After the death of her sister, Eva Ward returns to Trelowarth, the place where she and her sister spent many happy summers vacationing during their yoAfter the death of her sister, Eva Ward returns to Trelowarth, the place where she and her sister spent many happy summers vacationing during their youth. Eva doesn’t know it yet, but she’s about to embark on an adventure filled with mystery, intrigue, and danger; all while falling in love with a mysterious stranger who couldn’t possibly belong in her time. Will Eva be able to hold on to a love that’s rooted in the past?
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley was a mostly enjoyable read. Kearsley did a commendable job creating a mysterious world filled with danger, mystery, and romance; a world inhabited by unique and intriguing characters. In the beginning, the story dragged somewhat; therefore, I had a difficult time getting into the story. Thankfully, the pace eventually picked up about halfway through the book. In the end, there were enough twists and turns and revelations to keep me interested and guessing until the very last page.
At the center of the story is the concept of time-travel. I’ve always been a fan of time-travel; from Back to the Future, to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, time-travel in movies and books has always fascinated me. So when I read the synopsis for The Rose Garden, I immediately jumped at the chance to read this book. Throughout the story, Eva slips between centuries. One moment Eva’s in the current century, and the next she’s in the eighteenth century. At times Eva’s ability to slip in and out of time was jarring, but I suppose it worked, because the experience was just as jarring for Eva.
In a Celandine World by Catherine Thorpe was an interesting read. There was mystery, magic, and enough lore to keep my attention from beginning to endIn a Celandine World by Catherine Thorpe was an interesting read. There was mystery, magic, and enough lore to keep my attention from beginning to end. The author had an unique take on some lore that’s existed for many years, but I won’t go into what type of lore, because I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone. It was a little slow at times, but the mysteries surrounding the plot and its’ characters kept me reading.
The characters were quirky, Willow in particular. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a heroine like her in any of the books I’ve read. She spent a good portion of the book questioning her sanity; I admit, I questioned her sanity as well. I spent a fair amount of my time trying to make sense of her and the world she inhabited. I never got a feel for who she truly was as a person; the same can be said for some of the other characters.
We were given glimpses of who the characters were, even some back story, but nothing in-depth enough to make me feel an emotional connection to most of them, in particular Willow’s love interest Boon. However, there was one character I really did like, Hugh. I was immediately drawn to him upon his introduction into the story. There was something about his mannerisms and charm that appealed to me. Overall, I found him to be the most interesting character. In fact, he would have made a much better love interest for Willow than the rather flat Boon.
I was a little disappointed with the ending; it was too abrupt. There was so much mystery, and so many questions; unfortunately, nothing was truly answered until the very last section of the book. As a result, too much information was given to the reader all at once. Also, the way certain information was revealed to Willow was a letdown.
All in all, I give In a Celandine World two stars.
When I read the synopsis for The Ugly Duchess I was immediately intrigued. This is the first time I’ve read a book by Eloisa James and it definitely wWhen I read the synopsis for The Ugly Duchess I was immediately intrigued. This is the first time I’ve read a book by Eloisa James and it definitely won’t be the last. I really enjoyed this book. In fact, so far, it’s my favorite of any of the books I’ve read and reviewed this year. It’s the kind of book I can see myself reading again and again in the future.
We’re introduced to our heroine Theodora Saxby, who goes by the name of Theo, but is lovingly known as Daisy by her best friend James. She’s just made her debut into London society. Unfortunately for Theo, she’s viewed as ugly by men and women alike. The only men who have offered for her hand in marriage are those after her sizeable inheritance. Luckily for Theo, she’s not too concerned by their less than honorable interests, because she has her heart and sights set on one Lord Geoffrey Trevelyan. It’s unfortunate that Geoffrey hardly knows she exists. This doesn’t sit well with Theo, but she’s resourceful and devises the perfect plan; her friend James Ryburn is just the man to help her seduce the object of her infatuation.
James Ryburn, Earl of Islay, has no desire to marry anytime soon. However, his father, the Duke of Ashbrook, has a devious plan that would result in James wooing and marrying his best friend Theo. The gambling and irresponsible Duke believes it’s the only way to repay the many debts he owes; and fix-up and restore a crumbling estate. James is highly set against marrying his best friend for money, but when Theo approaches him with her plans for James to woo her in order to catch Geoffrey’s eye, James sees it as the perfect opportunity to deceive his father. When things don’t go according to plan, Theo and James’s lives are turned upside down.
What I loved most about this book was how invested I became in the hero and heroine. Eloisa James’s commendable job with character development had a lot to do with why I was so invested. Theo and James are two complex but very real and relatable characters. Neither one is perfect, but their imperfections are part of what is so endearing about them and their journey. They’re both strong characters with their own issues and vulnerabilities. Theo struggles with her looks while searching for acceptance from her peers. James deals with controlling his temper and has a legitimate fear of turning into his criminal father. We get to see them grow and transform into some truly well-rounded and compelling characters.
When I read the synopsis for The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter by Jennifer Malone Wright, I was hoping to read a book about a strong but likeable female lWhen I read the synopsis for The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter by Jennifer Malone Wright, I was hoping to read a book about a strong but likeable female lead kicking vampire butt, while surrounded by an awesome cast of supporting characters and a good solid story. Needless to say, my expectations might have been set a little too high.
Chloe Kallistrate loses her mother at the hands of some vampires and learns a shocking family secret as a result. Turns out Chloe is descended from a long line of vampire hunters and her mother just so happened to be one herself. There are a few more revelations Chloe learns that I found interesting. Revelations I felt could have really fleshed out Chloe as a character and the plot as a whole; something I think was truly needed as I felt Chloe, the secondary characters and the plot were lacking.
This was the first book I’ve ever read by Lorraine Heath and it more than likely won’t be the last.
Lady Anne Hayworth is a woman still grieving the loThis was the first book I’ve ever read by Lorraine Heath and it more than likely won’t be the last.
Lady Anne Hayworth is a woman still grieving the loss of a future that was abruptly taken away from her. But underneath the grief is a woman itching for a little adventure and yet longing for a future with a husband and children. So while she wants an adventure, she desperately needs stability. The mysterious Captain Crimson Jack is definitely capable of providing Anne with adventure and passion, but doesn’t appear to be the man to give her the stability she craves. She’s drawn to his power, his confidence, and his sense of adventure. But she’s afraid that he can’t give her what she truly wants, because his heart belongs to the sea.
Captain Crimson Jack, known as Lord Tristan Easton to only those who truly know him, is a man who’s at home only at sea. He’s a ladies man and doesn’t want to settle down; his mistress is the sea. When he meets Anne he’s immediately intrigued and willing to do anything to get her in his bed.
What I loved most about this story, was how invested I became in both the lead characters separately and together. Anne struggles with guilt and grief, and the expectations and sense of duty her family and society places on her as a woman. Tristan struggles with a mysteriously rocky past filled with pain, betrayal, guilt and death. Anne and Tristan were both flawed with vulnerabilities that made them realistically human and as a result were very root-worthy characters.
I’m a big fan of paranormal romance, so when I read the synopsis for Caridad Pineiro’s The Claimed, I knew I had to read this book. The synopsis soundI’m a big fan of paranormal romance, so when I read the synopsis for Caridad Pineiro’s The Claimed, I knew I had to read this book. The synopsis sounded intriguing, and all in all, this was a book worth reading.
We’re introduced to Victoria Johnson. Victoria is a member of the Light Hunter Clan; a race of people with superhuman powers. Victoria is at the age where she must find a mate. She wants to find someone she can love, but her parents only want her to find a suitable partner. Given that Victoria is next in line to become the leader of her people, it’s highly important that she chooses wisely. Victoria has her own plans and ideas about how she wants to lead her people; ideas that her parents don’t necessarily agree with. When she meets Christopher Sombrosa, she sees her chance for love, but choosing Christopher as her mate might not be what’s best for her people.
Christopher Sombrosa is a member of the Shadow Hunter Clan; his father, Alexander, is their leader. We quickly learn that Christopher and his father are at odds. Both men have very different views on how to lead. Due to differences in opinions, Christopher leaves his father behind, and takes a small portion of clan members with him. When he meets Victoria, the attraction is immediate. He realizes the Lighter Hunter might be the answer to his clan’s problems. Christopher’s always envisioned a better future for his people, and Victoria gives him hope that his vision is possible.
Newly single 24-year old Cass is back home living with her parents after suffering years of abuse at the hands of her ex-boyfriend Simon. For four yeaNewly single 24-year old Cass is back home living with her parents after suffering years of abuse at the hands of her ex-boyfriend Simon. For four years she was isolated from friends and family. Now she’s back to make amends. Hoping to reconnect with her sister, and have a little fun, Cass heads out for a night on the town with her sister in tow. Things go horribly wrong when Cass is brutally attacked by a group of men. Left battered and bruised in an alley, she’s discovered by a group of women who take her home with them.
The women are known as the Kittnz, a well-known local all-female outlaw gang. They’re a powerful group of women, who are strong and capable of protecting themselves, and are equally feared and respected in the community. After spending time with them, Cass decides that she wants to become a member. Cass wants to find a place where she can belong. She wants to feel powerful, be respected, and to feel the love of a family. The Kittnz can provide her with all these things. But the world the Kittnz inhabit is even more cruel and violent than the one Cass left behind, and becoming a Kittn might cost her more than she gains.
Lawless Justice by Karina Kantas was an interesting yet difficult read due to a number of reasons. The beginning was slow, which made it difficult for me to get into the story. There were a few grammatical errors, such as misspelled words. The story became a tad repetitive and predictable by the middle of the book. For instance, I was pretty certain of what the Kittnz were going to do on any given day, and that there would be plenty of blood and violence. A typical day for the Kittnz involved them giving someone a beating, or someone giving them a beating. Rinse, wash and repeat.
The characters, though unique, weren’t very likeable. I didn’t grow to love, or even love to hate, any of them. Cass was a frustrating protagonist. There were moments where she clearly felt that some of the gang’s behavior was wrong, and moments she was clearly uncomfortable, but nonetheless, she continued to participate. While I was somewhat able to sympathize with her pain, anxiety, and hardships, I was not able to sympathize with her whenever she exhibited bully like behavior. In fact, the Kittnz as a whole were more bullies than anything. The self-proclaimed vigilantes, out to rid their community of scum and lowlifes, targeted criminals, but they also violently attacked people who “annoyed” them or “looked at them wrong.” There were even instances where members started fights to blow off steam. For example, they beat up a group of girls because they were giggling.
Though I had issues with the characters, the slow start, and repetitive story, I still found it a somewhat interesting read. Over all, I give Lawless Justice two stars. ...more
Lorin Schlessinger, an archeologist, and Gabe Lupinsky, a geologist, are complete opposites; the two do not get along. Tempers flare and sparks fly whLorin Schlessinger, an archeologist, and Gabe Lupinsky, a geologist, are complete opposites; the two do not get along. Tempers flare and sparks fly when they’re paired to work on an archaeological dig. When Lorin makes a groundbreaking discovery, she unwittingly signals an unknown enemy. Now Lorin and Gabe must work together to protect themselves and the people they love, while fighting a growing attraction for one another.
Chase Me by Tamara Hogan, the second book in a series, was an extremely enjoyable and fun read. Hogan did a great job of creating a world filled with drama, danger, suspense, mystery, and romance. There was also an interesting mix of supernatural creatures, such as incubi, vampires, werewolves, faeries, and Valkyries. The plot moved along at a nice and steady pace, therefore I was never bored. There were some interesting revelations and twists and turns that kept me entertained from beginning to end.
While the romance was a major focus of the book, it wasn’t the only focus. The story surrounding Lorin’s find at the archaeological dig played a major role. I won’t go into detail about what’s in the box she discovered, but I will say that it was very interesting, and will most likely have far reaching consequences for the paranormals (werewolves, Valkyries, etc.) in future books to come. Especially since Lorin’s discovery caught the attention of some not so very nice people. That portion of the story was intriguing, and we’re left with more questions than answers by the end of the book.