agreed, and wow, that’s our Henry!

I’ve waited for this book for months wondering if it’s all worth it. Now, when I finished it less that two days after I got it, I know the answer. Yes, it was worth it. Worth waiting. Worth reading.

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Goodreads synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for. 

This book! I was so impressed by it and it caught my interest very quick. Never have I read a modern version of a classic like Cinderella, but Meyer wrote the book in a way that I really enjoyed. The protagonist Cinder is, just like Cinderella, kind of alone in her life. Her stepmother and (one of the) stepsister are mean and don’t appreciate her, just like Cinderella. Cinderella really likes animales, they’re her friends. For Cinder it’s androids and being a mechanic that helps her through life. This, how Meyer created a book that’s similar to Cinderella but still it’s own wonderful story, made Cinder a great book.

Not just that the theme was great and how easy it was to see the similarities made me very fascinated, but how Meyer writes. Everything was so well written and there weren’t too many details everywhere. Cinder was also the first book I’ve ever read by Marissa Meyer (wanted to read something by her for some time now) and I’m very happy I decided to give her a chance. I’ll definitely look out for more books written by her!

“I would never lie—” The words faded. She had lied. 

Meyer ch. 36

Review with spoilers

About the similarities between Cinderella and Cinder: I’m so impressed! How lonely both of them felt. even though they had some kind of company (Cinder: Iko. Cinderella: the animales). That Cinder was going to fall for the prince felt predictable but it didn’t make the story boring to read. Having that kind of guess only made me keep reading to see if I was right. Another theory I had during the book was whether Cinder could be the “dead” princess Selene. When I first heard of her and that people conspired about her being alive, I started thinking. Could Cinder, the mechanic, be Selene, the princess who died in a fire? I thought, since Cinderella marries the prince and becomes princess like that, Cinder might also be a princess in some way.


Favorite character: Cinder

Original title: Cinder

Release year: 2012

Rating: 5

Goodreads rating: 4,15


Denna bok alltså! Blev väldigt imponerad och fastnade väldigt snabbt i handlingen! Har aldrig tidigare läst en modern version av en klassisk saga men Meyer har verkligen skrivit något som fångat mitt intresse. Huvudpersonen Cinder är, precis som Askungen, utstött av sin styvmor och styvsyster. En annan sak som liknar klassikern är att Cinder har god hand med robotar eftersom hon är mekaniker. Askungen har andra djur som sina närmaste vänner. Just detta, att Meyer smidigt skapat en bok som liknar Askungen, gjorde Cinder till en underbar bok!

Förutom att temat var väldigt bra och man enkelt förstod likheterna, blev jag djupt fascinerad av hur Meyer skriver. Allt var så välskrivet och detaljerat utan att det blev för mycket. Cinder var den första boken av Marissa Meyer jag någonsin läst (har velat läsa av henne ganska länge) och jag är väldigt glad att jag tillslut läste denna bok. En fantastisk författare!


Recension med spoilers

Angående likheterna mellan Askungen och Cinder är jag väldigt imponerad! Hur ensam de båda karaktärerna kände sig, men de båda hade någon som sällskap (Cinder: Iko. Askungen: djuren). Man förstod att Cinder skulle falla för prinsen kändes förutsägbart men gjorde inte boken tråkig att läsa. Att ha en sådan gissning gjorde endast att jag ville fortsätta läsa och se om jag haft rätt. En annan teori jag hade genom boken var huruvida Cinder möjligen var den “döda” prinsessan Selene. Redan när jag först fick höra att hon försvunnit och att folk konspirerade angående om prinsessan verkligen var död, började jag fundera. Kunde Cinder, mekanikern, kunna vara Selene, prinsessan som dog i en brand? Jag tänkte att eftersom Askungen gifter sig med prinsen och därmed blir prinsessa, kan kanske Cinder vara född prinsessa.

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Goodreads synopsis: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

English review

There is something very special with Thoedore Finch. Niven describes him as a guy with thoughts constantly rushing through his head, an incredibly thoughtful person you can find in a broken world. Finch on the other hand sees himself as a stupid, cold person who ruin things. His way of taking care of those he loves is so beautiful and lovely (Finch would be proud of me, wouldn’t he).

I liked this book because it’s so emotional and well written. You really gets to know the characters and their lives and, best of all, how a life that seems to be perfect maybe isn’t.

Niven writes in a wonderful way. Sometimes a deep warmness goes through your body and a little smile reflects the words. Other times you get a little broken and a tiny tear rolls down your cheek. A lovely story, Niven.

“It’s not a lie if it’s how you feel.”

Theodore Finch

You have to live your life like you’ll never be sorry. It’s easier just to do the right thing from the start so there’s nothing to apologize for.”

Theodore FInch

“‘Lovely’ is a lovely word that should be used more often.”

Theodore Finch

“I’d like to live in a world designed by Theodore Finch.”

Violet Markey

Favorite character: Theodore Finch

Original title: All the Bright Places

Translator (Swedish): Ylva Stålmarck

Release year 2015

My rating: 5

Goodreads rating: 4,17


Svensk recension

Det är något väldigt speciellt med Theodore Finch. Niven beskriver honom som en kille med tankar som rusar omkring i huvudet, som en av de omtänksammaste killarna man kan finna i en trasig värld. Finch däremot ser sig själv som en dum, känslokall person som förstör för andra. Hans sätt att ta hand om de han älskar är så vackert och beundransvärt.

Jag tyckte om den här boken för att den är så välskriven och känslosam. Man får verkligen sätta sig in i karaktärernas liv och lära känna dem under fasaden.

Niven skriver underbart vackert. Ibland sprids en djup värme i en och lyckan avspeglas i ett leende när man läser hennes ord. Andra gånger blir man lite förkrossad och en liten tår letar sig ner för kinden. Fängslande vackert, Niven.

Allt det här är bara tidsfördriv i väntan på döden.”

Violet Markey

“‘Vackert’ är ett vackert ord som borde användas oftare.”

Theodore Finch

“Man måste leva sitt liv som om man aldrig kommer ångra något. Det är lättare att bara göra rätt från början, så har man inget att be om ursäkt för.”

Theodore Finch

“Jag skulle vilja leva i en värld skapad av Theodore Finch.”

Violet Markey