As most everyone knows, I'm a huge fan of historical romance novels. I just love everything about t...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
As most everyone knows, I'm a huge fan of historical romance novels. I just love everything about them and this one didn't disappoint. Too much.
I thought that the whole idea of this one was interesting because you don't read many historical romance novels where the heroine has gone off to other countries pretty much by herself. It just didn't happen back then, so when I read the blurb for this one, I was intrigued. And it totally paid off. The way that Anna Campbell wove everything together was awesome. The chemistry between Cam and Pen was almost palpable and that made the story even better.
I really liked most of the other characters as well. The romance between two supporting characters was fun to read and added a big boost to the plot. I was glad that it was included. This was my first Anna Campbell novel and I know that it won't be my last. Her writing is exciting and gripping and it held my attention and kept me hooked. (less)
Ahhh ... historical romances. Love it!! My first and only note that I took for this novel is that t...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Ahhh ... historical romances. Love it!! My first and only note that I took for this novel is that the concept is awesome. I've never read anything like it and the idea is really cool. What's even cooler is that the delivery was awesome. This was a really well written book with pretty complete characters. I didn't once wonder why one of the characters was behaving in this way or that ... everything was so well thought out that I felt like I might know the characters better than they know themselves!
I really liked how vulnerable yet strong she made the main character, Phoebe. From the first page, you're thrown into Phoebe's life and almost drowned in her turmoil. You are able to catch a glimpse of this young woman and then later, how she has matured and changed. It's quite captivating. AND unexpected for a historical romance to tackle. Usually this genre is all about the dresses, balls and handsome men but this one was a bit deeper even though it is all based on some silly bet.
Speaking of the bet ... this brought out the best and worst of more than just the men betting. You're able to see how other people react to what they thing is a ridiculous endeavor. This was just an all around fabulous book. One that I really enjoyed, in case you can't tell, and one that I'll read again. Along with anything else that this author has written. So good.
Oh. Wait. You might be wondering why I gave this novel only 4 stars after waxing poetic about it for forever. Well, there were just a few places where I found myself skimming because I thought it dragged the story down. If it weren't for those passages, this would have flown to the top of my 5-star list. Now, they are not enough to make someone want to shy away ... on the contrary. Go grab this book. You'll really like it, I promise.(less)
I've always been a big lover of historical romance novels. I love everything about them. I just ador...more Check out my other reviews atLittle Miss Bookmark!
I've always been a big lover of historical romance novels. I love everything about them. I just adore reading stories about the 1800's. Anyhow ... I was super excited to get my hands on this one, hoping that I had found a new favorite author.
Unfortunately, that just wasn't the case. I don't know if it was the pirate thing or what, but I just didn't get this one. And that's really sad since it's received a pretty high rating on other sites. It just wasn't for me. Now don't get me wrong ... I just didn't like the story line ... that isn't to say that the book wasn't written well because it was. It was a well written book, I liked the main hero of the story at first and then he just lost it for me. I just grew ... tired of him. I can't really put my finger on it. I was just really disinterested in what was going on.
I think this novel was well thought out and well planned, just not for me. From what everyone is saying about this book, if you like historical romance novels, the chances that you will enjoy this one is pretty high. I will probably try another title from this author just to see if maybe it was the pirate thing for me because that is the one word that keeps popping into my head. I blame it on Jack Sparrow. No other pirate will do it for me. (less)
When I first received this book last year I tried picking it up and I just couldn't get into it. So...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
When I first received this book last year I tried picking it up and I just couldn't get into it. So I decided to put it down and try it again another time. Unfortunately, it just kept getting pushed back further and further on my reading list because I was really kind of dreading picking it up again. What happened if it was just not a book for me? What if I wasted my time on it? Well, thank the heavens, that isn't what happened. I ended up really enjoying this novel and I'm so happy that I picked it up again. And I'm even happier that my views had changed!
Right from the beginning (my second time around), Never Kiss a Rake grabbed my attention and held it. I read it in only two days and I had to force myself to put it down or I wouldn't have gotten anything accomplished at home. The characters are really well written and I can guarantee that you'll fall in love with Bryony as quickly as the Earl did. Anne Stuart wrote the main character as a spunky, entirely too independent for her time, gutsy woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind and has a bit of a hard time playing the servant. I became pretty empathetic to her plight right off the bat and couldn't wait to see what she had to say next. All of the characters were written with a lot of forethought as to their histories and you can tell that they are all well loved by the author because she put so much into each of them.
The story had quite a few twists and turns that I hadn't counted on but was pleasantly surprised with. Now, I love historical romance novels. I've often thought that maybe in a previous life I was in London in the 1800's since I enjoy the stories so much. Anyway, I love historical romances and I REALLY love mysterious historical romances. Such a great surprise at the end ... it's worth reading just to see what happens!
I'm pretty interested in getting my hands on the next novel in the series and I hope that I can squeeze it in sometime in the future. I really like the idea of the mystery of this first novel spilling over into the next. I was surprised that everything wasn't all buttoned up and I love the idea of the continuation.(less)
I was super intrigued by Cinderella's Dress when I was approached to give it a read. I mean, come o...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I was super intrigued by Cinderella's Dress when I was approached to give it a read. I mean, come on. I may be in my (very)(okay, maybe closer to mid) 30's but I remember hoping for my own Prince Charming and wishing that I could have a fairy godmother when I was a little girl. And now, Cinderella's dress might be real?!? I had to try this novel out. We all want that little piece of magic and that is what I hoped was within these pages.
You know, it was a pretty good book. A little slow ... that's why I gave it 3 stars. The story was completely enchanting, even if it was a bit confusing at times with all of the Polish. But the story itself was something that really swept me up. The whole premise was something new and one that I think would appeal to a lot of readers. If it weren't so slow it would have been amazing ... oh and sometimes it would skip ahead MONTHS and not give any indication that that had happened. I really thought I had received an incomplete copy a couple of times. If there had been a "A few months later ... " heading or something. Anything would have worked. Those jumps in time with no warning or immediate explanation made the book start and stop and it just impeded the flow of the whole novel.
You'll fall in love with Johnny and his interactions with the main character, Kate. She's a spunky one that kept Johnny on his toes - their conversations were fun to read. This is definitely a book to give a go. Maybe my expectations of pace is faster than yours. Cinderella's dress would be good to read if you're looking for a sweet, carefree, pool read. (less)
There's one thing that I wanted to address before I really got into my review. I always per...more Check out some of my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
There's one thing that I wanted to address before I really got into my review. I always peruse reviews after I write my own. I would hate for what someone else thinks to taint my opinion and thoughts of a fresh read. For some reason, I started reading the reviews before I even flipped a page of this one. There was one reviewer that took me back a bit. They stated that there was a rape scene in this novel. I almost put the book in the Did Not Finish pile right then. Reading about rape just doesn't interest me and I don't think that I would ever read a novel where rape was involved. Kind of a weird thing considering that I can read about grisly murders, but I have my reading limits. Anyhow ... I decided to give the novel a shot anyhow. Dude, there was no rape scene. There wasn't a scene that even REMOTELY resembled rape. This just really chaps my ass. There are a lot of readers out there who don't want to read about rape in a romance novel ... they just want a fun, romantic read and this horrible claim could make someone shy away from this novel. I just think it's crappy of a reviewer to do ... give your opinion but don't make false claims about a novel.
Okay, I'll jump off of my soap box now. You know, this was an interesting novel. My first reaction to the main character, Ellie, was not good. I didn't like her. I just wanted her to fall at Nicholas' feet and for them to fall in love again. Yeah, I know that that doesn't actually happen in romance novels ... what would be the point of reading it if it were that easy. After a while, I really started to like Ellie though. Both of these characters and the main characters were very well written. I wish that there had been more scenes with Nicholas' brother ... I really liked how he was developing. Maybe he will be the focus in the next novel.
And that's really all I had to talk about with this one. Nothing really negative stood out to me and I ended up liking it. It wasn't the best historical novel out there but it wasn't the worst and I would probably pick it up again and read another one from this author. (less)
This is the first novel that I've read from Erica Ridley and I will probably read another one by...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
This is the first novel that I've read from Erica Ridley and I will probably read another one by her sometime in the near future. Dark Surrender was pretty intriguing right from the get-go. I can't really think of many historical romance novels that start off with a couple of deplorable crimes and can actually carry it off but this one does. And due to those crimes, right away, I became really attached to Violet.
I got a distinct Beauty & the Beast feeling immediately from this and I would be lying if I didn't say that I had some pretty distinct visions of Belle twirling in her yellow dress in the middle of an amazing library. The author must have been channeling some Disney because I wasn't disappointed ... there was an awesome library hidden within the pages of Dark Surrender. If I had stopped reading right there, I would have given this book 5 stars ... I love a good library! But unfortunately, I didn't stop reading right there.
About a fifth of the way through the book, I got really confused ... wondering if I had somehow misread the previous chapters. I didn't know if I had found myself in the middle of a vampire novel or what. I'll cut to the chase and tell you right now that this isn't about vampires so don't go hoping for a sparkly dude, you'll be disappointed!
As a whole, this book was pretty good even if it was fairly predictable. Sometimes you just need a good read that doesn't make you ponder or delve deep into anything series ... sometimes you just want something entertaining and that is what this is. It would be a good poolside read for this coming summer.(less)
My reluctance to write this review is pretty ironic considering I was dragging my heels while read...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
My reluctance to write this review is pretty ironic considering I was dragging my heels while reading it. Man ... it was NOT the book for me. And I ADORE historical romances. Sometimes I have to force myself to read something other than my historical romances. But this time, that just wasn't the case. I felt like I was ten years old and my parents were telling me to go clean the cat box ... I DON'T WANNA CLEAN UP TURDS TODAY, MOM! I'm not saying that this book was like picking up cat crap but the "I will if I have to" feeling was about the same.
This is the first book I've read by Manda Collins so I don't have anything to compare this book to but other historical romances that I've read. I hate saying less than flattering things about books. But this one was a bit boring. Right from the beginning, it seemed stiff and it didn't flow. There was a start/stop feeling that I kept getting. I would start to enjoy the pace and then boom ... major slow down. It was like playing a weird version of Red Light Green Light but I didn't enjoy it as much as I did in elementary school. I wanted to take this book out for a couple of tequila shots and make it loosen up a bit.
Even though I thought that the book started off stiff and cold, I did like how it jumped right into the story from the very beginning. There was no growth time where the story is built up ... it's already built and we're being dumped into the middle, which is awesome. I wish that all stories were like that. Now, I wish that could be said for the rest of the book. Later on, I thought that there was a bit too much explaining and not enough action. I started skimming paragraphs rather than read them so I could plow through to the meat of the story.
It wasn't horrible, it just wasn't what I had hoped that it would be.(less)
Love me some historical romance. I've read so many of these damn things that you'd think I'd burn...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Love me some historical romance. I've read so many of these damn things that you'd think I'd burn out but I don't. I love them. I love the dresses, I love the vernacular, I love the prim and proper-ness of it all. I. Love. It.
Hero of My Heart had a pretty interesting beginning. You're thrown into this seedy establishment that allows the auction of a virgin to happen. On top of a table. I was a bit taken aback by the initial vulgarity, to be honest. And I don't know why I was ... I've read way worse things. Things my reading eyes wish that they could unsee.
Was this the most accurate historical romance that I've ever read? No, but the story was pretty entertaining. I really liked how the POV toggled back and forth between Alasdair and Mary. I enjoyed being able to find out what each character was thinking or feeling during the entire story ... that's something I wish that I had for a lot more of the books I've read. The story was pretty well written ... again, nothing world altering but it was amusing. The situations that these two characters would find themselves immersed in were pretty crazy. And watching them maneuver their way through the obstacles in front of them was interesting.
My biggest issue with the book was how one of the major conflicts was resolved. It was so anticlimactic that it kinda ticked me off. I had invested time in this novel and for that issue to just be ... eh, finished ... made me a bit angry. One change to that whole situation would have made the biggest difference in the world for me. But because of it, this book received a low rating and I really wanted to give it two stars but it felt spiteful. (less)
I'm a little ashamed to say how long I stayed up finishing this one last night. I went to bed and...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
I'm a little ashamed to say how long I stayed up finishing this one last night. I went to bed and I had about half of the book left and before I knew it, it was super late and I realized that I would only get a couple of hours sleep before I had to get our boys out of bed for school. Let's just say that I'm definitely dragging ass this morning. After I finish writing this bad boy, I'm heading to bed.
Okay, okay, okay ... sooo ... historical romance. LOVE this genre. I love how they talk, the dresses, the balls, the dance cards ... I just adore everything about these books. I've never read a Burke book but this will not be the last. Ha ha ... Burke book ... that reminds me of that Vine ... the one where the dude says, "Don't drop that durka durk, heeeeeyyy". You could always change it to "Don't drop that Burke book, heeeeeyyy".
Anyway ... moving on ... this book was filled with more drama and intrigue than most historical romances. It was really a nice change! Most of the time, the author will focus on the horizontal mambo and while that is still in To Seduce a Scoundrel, it really wasn't the heart of the book. I mean come on, what would a historical romance be without all of the bedroom action?!?
Anyhow, you could really tell that Burke knows these characters. All of her characters have this full and amazing back-stories that add a lot of depth to the novel. It really seemed like I had read a few books in the series - I was that acquainted with the characters. There wasn't really any fluff in this one either ... anything that is written on the page is important to the heart of the story. And man ... the bad guys were skeevy as hell! They really gave me the creeps ... amazing writing job.
I really don't have anything else to say about the book. I know ... shocking, right? Usually, I pick a book apart and just demolish anything I may have liked about it but not this time. Good read, super entertaining, it made me stay up all night and I'll definitely be picking up another book by this author and it will be sometime soon.(less)
I ♥ historical romance novels. To the point where I've often wondered if maybe I was born into the wrong century. I just adore novels set in the 1800'...moreI ♥ historical romance novels. To the point where I've often wondered if maybe I was born into the wrong century. I just adore novels set in the 1800's ... maybe that comes from my love of Jane Austen. She was one of the first authors I read when I started to get out of my R.L. Stein phase - which lasted entirely too long, if I must be honest. I had to have read Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice hundreds of times.
So needless to say, I was super excited to get my hands on Macnamara's first novel. (Insert frantic clapping and huge smile) I'm always looking for an untapped historical romance resource. I feel like I've read everything that is out there even though I know that that can't possibly be true. Anyhow ... A Most Devilish Rogue wasn't too shabby!!
I did find myself skimming some of the paragraphs. Nothing really serious or extensive ... at times it just felt like the story stopped and started in a few places. Do you know how they used to plow fields? They would hook a mule or a horse to a plow (or plough) and then someone would walk behind it in order to keep the plow and horse going straight. Well, it felt like this book's plow kept getting stuck on rocks or roots or something and it would just make the ride really jerky. But this is something that will probably get better with each book that Macnamara writes. I can't imagine that an absolutely perfect book is something that is easy to accomplish your first time out of the gates or there would be no need for the New York Times Bestseller list because all authors would be amazing. Whew. Totally off track. Hopefully you know where I was going with that though ... even though I'm not totally sure that I do ...
I did like how some of the characters were written, though. LOVED Benedict Revelstoke and his wife, Julia. I loved everything about both of them ... the way they spoke, how they were towards each other, how they treated the people around them ... they were, unfortunately, my favorite characters. It's unfortunate because they weren't the main characters in this book. George was okay ... he seemed a little spineless at times but other than that, I liked him. For the most part. And Isabelle ... the main character ... hmmm ... I don't know. I didn't really like how she was written at times. The way she flip-flopped between being absurdly desperate to totally standoffish became a little annoying. It made me wonder if the character had been fully explored before being written. And this could be how Macnamara intended and if that's the case, then she hit the nail on the head ... I just didn't enjoy it. But then again, I like a really strong female in a historical romance ... I think being a spunky and sassy female back in those days was such a rare thing and that's just what I personally like reading.
So all in all, not a bad book. I'll definitely be looking out for another book from this author.
I won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway!
So many thoughts are going through my mind on this one and I don't really know where to star...moreI won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway!
So many thoughts are going through my mind on this one and I don't really know where to start. The book was amazingly written. Very descriptive and the language used seemed to be accurate to the period. It really left you with no questions.
Here it is. The big BUT. Maybe it's because I had to pick this book up and put it down so many times ... I'm a stay at home mom ... but it was confusing going between Kate and Katherine (both of whom had someone named Jane in their lives) and THEN there was a Kat ... it was just too much. I'd have to re-read a paragraph or two just so that I could get back into who it was that I was reading about.
Pretty confusing and it lasted that way until the end. But I don't think that Alison Weir's concept could have been delivered a different way. The manner in which she told the story couldn't have been written in a "traditional" way. It had to skip between those characters frequently.
It was good ... I just don't know that I'll read it again. It took a while for me to get through this and I still feel a little confused as to why the second Katherine was even involved in the story ... but I can see that I'm in the minority on that one, so it was probably just a personal thing.
Don't get me wrong, Weir is an awesome writer and I would probably try another of her books in the future. (less)
I am a new Jessica Spotswood fan. This book was absolutely adorable and it's one of my new favorites! The way that she wrote the story really pulled y...moreI am a new Jessica Spotswood fan. This book was absolutely adorable and it's one of my new favorites! The way that she wrote the story really pulled you into the book. It was exciting and I didn't find one dull moment or any slow areas. The story just scooted along and kept you engaged. I can't wait for the second one to hit the shelves ... hopefully it's soon!(less)
Well. This is my second Jennifer Ashley novel ... and like the first I had read, I didn't really get a 'WOW THIS IS GREAT' feeling when I was done. Ye...moreWell. This is my second Jennifer Ashley novel ... and like the first I had read, I didn't really get a 'WOW THIS IS GREAT' feeling when I was done. Yeah, it was okay, the story line was interesting but the character of Ian drove me BONKERS!! It was just weird to me for some reason. The fact that he doesn't look at people ... his whole character just left something to be desired. I can't really put my finger on it. Normally I wouldn't give a series another shot after feeling so ... eh ... about a book. But I loved the characters of his brothers, so I want to read about them. I don't know. Maybe I shouldn't. Maybe I should just chuck it and move on. But Ashley isn't a bad writer, I just think that sometimes some of the stuff is boring or too weird to me. Hopefully the next one is a good one ... otherwise, I'll have to throw them out the window.(less)
This was an okay book. Not the worst that I've read but not the best either. It was a pretty sweet romance novel until the magic figured in ... then i...moreThis was an okay book. Not the worst that I've read but not the best either. It was a pretty sweet romance novel until the magic figured in ... then it just got kinda weird. By the end of the book, I was just ready for it to be over. I had no idea there were magical creatures or anything when I started reading ... guess I need to pay more attention to the back of the book ... was that on there? I still haven't even looked. Anyway, it was okay. I liked the characters and they were really well developed, I didn't have any questions or wonders about them during the story. It was just ... eh. I don't think that I'll read the next one in this series. But I'll definitely try out another series from Jennifer Ashley, just to see if it's the same with all of her books. (less)
A lot of people have said that they didn't like this book because it wasn't like the other in the Cotton Malone series. I just didn't see it that way....moreA lot of people have said that they didn't like this book because it wasn't like the other in the Cotton Malone series. I just didn't see it that way. But then again, I love everything that Berry writes, so maybe I'm a little biased. I just can't get enough of his writing. I'm almost to the end of the Cotton Malone series, well, not the end, but all that Berry has written and I find myself slowing down a little bit and not rushing through the books like I usually do because I can't wait to see what happens next. I don't want to get to the last book because that means I'll have to read something by another author and I kinda just want to read Berry for the rest of my life lol.
Anyway, it was a great book. Not a let down at all. If you love mystery and intrigue with a little bit of actual history involved, this is the stuff for you to read. But you should start at the beginning of the Malone series because you will not be disappointed!! Can't wait to dive into the next one in a few minutes!! (less)
I won Wayward Son through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 06/19/2011 and received it on 06/29/2011!
Wayward Son. Man. I started reading the book a...moreI won Wayward Son through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 06/19/2011 and received it on 06/29/2011!
Wayward Son. Man. I started reading the book and really getting into it, then all of the sudden ... we're back in B.C. times following biblical characters around. I had no idea that this is what the book would be like. I thought it was going to be about a woman going on an archaeological dig. It's still about that, but there is A LOT of back story. It still pertains to the story, I just wasn't expecting it. AT ALL.
It wasn't a bad book and I might reread it sometime but it wasn't on my list of 'I have to reread this right now'. It's interesting and covers a lot of stuff throughout history that I found captivating in it's own way.
I just love Steve Berry and his books. I can't get enough of them. I won't go on and on about how amazingly gripping, suspenseful and wonderful this b...moreI just love Steve Berry and his books. I can't get enough of them. I won't go on and on about how amazingly gripping, suspenseful and wonderful this book is like I do with all of the other Berry books. He's an amazing author and if you haven't read anything by him, you're really cheating yourself out of some awesome books.
I had read a couple of the reviews and I just wanted to touch on something that has really been bothering me. Some have given Berry...moreIt. Is. FABULOUS!!
I had read a couple of the reviews and I just wanted to touch on something that has really been bothering me. Some have given Berry bad reviews on this book for reasons that I personally think are absolutely crazy! To base your rating on the fact that he wrote about some things and not others seems asinine to me. That is what being an author is about to me. He pulls inspiration from whatever HE chooses. Whether or not he writes a great story has nothing to do with him not using all of the conspiracies out there for his topic or whether he put ALL the facts about a particular subject. This is a work of fiction. Berry states in the back of the book what parts are actual and what parts he took liberties with but the point is that it is HIS story. I just hate seeing an author get bashed because they didn't include something that a particular reader wanted or slated the story to be biased in whichever direction the author wanted. Okay, I'll hop down off my soapbox now.
Once again, Steve Berry hit this one out of the park. I just absolutely love his style of writing. Even though this book is obviously fiction, there are so many things that are completely true. Berry just has a way with words and it makes you want to know more about the historical focus of the book after you finish reading - or during, in my case.
I've always loved his Cotton Malone character. I find him endearing, intriguing and captivating. But this is the first time that I've ever fallen in love with a character that had less than 5 pages of action and/or dialogue in a book. I thought that the way Berry wrote in the president was absolutely genius. And let me tell you, I reread the part towards the end with the president talking maybe 10 times because I loved it so much. Hilarious!!
The Alexandria Link is an exciting read full of intrigue, mystery, spies, history and murder, with a little scavenger hunt type scenario thrown in and it's a super fast read that keeps you hanging over the edge not knowing if you want to be pulled back or pushed over!
Can't wait to get started on the next Cotton book!!(less)
I won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 04/08/2011 and received it on 04/20/2011!
This is one of the best books I have read in a l...moreI won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 04/08/2011 and received it on 04/20/2011!
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time!!! I absolutely love how Masello wove fiction and history together to make this wonderfully mysterious and gripping story. Masello really grabs you by the collar and pulls you into the storyline quite quickly and then yanks you around a little. That sounds really horrible ... but it's amazing!! You really think that the story is going into one direction and then all of the sudden, then you do a 180 and you wondering what in the world just happened.
I really enjoy reading books that pull from history. Masello really knows his stuff. Reading The Medusa Amulet made me research a lot of the facts that he put into his book. Granted, this is fictional, this is not a true story. But a lot of it is based on speculation and actual facts. Fabulous!!
If you like Dan Brown or Steve Berry, this is an author that you'll fall in love with immediately. His writing style is a little different from Brown and Berry, but it's just as enchanting. I wish that I didn't have other books that I need to get through, because I would be rereading this one!
I won Never a Gentleman through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 03/07/2011!
When some authors write a series of books, most of the time they are...moreI won Never a Gentleman through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 03/07/2011!
When some authors write a series of books, most of the time they are stand alones also - you don't have to read the other books in the series to understand what is going on. This is not the case with Eileen Dreyer. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved the book. The only problem was that in the beginning, I was a little lost. I had no idea what was going on or who certain people were because you don't get much of a background on secondary characters in the beginning. I wish that I had read the first book in the series first. I felt like I was missing out on some things.
That being said, I really did like Dreyer's way of writing. I couldn't put this book down, I read it in 2 days! Everything flowed very well, the characters and plots were well balanced. I found myself being mad at the hero and then loving him. I'm assuming that this is what the author wanted you to experience. I'll definately read this book again and I'm absolutely going to look for the next one in the series - after, of course, I get my hands on the first book in the series.
Great summer read - read the first in the series before this one, if possible.(less)
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 12/28/2010 and received it on 01/11/2011!
Occasionally, I love a good romance novel. Espe...moreI won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 12/28/2010 and received it on 01/11/2011!
Occasionally, I love a good romance novel. Especially a period one ... you know ... ones that are set back in the mid to late 1800's or the early 1900's. Prelude to a Scandal was pretty good. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it was good and I will probably read it again. The story line is unlike any other historical romance I've ever read.
**Little Bitty Spoiler Alert**
The sex addiction problems that the main male character has, I never thought to put it into the era it was written for. Having said that, it felt a little forced. I got a little irritated with how pathetic the male character sounded. I guess I'm a normal woman who wants to read that romance novel with the strong male hero who is flawed but not a loser. I hate begging, so maybe that is my problem with the guy in this story. The female character was well written but something bugged me about her too, I just can't put my finger on it.
Prelude to a Scandal had some twists and turns that surprised me and it was pretty well thought out. To be honest, I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what happened next, so maybe the character flaws didn't bother me as much when I was reading it as it does now that I've had time to look back on the book.
If you like romance novels, give this one a try - it definitely deserves a shot. You might not feel the same way about the characters as I do. (less)
I won this book through the Good Reads First Read Giveaway on 04/01/2011 and received it on 05/27/2011!
I haven't read a book this fast since my last T...moreI won this book through the Good Reads First Read Giveaway on 04/01/2011 and received it on 05/27/2011!
I haven't read a book this fast since my last Twilight binge. I LOVED this book. But I'm going to be brutally honest. I hope that you take my opinion as just that, an opinion. You may read this and completely disagree because you brought something different away from The Forest of Adventures. But ... at this point, this is what I think. I don't think that I included any huge spoilers here ... but beware!
Like I said, I loved this book. Absolutely adored it. It was such an intoxicating story. BUT. Yes, there are some buts. If you didn't already know this, The Forest of Adventures is written by someone from London. I'm in no way saying that this is a bad thing. But, if you're American, there are bunches of words that may be unfamiliar to you - you can usually figure out what Katie John means by reading the rest of that particular sentence ... I thought I would point that out in case you didn't know. Also, the drinking age in England is different than in the US. This book does portray what American's would consider underage drinking - just wanted to get that out there in case someone was thinking of buying this for a child and they are uncomfortable with this fictional scenario.
Another thing is that I wish that Blake's character had been explored a little more. I understand a little about him and how he is, but I would have liked more in depth info since he's the hero of the book. You get that he is this amazing looking man with perfect manners and a sordid past and he's very mysterious, maybe that is what Katie John was going for - very mysterious for this first book and then she'll explore him a little more in the next one. If that is the case, she totally hit this out of the park. It left me wanting more info about him, his past, his family and everything in between.
I feel like all I'm doing is pointing out all of the bad things. I just wanted to get these out of the way before I jump up on my pedestal and gush about the book some more. Okay. The Realm. Gosh, I don't know where to start. I have so many questions!!! This may be another one of Katie John's ploys to get you to read the next book - it will definitely work for me! It will leave you asking why and how and why again.
Okay, now that that nastiness is done with, this book reminded me of a mixture of Twilight and Harry Potter with a heaping of something extra that made it amazing. Katie John just has a way of writing that really pulls you in and grabs you. I stayed up until 4 am reading it the day that I got it and then fell asleep with it in my hands. I didn't want to put it down.
I would really recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed Twilight and/or Harry Potter or if you're just looking for a great book on a rainy day. I'll definitely read this again. And again. (less)
This is the first book in the Cotton Malone series and in my opinion, it was a home run! Once again, Steve Berry has not disappointed me. The Templar...moreThis is the first book in the Cotton Malone series and in my opinion, it was a home run! Once again, Steve Berry has not disappointed me. The Templar Legacy is about the Knights Templar and the speculation (and facts) surrounding their history. It also includes the reason they were so powerful and a lot of info about their treasures and the hunt that others go through to find them. Now, there is another author out there who writes stories similar to these and I've read all of his books as well but in my mind, Berry is better. Steve Berry really digs deep to deliver this story and since so much of the book is actual fact, it's so hard to tell where the facts end and the fiction begins. You become immersed in this story. It sucks you in right from the beginning with the lovably fallible and damaged Cotton Malone. Geez, I love that guy! I wish that I knew a Cotton Malone type dude in real life, my husband would be in trouble! Watch out! Anyhow ... the "cloak and dagger" world (as Berry put it) seems very realistic and made me wonder if maybe the author was once in the CIA ... but it just goes to show how much research really goes into a book like this.
Anyway, I adore the way that Berry intertwines history and fiction and then at the end of the book he actually tells you what is fact, where he found it and what he thinks of it. Absolutely amazing. I can't wait to dig my teeth into the next Cotton book. If you are a Dan Brown fan, you positively have to read Steve Berry - same premise, but differing styles of writing and both are amazing! (But this is a little better.)(less)
Steve Berry must have a deal with Google or something because all of his books make me want to go get on the computer and do some research!
Once again,...moreSteve Berry must have a deal with Google or something because all of his books make me want to go get on the computer and do some research!
Once again, the book was very well researched and you can tell that by the amount of facts that are in The Third Secret and how amazingly accurate most of it was. I love how he weaves historically significant (and mostly unknown) pieces of the worlds past into a fictional story.
Okay, down to the nitty-gritty. Good book? Absolutely, one of my favorites? Almost. The reason behind that is a few times in the story, I got a little bogged down with the details. These details were well thought out and necessary to the story, but for some reason, it just got a little heavy for me in the middle of the book. The Third Secret is something that I will definately read again - I think that I need time to really process everything that was covered. This is a heavy book - and I don't mean weight wise. If you are a staunch Catholic who is unbending in your mindset ... this book is not for you. It raises a lot of questions about Catholicism and dogma. All in all, a great book but it definately needs a second read just to pick up everything that Steve Berry wrote and researched about.(less)
The Amber Room was a very well researched and written book. The character development showed that Steve Berry had taken a lot of time to analyze the h...moreThe Amber Room was a very well researched and written book. The character development showed that Steve Berry had taken a lot of time to analyze the history, drive and characteristics of each and every character. The Amber Room wasn't filled with unnecessary details that cloud the story - everything that is written, is necessary to the story. I was amazed at how much of the book is actually true. Steve Berry went above and beyond what most people consider research. He actually went over-seas to see the places and things that he was writing about and it really shines through when you are reading The Amber Room. Fabulous book that I will read again and again and Steve Berry is one of my new favorite authors! (less)