The Queen's Handmaid is a bit of an epic story. It takes place among a TON of historical characters and events. I love reading stories about this time The Queen's Handmaid is a bit of an epic story. It takes place among a TON of historical characters and events. I love reading stories about this time period- especially about Cleopatra and Egypt. I have to say, this book had a bit of everything for me. It had history, a passionate forbidden romance, adventure and a touch of magic.
Lydia is no wilting flower. She is brave and honest and everything a heroine should be. She is not willing to run from those who she perceives as doing an injustice (even when it seems to get her in trouble). This book spans a long time period, much more than most fiction novels. We really see Lydia grow and come into herself in the book. Although never really passive, Lydia grows confident and more steady throughout The Queen's Handmaid.
Though they don't get much page time until the very end, the romance between Simon and Lydia is passionate and fiery. They are modest but man, the feelings in this book! I have to say, though I really liked Lydia's romance with Simon, I was swayed more by the relationships she developed within Herod's household even more.
This is my first book by this author. Based on my assumptions of looking at her other books, this author writes historical romances in an ancient setting. I now have a TON of books to put on my "to be read" list. Excellent, excellent book!...more
I am not sure why this review wasn't up already... weird... anyway:
Wow, what an unexpected intense book! I anticipate a book about jinni (or genies hoI am not sure why this review wasn't up already... weird... anyway:
Wow, what an unexpected intense book! I anticipate a book about jinni (or genies how I know them to be) to be light-hearted and even a bit fluffy.... think Aladdin. That and I Dream of Genie are the extent of my jinni knowledge. Whoa. This book was gritty, intense, and the world building was as exstensive as a high fantasy novel. (Which I suppose it was....).
Nalia is the kind of character that you want to root for. She is in an awful situation and has done some terrible things in the past. She is trying to do better, to be better, but doesn't think she deserves another chance. She is flawed but has glimmers of the character she is going to become (and that character is FIERCE). She has so much going on in her life (the problems are piling up) and two love interests (it is not what you think love triangle haters- do not fear this book!).
I think the "romance" in this book was unexpected and awesome. To explain why it was unexpected.... well I would ruin some major plot points. But trust me, it is well worth reading. This author does NOT disappoint with the lovey dovey stuff, but it also doesn't overshadow the strength and battles of the main character.
I am so excited for this series. It is SO different from what is out there. I mean SO SO different. Fans of fantasy, mythology, history, and adventure would love to sink their teeth (snickers) into this epic story.
My one warning: this book is young adult- but it covers MANY mature themes: drugs, alcohol, sex, rape, prostitution, slavery, war, murder, the list goes on.... I would NOT recommend this book to young teens. It is an excellent book- but it hits some very serious themes that might be too much for younger readers. ...more
So THIS was the summer book for me. I snagged this book back in January or February and I was biding my time until I could dig into it. I finally gaveSo THIS was the summer book for me. I snagged this book back in January or February and I was biding my time until I could dig into it. I finally gave into this book about a month ago and I came out confused. There were moments in this book that I thought were amazing. The chemistry between Dara and Cade was palpable at times, but then, at other times, the book was .... boring. Wild is supposed to be a retelling of Tarzan- a story that I never considered to be boring, and yet somehow... it was.
I thought there was too much emphasis on conversations and not enough on actions. I wanted to know more about what it was like for Cade, but it just fell flat for me. I would say the interactions between Dara and Cade were excellent and the rest were meh.
So what would I rate this book? I have absolutely no idea.... I loved the romance, but hated how much it lagged at times....more