“What did you wrap my hand with?" he asked. "My thong." I looked up at him. "You were right ; it's totally uncomfortable. Awesome for first-aid though“What did you wrap my hand with?" he asked. "My thong." I looked up at him. "You were right ; it's totally uncomfortable. Awesome for first-aid though." The corners of T.J.'s mouth turned up slighty. He looked at me, his brown eyes showing a trance of the spark that had been missing the night before. "It'll make for a funny story someday," I said. "You know what, Anna? It's kinda funny now.”...more
The Trouble with Honor was too much trouble for me to read; although I love historic romances this one left me with lots of doubts and I had a lot of eye-roll moments.
Honor Cabot is a debutant who thinks that the world turns at her will! Her problems are the most serious a young woman can probably face and the way she manages to solve them only establishes how immature and selfish she is.
Honor and her four sisters live with their mother’s second husband and his son and Honor is really troubled how they are going to continue their luxurious life after her step father will pass since her half-brother is already engaged to a young woman Honor hates only because she is more prudent and collected than her.
So she decides to end her brother’s engagement by making his fiancée fall in love with another man the bastard son of a duke is her number one choice.
Mr. Easton could save the day but I just could understand how a man can be manipulated in a scheme like that by a girl. Taking advantage of that girl and molesting her in every corner made me angrier than anything!!!!!
And another thing I could understand this alleged ton has eyes everywhere, reputations are ruined by a wrong look, but Honor Cabot could walk right in a man’s club and no word is ever spoken, she frequently visits Easton at his home, nobody ever sees them, is practically having sex in the balcony of her own house which is foul of people no one takes notice……Please!
Overall I was very disappointed in this book, the plot was foolish and the characters were uninteresting with minimum emotional development.
*Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review. ...more
Wow I just love a good mystery story and Dream of the Dead was a great one!!!
Detective Inspector Jack Ravenshaw is being summoned by the Scotland Yard to investigate the unresolved case of the murder of producer Charlie Maitland, a popular artist in London’s West End. Maitland’s family can’t believe the official police report that their famous and successful son committed suicide so they want the case reopened.
Revenshaw with the help of a very interesting Mrs Emily Hart must investigate the murder maneuvering between the obstacles of the police itself, the victim’s parents and the main suspects the victim’s wife well-known actress Georgia Foxley, her personal assistant, the housekeeper and the mysterious Dr. Slough.
In Dream of the Dead Revenshaw is a character woven with small oddities as is his reluctance to use “modern” cellular phone, secret talents as is his way of reading body language and a direct yet passive way to address the suspects. In few words his is unique! His past is revealed bit after bit and his future appears to be even more intriguing.
I particularly liked Revenshaw’s relationship with his mother Vivien and the storyline about their theater. Vivien is a very non- mothery kind of mother, she is witty a ruthless business woman and their relationship although it may seem detached it is deep and still developing.
Additionally I loved the London atmosphere, Jack’s walks around town and the way he sees the city especially near West End the place he grew up completely draws you in the pages of the book.
Overall Dream of the Dead is a compelling mystery book with twists and unexpected turns, I am glad I read it and I strongly recommend it! ...more
In the third installment of the Lunar Chronicles the world our heroes live in is at a turmoil.
We’ve met little Crescent Moon in the previous books while she tries to warn Cinder for the future of Emperor Kai, up in her satellite observing from afar everything that is happening in Earth Cress finds that her loyalties are changing and she tries to help the fugitives Cinder, Thorn, Wolf and Scarlet.
In her book Cress is thrown into action from page 1, with her handsome protector Captain Thorn they try to survive at the desert while Scarlet is a prisoner in Luna, Cinder, Wolf, Iko and an unexpected ally find themselves in a friendly environment with Dr. Erland. Emperor Kai is facing the great trouble of preparing for his marriage with the Lunar Queen Levana while inside him it just feels like screaming.
Our heroes in this book evolve and mature but they remain fresh and vivid, Cress is a typical damsel in distress (as she calls herself) but hides a heart of steal and a clever mind that she isn't afraid to use, I especially loved the way she saw earth and every little thing that filled her with wonder.
“An animal?" Thorne said, and she realized he'd been waiting for her to further explain what she was seeing. "It has long legs and horns and...and it's beautiful." "Oh, good, we're back to this, then.”
My absolutely favorite couple broke my heart to pieces, loosing Scarlet was a turn of events that I didn't see coming and Wolf fells empty and broken and has no way to tunnel his frustration, for a mutated creature he shows great depth of emotions and I just love him…….
My only complaint in this book is that we didn't spent the proper time with our heroes; although I love Cinder and Kai and Scarlet and Wolf I felt that they took up the amount of time that was meant for Cress and Thorne so I lost the opportunity to really get to know them, in addition to that Thorn’s character felt less developed and matured and sincerely hope that we see much more of that in the following book.
Overall Cress is a perfect addition to the series both characters are completely lovable and the couples from the previous books evolve and shine even more.
P.S Even if she is an android Iko is one of my favorite characters in this series and Jacin I find him very intriguing.
“See? Injustice. Here we are, risking our lives to rescue Kai and this whole planet, and Adri and Pearl get to go to the royal wedding. I’m disgusted. I hope they spill soy sauce on their fancy dresses.”
Jacin’s concern turned fast to annoyance. “Your ship has some messed-up priorities, you know that?”
“Iko. My name is Iko. If you don’t stop calling me the ‘ship,’ I am going to make sure you never have hot water during your showers again, do you understand me?”
“Yeah, hold that thought while I go disable the speaker system.”
In “Scarlet” the second book of the Lunar Chronicles we find yet another fairy tale princess in another controversy role.
Scarlet is a girl living in a farm in France with her grandmother who just disappeared and Scarlet will use every means possible to retrieve her which includes a street fighter with extremely luminous eyes named Wolf (!!!), while a thousand miles away in New Beijing Cinder is escaping the high security prison Emperor Kai put her for high treason with the help of charming Captain Thorn (!!!).
What I found fascinating in this book is the complexity and diversity of the main Characters; Scarlet and Cinder are unique yet so very different, Cinder is still young and naive while Scarlet is down to earth and determined; they both fight with passion and are completely loyal to their friends.
But most of all I loved Wolf and Thorn, discovering those two guys was my absolute reward for reading these books, a gift from the author all for me. Wolf was born in Luna, was mutated and had his head violated over and over again in order to be an assassin by the devious Queen Levana, Thorn is a beautiful thief full of himself and with an extremely witty tongue.
I loved the open-heartiness of Thorn:
“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”
“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”
The inner turmoil of Wolf:
“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”
The stories of the two girls intertwine and while the one runs for her life and the other runs for her grandmother ultimately their paths are meant to cross....more
Viscount Fairly despite his mismatched eyes and his being raised as a bastard has two sisters that have married in the top of the English aristocracy. David finds himself running a brothel he has inherited, a business he doesn’t want but keeps because he feels overprotective of his employees, but he needs help and he finds it in Letty.
Letty is a kept woman currently without a protector and in dire need of an honest employment, so she grasps the opportunity to help David and his brothel.
The sparkle of the characters is alive and they are slowly engaging in a romantic situation, falling in a familiar pattern that includes their work David and Letty become attached. But as in all romantic stories obstacles have to be overcome and emotional turmoil must be faced. Family revelations set the foundation of the future for David and Letty and happiness is still within their grasp.
Overall it was a beautiful story and perfect addition to the rest or the Lonely Lords series. ...more
After the end of WWIV the world is a bit different than we know it. In Eastern Commonwealth the streets of New Beijing are filled with humans and androids but they hide terror and desperation too.
Around the world a plague is ravaging the population a plague that no one has managed to find the cure.
Our heroine Cinder has spent all her life hiding her true identity from everyone, she hides her hands with gloves and her leg with cargo pants but she can't hide her differences from herself.
Young Prince Kai is terrified of his father’s death, he isn’t ready to face being an emperor but most of all he isn’t ready to face Queen Levana, the Lunar Queen who is trying to find excuses to invade Earth and destroy Earthens forever.
This remake of the classic tale of Cinderella is a truly unique book, the world-building is fresh, the characters are matured from the misfortunes and hardened by the war, and the twists are so beautifully woven that you almost forget what if follows a certain pattern.
All the side characters are amazing, wicked Stepmother and Sisters are strategically positioned, the android Iko with the dry sense of humor and the girl’s insecurities, and I especially loved Dr. Erland as a fairy-god-mother.
The romance between the main MC is going to trouble us in the following books and I am comforted by the thought that is a slow build instead of love-at-first-sight especially since Cinder is very young.
I really enjoyed this book while reading it took my mind from reality and introduced me to a new fairy tale world....more
While reading The Jade Temptress two things became apparent this book was a part of a series and that I was going to invest more time (and money) to the rest of this series.
Having said that I must add I didn’t find any difficulties reading this second book of the Pingkang Li Mysteries and Jeannie Lin has managed to create an engaging, lyrical and so very different historical romance / mystery world in the mist of all the English regency books; so no more petticoats and English tone and yes to courtesans and teahouses.
Lady Mingyu is a popular courtesan, an asset to her house because she has a generous patron General Deng. But when the General is found dead in his own home and all of his guards missing Mingyu is seeking the help of Constable Wu Kaifeng!!!! Constable Wu is a mysterious man, balancing his dark past and the stability of his present Wu is aware just how precious Lady Mingyu and how precarious is her situation. Despite their differences Mingyu and Wu are an exceptional couple and the mystery that surrounds them is surprisingly intriguing.
Overall The Jade Temptress is a fresh and unique book, with interesting interactions and a beautiful world and I’m really looking forward to the next of the series!!!!!
*Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review....more
It's been a long-long time since I last read a Downside Ghosts book, and reading this novella made me almost homesick.
In Close to You we find Chess and Terrible playing a game of hide and seek in an auto junkyard and they come across a mysterious Mrs Havisham who is trying to reunite with her husband......her dead husband! What will Chess do facing the unconditional love Mrs Havisham has for her husband and why this odd lady is still celebrating Christmas?
In this short book we get a glimpse of the Downside world Stacia Kane has created and it's admittedly unique! If you are a fan then you should definitely try it, but even if you haven't read any of the books it's a good start.
Happy New Year ! Hope all your wishes and dreams come true!!!...more
First I want to start by saying that this trilogy has been sitting in my TBR list for a long time, so I made a New Year’s resolution and bought this first book.
All of my friends and blogs I follow (and trust) are giving this book 5 stars ratings and awesome reviews so I’m sad to admit I feel the odd one out, not that I didn’t like it but I just couldn’t connect with the characters enough to care what happens to them.
I found that the world building is unique and it feels complete, the setting is solid and the characters are conflicted most of all about their morals.
Our heroine Justine is a hypochondriac, suffering from the extreme notion that she has vein star syndrome (and her brain is going to start leaking any minute now) her life is hell until she meets Packard.
Mr. Tall, Dark and Sensuous (a.k.a Packard) tells Justin that she can be free of her phobias if she channels them to somebody else, not just any random person but a dangerous criminal who after that procedure is going to have a major change of heart, he is going to be reformed, or Disillusioned!
At the climax of this story I felt that our heroes started deforming and loosing focus, I can’t understand the reasoning behind Justine’s actions; since she is able to forgive and forget a manipulative criminal why not Packard? And why since there are always two sides to every story she is willing to believe one and doesn’t even consider the other?
And there is the matter of the language a lot of word felt strange and out of place…. “My entire being sighs into him, curling around his deliciously cucumber cock like it’s my new center of gravity.” …….!!!!!! I hope you understand what I mean.
Overall it is a good Urban Fantasy book and gives you a new and interesting world but I'd love it if things were a little different....more