Friday, 11 December 2015

Tour and Review: The Queen B* and the Homecoming King (The Queen B* #3) by Crista McHugh

I am so excited to share the blog tour for The Queen B* and the Homecoming King, the third book in Crista McHugh's The Queen B* series. I have an excerpt and a giveaway to share with you all, so stay tuned!
Title: The Queen B* and the Homecoming King
Author: Crista McHugh
My rating: 4.1 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 1st 2015
Synopsis: The Queen B*, Alexis Wyndham, has only three rules when it comes to dating that star quarterback, Brett Pederson:
1. No obligations to spend every waking moment with each other.
2. No public displays of affection while at Eastline High.
3. And absolutely, under no circumstances, will she ever go to the Homecoming dance.
But as her life is completely upended time and time again, she begins to wonder if some rules are meant to be broken.

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My thoughts: It was better than I’d expected. After reading the second book, I guess I didn’t have too high expectations, so I was happily surprised. It wasn’t as good as the first book, but it was close.
   Alexis goes through some major character development throughout this series, and especially this book. At first, she seems pretty hesitant about officially dating Brett, she sets up a bunch of rules about their relationship, like no PDA. She refuses to hang out with him if he’s with his friends.
   But throughout the book, she changes a lot. She’s not the same person at the end of this book as she was in the beginning of the series, and you know how much I love character development. It was also interesting to read about her change. It didn’t happen overnight, but it happened throughout three books. It took time, and that’s part of why I loved it so much. Character development can be great, if used correctly. If it happens overnight, it’s not believable, because no one can go through such a change in a day, or even a few days. It takes time.
   The plot was a little slow at the beginning, but when things started happening, it felt like everything happened at once, and it felt like it was a little too quick, like maybe the ending could’ve been a little later or something.
   And there was a mystery again! Yay! Sure, it wasn’t as good as the one in Confessions of a Queen B*, and it was so predictable, but it was still nice after the boring plot in The Queen B* Strikes Back. This time, though, it’s Alexis’s friend, Richard, who is targeted because he’s gay, and Alexis has to find whoever is responsible and put it on her blog, The Eastline Spy.
   To sum it up, it was a fun and interesting read, and, although a little quick, definitely worth reading.

I'd never greeted a Monday morning with dozens of giddy butterflies in my stomach. Usually, I reserved my most dramatic sighs and biting comments for Mondays because—let's face it—they suck. But this Monday morning was different.
I, Alexis Wyndham, was officially Brett Pederson's girlfriend.

But I still wasn't ready to announce that to the world.
As we floated in a canoe among the water lilies in Lake Washington yesterday, I lay down a few ground rules to help me ease into this unprecedented (and unimaginable) situation. After all, it's not every day the Queen B* and the Quarterback become a couple. Dropping that bomb on our classmates could cause a rift in the space-time continuum.
Or at least cause my nemesis, Summer Hoyt, to have one very public and dramatic meltdown.
Rule number one: I refused to be one of those disgustingly cute couples that were joined at the hip between classes. We were dating, not merging our lives and identities into a single life-form. Brett had his group of friends and I had mine, and until recently, they never intertwined because I despised most of the in-crowd. If I hadn't gotten to know the real Brett during a class project, I would've continued to write him off as a dumb jock.
Lesson learned, but still…
Rule number two: no public displays of affection at school. Not that I had any problem with PDAs with Brett. I liked kissing him. But I also had been known to lose control when I was with him…and lose articles of clothing. And after having that awkward run-in with my mom and her boyfriend's PDA on our living room couch last week, I'd rather not make a spectacle of myself in front of everyone. It opened up the doors to ridicule.
Rule number three: I wouldn't go to Homecoming with Brett. I'd made it this far through high school without plunging into that cheesy sea of balloons and crepe paper while wearing a silly sequin-laden dress, and I wasn't going to cross that line during my senior year.

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