Mini Reviews – Wilder Girls, American Royals & Laurel Everywhere☼

Hello Bookworms, welcome back to ANOTHER MINI-REVIEW! I have become consumed with writing these! What’s not to love? They are short and sweet, and I can rant about any book I want(and nobody can stop me muahahaha)

Summary :

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true. (goodreads)

My thoughts :

I had been hearing about this book EVERYWHERE for the past couple of months, so to finally be able to say I have read it is a relief. Despite the fact that I rated this book two stars, I am thrilled I got to read it. This book was veryyyy out of my comfort zone in terms of the genre, but the writing and characters did pleasantly surprise me. I was instantly captivated from the first paragraph, but the plot did slow down quite a bit near the middle.

The book undoubtedly redeemed itself near the end, but I wish I loved it more than I did. Wilder Girls isn’t a book I will likely ever re-read nor even think about again. Some areas of the book are a little lacklustre, but it is a wellwritten mysterious read.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

If you enjoy the mystery and thriller genre this may appeal to you but otherwise…… I wouldn’t recommend it. This novel is great for the ages of 16-19.

Summary :

What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling.

Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her.

And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart. (goodreads)

My thoughts :

I have something to confess. Yes, the rumours are true. I am an idiot. I READ THIS BOOK TWO WEEKS AGO THINKING IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I READ IT WHEN APPARENTLY I ALREADY DID???? So here’s a fun little story. I’m reading this book and everything seems so similar to something I feel like I have read, but cannot quite pinpoint what it is. Then, halfway through the book, I REALISE I’VE ALREADY READ IT! Anyways, I finish it and go to review it on Goodreads and before my eyes lie A REVIEW I’VE ALREADY WRITTEN! And here’s the funny part. ~I RATED IT FIVE STARS AND SAID I LOVED IT~. So here comes future me changing the review from five stars to one star……

So moving on from that embarrassing ordeal, American Royals just didn’t do it for me. I will admit I read this book mostly for the romance. I was searching for a couple I could hold onto. One I would care about, and want to see have a happy ending. I think the problem with the romances arose from the sheer number of romances/flings there actually were. It was hard to keep track at some points, and the reader isn’t given a chance to truly care about any of them.

Some technical issues I had was the overall confusion with the world the book was situated in. In American Royals, Beatrice is supposed to be the “first-ever queen”(which makes no sense), and the “royalty” aspect of the book seemed as if it was there to fill space. It was rarely ever addressed and when it was, it had something to do with the romance in the book.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I LOVED The Thousandth floor(I have a series review coming!), so I was expecting a lot from Katharine this time around. Sadly, American Royals did not deliver, nor do I think the sequel will. I would recommend it to those who LOVE stories with royals and monarchy involved and to the ages of 14+.

Summary :

Severe loss. For Laurel Summers, those two words don’t cut it. They don’t even come close. After a car wreck kills her mother and siblings, the ghosts of her family surround her as she wrestles with grief, anger, and the fear that she won’t be enough to keep her dad alive either.

Fifteen-year-old Laurel Summers couldn’t tell you the last words she spoke to her mother and siblings if her life depended on it. But she will never forget the image of her mother’s mangled green car on the freeway, shattering the boring world Laurel had been so desperate to escape. Now she can’t stop seeing the ghosts of her family members, which haunt her with memories of how life used to be back when her biggest problem was the kiss she shared with her best friend Hanna.

After the accident, Laurel and her dad are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Her dad is struggling with his grief and depression, unable to cope with the loss of his family. He seeks a way out of his pain, leaving Laurel behind while he struggles to cope with his own mental illness. She is desperate to find a way to hold everything together again and help her father come to terms with the loss so he can come back to her.

Laurel tries to make sense of her pain with the help of her grandparents, her two best friends, and some random strangers. As she struggles to understand who she is without her family, she must come to terms with the items on her List of Things Not to Talk About, learn to trust her dad again, and—on top of it all—keep her heart open to love in the wake of her immense loss, eventually learning that it’s okay to not be okay. (goodreads)

Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this novel! This did NOT influence my review in any way, shape or form.

My thoughts :

I cried close to fifty times while reading this. (yes you read that right). Most of the tears came near the end, but Laurel Everywhere was just… perfect. It was well-written, had such an exceptional lead character and was such a beautiful exploration of grief.

Laurel is such a flawed and real character. She is written to perfection, and the readers are let into her mind, her feelings and her growth. The book was an eloquent mess, it was so thought-provoking and an overall roller coaster of emotions.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am beyond glad that I choose to read this, this novel is to be released on November 10th, 2020 and I urge EVERYONE to give it a read. I would recommend this YA novel to anyone going through loss.

Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these novels? Do you have any recommendations for me?


22 responses to “Mini Reviews – Wilder Girls, American Royals & Laurel Everywhere☼”

  1. […] one that I was MOST disappointed by, it would be a three-way tie between Little Fires Everywhere, American Royals and The Kiss […]


  2. […] Bookworms, I have a love-hate relationship with Katharine McGee’s novels. I have ~proudly~ expressed my distaste for American Royals, but have never talked about The Thousandth Floor […]


  3. […] Mini Reviews – Wilder Girls, American Royals & Laurel Everywhere […]


  4. I loveeee these mini reviews, Erin!! It was so fun to read (especially the American Royals one 😂) but then I was worried too because I have plans to reread my five stars books and I wonder if I end up feeling different for the books and lowering the rating 😅

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    1. Haha, they are so fun to write! Let’s not talk about that incident…..😂.

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  5. Oh god I laughed when I read your American Royals review 😂😂 I’m glad I’m not the only one whose memory is… well, bad 😂😂😂 I’m sorry you didn’t love it! I have to agree that there is a LOT of romance in that one to keep up ahah, I personally loved it but heard terrible things about the sequel, soooooo I’m so nervous ahah 😂
    Loved your reviews! That last book Laurel Everywhere sounds really good! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much haha! That was truly just…..embarrassing. I’m not sure if I should read the sequel?? Maybe I will??? AHHHH@

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      1. I’m not sure if I should either given the bad reviews?? but I want to see what happens?? I’m confused too haha

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  6. […] MINI REVIEWS – Wilder Girls, American Royals & Laurel Everywhere : Erin writes THE MOST BEAUTIFUL REVIEWS EVER!!! Every time I read her writing, I am like…DAMN! THAT WAS GOOD. Don’t believe me? Give this beauty a read. you’ll see what I am talking about. ❤ […]

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  7. Marta @ the book mermaid Avatar
    Marta @ the book mermaid

    Oooh, damn, I’m so sorry you didn’t like American Royals!! )): And that the whole situation happened to you! Actually, something quite similar happened to me this morning: I thought I haven’t yet read I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman and when I checked Goodreads turns out I have and actually liked it a bit (around 3 stars) but I COULDN’T REMEMBER A SINGLE THING ABOUT THE STORY!! How does this happen??

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    1. I know right?????? It was the weirdest thing ever!

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    And you know it brought my heart an unnerving amount of peace to see you rate those books 2/1 out 5! I mean…it’s not like I have read either of them…but…i don’t know…I FIND IT EXCITING WHEN SOMEONE GIVES A BOOK A LOW RATING! 🤣🤣🤣

    And those cutieeew reviews definitely added to the charm!’ 😍😍😍❤️❤️😘😘😘

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    1. Hahah hahah I’m sure you’ll love it!!! Your comments are actually the only reason I post☺️☺️

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      1. Awwwww!! THATS SOO SWEEETTT OF YOUUUUU!! 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺

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  9. Oh I’m laughing at your American Royals mixup!! I actually loved the book when I thought I’d not, but I can totally agree with you that the sheer number of romances and couples makes it hard to keep up with anyone or even care at all! I think I just loved Sam so much and am rooting for her happiness, haha! Loved this post! ♥

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    1. yess that was just a whole other level of embarrassing….. But I’m so glad you loved it🥰


  10. thathappyreader Avatar

    I loved your candidness with this post. It just goes to prove that the frame of mind we are in, and perhaps the point we are in our life, can make us more receptive (or less receptive) to a particular book. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. This is such an amazing comment! And you are SO right!!


  11. Love this post! Defo gonna check out some of the books.

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  12. Great post. I had seen the title “American Royals” somewhere and I thought about putting it in the queue but maybe now I will pass. I still have 35 books to read this year to complete my Goodreads challenge. I am getting quite picky at this point.

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    1. I KNOW! Books I would be interested in ready in January or February are now books I would pass on.

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