Mini reviews: Red, White & Royal Blue, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Hi friends, happy Friday! I’m jumping into the lion’s den today and reviewing two of the most hyped books of all times,  friends. Am I ready for it? Probably. Or probably not. Do both of these books deserve all of the hype they’re getting? Keep on reading to find out!

There are no spoilers in these reviews.

Please note just as well that, despite me usually talking about young adult books and reviewing these, these two books today are adult books.

Yes okay, please note as well that I want to talk about multiple books all at once, but I can’t write mini reviews to save my life okay oops.

Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuistongoodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

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First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

Red, White & Royal Blue sounded like the kind of book I could fall in love with. Royalty? Hate-to-love romance? Complicated politics and romance? All of the early reviews piling in just made me more and more certain I would love it and…. I ended up really, really loving it with all of my heart.

The characters in this story are some of my favorites ever and I will protect Alex with all of myself okay, he’s just too adorable and the right amount of sassiness, trying to find himself and figure his sexuality out and just overall being awesome and I loved him. His hate-to-friends-to-lovers romance with the prince Henry made me swoon, happy and just Henry was adorable I loved him.

In addition to a lovely romance, there were so many great dynamics and relationships in the story. From the parents-children relationships to the complex dynamics on Henry’s side with his own family, to the incredibly close and amazing siblings relationship and some of the side characters being overall awesome, we’re really, really well served in here.

This book made me laugh more than once, swooned and made me root for the characters from page one. It perfectly juggled with the romance, soft and sweet moments, complexities of all of the relationships, politics and betrayals and I wasn’t bored once. Red, White & Royal Blue is one of these rare books I couldn’t stop reading and would definitely recommend.

Final rating: 5 drops!

Trigger warnings: homophobia (challenged, panic attacks & anxiety, discussion of drug addiction and rehab, alcohol use, racism, public outing, discussion of the loss of a parent and grief, mention of pancreatic cancer, talk of a past, attempted sexual assault, ADHD.

Diversity: bisexual, bi-racial main character with ADHD (Alex, white-Mexican), gay main character (Henry), Latino gay side character. This book is #ownvoices for the queer representation (the author IDs as bisexual if I’m not mistaken.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reidgoodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.

Evelyn Hugo is probably the most hyped books of all times, if you ask me. Story time: it was sitting on my TBR for a long, long time, my sister picked it up before me, rated it 5 stars and screamed at me to read it and nothing like sister’s pressure to get to it.

I can’t stop thinking about Evelyn Hugo. What a brilliant, brilliant story, really. Evelyn Hugo is one of the greatest characters of all times. Is she perfect? No. Does she do a lot of questionable things through the course of the story? Yes. Do I absolutely adore this unapologetic, morally grey and incredible character? With all of my heart.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo explores Evelyn’s story as she tries to make it in Old Hollywood as a bisexual woman of color. Between fame, multiple marriages and trying to make it while facing all of the sexism, racism and betrayals…Evelyn Hugo’s story is certainly one I won’t ever forget. With a raw storytelling between past and present, Evelyn shares her story with Monique and I was transported, obsessed, crying and thinking about this book all the time. I feel like I can’t be quite coherent while talking about this so, I just want to say, read. this. book.

Final thoughts: give me everything Taylor Jenkins Reid writes and I’ll read it. I want it all.

Final rating: 5 drops!

Trigger warnings: biphobia, homophobia, physical / domestic abuse, death, car accident, adultery, racism, alcoholism, mention of suicide.

Diversity: Cuban & bisexual main character (Evelyn), lesbian main character (Celia), gay main character (Harry)

Did you read Red, White & Royal Blue or/and Evelyn Hugo? Do you want to?

What are some of the latest books you’ve read that you would recommend? I’d love to hear from you in comments!

 

 

 

 

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63 thoughts on “Mini reviews: Red, White & Royal Blue, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  1. Ahh, Marie, you have perfectly captured the best essence of both these books in these mini-reviews. Both these books are so high on my TBR and I absolutely can’t wait to read them. I ordered Evelyn Hugo just yesterday and can’t wait to get it (It would take probably over a month, it’s BD 😦 ). I am still waiting for RW&RB’s price to go down. I am sure I’ll love them as much as everyone else is loving them 🙂

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  2. I’m so glad you loved these two books! Actually, I also picked both of them up and was somewhat skeptical because of all the hype. But, for once in my life, I agree with the hype and rated them both 5 stars! I really loved Casey’s writing style. It was so funny and real and authentic! It didn’t feel like she was trying hard to sound young (sometimes writers do and it just sounds SO cringy) but she understands the internet culture so well! I loved it and can’t wait for her to write another novel. Amazing reviews!

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    1. Ahh thank you so much, I’m so glad that you liked them too! The hype made me so very nervous, too, and I’m so happy that these ended up being so great. I agree, Casey’s writing was wonderful, I can’t wait to read more from the author 😀
      Thank you so much ❤

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  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed Red, White & Royal Blue!! I just finished it myself and adored it! I loved how funny it was … I sounded like a crazy person because I kept laughing out loud, and I mean like BIG belly laughs lol! I kinda wish there was a sequel because I just want more with the characters, but I think it ended beautifully. Lovely reviews!

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  4. i read red white and royal blue and i absolutely fell in love with all the characters! casey mcquiston is definitely one of my favorite authors now and i can’t wait to see what they publish next! i haven’t read evelyn hugo yet, but i’m currently reading daisy jones and the six and i kinda like it so far. maybe i’ll pick evelyn hugo soon! i’m glad you liked those books!

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    1. Ahhh I’m so happy you liked it as well, these characters are SO great!!
      Oh I’m happy you like daisy jones so far, I really can’t wait to read itttt 😀
      Thank you! ❤

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  5. I liked RWARB but between the hype and third person I don’t think I loved it. It deserves the hype- I love the snippets of gay history and the betrayal was stunning. I wish I didn’t know how amazing it is before reading it.

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  6. I’ve also read both these titles this year and it’s funny that I have really opposing thoughts, hahah. But that’s the great thing about blogging and sharing our love about books online, right? The fact we can find people with very distinct opinions and discuss them!
    I actually had a good time with Evelyn Hugo, even if it didn’t live up to all my expectations. I don’t even think it was the book’s fault, but more the fact it was soooooo hyped, as you mentioned yourself. I do like the fact that the author was able to discuss so much and I was particularly impressed by the setting. Even though the book doesn’t try at all to focus on long descriptions for the ambience, I still felt transported to Old Hollywood in every aspect! It was really, really well done.
    As for Red, White & Royal Blue, I just really couldn’t connect with the characters like I wanted to. But I still appreciate the fact it was a very hopeful story, in a way? I think it’s always important to see characters of color and queer people thriving and getting a happy ending, so the book wasn’t all awful for me. I just really went with the wrong expectations for this one.
    I’m glad you had a much better time with these titles than I did, though! Great post, Marie! 💛

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    1. Oh I get that, Evelyn Hugo is so, so hyped, I feel it’s either a massive hit or a miss for a lot of people because of that! 🙂 I’m sorry that your expectations ended up being a bit too high against the reality though, but we can’t all love the same books and that’s the beauty of the community too 😀
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and for your comment, Lais ❤

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  7. I really want to read Red, White and Royal Blue– this is definitely one the book community has made me want to pick up. I’m so happy for enjoyed it and it made you laugh!!
    Ahh… I’m so happy you enjoyed Evelyn Hugo– such a great read. I loved looking into fame and the effect and she was an amazing character to follow, she made the story so good. And I love Harry so much as well!!

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  8. Ahh, both of these are on my TBR for June and are just incredibly hyped up in general, so it was the perfect time to read these wonderful reviews.😍I really can’t wait for either of these because they just look so GOOD??? I’m so glad the hype was right for you and you enjoyed them. ❤ Lovely post!

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  9. I’ve wanted to read Red. White, and Royal Blue for a long time, but haven’t gotten to it. I’m excited though that I haven’t seen a single bad review. I’ve been a bit more hesitant to read The Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo. I just can’t tell if I’d enjoy it, but your review has definitely made me more interested in reading it

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    1. I hope you’ll get to read both of these books and will enjoy them, they’re both so, so good in their own ways and ahhh, I loved them! ❤
      Thank you so much for your comment Vicki 😀

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  10. I love Red, White, & Royal Blue so much! I’m so glad to see you did as well! I just think that Alex is so wonderful since he’s a flawed but adorable character that you can’t help but love and root for! And the love and support he has from his friends and family is top notch! I just adore so many parts of that book!

    And while I haven’t read Evelyn Hugo and know quite a bit of what happens because my friend told me all about it after she found out I didn’t intend to read it. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it and that it lived up to the hype!

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  11. Aahh, you already know how I feel about you loving Evelyn Hugo (and the book itself) but I am just so happy you enjoyed it so much!!! It was so satisfying to see you finally get around to read it and end up not being disappointed by the hype, and it truly is just an amazing book. And god, RW&RB is my favorite book of the year so far, I honestly just have so many good things to say about it! It’s just perfectly written — the characters, story, humor, and romance — and I adore it with all my heart. Amazing reviews, Marie! ❤

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  12. you are so right that these two books are one of the most hyped books of all time! I read Evelyn Hugo and sadly didn’t fall head over heels in love with it, but I liked it enough! and i do agree that Evelyn is such a complex character, and I feel like even if you don’t like her, she is somehow still gonna leave a mark on you.

    I’m dying to read rw&rb, and my copy is arriving in the mail after it was finally available on book depository ahhhh! I’m so excited to read it and fall in love with its characters! As for a book i recently read and would recommend, the last book I finished was Spin the Dawn, and it was such a fun journey book featuring amazing world building and writing.

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    1. I’m glad that you still overall enjoyed Evelyn Hugo, such a massive hype can kill a book for you haha. I loved that Evelyn was such a complex character! ❤

      I hope you'll love red, white and royal blue, such a great read! and ahhhhhhhhh this is so exciting. I can't wait to read spin the dawn, one of my most anticipated reads, so happy you liked it 🙂
      Thank you so much! ❤

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  13. I keep seeing Red White and Royal Blue everywhere literally every day and I feel super bad that I didn’t like it more. I picked it up a whole ago but I found it too slow. But maybe I should give it another chance since I’m clearly a black sheep? idk. I’m also really interested in giving Evelyn Hugo a try since I’ve been trying to branch out into adult books more. Great reviews1

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    1. Oh well the amount of hype this book has been getting might make your expectations really high, too, so… take your time with it,really and read it when you feel it! ❤
      I hope you'll give Evelyn Hugo a try, this book is so, so, so good. I love it ❤
      Thank you so much, Mel! ❤

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  14. You’re right, these two books are some of the most hyped up out there. I have literary been seeing both EVERYWHERE! With that being said, I really want to read both. 😀 I’m happy to see that you loved both, it makes me even more exited to get around to them! I’m actually reading Evelyn Hugo right now, though I’m only around 30 pages in so I don’t have that much of an opinion. Hopefully I’ll love it as much as you did. Amazing reviews Marie! ❤

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  15. Ahhh yay! I am so happy you finally read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! It was my favorite book of 2018 for sure 🙂

    I’m assuming you are going to give Daisy Jones and the Six a try next?! Lots of people didn’t like the format, but if you go into it knowing that it is an interview format and to read it like you are watching a TV documentary on a 70s rock band, you’ll love it!

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    1. I loved this book SO MUCH, I can’t stop thinking about it haha. ❤
      I can't wait to read Daisy Jones now, yes, I hope to be able to get it soon, it sounds so good!
      Thank you so much Amanda ❤

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    1. I 200% get that, that’s the reason why it took me so long to read it, I was so nervous haha. I’m glad I ended up loving it and I hope you will, too! ❤ ❤
      Thank you! ❤

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  16. I loved the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, the writing was so good and the twist at the end was so shocking. I just bought Red White & Blue and I’m so excited to read it now! I just started my own blog (yesterday…eek) and I’m hoping to include book reviews too, so your blog is such an inspiration!

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    1. I ADORE this book so much ahh I can’t stop thinking about it haha. Such a great read 🙂
      I hope you will love Red, White and Royal Blue, it was a wonderful read and it made me feel all the emotions ❤
      Ahh, I hope you will have tons of fun blogging and wow, thank you so much for saying that, you are way too sweet ❤ ❤
      Happy blogging, Anna! 😀

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  17. Wonderful reviews, Marie! ❤ I have heard so much great things about both of these books, so it's lovely to see that you were a fan of them as well! I'm so fascinated by Evelyn Hugo, since I adore morally grey, complex characters. And, the romance in Red, White, and Royal Blue is my FAVORITE trope! Hate-to-friends-to-lovers is the absolute best kind of romance, and I will always be a fan of it. Haha! 🙂

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