Ms. Moore's books just keep getting better and better. While LADY EMMA'S CAMPAIGN remains my favorite, I adored Meg and the Prince and their awesome sMs. Moore's books just keep getting better and better. While LADY EMMA'S CAMPAIGN remains my favorite, I adored Meg and the Prince and their awesome story. More of Regency ladies with some time-period appropriate strength and oomph. More great heroes.
Content: Sex - 0 Language - 0 Violence - 1 (There's (view spoiler)[a kidnapping (hide spoiler)] and some sword fights!) Overall rating - PG["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Talk about a great character arc. So well done and I cared so much. The slow-burn (pardon the bad pun) romance between Smitha and Lo is so wonderful,Talk about a great character arc. So well done and I cared so much. The slow-burn (pardon the bad pun) romance between Smitha and Lo is so wonderful, and Smitha's curse add to all of that in an amazing way. I loved seeing Smitha learn and grow and become such a better version of herself. The supporting cast was well done too, though there were a few I wished I knew more about or got to follow up on.
Content: Sex - 1 (Tasteful mentions of how Smitha will never be able to be intimate; passionate kissing between two characters.) Violence - 0 Language - 1 (A couple of damns)...more
Not my favorite of the series. Definitely still had Sophronia's great voice and wit, with some really hilarious lines and moments. I'm used to noticinNot my favorite of the series. Definitely still had Sophronia's great voice and wit, with some really hilarious lines and moments. I'm used to noticing the "moments" that move the plot and the "outline" or whatnot, since I'm a writer myself, but with these books I'm never sure where things are going or what the plot line is. Which is good, I suppose, since I'm still always ploughing through them as quickly as I can manage.
I'm not in love with where I see the love subplot with this one going. I like both choices, quite a bit, actually--even Felix for all his faults.
Content: Language: 0 Sex: 3+ (A lot more innuendo in this one, as always spoken of *delicately* in all cases. Most of it has to do with encountering werewolves and their nakedness when they've changed. The girls also begin the book with a "seduction" class, and there is innuendo there as well.) Violence: 2 Overall Rating: PG-16...more
Rating: Last month some friends on Twitter decided to get together to do a TwitteAudience: Adult Genre: Mystery Length: 276 pgs.
Rating: **** (Loved it!)
Rating: Last month some friends on Twitter decided to get together to do a Twitter book club, and for October, we chose And Then There Were None to fit the spooky month. Right from the first the voice grabbed me. I am a huge sucker for that cool cucumber 1930s voice. This one was a definite thriller and so much suspense. I never guessed who the murderer would be, although it made total sense at the reveal. The characters were perfectly icky and likable at the same time. Classic! She really was a master.
Content: Sex - 0 Language - 0 (None that I marked.) Violence - 3 (It is a murder mystery with a serious psychological twist. Nothing too graphic.)
Try this. Like And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie? Try Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering....more
Review: Who didn't L-O-V-E Sidney in Becoming Lady Lockwood? He wasAudience: Adult (Clean) Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Length: 224 pgs
Review: Who didn't L-O-V-E Sidney in Becoming Lady Lockwood? He was just so fun, and the way he teased William was fantastic. It reminded me of the awesome BFF relationship between Sarah Eden's the Duke and Henry, two of my favorite characters. And here, in Lady Emma's Campaign, I got to get deep into Sidney and find out so much more about him. It really rounded out his character. While the way Emma got to Spain was a bit of a stretch for me, once there everything went really well. I've discussed on Twitter with Sarah (and also Jennifer) about how we love that Jennifer's characters can get into trouble but still remain ladies. One big pet peeve of mine in historical fiction is how many authors try to make heroines too modern in order to appeal to modern audiences. Lady Emma's Campaign walks that fine line with excellence! Emma behaves exactly as a lady would when first thrown into the situation, but also grows exactly as we want to see her and becomes stronger while still behaving as a lady would. :) I'm pretty sure I loved this book even more than Becoming Lady Lockwood.
Content Sex - 1ish (Sidney and Emma go off together alone as part of a plan and some men assume naughty things) Language - 1 (Strong language of the Regency era. ;) ) Violence - 2 (Battles are mentioned, details, not too graphic, of death, injuries, etc related to war) Rating - PG...more
Review: I adore Carriger's voice, the characterAudience: Young Adult Genre: Historical Science Fiction & Fantasy, Steampunk Length: 320 pgs
Review: I adore Carriger's voice, the characters, the Victorian-ness of it all. Sophronia is just fantastic, and I just adore her BFF Dimity more and more. I read so quickly and every time I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back into it. I loved seeing Sophronia's arc continue and show her becoming a strong young women, but she still has slip-ups and mistakes she needs to take care of. I had one tiny sticking point-- (view spoiler)[ early in the novel the teachers pit Sophornia's schoolmates against her, and when they all stop talking to her, Sophronia accepts it without even trying to convince Dimity to be on her side. She just took it in stride, which was necessary for plot movement, but was not believable. (hide spoiler)] Overall I loved it and can't wait to read the third book in the series.
Content: Sex - 1 (Sidheag admits to seeing men/werewolves naked when they transform and describes in somewhat polite terms how unimpressive they are.) Language - 0 Violence - 2 (There are fights and blood and such, but it's all handled very nicely.) Overall rating - PG-14 (Only because of the above discussion of naked men--everything thing else is PG)
Review: Danny and Talia are married! Yay. I so much enjoyedAudience: Adult (Clean) Genre: Romantic Thriller Length: 295 pgs
Rating: 5 (I really loved it)
Review: Danny and Talia are married! Yay. I so much enjoyed getting to see more of Danny and how he fights for him and Talia. She can be frustrating, in a good way, and I like seeing Danny stepping out and setting her straight. :) I loved going back to where Talia served her mission and getting immersed in Russia. Tons of great action in this one, and like all the others, I read it FAST.
Content: Sex - 1 (The book opens on their honeymoon, and the wedding night is mentioned, but so cleanly. Really.) Language - 0 Violence - 1 (Spy book. Action book. Nothing graphic) Rating - PG
Rating: 5 (I really loved it!) Review: I am SO a fan of these books. I remember reading tAudience: Adult (Clean) Genre: Romantic Thriller Length: 331 pgs
Rating: 5 (I really loved it!) Review: I am SO a fan of these books. I remember reading the first one, a year ago, right after I moved to Alaska. I'd lucked upon getting a review copy and I DEVOURED it. Fast forward a few months and I've read Every. Single. Book. in this series. This was lived up to all of them. I love Talia's voice, and I loved finally getting into Danny's head too! It's weird going back in time with Talia and back to where she began but super cool. This one is definitely more of a romance than the others, but still oh, soooo good. Content: Sex - 0 Language - 0 Violence - 1 (It IS a spy book and there IS fighting. Nothing graphic.) Rating - PG
Audience: Adult (Clean) Genre: Fantasy, Historical Length: 224 pgs Rating: 5 (I really loved it!) Review: I had so many "have to" reads behind this book tAudience: Adult (Clean) Genre: Fantasy, Historical Length: 224 pgs Rating: 5 (I really loved it!) Review: I had so many "have to" reads behind this book that is was a physical relief to pick up something I'd really been looking forward too. Charlie didn't disappoint me. Even though she and I have bonded over BYU football and our shared admiration for Jimmer Fredette, this review is purely objective. Promise. This is set in a base Victorian time period, which you all know I L-O-V-E. It was perfect. Besides a couple minor, minor things that seemed a bit too modern, it was a great setting. And since the setting is fantastical, that doesn't even matter. It's unique. The fantasy world is incredible and the world-inside-the-world is perfect too. I could picture everything so well. It has a dash of a love story, which I think is a must, of course, that really rounds the entire thing out. You will not regret picking this one up. I flew through it in just a few nights. Content: Sex - 0 Language - 0 Violence - 2 (The scene where Mg. Thane's heart is ripped out is described. There are magical battles. Nothing overly graphic.) Content Rating - PG
Review: To be honest, I’ve had my eye on this book for a while and for good reason. It caught my attention right off. The characters. The conflict. The pacing. Then about half-way through I could not put it down. Considering everything that should be happening during our move right now, I spent the afternoon on my rear reading a fantastic book. Ms. McCollum does a fantastic job of making everything seem realistic—but seriously, I think she may have worked for the CIA at some point. The tension and rising conflict was awesome. I loved the voice. Loved it. Seriously, I can only think of one thing that I can say bad about it. Talia is a spy with a sixth sense for reading people. It was obvious to me right off that Danny was jealous of her partner Elliot, so it should have hit Talia square between the eyes. The book was full of action and also full of romance. I was SO into the characters. One of the biggest compliments my critique partner can give me is when she tells me she forgets that the characters aren't real people and gets so involved in their problems. That’s the way I felt reading this.
Content: Rated 1-5, 1 being minor instances and 5 being saturated Violence – 4 (nothing explicit, but there’s a lot—it is about spies—and a lot of description of fights) Language – 0 Sex – 1 (Kissing)...more
Genre: Young Adult Romance Audience: Young Adult Length: 309 pgs
Rating: ***** (Really loved it)
Review: In preparation for this book, I read Peter Pan. IGenre: Young Adult Romance Audience: Young Adult Length: 309 pgs
Rating: ***** (Really loved it)
Review: In preparation for this book, I read Peter Pan. It was quick. Loved it. Fun voice. Adorable. Then I read Tiger Lily. Loved it, in a the bitterest way. First off, the idea of Tinkerbell narrating was ingenious. I loved the voice. I loved how Anderson stayed true to the character while still giving it her own spin. Perfect. I LOVED reading about Tiger Lily. I loved how she did Peter. True, but different. Perfect too. ALL the characters in this novel, the smallest of small, were so round and I loved them all. The end is so bittersweet, but if you've read Peter Pan, you know how that turns out. It's such a ride finding out how Anderson spins it all in. And all with such beautiful language too. Honestly, it did have more issues that I really like, but you all know me. I'm not much of a YA, contemporary-issue book person.
It is just that she was fifteen once for the first time, and Peter walked across her heart, and left his footprints there.
Content: Sex - 2/5 Tiger Lily spends the night with the lost boys and lays down with Peter, but there's no discussion of sex. Rape is discussed. Language 2/5 Violence 3/5 Rape. Killing. Suicide. (view spoiler)[ Tiger Lily is involved in *revenge* killings, one that she actually could not have possibly committed, but that the villagers attribute to her; the other it's only intimated that it was probably her. It intimates that another village girl kills a man who repeatedly raped her. (Even though some of these were *justified* they did really bother me in that it seemed like the tone of the book was "they did this and it's okay because the people who died deserved it.) (hide spoiler)] Heartbreak - 5/5 ;) But it's beautiful. Don't worry.
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