I love Tudor history, but for some reason I never thought to question how Henry the VI came to be on the throne. I wrongly assumed that he too had inhI love Tudor history, but for some reason I never thought to question how Henry the VI came to be on the throne. I wrongly assumed that he too had inherited it much like the kings and queens that proceded him. Little did I know that there were previous courts, just as vicious, conniving and convoluted as that of Tudor!
The White Queen introduces us to Elizabeth Woodville, wife of King Edward of York, mother to Elizabeth York and the lost Princes of York. During their 20 year reign and marriage, Elizabeth and Edward produce 10 children, who go on to parent the most famous kings and queens of English history including Henry the VIII and Elizabeth I. Their story is one of love, strife, greed and vengeance and makes for a richly detailed read.
Gregory has done a wonderful job of piecing together historical fact to create a wonderful fiction and provides a most fascinating theory on what could have happened to the lost princes of York. Moreover, I must also applaud Gregory for her portrayal of these royal women. History has not been kind to them, as history is so often unkind to powerful women of this era. Gregory deftly presents an alternate perspective on these women’s actions. Women who were forced into allegiances of men who may not be their intellectual superior and therefore had to carve their own path in secret, many of which changed the course of a nation. ...more
What a powerful book! Split tells the story of Jace Witherspoon, formally known as Jace Marshall. After one too many severe beatings at his fathers haWhat a powerful book! Split tells the story of Jace Witherspoon, formally known as Jace Marshall. After one too many severe beatings at his fathers hands, Jace has finally fought back and has been thoroughly beat and forcibly removed from his home for his efforts. Having no choice but to leave his abused, submissive mother behind, Jace sets out across country to reunite with his brother Christian, whom he has not seen or heard from for the past six years. Once Jace arrives at Christian’s door, a heartbreaking and thought provoking emotional journey ensues.
This author challenged me with her perplexing, well researched and poignantly written tale. Split will make you question everything you thought you knew about abusers and their victims. Are they forgivable, is there a line between recovery and a lost cause, if so, when do you cross it, when does it become blurred, and how can you tell the difference? I’m so glad that I was granted the opportunity to read this book and I would recommend to anyone with an eye for well written, realistically centered works to read this as well. ...more
What can I say? Ruby Oliver has dazzled me yet again. She is the voice of the female species, or at least, the neurotic halfRe-read in February 2012.
What can I say? Ruby Oliver has dazzled me yet again. She is the voice of the female species, or at least, the neurotic half of it. Regardless of how many times I revisit Ruby's story, I never fail to find something new to love about her. She's the kind of girl we've all been and while we, as Ruby, should all strive to be better, who she is is kind of awesome. Over the years, The Ruby Oliver series has become a bit of a guilty pleasure. Something that I delve into when I'm feeling girly and want something light to read without having to make allowances in the character/plot/dialog department.
In The Treasure Map of Boys, it seems dear Roo can't catch a break. Just when she has finally gotten a handle on her panic attacks, formed a new group of friends, and has begun an enjoyable internship at the city zoo, it’s all turned on its feet.
Roo gets fired Jackson sends her a frog laden with meaning Noel is flirting and sending her notes Gideon sits with his thigh touching hers Nora is ignoring her once again And Roo has just met Doctor Z’s fungi footed boyfriend. Could things get any more complicated?
The answer is yes, yes they can. The Treasure Map of Boys does not disappoint. Filled with bake sale stand offs, emulsions of the kitchen variety, hair band therapy, goat correspondence, Operation Sophomore Love, bodyguard duty and more, we are once again transported into the quirky, neurotic mind of our beloved Ruby Oliver. ...more
Outlander is a historical romance novel for those who scoff at them for pleasure. Filled with steamy smut, harrowing adventure, romance, time travel aOutlander is a historical romance novel for those who scoff at them for pleasure. Filled with steamy smut, harrowing adventure, romance, time travel and fraught with exquisite detail and historical facts, Outlander packs a powerful punch. It even has hunky, hard bodied highlander, what more could a girl want?
I have been avoiding Outlander like the plague, deterred by its length, corny cover (truly is it horrid) and my loathing of romance novels. After years of taunting (does anyone else feel taunted by books?) and recommendations from fellow readers insisting that this wasn’t a typical bodice ripper, I gave in and curled up with Outlander. After 6 days of reading two hours a day, I finally finished it. I have to admit, I was impressed. Outlander was worth most of its 853 pages, though there are some that I would prefer to forget.
These characters are expertly woven, the plot moves at a quick, action packed pace and every detail is so intricately described that you feel as though you can see and hear everything as it is experienced. The characters were flawed and real. There was humor, love and some rather, uh, stimulating scenes. With that said, this book was just a wee bit ridiculous. While Claire was intelligent and would have made a worthy heroine in a book set in 1945, she clearly cast herself in the role of saucy wench, making one stupid mistake after another and jeopardizing everyone in the wake of her self destruction. It was so unbelievably frustrating that I wanted to throw my book across the room more than once. Of course I didn’t, because if I had, I would have had to immediately dash across the room, dust it off and apologize for my cruelty.
Luckily Gabaldon struck gold in Jamie, the aforementioned hard bodied hunk. Seriously, where can I get me one of those? This hot highlander has it all, humor, grace, confidence, intelligence and a childish exuberance that is very, very disarming. I was touched by Jamie’s capacity to love openly and honestly in spite of his past plights.
If you are reluctant to read Outlander because you detest romance novels, believe me, I feel your pain. If you don’t want to spend 12 hours of your life reading one book, suck it up, you can still make time to watch Vampire Diaries. This is far from a lighthearted read, quite the contrary, but hopefully by the books' end, you will be glad you embarked on the journey, just as I am....more
Poison Study is a shinning example of what YA fiction should aspire to be. This book was fantastic all across the board. Great writing, wonderful compPoison Study is a shinning example of what YA fiction should aspire to be. This book was fantastic all across the board. Great writing, wonderful compelling plot, and interesting multifaceted characters. I didn’t want to put it down.
If you’re anything like me, I was reluctant to read a book about a food taster. After all, how interesting could a story about eating potentially deadly food be? That corny cover didn’t help sooth my reluctance either. Luckily, this book is so much more than food tasting. There’s magic, murder, mystery, corruption, secrecy and love interwoven throughout this book and it makes for an excellent adventure.
I am also very pleased to note that this book contains a fantastic and worthy heroine, Yelena. Strong, intelligent and endearing heroines are increasingly rare in a genre filled with silly girls who follow their immortal hunks to crazy pastures. Yelena; however, is no follower. She is a resourceful survivor and never once did she cause me to grit my teeth in frustration. I cannot tell you how elated that made me. Yelena is as close to flawed perfection any character could be. Her handsome counterpart Valek wasn’t too shabby either nor was the secondary characters of Ari or Janco, which were stalwart, loyal and kind.
There are some darker themes in Poison Study. Yelena is a murderer with a tragic and haunting past which is revealed gradually through out the story. I was a bit surprised to see descriptions and allusions to horrific tortures, including rape in a YA story, but I feel as though it belongs there as they are issues that sadly, some young adults are forced to face. All in all, this was a fantastic satisfying read and I will be sure to read the sequels. ...more
This was a cute story, though at 200 and some odd pages, I would say that there is maybe 50 pages worth of content in this book; therefore, it is moreThis was a cute story, though at 200 and some odd pages, I would say that there is maybe 50 pages worth of content in this book; therefore, it is more a short story than anything else. There wasn't much to glean from the narrator other than the fact that she is a boy crazy teenager with a messed up homelife. She is typical in everyway down to the way she treats others and in the way she views the world. I would say that Murphey/Robin is by far the best and most interesting character and I would have enjoyed this book much more if he had been the narrator. The story ends rather abruptly and I would have liked to have seen how Sophie and Robin navigate their way through their new and budding relationship. Despite my lack of love for Fee, it was kinda cute reading the scenes where these two were together. All in all, it was an okay read but there was nothing truly memorable about it....more
This book is laugh out loud funny! The proper English slang took some getting used to, but luckily the author has included a glossary in the back.
GeorThis book is laugh out loud funny! The proper English slang took some getting used to, but luckily the author has included a glossary in the back.
Georgia is full of hilariosity and she along with her Ace Gang, mad sister, and fat vati will have you laughing like a loon on loon tablets. Gee is neither kind nor cruel, smart nor intelligent, but witty she is and she is forever getting herself into a jam due to her neurotic nature and obsession with boys, make up and hair.
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging won't enrich your life. It's not meaningful, unless its serves as a trumpeter for individuality, you won't learn life lessons, but it's great for a laugh and serves as a reminder of how silly and daft we females once were. Enjoyable book! ...more
I am full of sadnosity that this series has ended but…I lurved the ending! True to form, Georgia’s mad sham of a life is filled with hilariosity, ridiI am full of sadnosity that this series has ended but…I lurved the ending! True to form, Georgia’s mad sham of a life is filled with hilariosity, ridiculousness, beards, lippy, half Scottish Wildcat fiasco’s and tarts and cakes galore. I’m so glad that Gee and Dave the Laugh finally got together, it was a long time coming, but they did the Bird of Avon proud. This book made me laugh, squee, sigh and then laugh again. Oh how I will miss these characters now that the series is over.
Also, I would like to make a special shout out to my friend T for recommending this series to me, it has become one of my all time favorites. You are truly a Wise Woman of the Forest minus the crap fringe and oversized knickers. ...more
Where to start, where to start? I think I shall devote this review to a bit of fangirl squeeing.
When I finished Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1), I was on the fence about how I felt about it. I needed a nudge to push me past my distaste for the writing style. I'm over it, and that nudge was at the hands of fantastic storytelling laced with blood, guts, cursing, humor, steam and smash hit, winning characters. The world building and plots of these books is incredible. Each book stands alone, presenting a monster of the week type format, while also contributing to an overall series arc. The end result leaves me feeling satisfied, but chomping at the bit for more. The book's plots are original, fast paced, and interesting.
On to the characters. Kate Daniels has endeared herself as my favorite heroine, period. She's intelligent, kind, but can kick major ass and is anything but nice. Unlike a majority of Urban Fantasy heroines, she doesn't suffer from excessive manners. If she wants to kill you, she'll tell you to eat shit and die, then make you eat shit and die. I like that sort of directness in a person, especially in a female. She has a huge capacity to love, but would prefer not to fall in its clutches for no other reason than to spare those she loves from the evil fate that surely awaits her. But what ultimately won me over, was the fact that she doesn't make foolish choices because of this fear. She loves anyway, she recognizes the raw need, and gives into temptation. As a result, I have yet to grit my teeth at her, not even once. That has never happened to me ever. I understand and agree with her every choice. How awesome is that?
Curran, oh Curran, you make me swoon. Like Kate, I struggled with my feelings for him throughout the book. I wondered, "Does he really love her, or is it a game?" So naturally I wasn’t bothered by Kate's reluctance towards him. But the end of Magic Strikes leaves no room for doubt. Curran loves her, and would go to hell and back to keep her safe. How do you resist a hottie that would die at your feet? Yet more than anything, what I love most about Curran, is his subtle charm. He isn't showy about his feelings. He doggedly pursues her, but presents himself in such a way that is endearing, while also leaving you questioning his sincerity. It makes for an interesting, chemistry filled courtship and I am eating it up!
Having two amazing characters is more than enough to make most books float, but this series has them in abundance, which ultimately allows me to look past the bundle of questions I still have. Derek warms my heart and evokes a maternal instinct from me. I want him to smile, be happy and safe. Raphael makes me laugh at his attempts to help Kate provoke Curran,then can make me squee like a love struck girl in his determination to woo his lady love, Andrea, who I also enjoy immensely.
This series just has it going on. It makes no pretenses. The characters don’t contradict themselves by refusing to behave like badasses while being badasses. They embrace what they are. Dark in theme, Andrews doesn’t spare her readers on gory detail, which only enriches the plot, ensuring readers understand the significant danger these characters face. And yet, Andrews expertly weaves these dark themes with demonstrations of love and friendship and humor so subtle that you don’t notice it until you laugh out loud. I cannot wait for the next installment!
Saving Francesca is still my favorite Marchetta book to date, but Looking for Alibrandi comes in a very strong second. Regardless of how drasticallySaving Francesca is still my favorite Marchetta book to date, but Looking for Alibrandi comes in a very strong second. Regardless of how drastically different Marchetta’s heroines are described, I always identify with them. They are so wonderfully complex, yet simply described. I want to befriend them, at times I wish I was them. I love reading their stories as they go along their respective journeys, which are always emotional and strife with life lessons on love, fate and family. I may even be a wee bit envious of them as they are extraordinarily clever, especially given their age.
I’m not nearly gifted enough to pay Marchetta her due praise, so I won’t try to summarize this glory of a story. But if you’ve read and loved Marchetta, this will only inspire further fangirl worship, and if not, you really need to get on it. ...more
I picked this book up on a whim, thinking it sounded mildly entertaining and hoping I wouldn't regret spending ten bucks on an author I knew nothing aI picked this book up on a whim, thinking it sounded mildly entertaining and hoping I wouldn't regret spending ten bucks on an author I knew nothing about. Three and a half hours later I went back out into the cold to buy the sequel. I loved this book!
As a lover of mythology, I was somewhat familiar with Banshees’ but the lore in this book was entirely new and surprisingly entertaining. Kaylee is 16 and a bit of a wreck. Her mother died when she was three and her father has flittered in and out of her life ever since. Furthermore, she has this odd little capability of knowing when someone is about to die and is reduced to screaming like a Banshee as an uncontrollable result. Luckily for Kaylee this has only happened once and it landed her with a three week stay in a mental health unit. Kaylee is terrified she is going crazy, but possibly more terrified that she's not. Regardless, Kaylee is intent on living her life as an average teenager. But average or no, she seems to have caught the attention of Nash Hudson, the hottest guy in school. Kaylee can't imagine what he could possibly want with her, but is soon to find out.
My Soul to Take is a quick page turner, filled with interesting lore, passionate young love and one of the hottest male hunks I've read in a while. Such a treat that I'm sure fans of paranormal fiction are sure to devour and want for more. ...more
Having quickly devoured My Soul to Take, I immediately set my sights on Book 2 of the Soul Screamers Series. While it wasn't as good as the first, proHaving quickly devoured My Soul to Take, I immediately set my sights on Book 2 of the Soul Screamers Series. While it wasn't as good as the first, probably due to less pages being devoted to Nash and Kaylee, it did not disappoint.
Set six weeks from the end of My Soul to Take, we find that Kaylee is coming into her powers, establishing a home with her father, and exploring her relationship with Nash. But all to quickly, Kaylee is forced to set her wants and lessons aside to come to the aid of Tod's ex, Addison, as she has sold her soul to a hellion in hopes of gaining fame and fortune. When Addison's name pops up on the master list of death, her soul's fate of torment and doom will soon come to pass. Seeing Tod's insistance on helping Addison regain her soul, Kaylee and Nash agree to quickly try to set things right before it's too late.
Though I would have loved for Vincent to dedicate a little more page space to Nash and Kaylee, she did deliver a few sexy scenes that left me feeling satisfied, though wanting for more. The plot was fast paced and entertaining. A quick, entertaining read and all in all, a nice addition to the series....more
Oh how I laughed and laughed, cringed in shared mortification, laughed, despaired over mutual heartbreak, laughed, became over-wrought with neurosis,Oh how I laughed and laughed, cringed in shared mortification, laughed, despaired over mutual heartbreak, laughed, became over-wrought with neurosis, laughed, cringed, sympathized and laughed.
Jessica Darling says what most of us are shamed to think. She isn’t noble, far from it, but she’s deliciously flawed in a true, human way. We all say the wrong thing at inopportune times. Many of us, myself included don’t know when to shut up or back down. We may even jump in the sack with a subpar guy for fleeting, spur of the moment reasons. We obsess over the most obscure words behind our hearts desires messages. In short, we are loons, doing our best to get from one day to the next all the while trying to find our path in life and reason for it all. Jessica will make you feel less alone on your journey.
An Abundance of Katherines contains the typical John Green formula; however, unlike John's other successes, this book lacked the humorous best friendAn Abundance of Katherines contains the typical John Green formula; however, unlike John's other successes, this book lacked the humorous best friend and possessed a nerd narrator obsessed with math. As I detest math, I found no joy in reading a book whose plot revolved around theorems. I was not at all surprised that this narrator had found himself dumped by a succession of Katherine's as protractors will not keep a lady warm at night. The only reason I saved this book from being placed on my shite book shelf was because that vomiting sequence in the first chapter was described very well and because I have a bit of a shameless crush on John Green. I do enjoy his writing, but I doubt I will read more of his works as they are all the same....more
Moon Called is a run of the mill Urban Fantasy pick. It was entertaining enough to keep my attention, but didn’t elicit any strong feelings of extremeMoon Called is a run of the mill Urban Fantasy pick. It was entertaining enough to keep my attention, but didn’t elicit any strong feelings of extreme like or dislike. Initially I thought I would totally dig it. The heroine, Mercy, is a tatted up car mechanic. Talk about an interesting angle. But despite Mercy’s uniqueness in this urban fantasy genre, where more often than not, the females are all articulate journalists or cops and yet complete bombshells, Mercy, with all her otherness, still managed to fall flat. Her personality is so run of the mill and dull that I barely knew she was in a scene, which is odd, as she is the narrator. And did I miss something, or did she pull off a rescue in nothing but a t-shirt, bra and panties? The fact that I have to ask about a detail found in a book leads me to my next qualm.
I don’t usually have to ask about details. I’m an articulate reader with a penchant for detail. I can recall the most mundane facts from a book I read years ago, so if I have to ask myself what’s going on, or be unclear about specifics mentioned within a book, the book is poorly written. Several of the scenes were disjointed and chaotic. I would pause and re-read and still not be clear on exactly what had happened or what was going on.
Lastly, I read urban fantasy to immerse myself in a word of “otherness”. Where menace, and sex, and all things that go bump in the night come out and play in a badass way. However, it’s kind of hard to get the badass effect when the characters say “darn it” instead of “damn it”, “freakin” instead of “fuckin”, um hello third grade. I felt like I could have kicked the bad guy’s asses using only my tongue. I also agree with a fellow reader when she said there were no available hotties. When the heroin is boring, the evil forces aren’t terrifying, and the men aren’t hot, what is the point?
Nonetheless, I was able to read the story and enjoy the who done it plot. I even liked the world Briggs created, just not enough to adopt the series. ...more
(RE-READ)It's nearly impossible to describe this book without making is sound as though it resembles every other Urban Fantasy pick out there. It does(RE-READ)It's nearly impossible to describe this book without making is sound as though it resembles every other Urban Fantasy pick out there. It doesn't. There is something engaging about this story that I can't quite put my finger on. It throbs with menace and mystery and is fraught with fae lore; yet, it retains a sense of reality that I have never before encountered in previous Urban Fantasy books/series. This book felt real. It's addictive and engaging, filled with grit, humor, lust, grief, mystery and mayhem.
Darkfever tells the story of MacKayla Lane, a silly, 22 year old bartender/ part time student/ full time underachiever. Her reality doesn't extend beyond fashion, music, the color pink and her family. Mac lives a sheltered, small minded and simple existence in Ashford, GA where southern manners reign and fairies do not exist. All it takes is one fateful call to turn Mac's existence topsy turvy. Mac's sister, Alina, has been murdered while studying abroad in Dublin. With no leads and no suspects, the investigative team has closed the case. Reeling from the loss, Mac's parents become despondent, withdrawing into themselves. Mac can't begin to mend the shattered pieces of her life until Alina's murderer has been brought to justice. However, in order for Mac to fill the emotional void within her, she must travel to the abyss.
While I enjoyed this story very much, I had to knock a star for the character that is Mac. She's shallow, incredibly girly, her manners are much too "nice" and she is WAY too perky. She and I would never be friends; nonetheless, I respected her. The girl's got grit, albeit that grit comes armed in pastel skirts, juicy couture purses, strappy sandals and ice berry pink nail polish. She also contains strong sense of self awareness in addition to the thoughts and motivations of others, leading me to think she isn't as obtuse as she initially appears. I grit my teeth a time or two in response to her reactions, although, I found them suiting to her character and realistic to the human condition. Thankfully, Mac developed throughout the story, and I expect that development will continue throughout the remainder of the series. She also has an intriguing co-star in Barron's. He remains shrouded in mystery, but like all good mysteries, you want to unwrap him, figuratively and literally.
All in all, I was entranced by the world that Moning has created for these characters. Darkfever wrecked havoc on my mind. I woke up tangled in my sheets, as I dreamt of this bizarre world where fae roam the night and hotties like Jericho Barrons are on the prowl. Can't wait to start Bloodfever! ...more
I honestly don't know how to do this book justice. I can certainly see how Anderson earned her stellar reputation. Speak is truly extraordinary and exI honestly don't know how to do this book justice. I can certainly see how Anderson earned her stellar reputation. Speak is truly extraordinary and expertly done.
At the start of her Freshman year, Melinda finds herself a social pariah, having been dumped by all of her friends after attending a summer bash gone wrong, resulting in Melinda calling the cops and earning herself a leper status. While the events that occurred at the party remain a mystery until nearly the end of the story, Melinda's torment, shame and silence are evident from page one. As a reader, it is not hard to guess what happened that night, but everyone in Melinda's life are completely oblivious as to what plagues her day in and day out. What follows is a truly heart wrenching story about a broken girl trying puzzle out the pieces of herself.
I was floored by Anderson's use of language and imagery. Melinda's thoughts, fears and silence were palpable and I am amazed at how Anderson was able to impose Melinda's silence on readers through the use of words. I especially enjoyed the incorporation of art, not only in this book, but in Melinda’s life. It was a superb way to allow Melinda to express herself when words were beyond her reach. Amazing book! ...more