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Top Ten Tuesday – If You’re In The Mood For X

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books To Read If You Are In the Mood To Swoon

I had a look at my past TTT’s and I haven’t done a romance list in a while so that is what you are getting today. If you want to see my last one check it out here. Remember though, those books made it for quality too, where I am more focusing on swooning now. May your hearts burst with the swooning <3

1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Their love and the way it is presented is probably one of the best things I have ever read.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. P&P has been kicked off its number one spot but it cannot be kicked any lower than this.

3.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I cannot believe I nearly forgot about this book. I had to move a bunch of things around to stick it in! Kai and Cinder are just adorable.

4. The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I still swoon over Ian.

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5. Losing it by Cora Carmack. I associate funny and light books with swooning really.

6. Beautiful Mess by Lucy V. Morgan. So funny, the chemistry is great.

7. Blue Spring Ride by Io Sakisaka. Frustration. So much, but it still makes me swoon.

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8. Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori. The swooning only pops up every now and then in the first half of the series but becomes more and more apparent in the second half.

9. Cress by Marissa Meyer. This book, while so so so swoon worthy, is this far down the list because I didn’t want to put too books of the same series one after the other, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave it off the list altogether.

10. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. Kaname or Zero? I cannot choose!

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Mini Mondays – Passion, Fallen In Love, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Welcome to a new segment I am introducing to try and help keep me up to date with my reviews, even if I don’t have much to say about them. This segment is going to be called Mini Mondays. In these posts I will be reviewing about 3 books in a couple of paragraphs. Because of the size and nature of these reviews, they will generally only be 1-3 stars. I might as well get on with it now.

Tpassionitle: Passion [Fallen 3]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 420

Rating: 2 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

As some of you who have been following me for quite awhile, over two years ago I started reviewing the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I reviewed Fallen and Torment and then the reviews stopped. This was for only one reason that up until I decided I would allow myself to do these mini reviews, I could not get past. I hated this book, and when I reviewing these books they were re-reads. I could not bring myself to read it for the third time (I read it twice because I forgot how much I hated it between its release and Raptures). I found this book to be completely pointless, and brought nothing to the story. There are only certain sections of this book that you actually need to read to know what on earth is happening in the last book. The story drags and just repeats itself over and over again. Part of me wants to let this detail go because Luce and Daniel’s story is very repetitive, but that doesn’t mean we needed to be reading about them at all. We got the idea of it when it was explained to us in the first 2 books.

So I am going to do something a little sacrilegious in the book community and basically suggest that you just skim read this book and avoid most of it. If it were not for those few moments on goodness or needed information, I would say just skip it. The Daniel chapters in the first half you can avoid all together.

 

Fallen-In-Love-cover-fallen-by-lauren-kate-26640712-1668-2524Title: Fallen In Love [Fallen 3.5]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 201

Rating: 2 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I feel a bit cheesy saying this but I will anyway, I did not fall in love with this book. We were given a number of stories to read about in the world of Fallen, which In theory could be really interesting. There are a wide variety of characters in this book and we do not know a lot of their backstories, which could be extensive when dealing with the lives of the angels on Earth. However, I found that I in general did not like the stories being told. The book in the Fallen series that I liked the least was the third book Passion, as you can see in my review above, and I found these stories were just more of the same rubbish we got in that book. The only story I liked in this book was the third story because we finally got Arianne backstory on how she got the scares that were such a big mystery in the main story but never got answered. I also found this one to be the best written. In the others I felt like the characters had lost their depth and were not acting like themselves, but with Arianne I didn’t have this issue.

If you liked the main series, and were driven crazy about what on earth happened to Arianne like I was, I would suggest picking up this book purely to read that story. I would even suggest skipping the other ones if they are not seeming too wonderful, since you will not be missing anything by not reading them.

picture of dorian grayTitle: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde

Genre: Classic, Gothic

Length: 214

Rating: 3 Star

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Looking back on the comments I made about the book and the rating I gave it on goodreads, I am really surprised. In my head all I remember is totally hating this book and thinking it was one of the most boring books I have read with just horrible characters that just didn’t have any redeeming qualities.

When I actually stop to think about it though, I suppose it was not as bad as it came out to be in my mind. It did have series flaws that refrained me from putting it up anymore stars. In a style that I generally find in classics, certain parts of it just dragged on and on, and were painfully boring. Parts of the story held no purpose to the overall plot and were in there just as word filler. I remember hating Henry(?) and coming to hate Dorian, but I don’t think I had any issues with the rest of the characters.

I think if the book had of just focussed more on Dorian and his picture, and the fact he was struggling to stay beautiful on the inside while his picture made him beautiful on the outside. I would have loved more of a look at the fantasy element and the overall idea of what makes beauty and what we should seek in life. But those pointless and long bits just ruined the story for me.

Since my memory of the story was clouded by the bits I did not like, I cannot really say if anyone should read this book. I am most certainly not going to give it another try to find out.

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Book Review – Outlander

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Title: Outlander or Cross Stitch [Outlander 1]

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Length: 662

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9

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Description/Synopsis:

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This was a really enjoyable and entertaining read.

I found the plot of this book to be really interesting and entertaining. The idea of a ‘modern’ woman being transported back in time to a culture that did not like hers and then working out how to survive and how exactly how much she can or cannot to do to help the people she meets there with the things she knows is really interesting. As someone who has interest/beliefs in pagan culture I loved the way that she came to being in the past was through a connection with a stone circle. The book also taught me a bit about the time and the culture and made me fall more in love. It was a place I wanted to visit before, but it has been moved up the list!

The characters I both liked a didn’t like. It took me awhile to really become in invested in what was going on with this. I think this is because while the writing was great at weaving the story and once you got into it, to start off with I found it a bit stiff and it didn’t pull me in. After this time though I found myself freaking out about a number of interactions between characters. Claire I liked but I also found her greatly annoying at times. She didn’t know when to keep her mouth shut or when to wait for something and thusly got herself or others into loads of trouble that would never have happened if she was more sensible.

Though Frank was barely in the book I really desperately wanted her to go back to him for about half the book. What really surprised me was my attitude to Jamie, it was very like, hate, love. With the three stages of his and Claire’s relationship my feelings for him changed. In stage one I liked him and thought he was cute and friendly, but I still wanted her with Frank. The second part I actually really did not like him at all and just wanted her to beat him up. Then in the last part I was so happy that she chose him. I don’t know when the transition of emotions happened between stages 2 and 3, but when Claire was there deciding if she wanted Jamie or Frank I was freaking out that she might still want Frank. Serious panic.

One downfall I felt the book had was I think it was a lot longer than it really had to be. I will say this might be because I was listening to an audio book and I zone out easier this way, but I think there was a lot that didn’t need to be and the book was rather slow paced. There were a few full on moments like the ending, but they were very spread out and you had to get a through a lot before you got to them.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction because overall I did really enjoy this book.

 

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Book Review – Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Title: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Glbt

Length: 303

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received an advance readers copy of this book by Penguin and I want to thank them so very much! This is not the kind of book I would normally pick up at all since the content generally doesn’t interest me all the much. I don’t mean that in a hateful kind of way or anything, its just when it comes to romance I like to be able to relate or place myself in the story in some way and since I am not interested in the same sex, nor a male, I would never have picked this book up if they had not sent it to me, and I would have missed out on what a gem of a book it really is!

I found this book and the story line to be exceptionally cute and adorable. At many points I was laughing out loud and smiling so much that my face hurt with the extra workout it was getting despite the fact it is a story about a boy who gets blackmailed and is then exposed to be gay despite the fact that it should have been his thing to decide when to come out and did everything the blackmailer wanted. I thought Simon was a very realistic character and everything that was happening to him struggle wise was relatable in some way or another. I undertsood why he made all his choices and I felt all his pains. I actually really liked him as a character and found him to be just so incredibly funny. The line about the socks just absolutely killed me.

Leah’s also into slash fanfiction, which got me curious enough to poke around the internet and find some last summer. I couldn’t believe how much there was to choose from: Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy hooking up in thousands of ways in every broom closet at Hogwarts. I found the ones with decent grammar and stayed up all night reading. It was weird couple of weeks. That was the summer I taught myself how to do laundry. There are some socks that shouldn’t be washed by your mother.

Just so damn funny.

I like pretty much all the characters. They all had their moments of enjoyments. I did think that a lot of them were seriously flawed though. I mean Nick and Leah are supposed to be his best friends but when the thing with the tumblre issue they knew about it but didn’t say anything to him about it all and they had all the opportunity to do so. I also think Leah was just very selfish about how the whole thing played out. Marty is the biggest jerk that ever did live.

I liked Blue most the time and while I cannot related to what he was going through I could still kind of understand what he was feeling. Despite that though I thought he was pretty weak. Poor Simon is going through hell and he chooses to avoid him for awhile because he was afraid of what might happen. I did really like him though and and I was really happy to see that he was who I thought he was all along.

I down point for the story I think was that it was trying to be more meaningful than it actually was. Trying to teach us things that don’t really need to be taught in this day and age. I know I cannot understand the struggles that a guy person may be going through, so I might be completely wrong and I don’t want to offend anyone, but with each generation we are becoming more and more accepting of everyone and the generation this book is aimed at is just generally pro equality. The blackmail thing is sucky and coming out is a thing that is personal to everyone who has to go through it even if they really shouldn’t anymore, but lots of people in the book make it as though being gay is still a big deal, when I think in general it isn’t. Its just more people, just like all the other people in the world. We are all different, and thats not anything bad for the most part. Specially who we choose to love.

Anyway, thats enough of my rant. I really liked this book and I am so glad that I read and I am forever thankful to Penguin who like to send me books outside of my comfort zone. Its one of my favourite things I have read this year I think.

 

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Book Review – Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreamings

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Title: Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams

Author: Matsuri Hino, Ayuna Fujisaki

Genre: Supernatural, Manga, Romance, Action

Length: 263

Rating: 4 Star

Related Manga Series: Vampire Knight

Related Books: Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin

Related Anime Series: Vampire Knight

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Description/Synopsis:

A collection of short stories based on Vampire Knight

Deranged Love
A dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri.

Gifts for Yuki
Kaname wants to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido.

Hidden Love
This is the story of Sara’s first love.

Queen of the Abyss
After Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Because these are just random little short stories that really have nothing to do with the actual series other than having the same characters in them, I am going to keep this review short and sweet. Unlike the other collection of short stories involving Vampire Knight Characters, Ice Blue Sin, I actually liked this one. I found the overall stories to be fun and actually reflect the characters they were about.

Deranged Love

While this was not one of my favourites of the collections, I did find it interesting to be inside Rido’s head and to experience things from his point of view for awhile. Get to know what on earth actually makes him tick because we didn’t really get to see much outside of him being totally crazy in the series.

Gifts For Yuki

I loved this story. Yuki has really always been a terrible student since she generally has always put things she considers to be more important than school ahead of her studies. Like protecting her Day Classmates from vampires, or doing something special for someone she cares about. Aido has always been very gifted when it comes to learning so Kaname brings him in to tutor her. Everyone is very excited when Yuki finally gets a perfect score. For about half a moment. I loved watching Aido freak out about how Kaname will react if Yuki does badly on her next test. I also loved how Kaname just showers Yuki with heaps of extravagant gifts for ages for the accomplishment, that is such a thing he would do. I also loved how Yuki once again buts her health and studies to the side to make them both a present. I thought this was a very cute and true representation to how these events would have gone down.

Hidden Love

I just adored this little story and I actually found it very beneficial to how I viewed Sara in the actual series. It added a little more depth where it was needed.

Queen of the Abyss

This story was fine I suppose but I found it really boring. It was another one where I don’t really understand why we were being told it. When I picture that time that Yuki and Zero were apart, a story a boring as this really didn’t come up. Zero creates much more interesting or feel worthy situations than this.

A Maiden’s Melancholy

This might have been my least favourite of the lot. I really have no idea why it was in there. I liked the fact that the only person White Lily got along with was Zero (I think it was because he raised her or something). But this story just took it too far. This took that really nice relationship and made it a bit twisted. The horse cannot possibly be in love with him and want to be with him. This story actually made me a bit uncomfortable.

In a Thousand Years

Though I found this to be a bit pointless, this story is still nice. It gave some of the Day Class students an ending, I didn’t really understand why the night class people were there. I think they would have better things to do with their time.

 

Now the overall book I found was not written the very best. The style tried to be that of a manga since thats where all its ideas came from, but what I think the author of the book failed to understand was that does not translate well into a novel. The writing technique is different, and because of this and the sometimes very bland writing it did take me awhile to get into this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has finished and like the Vampire Knight Series, but not to anyone who hasn’t. The last story is a bit of a spoiler for those not up to date.

 

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Book Review – Kissing In America

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Title: Kissing In America

Author: Margo Rabb

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Length: 390

Rating: 3 Star

Publication: 26/05/2015

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Description/Synopsis:

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.

In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I went into this book with pretty low expectations. I wasn’t even planning on reading it because I thought it would be silly but since the people at Penguin (THANK YOU!) were lovely enough to send me an advance copy I decided I might as well pick it up.

It was about as silly as I thought it would be though. At no point was I surprised by any of the actions or events that took place.

This book is about a girl called Eva who shares a kiss with a boy and now thinks they are both madly in love. Then the boy must move across the country. How will Eva survive without him when they were so madly in love? Well she will go visit him of course! But how will she do that? She has a mother that doesn’t public transport or the world in general and neither of them ever plan on getting on a plane again. I know! She will see some competition where said boy lives and then drags her best friend into it, making her join up so that Eva may get a kiss again. Will the boy still be there by the time they arrive? The answer: Nope.

I didn’t really like any characters of the characters. They were all just so one sided, had horrible personalities and have no development whats so ever. Eva is annoying and stupid and oozes teen angst the entire book. Its pretty much about Eva crying about loss, obsessing on the couple of kisses she had with this guy and how in love they are, and drama she creates herself. She is also just a terrible friend. Her mother is just a horrible mother, forever thinking about herself. She does one thing I liked in the book and it didn’t happen till the end. So I will give her one point of growth. Eva’s aunt Janet is just plain wrong. The only reason she is in this book is for shock value. Annie (best friend) and LuLu (stupid name) and Eva’s father are the only ones I liked two of which you don’t really focus on because Eva is too busy with herself and the other is dead.

I read in a review that this book is just filled with strong female characters. WHERE. Yes there are lots of female characters but they are in no way strong besides being strongly annoying.

I feel like this book was trying to be way more deep and meaningful than it actually turned out to be. At the moment the bookworld is filled with books about loss and love and the struggles of just being a teenager, and being written in a time when there are so many other and better ones this book fails to stand out in the crowd.

After all my b****ing and moaning I did enjoy some parts of this book I enjoyed or I would not have rated it 3 star. It did have some laugh out loud moments and some very cute moments here and there. These fluffy moments were enough to bump it up from a 2 star, but in no way good enough to carry it higher.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy the self destructive drama of teenagers. Anyone else I would suggest giving this book a miss because there are much better ones of this nature out there and there is not enough time in our lives for all the books we must read.

 

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Book Review – Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin

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Title: Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin

Author: Matsuri Hino, Ayuna Fujisaki

Genre: Supernatural, Manga, Romance, Action

Length: 177

Rating: 2 Star

Related Manga Series: Vampire Knight

Related Books: Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams

Related Anime Series: Vampire Knight

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Description/Synopsis:

Cross Academy: Behind its gates, humans and vampires share the same halls, separated by Day and Night – a testament to the efforts of one man to promote their peaceful co-existence. Very soon, it will bear witness to a dramatic change in dynasty centuries old in the making. But Before that, stories from the past shall set future events in stone…

Ice Blue Sin
In the hours of twilight, an intreprid Day Class girl sneaks into the most forbidden place on campus – the Moon Dormitory of te Night Class students. While these scions of vampire aristocracy do not usually take note of humans, Fuka was warmly received and even invited back among them. Something about her has got the Night Class talking, and when one becomes bewitched by the darkness, there can be no turning back…

Season of Transience
Born into a distinguished vampire hunter family, young Zero is destined to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. Used to the safety and security of training with his master, the arrival of a senior disciple soon opens his eyes to the harsh reality that is the life of a vampire hunter. Before Cross Academy beckons, this one event shall forever reshape the boy’s childhood and turn his eyes jaded to the world.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I went into this book with such high hopes because Vampire Knight is one of my all time favourite things since I accidentally discovered it on youtube one lunchtime at school.

All of them were shattered.

HATED this book. The only reason it is not in the negatives is because it had a few fleeting moments where I thought I was enjoying myself.

I am going to chalk most of my dislike about the book to the fact that it was not written by Matsuri Hino, the author of the VK series. Most of the time I felt like I was reading bad fan fiction which I guess I was.

The start of the book was very rushed and everything kept jumping all over the place and just really didn’t make much sense at all. The dialogue between the different characters at no point felt natural to me and was all very forced and was anything any of those characters I know so well would do or say.

I think the thing I disliked the most however was that I didn’t like characters which I loved in the series when they were in this book. They were not themselves.

The second story about Zero was a little bit better. I found the story of that one much more interesting and I actually thought that the characters were pretty true to themselves. However, this story was not enough to bring the book up more than just the one star because there simply was not enough of it. This story was only about 30 pages of the book.

I find it very hard to recommend this book to anyone. I can see on goodreads that I am but one of a few who have felt this strongly about the book. I would suggest VK lovers read it just so I can know if anyone actually agrees with me.

 

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Book Review – A Whisper of Eternity

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Title: A Whisper of Eternity

Author: Amanda Ashley

Genre: Romance, Supernatural, Adult

Length: 352

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

He Will Not Lose Her Again

When artist Tracy Warner purchases the rambling seaside house built above Dominic St. John’s hidden lair, he recognizes in her spirit the woman he has loved countless times over the centuries. Drawing her into the fascinating, seductive world of the vampire, he aches to believe that this time she will not refuse his Dark Gift. But when Dominic’s ancient rival appears in Sea Cliff, hungry for territory and power, Tracy becomes a pawn in a deadly game. To save her—and the passion that burns between them—Dominic must offer…A Whisper of Eternity.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Once upon a time this book used to be one of my favourite not trashy but still not serious enough to be called not trashy romance book. I think this is why it stands at 3 stars right now. A few years ago it would have been a 4 or a 5, in a few years it might be a 2. But for now its a 3.

The writing in this book is not the best in all the word, I have most certainly read better. There are even a few grammatical things within the book and they drive me up the wall. It really does surprise me how my taste or just general experience of books has changed so much since starting this blog. I thought the writing was great a few years ago. If you don’t notice these kind of things though the plot is enough to keep you going.

The plot is not the most original thing in all the world, specially now a day. Very old and very strong vampire falls in love with a normal girl who thought he was dashing and handsome, serious and ever so slightly scary. Girl also meets a boy who is the completely opposite but still attractive. Someone who is fun and generally makes the girl feel good but for some reason just isn’t what she is looking for. How this book differs from this kind of standard plot is that he has known and loved her in past lives. I know there are a few of these kind of books out there, but this is a rather old one so I will let it feel slightly original. They meet in each life and fall in love, but before he can reveal what he is to her and have her not be frightened, she dies somehow. Upon each death bed he reveals that he is a vampire and offers to turn her so that she can live the rest of her life with him, but each time she refuses and dies leaving him to spend years waiting till they find each other again. Will this be his last time chasing her across the ages?

The characters themselves are interesting enough. Tracy I like in the sense she does a lot of things I like, such as being an artist, likes the beach and to read. It is also very nice that she isn’t what I would call stupid. Dominic is a very sexy man. Sometimes he is rather dense and stubborn as seems all strong powerful men in these kind of books. Also rather controlling. That weakness aside, I love him. I think the name Dominic is a very sexy one purely because of this book.

The rest of the characters in the book are a bit less to be desired. You meet them but you don’t really get much of them. But I have read some more from her vampire romance books and it seems that she does things a little like Kresley Cole, they seem to pop up in other books so perhaps I will feel like they matter and were not just there for content later on.

And there we have it. I like this book well enough, but some of this enjoyment might be stemming from past affections. If you enjoy a trash book that doesn’t have much sex in it this is one you might want to checkout, but if not you might be able to miss it.

 

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Book Review – Northanger Abbey

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Title: Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classics, Romance

Length: 215

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book was pleasant enough but it left me wanting more from it.

I could tell while reading it that it was her first book. Like I said pleasant and enjoyable, but it was kind of like just having something to pretty to look at much not really providing anything that I could actually take hold or sink my teeth into with much substance. Yes, it has the classic kind of Austen themes about women in that day an age, the way they think and behave and what not, as well as how teenage’s acted then. But I didn’t really take anything away from this story.

It did take me a moment to get into the writing style but once I did it didn’t really hinder my reading all that much. I do think they say things in the longest form possible sometimes and the grand sentences were not always needed, but its not that big an issue.

Our setting of the story is starts off in Bath with our main character Catherine and things move sort of slow while we are here. You meet some good people and you meet some really really horrid people who I just couldn’t stand. John Thorpe was basically one of the rudest and just stupid characters I ever came across. I kind of wanted to shake Catherine for putting up with his disgusting behaviour for as long as she did. His sister Isabella did not start off quite so bad but ultimately proved that she is just a shallow and two-faced person. We also meet Eleanor and her brother Henry Tilney which are pretty much the exact opposite of the Thorpes. I really liked these characters and thought Henry was a bit of a hunk.

Of course, he had me completely won over when he stated:

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

All I could think was YES, YES! Specially John.

The story doesn’t really pick up until we move onto the Tilney house called Northanger Abbey. Here Catherine lets her horror book loving mind get the best of her and she starts thinking up and believing the most silly things ever. Like that Henry and Eleanor’s father did something horrible to their mother like kill her or lock her up in a certain section of the house. Its one thing to imagine things like this but its another to actually believe it which is what Catherine did. She barely knew him and really he had only been nice to her until he found out she had no money.

The ending of this book really annoyed me. The conclusion of the love between Catherine and Henry was kind of just like a side sentence at the end and while they ended up together, it seemed really slap dashed to me.

So, if you like Austen I would recommend this book to you just so you can have a look yourself. But I wouldn’t except anything amazing from it.

 

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Book Review – The Fire Prince

The Fire Prince

Title: The Fire Prince [The Cursed Kingdoms 2]

Author: Emily Gee

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 344

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded up to 5

Series Review: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

The long awaited and much anticipated sequel to 2011’s The Sentinel Mage. The Fire Prince continues the saga of Prince Harkeld, Innis the shapeshifter and the imperiled Seven Kingdoms.

The Seven Kingdoms are in the grip of an ancient and terrible blood curse. Thousands have died. Thousands more will die. Only one man can end the curse.

The fugitive Osgaardan prince, Harkeld, is that man—whether he likes it or not. But the bounty on Harkeld’s head is high. He has outrun his father’s soldiers, but he can’t outrun the assassins who seek him—Fithians, trained in the art of killing. Even the Sentinel mages who guide and guard him are no match for Fithian steel. Faced with the ever-present threat of death, Harkeld must learn to use his fire magic. Or die.

Meanwhile, dark plots are unfolding in Osgaard’s gold-tiled palace, snaring Princess Brigitta and those she loves. And in the eastern kingdoms, young orphan Jaumé journeys with a band of mysterious and dangerous fighters, heading north for a purpose he does not understand.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This will be filled with spoilers, so move on if you care about those things.

I received this book from the publishers through Netgalley. I loved this book. In some ways it was better than the last but in others it wasn’t quite as good.

I think the thing I loved the most was the growing kind of love that Innis and Harkeld, but of course he doesn’t realise that any of it is real! He thinks its all part of his dreams. I like the fact that the romance is growingly slowly and is so complicated. Harkeld still has no idea about the truth and if he did find out it would have bad effects on his relationship with the mages, but now that Innis has told Cora and others about the fact these dreams are happening she must eventually spill the beans to him because its an invasion of his privacy.

We also get characeter development. Harkeld not only has to deal with the fact that he has witch blood, he is infact a witch. He agrees to train with Cora so that he doesn’t hurt anyone with his extreme power and so that a mage will remove his magic at the end of the quest. He must also deal with the fact that he feels like the mages keep on tricking and betraying him. While these struggles were just as interesting as in the first book, they also got on my nerves. He still thinks degrading things about the mages yet he is training to be one right now so he has no right to think those things specially since he knows them better now. Innis must also develop. Thanks to the fact that Petrus caught her breaking Primarily Laws without reason to share dreams with Harkeld, which cause serious issue with their own relationship, she has to finally admit how much she is struggling with the want to be Justin and the dreams.

We still get the other two stories woven through. Brigitta’s story seems to go from bad to worst to over the moon happy to much much worst. We got alot more of this side of this story in this book. We also see more of her brother Jaegar. While this side of the story takes place in their kingdom, we get many hints that Jaegar may not be all he seems. He gets blisters on his body and a touch of his burns some of Brigitta’s clothes. His is magical? If he is how come his power is hurting him? It has already been said it cannot hurt the person is came from unless they set their hair on fire or something. Brigitta proves herself time and time again that she is a strong person who doesn’t give up. We also get Jaumé travelling with his assassins. He thinks they are off to help the prince, and when they finally catch up to him he finds out just how wrong he was. The book ends before he must do anything and it kills me that I have to wait to find out what his choice will be from here.

The story answered alot of the backstory and magic related questions that I had asked myself through the first book and I really appreciated. That cliff hanger though I didn’t really appreciate. It ends with Harkeld nearly dying and in a desperate attempt to save him ends up revealing that she is infact Justin. Then the book ends. We get nothing else. How am I going to live until the next book comes out, between this one and the last there was over a 3 year gap. I pray that they don’t make me wait that long.

I recommend this series to any he has patience and a love of simple but very well written fantasy.

 

Till Next Time…