I love Marian, she is such a fun character. She's not afraid of much and she says what comes to mind and it makes her a delight to read, she is defini...moreI love Marian, she is such a fun character. She's not afraid of much and she says what comes to mind and it makes her a delight to read, she is definitely not a shrinking wall flower of a girl. And in addition, the entire Wynswich family is a delight as well, even the stuffier members of the family turn out to be quite fun and likable.
I haven't read Regency romance in awhile and I forgot what I was missing in the really good ones, and Marian's Christmas Wish is one of the ones that really stands out. It has wonderful characters, starting with Marian and her witty comebacks and schemes. Her brother Alistair is a trouble-maker as well and rather amusing. Percy and Ariadne are the more proper ones in the family, but they are still interesting characters in their own right. Of course, the earl, Lord Ingraham is a fascinating character as well. Not much is known about him in the beginning, but I liked him from the start from the way he interacts and helps Marian get out of tough spots. He continues to shine through the rest of the book as well.
The plot is great as well. The wonderful thing about historical romance is even though this was previously released back in 1989, it reads perfectly today. So those of us that missed this gem in 1989 get a chance to read it now and it does not seem dated in the least. There are several things going on in the plot that keep it moving and keep it interesting and of course there is the romance of Marian and Lord Ingraham front and center even though it comes about slowly through the whole book. The plot never lost my attention and I enjoyed every minute of my reading.
With witty dialog, amusing situations, great romance and just all-around good fun, Marian's Christmas Wish is a stellar book to me. Marian is a delightful character who endeared herself to me and Gil is the perfect match for her. I also loved Marian's family and just thought every part of this book was well-done and interesting to me the reader. I am thankful that it was re-released because it was a phenomenal book to get a chance to read.(less)
Ah, Romantic suspense, I say it every time I come back to it, but I think it may be my first true love and Marlene Sanchez did an excellent job writin...moreAh, Romantic suspense, I say it every time I come back to it, but I think it may be my first true love and Marlene Sanchez did an excellent job writing a book that thrilled me both with romance and with suspense. First I love movies like The Godfather, Goodfellas, and anything gangster, doesn't matter the race, they don't have to be Italian, it can be Russian or Cuban like in Waves of Deceit, but for some reason I am fascinated by organized crime in books and movies so that is why I gravitated toward this book. I was not disappointed.
The Pascual family is a great crime family. Loyalty is one of the main creeds of the family and the one that Manny abides by the most. It's the reason he readily accepts his best friend from childhood, Michael back in with open arms, after a background check of course, when he returns to Miami. The funny thing about books like this, it's really hard to hate the bad guy, but then sometimes the bad guy is not always who it seems. Ms. Sanchez has woven a wonderful labyrinth of a suspense plot that surprised me when I didn't think I could be surprised. There is one moment when I was on the edge of my seat and expected to know what was behind the door and wow was I surprised. I love a book that does that. There are twists and turns that really make this book for me. In summary the suspense of this book is top-notch.
For romance we have Michael and Bianca. They have an instant attraction, with one problem, Manny is in love with Bianca and neither want to cross Manny. Eventually attraction wins out. The nice thing was I could feel them falling for each other and Ms. Sanchez made it feel like it was more than just the heat between them. For those of you wondering what the heat level of the book is - I would call it sensual - most of the action takes place off the page, but some takes place on, but it is far from graphic. I was very comfortable with it. There is a lot of heat between Michael and Bianca without the sex and that is what I really enjoy, knowing the attraction is there without them having to be all over each other all the time. And the romance. Let me tell you, you will enjoy the romantic side of Michael - the book is worth it just for that. Of course it wouldn't be a romance if there were not problems to work through and there are and I like how they are done and how they are worked through. It sounded like a typical relationship to me. So it is a great romance as well.
Waves of Deceit was another book I found hard to put down. I enjoyed the crime family aspect. The suspense was amazing and the action scenes had me biting my nails. The romance had me melting in a puddle and wanting to go and cuddle up with my sweet husband (yes I mean just cuddle, Michael is very romantic and my husband is as well). I love finding gems like this in the world of indie publishing. And to me this was a true gem. Ms. Sanchez has crafted a story that is an entertaining and enjoyable read.(less)
This first installment of Two Moons of Sera is very much worth the price of $0.99 (and more) for just this installment, never mind the fact that it bu...moreThis first installment of Two Moons of Sera is very much worth the price of $0.99 (and more) for just this installment, never mind the fact that it buys you the additional installments as they release as well.
It's short, but it does a great job setting up the world that Serafey lives in and setting up her character, giving her and her mom some background and introducing Tor into the picture as well. I found the characterization of Sera to be well done so far and expect it to continue as the story continues. I like that the setting is kind of parallel to earth, but a little different, so I don't have to go too far out of my box to figure out what the world is like. But there still is imagination required to envision the Sualwet (I see as a mer-type people) and the Erdlanders (humans, I'm thinking). Sera falls between the two and this makes her even more interesting and I'm sure will make her more desirable in later installments as well.
Tor is interesting as well, and you start to learn his story as well and I can't wait to learn more about him and see him and Sera get to know each other better. And the ending definitely has me anxious for the next installment. Ms. Tyler has does an amazing job with the first installment with setting the story up and keeping it interesting and moving along. I am already involved with the characters and ready for installment two.
So give it a shot, it's $0.99 and it's great fantasy/romance. The serial format is also fun, read a little, get intrigued, wait a little and then read some more. I wholeheartedly recommend Two Moons of Sera to those who enjoy romance or fantasy - I think if you enjoy either genre you will enjoy this book. I also think if you are an adult who enjoys YA, then you will enjoy this story as well. For now I will anxiously await part two.(less)
If you are looking for a YA book that has a different twist then Farsighted is the book for you. First off, the main character of the book, Alex is bl...moreIf you are looking for a YA book that has a different twist then Farsighted is the book for you. First off, the main character of the book, Alex is blind. But through the book you never really notice that because Alex "sees" so well with his other senses and with his extra senses. The other two main characters are Simmi who is new at school and also has "gifts" and Shapri who has "gifts" but wants to ignore them. Simmi is also the one that Alex has a crush on, but through his "sight" learns that she is in danger so through the book he always feels that he must protect her.
I found Farsighted to be an engrossing novel. I was absorbed into the story from the very first page. I found Alex to be a fascinating character from the beginning. He handles his handicap fine, but he still wishes he could make friends and not be considered a freak. But he doesn't wallow like he could, he does his school work and when he meets the new students at school he gets involved with them. He is also close to his mom. At the beginning of the book he has an animosity towards his dad, but I saw this as a typical teenager thing. I like that his parents were involved in his life and stay involved through the book. Even when they seem in the background they know what is going on.
I also enjoyed Simmi and Shapri, they made interesting secondary characters with interesting backgrounds. I think Ms. Chand does a great job making the book interesting with her characters alone.
But the characters are not the only thing interesting in the book. The plot is outstanding as well. The plot keeps the book moving at a quick pace and before you know it you have read over half of the book. I was enthralled by the events and had to keep turning the pages to see what would happen with these three next. A lot of what goes on is typical high school stuff, but then there is the added psychic element as well that takes the plot up a notch.
With great characters and a subtle, on-the-edge of your seat plot Farsighted is a great book. It may not have the advertising dollars behind it, but it is well worth the time for you to read it. Whether you are a teenager or an adult I think this is a book most would enjoy. With a male protagonist this is a great one for the boys, but girls will enjoy this as well. I'm a girl and I loved it. I'm definitely going to hand it over to my son when he finishes Harry Potter for him to give it a read.
I truly look forward to future books by Ms. Chand.(less)
When Anna sent me her request for me to review Asenath, I was intrigued by the story. I knew who Joseph was from Sunday School and Church but did not...moreWhen Anna sent me her request for me to review Asenath, I was intrigued by the story. I knew who Joseph was from Sunday School and Church but did not know of his wife. What I did not know at the time was I was about to begin a Bible Study of the Bad Girls of the Bible that would introduce me to a few other charcters from the story, Potiphar and Potiphar's wife (who does not have a name in the Bible, but obviously has a name in history). So I was even more fascinated when I began this book to know more of the players and the background in the story (and to know already that Potiphar's wife was a bad girl).
Now onto my review, I was entranced with Asenath from the first page. When Kyia (who will become Asenath) is abducted from her happy life I felt for her, but she manages to make a go of things. Then she is rescued, then things aren't happy when she is returned and she is taken to the city. Then things begin to look up for Kyia. I loved the short glimpses into her life. I think one thing I really liked about the book is it never gets bogged down too much by the daily things or in one period of her life. Ms. Patricio seems to set the scene for the period of Asenath's life, let enough of it play out to show what is going on, what is important and if there is something that needs to happen it happens then it moves on to the next point. This can also make it a little confusing, but I think she did a great job of breaking it up so the reader understands that it's now a few months or years later.
Asenath as a character is fascinating, she retains much of her peasant self even as she grows up in a High Preist's home. She still talks to servants and does not really see herself as above others which is a point of contention with her best friend and with her Father. But I think this endears her to the reader and it makes her romance with Joseph more believable as well. There are times I wish she was just a little more fleshed out, but I realize the author was covering a large time period with a lot of turmoil and action going on. Enough of Asenath's personality comes through that I like her and want to read more about her and will remember her for weeks after the book is finished.
The romance part of the book ups the ante of the book. It throws in romance of course but also some intrigue. I was completely captivated by this point of the book. I truly believed in the romance between Joseph and Asenath. It felt pure and good like a first love should. I also like how she begins to have some faith in his God. She does not stop believing in her own gods, but at times she will pray to the God of Joseph. I found this fascinating. As she grows older and things begin to be tougher I love how she never gives up on Joseph. At this point I did not put the book down from about halfway through until the end. I had to know what would happen. I love how the author finished it and I felt very satisfied with the ending.
Asenath is a completely satisfying historical read. I can't tell you much for historical accuracies as I am not a history buff, but it felt like things were right. I know the stories align with the Bible stories, and that things align with other Egyptian historical fiction I have read. I think Ms. Patricio has crafted a wonderful novel for the reader to enjoy. The characters are memorable, the plot moves at a good pace and the book is just meant for a wonderful afternoon of reading.(less)
Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully told, this re-telling of the traditional folktale really gets to the heart of the matter for children I thoug...moreBeautifully illustrated and thoughtfully told, this re-telling of the traditional folktale really gets to the heart of the matter for children I thought. Both of my boys seemed moved by the story. For my 10-year-old who is all heart this admittedly does not take much. He takes all things to do with Jesus very seriously and I am proud of him for that. So hearing this tale just brought things more to home for him. My 6-year-old is more restless and a little harder to get through to (I'm sure some of you understand), he understands about Jesus but at times he doesn't seem as reverent as my older son was even when he was 6. However this book seems to get through to him. Maybe it is the conciseness of the telling of Jesus' life in how the three tree's serve Him. Maybe it's the powerfulness of the tale. Maybe it was his mood. But this book got through to him. I have to admit it moved me as well.
Concise and to the point as a children's book should be, The Three Trees tells the story with the right amount of words and gorgeous illustrations that truly bring home the message of the words. I think the illustrator did a wonderful job bringing the words to life in pictures.
I wish this book would have come into my house about 7 years ago so it could have become a Christmas and Easter staple. I am sure I can get a few more years out of it, but my boys are quickly outgrowing picture books, but if you have children who are young then this is just the book for them and you as a parent. You may be familiar with the story, I have to admit I was not, but I am glad I am now because it is a special story and one I will remember for quite awhile.(less)