Yet another brilliant Austen sequel by Mary Lydon Simonsen! By the way, can I just fawn over the cover? Gah, so beautiful!
This time her novel sets offYet another brilliant Austen sequel by Mary Lydon Simonsen! By the way, can I just fawn over the cover? Gah, so beautiful!
This time her novel sets off quite early in diverting from the original. Here Darcy’s apologizes to Elizabeth for his insults at the ball in Meryton and sets the happenings of our beloved Pride and Prejudice on a different course.
Katherine Roberts works hard and likes her guilty pleasures in the form of racy Regency romance novels. Her favorites are those by Lorna Warwick and tKatherine Roberts works hard and likes her guilty pleasures in the form of racy Regency romance novels. Her favorites are those by Lorna Warwick and though expressing her admiration for the author via snail mail, the two become close friends, writing often to each other. Surrounded by crappy exes and annoying students, Katherine decides that the Jane Austen weekend retreat is just the thing she needs and poses the question to Lorna on if she’ll be there. Little does Katherine know, however, is that Lorna is the pen name of a man. A man who feels he is falling in love with Katherine.
The Mistress’ House is the first in a new Regency Romance series, and is actually three interwoven stories in one book. The three love stories followThe Mistress’ House is the first in a new Regency Romance series, and is actually three interwoven stories in one book. The three love stories follow three couples: Thorne and Anne, Richard and Felicity, and Julian and Georgie. While the stories were very well-written, I did find them a little too sweet for my taste.
Deep down I have never felt like Wickham was simply a “bad guy”. That’s too black and white for someone such as me who loves a world full of various sDeep down I have never felt like Wickham was simply a “bad guy”. That’s too black and white for someone such as me who loves a world full of various shades of grey. My feelings about Wickham were amplified (and perhaps even echoed) by the BBC series Lost in Austen which showed us a completely different side of Wickham, painting him not as the selfish rogue but as a man who took on a bad reputation in order to spare the loss of Georgiana Darcy’s repute.
Shelia McGee–abandoned by her shallow father and neglected by her bipolar mother–knows there’s life beyond her Northern Ireland mill village and dreamShelia McGee–abandoned by her shallow father and neglected by her bipolar mother–knows there’s life beyond her Northern Ireland mill village and dreams of fleeing to England. She enters and wins the 1941 Linen Queen beauty competition and all her hopes of escape rest on the prize money of £200. What she wasn’t planning on, however, is the Belfast Blitz which brings the realities of WWII to her village.
Keeping her life in perfect order is something that Alice Love is exceptionally good at, so you can imagine her surprise when her debit card is declinKeeping her life in perfect order is something that Alice Love is exceptionally good at, so you can imagine her surprise when her debit card is declined for lack of funds. This just has to be some sort of clerical error, of course. It’s not until Alice goes to see about a mortgage loan to put a deposit down on her flat that she gets a wake-up call: all her bank accounts have been emptied and she’s thousands of pounds in debt.
The “Kitty Norville” series is excellent in the way that it’s almost episodic. Yet while Kitty’s Big Trouble has lots of fantastic action and draws inThe “Kitty Norville” series is excellent in the way that it’s almost episodic. Yet while Kitty’s Big Trouble has lots of fantastic action and draws in bits from previous books—giving us that overarching episodic feel—I can’t say that I loved this installment.
It was enjoyable but it just felt weird in places and I found myself putting it down several times (I even think I read a couple of books before coming back to it). Kitty is in a completely new world—one hidden within, or rather underneath, San Francisco—full of Chinese mythology where she discovers even more supernatural creatures to wrap her head around. Good, but not crazy good and probably my least favorite of the series thus far. Still, this remains my favorite series and I’m really looking forward to #10!
A year has passed since Darcy and Elizabeth have crossed paths, and for once he is looking forward to his annual sojourn to Rosings Park to visit hisA year has passed since Darcy and Elizabeth have crossed paths, and for once he is looking forward to his annual sojourn to Rosings Park to visit his aunt. What he doesn’t know is that Elizabeth’s life has been turned topsy-turvy. Mrs. Bennet’s fears from the original story have come to pass: Mr. Bennet has indeed passed away and therefore Mr. Collins has taken control of her beloved Longbourne putting the Bennet women out. Lizzie now works in London as a governess.
It’s 1204 and King John, brother to Richard the Lionheart, is on the throne and holds two boys captive (and anyone who has ever seen any Robin Hood fiIt’s 1204 and King John, brother to Richard the Lionheart, is on the throne and holds two boys captive (and anyone who has ever seen any Robin Hood film knows what a pill King John is). Eleven year old Mahelt Marshall–the eldest daughter of the great knight William Marshall and sister to the captives–is pushed into an advantageous, arranged marriage with twenty-one year old Hugh Bigod. After remaining with her family for three more years, they are married and in 1209, she gives birth to her first child.
Trinity has a difficult time with love. Whenever a certain someone comes along and strikes her fancy, the Black Widow within kicks into high gear, andTrinity has a difficult time with love. Whenever a certain someone comes along and strikes her fancy, the Black Widow within kicks into high gear, and before she knows it … they’re dead. Luckily, Trinity has discovered a way to break this frustrating curse and reclaim her life: simply do not kill for five years. Sounds simple enough right?
Lawson is burned out, and a trip to Japan seems like the perfect holiday. That’s just wishful thinking of course because not long after he arrives hisLawson is burned out, and a trip to Japan seems like the perfect holiday. That’s just wishful thinking of course because not long after he arrives his ex-girlfriend–-an assassin–-pulls him back into the game. Organs are being trafficked and it’s up to Lawson to put an end to it. The Kensei was a great book, and the only thing that really brought it down for me was that Merz hardly ever brings attention to the fact that Lawson is a vampire. It’s touched on a couple times (in regards to eating and such), but that’s really it.
It’s 2032. Antarctica is turning into a rain forest. The oceans are brown, c(Originally posted on Read All Over Reviews)
Rating — 4.5 cybooks out of 5!
It’s 2032. Antarctica is turning into a rain forest. The oceans are brown, capped with yellow foam. Books, magazines and all things made of paper belong to museums. And 15 years have passed since the great Zombie purge…
In 2017, a mutated strain of the flu caused a portion humanity to be reverted back to the reptilian brain—the part of the brain which is focused on instinctual behaviors such as aggression, dominance, and territoriality—as a primary source. From there, they became zombies and wreaked havoc upon society, finally stopped by a militant group known as the Torchers.
Fast-forward fifteen years and kids are playing a virtual-reality game where they play as Torchers or meatbags as zombies are referred to. Our hero, Josh, is one of the best Torchers in the gaming world. Often playing late into the night with his best friend, Firecracker, you might even say that Josh is addicted. Charlie, the game’s best meatbag player, sends Josh a secret message one night and invites him to the underground LARP (live action role playing) games that are played in derelict portions of their seaside city–but not before swearing him to secrecy.
Josh is taken by surprise when, after meeting the other team members, discovers they are using real flamethrowers and things are more than intense when he sees that they are hunting what appears to be real meatbags. Strange things begin to happen when teammates begin getting picked off one by one and Charlie introduces Josh to a drug called Z, which makes you experience what it’s like to be a zombie. Josh stops caring about school, begins lying to his parents, ditches his best friend and more.
I’ll stop there so I won’t spoil it for you guys but this book was so addicting! It’s not your regular zombie book for sure, though there is enough blood and gore to go around, but I could not put it down. I found it taunted me from its place on the corner of my desk as I tried to get web design work done, causing me to pick it back up when I had to wait on a download or something. My only real compliant was that it moved extremely fast and because of that a lot of the peripheral characters are hardly more than a name, but I was still on the edge of my seat especially during the last few chapters.
Bottom line, if you love zombies, read this!...more
This is my first introduction to Kathryne Kennedy so I can't really speak on how this holds up to her( Originally published on Read All Over Reviews )
This is my first introduction to Kathryne Kennedy so I can't really speak on how this holds up to her previous works, but I was rather impressed. While I wouldn't put her up there with J.R.R. Tolkien in regards to world creation, this alternative Georgian England—ruled over by six Elf Lords who have deserted their native Elfhame out of boredom—is lavish, intriguing and highly creative. It is a remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable blend of fantasy, historical fiction and high romance.
Those who love a good Regency or Georgian romance shouldn't be intimidated by the fantasy within The Fire Lord's Lover. The detail to life in England at that time is still the same despite the magic, Elves and dragons. We still have our lucullan nobles and well-favored cravats *wink*.
I really loved Kennedy's elves. It's a nice blending of the majestic and graceful Tolkienesque elves but without them being too overly pretty (to the point of androgyny). Kennedy's elves are tall, graceful and majestic sure, but they are also surly, arrogant and elusive which I think gives them an edge.
The book does have a bit too much lovey-dovey, sappy romance for me though—which is why I don't normally read straight-forward romances as I like my romance raw and real—but there was such a good coalescing of action, suspense and magic (and angst; love me some angst!) that it was easily overlooked. The characters weren't quite two-dimensional however Dominic's change of heart near the end was a little too unrealistic for my taste. But people don't really read romances to find reality, do they?
The Fire Lord's Lover is the first of a new series by Kennedy, yet the ending is satisfying and handled very well, leaving just enough wanting but not so much that you are left frustrated and disappointed that you have to wait for the next book.
Overall, an very decent work and one that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to those needing some light reading to unwind and de-stress with....more
I have long avoided general contemporary fiction because I've never really met one I liked—save perhaps Helen Fiel( Originally posted on RAO Reviews )
I have long avoided general contemporary fiction because I've never really met one I liked—save perhaps Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones' Diary. I tried again last year to broaden my reading palate with Julia Leigh's Disquiet, only to yet again be thoroughly disappointed and slip back into my comfortable world of historical dramas and fantasy/sci-fi.
When I was offered the chance to read and review Backseat Saints, I thought to myself "Why not? Maybe I'll even be surprised". And I was very much surprised.A book has not kept me quite on the edge of my seat as Backseat Saints, not for a good while. I found myself nervously gnawing my finger nails and gasping out loud to the twists and turns our heroine Rose Mae goes through. Joshilyn creates a rich world with complex characters and arduous emotions that leave the reader short-winded and pulseless, but in such a good way.
As a deep south girl myself (Alabama, baby!), I'm always displeased with how we are portrayed in entertainment mediums. However, Joshilyn had just the right amount of southerness without making everyone seem like an ignorant redneck. The dialect was spot on, and I found myself smiling when Rose Mae remembered how her father says "wind-er" instead of "window". That's just how my father says it as well.
Backseat Saints has a bit of an interwoven storyline with Jackson's debut novel, Gods in Alabama, but I do not think they have to be read together. Nevertheless, I'm sure like me, after you've read this one you will definitely be itching to pick up Gods in Alabama. I'm insanely curious to read Arleen's side of her encounter with Rose Mae. Already, I've been recommending this book to my sisters so yes, do go read it. It's wonderful! Backseat Saints is my first introduction to Joshilyn Jackson, but it certainly will not be my last.
A word of caution though, if your life has in any way been touched by domestic abuse, I do not suggest that you read this book. The scenes it describe are exceptionally vivid and would be insanely painful to read if you have actually lived through something similar.
I had high hopes from this book with its premise being woven around one of the world's greatest poems ('Evangeli** Originally posted at RAO Reviews **
I had high hopes from this book with its premise being woven around one of the world's greatest poems ('Evangeline' by Longfellow), and it's stunning cover (yeah, yeah I judge books by covers lol), but was sadly let down. Anxious Hearts is a story which follows the romance of two couples whom are two-hundred years apart, but yet resemble each other remarkably. It opens with Eva (present day) and follows with Gabriel (200 yrs in the past). This pattern of present day then 200 yrs before continues throughout the entire book, and while I completely understand why it was handled that way, it was rather annoying. If I sat the book down for the evening and picked it up the next day, I was having to give myself a refresher in order to remember what had been going on.
To be honest, I did find myself preferring the story of Evangeline and Gabriel to Eva and Gabe. None of the characters really have much depth to them, but it was much worse with Eva. It felt like she had the depth of a puddle. If the story had continued passed where it ended, I could see how Eva could have developed into a wonderful character. Unfortunately, Anxious Hearts did not allow for her to blossom. The romance between Eva and Gabe also bothered me, and at times I was having unwanted flashes of Edward and Bella. Blah.
Like me, a lot of adults read the YA genre and normally I don't feel older than the material—there's usually something I can relate to—but I really felt my 27 years while reading this. So, if you are looking for a fluffy, syrupy read then this is the book for you. For those who want more meat and less saccharine, I'd advise you to look elsewhere....more