Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

The Accidental Beauty QueenTitle: The Accidental Beauty Queen 
Author:  Teri Wilson
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publishing Date:  December 4th, 2018
Pages: 304
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Chic Lit
Series:  Stand Alone
Source:  Audio

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.
She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry when Ginny has a terrible, face-altering allergic reaction the night before the pageant, and Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades.
Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there’s more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning.

I was perusing through E Galleys one day and found this book. It sounded very cute and I just loved the cover. I have been attempting to add chic lit and adult contemporary romances to my library of books and decided this should be a good one to start with. It really was. I really really enjoyed this book. It has some great laugh moments, some tearful moments, feel good moments, and book nerd moments. I loved the characters and I adored the story. It was just fun. A great read. 

Charlotte is a down to earth librarian and quite a book nerd ( which comes with the territory of a librarian I supposed. She has a nice quiet life and does enjoy it. Her twin sister, Ginny, is a pageant girl who is trying to follow in their late mother's footsteps. Ginny is after the most important crown in her life. The day before it all starts, she has an allergic reaction. Instead of quitting and going home, she has Charlotte to step in and pretend to be her. With lots of training Ginny is sure Charlotte can pull this off. Charlotte isn't so sure. During the training, the dolling up, Charlotte starts to enjoy herself and has some fun...she also finds herself in a web of lies that will hurt everyone involved. 

This book truly was amazing. I was hooked from the very start and just couldn't put it down throughout the entire read. I loved the characters, the story, the romance. Oh the romance. That was so fun and swoony. I really can't think of anything I didn't enjoy about this read. 

Charlotte was a great main character. I adored how much of a book nerd she was and really just felt so connected to her from the beginning through this passion of hers. She was very down to earth, even if she did have a few hang ups in her personality, I found she was very easy to love. She didn't always make the right decisions and did find herself making some selfish decisions even though she really didn't want to. She really just wanted to make her sister happy. 

Ginny wasn't my favorite character but she added so much depth and realism to the story. She was a bit obsessed but I did find the reason for the obsession of beauty pageants to be understandable and I felt for her wanting to follow in her mother's footsteps. She was quited good with the entire pageant thing too. She did have some growing to do and of course in the end I loved her as much as I loved Charlotte. 

I think what I really loved about this story was the story of sisterhood and family. I always love family drama and family bonding over any other relationships in books. I find them to be heartwarming and heartwarming this book was... with a few laughs for good measure. 

The writing was just wonderful and the setting was done so well I feel I know so much more about beauty pageants now. I really didn't realize how much was put in to them. I also appreciated the emphasis on the fact these pageants were also about inner beauty and positive body love. Not just trying to be the  most beautiful, but trying to the most as a woman. 

The romance in this book was really something good. The love interest was just so perfect and lovable and swoony. I am not a huge straight on romance kind of girl and I felt the romance in this book was just right for me to be down with the idea. It wasn't the focus but there wasn't a lack of either. It was just right. 

The ending was beautiful and yes I shed a couple of tears and found myself to just be smiling ear to ear wishing I could continue their story. I will miss these characters dearly. 

A great read for those that love a good heartwarming, sister bonding, swoony romance, book full of crazy antics kind of read. 

Teri Wilson

Teri Wilson is the author/creator of the Hallmark Channel Original Movies UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, MARRYING MR. DARCY, THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is a double finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction for her novels THE PRINCESS PROBLEM and ROYALLY WED. She has a major weakness for cute animals, pretty dresses and Audrey Hepburn films, and she loves following the British royal family. Visit her at www.teriwilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonauthr.

Monday, January 14, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme to share our reads. Just in case you are curious about what book is in our hands and waiting on our shelves.

I am slowly working through some books. Getting into the reading habit again. 

Jenn's Finished last week:

Her One MistakeThe Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)Tell the TruthDead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4)Two Can Keep a Secret

Jenn's Current Reads:

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1)Pride and Joy (Runaways, #1)Slayer (Slayer, #1)

Jenn Next To Read This Week: (hopefully)

Pretty in PunxsutawneyImmoral CodeThen She Was GoneVision in Silver (The Others, #3)Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3)Girls That Growl (Blood Coven Vampire, #3)Long Live the Queen (The Immortal Empire, #3)

What's on your current bookshelf and what's in your hands?    


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is a hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Come and join the fun and share all the book you received this week. 


For Review: 

Enchant√É©eRomanovBetween Before and AfterKeep This to Yourself


Vision in Silver (The Others, #3)Slayer (Slayer, #1)The Accidental Beauty Queen


Smoke and Summons (Numina Book 1) by [Holmberg, Charlie N.]Circus Hearts: All The Little BonesCamp Slasher: A gory dark horror novelStrawberries and Strangers: A Cozy Murder Mystery (Pelican Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Clover, Leena]

What did you get this week?


Friday, January 11, 2019

Tag... You're It! - New Year’s Resolutions 2019

Stolen from Tanya at Rantings of a Reading Addict

New Year’s Resolutions 2019
1. An author you’d like to read (that you’ve never read before).
Jenn: I have been meaning to read so many of his books and have yet to do it.
Jay Kristoff. 

Ash: Mostly adult authors.. Iris Johansen is a big one.

2. A book you’d like to read.
Jenn: Oh just one. I have so many on my list.... I am very very excited for this one!
You Owe Me a Murder
Ash: I have so many too... I guess the new April Henry. Because.. April Henry.

The Lonely Dead
3. A classic you’d like to read.
Jenn: I have had this one on my bookshelves for a while.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Ash: This is one I've wanted to read for a while. But it's kind of intimidating. 

A Clockwork Orange
4. A book you’d like to re-read.
Jenn: Well there are a lot sin
ce I need to start over so many series... so I can finish them. This one is on the top of my list.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Ash: I just started this one again.

Ella, The Slayer (Serenity House, #1)
5. A book you’ve had for ages and want to read.
So many to choose from... here is one I hope to eventually get to this year... 
Intertwined (Intertwined, #1)
Ash: So so so many... I have had this book for like 10 years I swear and I haven't even tried to pick it up. But I still really want to read it. Why do we do this?

What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy
6. A big book you’d like to read.
700 pages is huge for me. I have heard great things about this book through!
Pandemic (The Extinction Files #1)
Ash: This is the biggest book I have on my TBR, I have wanted to read it forever. But it's over a thousand pages. Terrifying.

7. An author you’ve previously read and want to read more of.
Oh so many... but at the top of my list.
Jennifer L Armentrout
Ash: Always April Henry.
8. A book you got for Christmas and would like to read.
I only received graphic novels, here is the one I am most looking forward too (and have started) 
iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World
Ash: I got a bunch. I've already read one of them... But I got the last two Walking Dead books, so I'm super excited for those, along with Ella the Slayer.
9. A series you want to read (start and finish)
Just one??

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Ash: Uh, I have about a thousand. But I guess the one that stands out the most to me is the Gone series by Michael Grant. I thought I finished it and now he's posting more.

10. A series you want to finish (that you’ve already started)
Again just one? 

Written in Red (The Others, #1)

Ash: I guess this is gonna be the same as above lol. I'll pick another series. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
11. Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2019?
Oh I set goals. weekly, monthly, yearly.... I put on Goodreads 350... not sure if I can do this, the closest I have had in the past is just over 300. But I am going to try! I love to set goals.. not so good at sticking with them though. 
Ash: My goal is to just read at all. I've been having a hard time with everything going on. So I want to get back into it.
12. Any other reading goals?
I would like to sign up for some challenges that would get me out of my comfort zones. I am also focusing on series ends and graphic novels this year. 
Ash: Nah.
Do you make bookish resolutions? Goals? Challenges?
What do you hope your reading year for 2019 looks like?

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