Friday, January 12


Hello friends! Yes, you read that right, we are both going on a hiatus, which means that there will not be any posts going up for around two weeks. Well, I did an interview with the author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner, which I will get to you as soon as possible. I'm not sure when that might be, as there's been an issue that is completely out of my hands, unfortunately. 

As for the hiatus itself - we are both genuinely sorry we have to take a break yet again, but we simply are not at the top of our shit as far as blogging goes. Ruzi is incredibly busy with family matters - nothing is wrong, though, don't worry! - while I've just finished my exams, and I'm so. damn. tired. We both need this break, but DO NOT WORRY, WE WILL BE BACK. 

Actually, part of the reason why we are taking the time off is because we promised ourselves we'd come up with unique content that we are passionate about in 2018. So while we could throw together some posts last minute, we do not care for that right now.  There are lots of discussions going on "backstage", and we are full of new - and dare I say? - incredible ideas that we are very excited to share with you.

Bye for now - but worry not! We will be back better, stronger and with plans on how to avoid going on a hiatus again lol.

Thursday, January 11

The Least Thrilling Thriller of Ever: IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE by Emily Koch (ARC review)

How Do You Solve Your Own Murder?

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.

Tuesday, January 9

Books I Totally Failed To Read in 2017, BUT WILL READ BY THE END OF 2018 FOR SURE

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

If you're like me, you massively enjoy organizing your to-read pile. You know, create categories, like - first in a series, to read asap or review copies. You also probably enjoy making these cute little lists before a break, a reading challenge or new seasons, where you excitedly talk about the books you 'cannot wait to read' and that you are 'incredibly excited for', and promise that you will 'definitely pick them up' in the upcoming days/weeks/months. However, if you are really, truly like me, then you fail every single time. Miserably so. 

Today's post is to recap ten of the books I most wanted to read in 2017... but did not manage to. *ashamed face* My goal is to at least read these by the end of 2018, if not sooner, although, knowing myself, even by 2020 would be a stretch. I WILL TRY, THOUGH, I SWEAR. I am full of determination, as I was every single time while making these types of lists, and I *will* do it. (Wish me luck??)

Saturday, January 6

2018 Debut Novels I Am HYPED For

Hello, friends. I am SO PUMPED for today's post for two reasons: (1) it was super-fun to make it (I say this all the damn time, I know, but I mean it now, truly), (2) I found SO MANY fantastic-sounding books while "researching" for this post, and I cannot wait to share them all with you. 

My experience is that debut novels receive considerably less hype than, well... non-debuts,  and so I'll try to make it my MISSION in 2018 to share with you as many debuts as possible, either by reading them & writing reviews or just featuring them in posts. Having a successful debut novel can REALLY make or break an author's career, so do try to support those debuts that you are interested in.

In this post, I have nearly 30 titles listed by genre, along with their blurbs and my thoughts on them, and I TRULY HOPE YOU'LL LIKE IT. On a side note - 2018's book cover game is already so strong and (obviously) not even all the covers have been released!? I AM EXCITED.

Thursday, January 4

New Releases: January 2018

Hello, my lovelies! Today we've brought you the January releases we're the most excited for! These are all super promising titles and looking at these we can just say 2018 is going to be one bloody brilliant year for books! Here are the top titles on our release calendar for this month:

Tuesday, January 2

17 Fantastic Authors I Discovered in 2017

Hello, friends! I am happy to say that after taking a few weeks off from Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish), I am back with a new, totally awesome list for your enjoyment. I was very satisfied when I saw today's topic, because 2017 was the year when I discovered SO MANY new-to-me authors, and also read quite a few awesome debuts. So, of course, I ended up sharing way more than 10 authors - 17, to be exact - but I feel like those of y'all who are regulars here aren't even surprised I'm cheating with the number. I always do, to be honest.

Sunday, December 31

Let's Talk 2017 Triumphs: Two Stories, Many (Mis)Adventures (+ BTB Sign Up!)

Hello, everyone! With this year drawing to a close and the new year looming ahead of us, we at The Regal Critiques decided to interview each other about the year past. We'll be talking about everything, from blogging and reading, to everything else life had in store for us this year!

Thursday, December 28

Let's Talk 2017: 7 of My Favorite 2017 Movie Releases

As you might have seen, Ruz and I have been doing a series of "end of 2017" posts, and as I am a huge fan of movies and saw quite a few AMAZING ones this year, I decided to dedicate this post to 7 drop-dead-fantastic 2017 movie releases I saw this year. 

I swear to god, I tried to order them from least favorite to most favorite, but I failed. Miserably so. So while there is an order, it is IN NO WAY strict, and especially the first three movies were equally good. 

Tuesday, December 26

Let's Talk 2017 Releases, Part 2: The Incredibles

Hello, friends! You might recall if you are a regular reader of The Regal Critiques that a few days ago I ranted a bit about all the disappointing 2017 releases I read in the past year. If you're new here, (in which case, welcome!) or haven't seen it, but are interested in it, you can see that here. Today, I'm doing part two of the 2017 new releases posts, which means I'll be sharing with you all the absolutely fantastic 2017 releases I had the chance to devour. These books are 10000% worth reading and totally deserve to be bought, read and/or gifted to someone, so if you got some for Christmas? Hi, I have some suggestions for how you can spend it! 

On a side note, covers lead to goodreads, "review" leads to my reviews, and, "aes" leads to my aesthetics on twitter.

Saturday, December 23

Let's Talk 2017 Releases, Part 1: The Disappointments

Hello, friends! Veronika here, OFFICIALLY BACK from my hiatus, and I could not possibly be more excited to FINALLY be done with my classes for this semester. Still have two exams to tackle, but that's nothing compared to struggling with all the assignments, finals and exams I've had lately. *shudders* (I did rather good so far, for those of you who are wondering.)

As you might have seen from Ruzi's posts, - go to the main page and check them out when you're finished here, because they are REAL GREAT - we are doing a little end of the year series on the blog right now. I personally decided to share the best and worst 2017 releases I read this year, but because there are SO MANY I wanted to mention, I ended up dividing this post into two parts. Today, you'll be introduced to all the disappointments, while on Tuesday, I'll rave about the best of the best. 

Originally, I would have mentioned ALL the disappointing 2017 releases I read, but I quickly realized there are a lot, so that would be boring and tedious. As we are all about the FUN here - that is, if fun is spending 80% of your free time at home alone - I'm not going to do that. Rather, I made some fascinating sounding categories that make little sense when I could have just said "two star reads" and the likes, but let's roll with it. I'm going to list SO MANY books in each category. Like, four/each... so many, I know. The work I do for y'all is just... indescribable.