• Just about to head down for dinner🤤
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One things for sure, you never go hungry on a @royalcaribbeanuk cruise!😂
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There’s also a new review up of Seraph of the End Volume Twelve (Link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Greetings from sunny Naples☀️
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Yesterday I got a massage for the first time and I’ve never felt so zen in all my life!
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Today is being spent by the pool with cocktails and a little bit of laptop time.
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Speaking of there’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • A little belated considering I’ve been away for a little while now but my holiday TBR is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Three things: 
I am tanned.
I have read one book so far.
Peach Daiquiris are my new favourite drink🍹
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  • All packing has been done, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything but we’ll soon see😂
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Now for a nice relax with my favourite person tonight💕
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There’s a new post up for the Needlemouse blog tour too (Link in bio✌🏻)
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There should be plenty more posts going up whilst I’m away 🙊
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  • Another lovely weekend passes by. This one filled with Lego building, food and watching the new series of Stranger Things💕
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I adore Steve. He’s such a sweetheart.
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Tonight I’m curling up with my next read and tomorrow I’m being cooked for- I know, very lucky🙊
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There’s a new post up all about my last read as part of the Blog Tour!
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What’s your favourite thing to cook?
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  • Just under a week till holiday number one begins and I’m starting to look at what I’m taking with me 🙊
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This little red number is definitely coming!💃🏻
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After a tiring day I’m spending the evening on the couch with a book and wine...definitely need wine😂
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Question: are you a super prepared packer orrr are you a throw it all in the morning you go kinda person? 🤔
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  • So June was an amazing reading month! And a pretty great month in general.
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I went away with my favourite person, went to some bookish events and ate a lot of wonderful food💕
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And we finally got sun! What’s your go to ‘summer read’?
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The full wrap up is on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) and there’s also a little fun post about some books I think Hufflepuffs would enjoy💛
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  • I spent all last night and all this morning binge watching The Dragon Prince after seeing @bookswithchloe recommend it. All I can say is I need season three😍
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The rest of today will be spent photo taking in prep for going on holiday!
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I finally have a TBR for it too...and I’m going to work on one for the NEWTS read-a-thon👏🏻
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot June Broody Banter box now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It’s my favourite box to date!
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Have you ever used any bookish sub boxes? Is there another I need to try?
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’m having a much needed day of rest today!
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Hay fever is no joke but at the same time sooo ridiculous. I mean I’m allergic to grass and trees when you think about it😂
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Tomorrow I have a full day of post writing planned until my favourite person gets home💕
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There’s another new review up of Once & Future up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Spoiler - I loved it.
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  • #AD - Gifted
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In full holiday prep mode but I cannot for the life of me pick what books to take!
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I have a few ideas and two holidays...help!
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I’m also going to try and do ARC August this year. Wish me luck🤞🏻
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There’s also a review of this amazing book up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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My Dark Vanessa is now an all time favourite of mine and is due to be published in 2020!🙊
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  • I said there were a lot of reviews currently up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I adored The Star-Touched Queen. It was magical, dark and full of the most beautiful writing😍
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Adult Fiction Blog Tours Books Reviews

Christmas at the Palace* by Jeevani Charika

November 29, 2018

Firstly, a huge thank-you to Bonnier Zaffre for asking me to be a part of this blog tour and sending me out a copy of Christmas at the Palace*.

I hold my hand up, I have never read a Christmas book before. Well, at least not since picture books. I was really looking forward to giving one a go and getting fully into the Christmas spirit. And it couldn't have been at a better time. I was having a very Uni heavy time so reading something light and fun on the side was a god send.

Safe to say I adored this book. It's so sweet and cute whilst still managing to promote a brilliant message.

**Taken from the back of the book**

Not even in her wildest imaginings did Kumari ever think she'd become a princess. But having fallen for Ben - or rather Prince Benedict, sixth in line to the throne - it looks like nothing will ever go as planned again. And as Christmas rapidly approaches the distinction between family and Royalty becomes ever more apparent.

With the paparazzi holding her, her job on the line and some rather frustrating royal training, Kumari feels panic set in.

Kumari is a wonderful, if sometimes frustrating character. All I wanted her to do was be happy but it was as though she couldn't allow that for herself, which honestly I can understand. She was more concerned with those around her and dissapeointng people. I really appreciated how driven she was, with whatever she set her mind to. It was interesting to see her transition from working as a Doctor in A&E to the life of a royal. She was an excellent character to challenge certain stereotypes present both in the novel, and that are still relevant to us, now. The amount of people that assumed Dr. Senavaka was a man was laughable...but it happens! There were so many instances like this, and Kumari did not let it stand. I found myself wanting to cheer for her every time she made someone go bright red. It was rather brilliant.

Her relationship with Ben or rather Prince Benedict was a whirlwind. It was definitely insta love-y but I adored it. It was so pure and sweet, they just wanted to be happy but they had so many hoops to jump through. Ben was also a great character and I liked that he challenged Kumari just as much as she did him in regards to both beliefs but also in general. I can't think of any way to describe him that isn't just a list of unintelligible sounds.

There was a brilliant mix of relationships, both familial and friendships from every kind of angle. Kumari's parents reminded me so much of my own. How kind and caring they are, that they just want their little girl to be happy. I got a little emotional reading certain scenes with them in. However, my favourite side characters most definitely Ophelia. Oh my god I want her as a friend.

This book was a surprise to me. I knew I was going to like it, I just didn't know I was going to love it. I've already passed it to my mum to read because I know she'll love it.

The perfect book to curl up with when it's dreary outside, so do yourself a favour, pick it up.

INFO

Name: Christmas at the Palace*

Author(s): Jeevani Charika

Publisher: Zaffre

Pages: 424

ISBN: 978-1-78576-818-7

Rating: 4/5

Have you read Christmas at the Palace?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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