Book SynopsisA romance. A rogue nobleman, a rescued lady, and revenge undone by romance all play a part in New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston’s irresistible novel of best-laid plots, delicious deception, and unexpected passion.
Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.
Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye. She is certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart. Blackthorne’s Bride – Goodreads
My Opinion on the Romance
Good. This is how I describe this book. It is one of those historical romances about destiny and misunderstandings. I consider it a so called “guilty pleasure books.” Sincerely speaking, I do not actually feel guilty about. The plot line was similar to other books I’ve read in this genre. I liked it but I was expecting for that extra something to make it memorable. But, it never came.
Blackthorne’s Bride is part of a long series. Although, it can be read as a standalone. Overall, the story was cute. The author did an amazing job in creating another subplot romance. I was so invested in the secondary romance, unfortunately, it was cut short.
As you can expect, the sexual content is heavy but not overwhelming. Hint, it is categorized as an adult book. Wink-Wink. Also, there is a torture scene in the beginning and that might be a trigger warning scene for some people.
Small spoilers ahead:
As a side note, I have mixed feelings about Marcus’ first wife. I understand(-ish) why she did what she did but she kind of ruined Josie’s life. And I cannot believe that Marcus’ best friend was forgiven so easily for being an accomplice to that. Also, I was not a fan of the lack of communication and the whole children abduction plan as plot devices.
End of spoilers.
This was my cup of tea.
This is my sole opinion. ^_^I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Death Below Stairs has at its center a cook from Victorian Era named Kat Holloway. Recently hired as part of Lord Rankin’s household in London, she finds herself immersed in a murder mystery. Set to solve the killing of her kitchen maid, Kat turns to the resourceful Daniel McAdam, who is more than meets the eyes. With the help of a mathematical genius and Lord Rankin’s eccentric sister-in-law, Kat and Daniel will soon found out that the household murder was the tip of the iceberg of a much bigger plot against Queen Victoria.
Death Below Stairs – My Opinion
When I requested this book, I only skimmed the book’s summery. I read “murder,” “Victorian Era,” and “young cook Kat [woman]” and that was enough for me to get hooked. You can imagine the surprise I had when I realized that there is more to the murder.
First, I fell in love with Kat’s voice as a character. Her background story was unexpected. She is an ordinary woman with an unfortunate past. The overall cast of characters was intriguing. We have the eccentric woman who was born in the wrong era, the nice and work-absorbed mathematician, the rebel teenager, and the man with all the answers, Daniel. Danial was a total mystery however, I have a slight idea about what he might be. No spoilers.
Kat is smart, independent, and hard working. She has her mind set with a realistic view of the world even though her heart fancies a guy. The only person she relies on is herself. As a a woman in that time period, Kat works assiduously to be acknowledged by the pompous society. Although, she is not afraid to challenge the authority when something is wrong. As a mother figure character, Kat feels responsible for the kitchen girl’s death, thus, her courage and determination put the cook in dangerous situations.
Despite the lovely characters, the pacing of the story had a bit of an issue. The narrative was executed strangely. We are halfway through the book and merely anything happens. There is too much description of food making which feels like page fillers than part of the actual story. I know what you are going to say next, “But, wait! Isn’t she a cook?” And my follow up answer will be something like, “Yes. Yes, she is. Although, we have a murder which is tied to a plot that might threaten the queen’s life and only 50 percent of the book is dedicated to that.”
The major scenes are rushed and unpolished. It first starts as a a slow burner book then the narrative accelerates and you try to keep up. Some unfolding of events seemed improbable due to lack of development space. The murder is brushed to the side as a subplot, despite the book being called Death Below Stairs , putting the book in a precarious position. I wished the murder had a bigger role in the plot.
The ending, though… Let’s just say that it was explosive and it saved the book for me. Wink.
Overall, I gave this book a 3/5 stars on Goodreads. Death Below Stairs was somewhat my cup of tea and I am tempted to read the next book in the series. Also, I would like to thank you Penguin Random House for the ebook arc in exchange for an honest review.
This is my sole opinion. ^_^
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Book SynopsisNemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.
She must become her.
Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire… The Diabolic – Goodreads
My Opinion4/5 stars.Cause of Science, I took one star. I will explain later in my review. Let’s start with the positive, shall we? ^_^
This book was something. It got me intrigued from the very first chapter. It combined the very things I love most to read about space and Roman Empire. Two ingredients that should not work together like salt caramel ice cream or chocolate and salted pretzels but they do and they were so delicious to devour.
The story is unpredictable. You think the plot is moving in one direction then the next thing you know… Surprise! You just got spun 180 degrees with the narrative moving in the opposite direction than you initially thought.
There is an amazing cast of characters which keeps the action moving forward besides the politics rich driven plot. It was interesting to read how the Emperor tried to keep his place on the throne like a dictator by killing and suppressing progress. He was like a futuristic version of Nero. But let’s not forget about the Queen mother. She was… worse than the Emperor himself. If you ever watched Game of Thrones, then you should be very familiar with Cersei’s character and how vile she can be. Well, the Queen mother is Cersei’s mirror image.
Aside from the whole political drama, there is also the Diabolic mythology. Designed bodyguards ripped off of all their humanity and trained killing machines destined to protect only one person at all costs. They are feared by everyone and paradoxically enslaved by the very same people.
Watching Nemesis rediscovering herself was beautiful and frustrating. Beautiful because she tried to understand her feelings and humanity, a side of her she never got a chance to explore. And frustrating because there is me, the reader, attempting to understand Nemesis’ inhuman ways and pointing the obvious while she needed time to see past those ways.
Like I said in the beginning, I took off a star mostly due to the science and, next, due to the very rushed ending. First, the science. The story tells us that Diabolics do not have lacrimal glands because they were designed not to cry. My question is: Then, how do Diabolics keep their eyes moist, clean, and infection free? So far, science says that the primary role of tears is not crying. They are just a tool used by the brain when showing distress to gain more sympathy from others. (Do not quote me on this but it’s something like that :D). The author could have stick to the brain manipulation thing. It would had been more plausible in my opinion. I know. I know. By the end of the day, this is still a work of fiction but I still want my simple science to be accurate. ^^’ The perks of being a science lover.
Second, the ending was a bit rushed and somewhat anticlimactic. I believe this was due to the uncertainty if it is going to be a standalone or a series. Which it is understandable because the author wanted to give us a resolution just in case we are not going to get another book. And for that, I am also grateful.
All in all, I recommend this book if you are fond of space, ancient times, and politics. This was my cup of tea. Oh! The romance is good too. It fits perfectly into the narrative.This is my sole opinion. ^_^
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Don’t miss #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover’s beloved novel about risking it all for love—now an Awestruck original series, coming soon to go90.com and the go90 app, available for iOS or Android.
Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?
With her moving and compelling prose, Hoover “will pull heartstrings in this second-chance love story” (Booklist). Confess – Goodreads
My Opinion3.50/5 stars.This is the second book by Colleen Hoover I’ve read – my first being Ugly Love. To be honest, I picked up this book because I heard that there is going to be a TV show coming up. I saw the first two episodes and I was hooked to the story; thus, I thought I should give the book a try. (Plus the leading actors looked good together.)So… I read the book after I saw the TV show and I do not regret that. In my opinion, the book and the TV show complete each other… But enough about the show and let’s talk about the book.My overall impression… It is an unique story and real but not flawless. The story flowed nicely. The characters fit together splendidly driving the action of the story quite well. Owen and Auburn have a great chemistry; although, chemistry is not the equivalence love. From Owen’s perspective, I was able to understand the romance by the end of the book due to past circumstances – and if you read the book, you know what I am talking about. Not so much from Auburn’s perspective. From her point of view, Owen sometimes was quite the creep. Do not get this wrong. I liked him. He was the sweet, good, and honorable guy. The things he said sometimes to Auburn, without her knowing what connected them, should have made her run away a little…I understood what the author tried to do but she relied to much on the “fate” concept and not so much on the power to make a decision, to take action in your life. That left the story unresolved – literary – and underdeveloped. It felt rushed leaving plenty of room for a novella or a second book… Which… I wouldn’t mind if it means that I will have a better resolution.Despite the sad parts, there are a lot of funny scenes too.After Ugly Love, I was expecting more from Colleen Hoover since she has such a beautiful writing style.Overall, this was my cup of tea. And, if it happens for you to be a fan of Colleen’s let me know what is your opinion on this book, the Confess TV show, and her other books.This is my sole opinion. ^_^Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, FictionLanguage: moderateSexual content: heavyViolence: moderate to heavyDrugs/Alcohol: moderate to heavy-ishP.S.Feel Free to check out my Confess show info –>HERE<–while admiring the TV show inspired book cover below.
Hello-Hello, Book Nerds! If you haven’t heard yet, Colleen Hoover’s book Confess was turned into a TV show. Check out the promo poster below. Isn’t it gorgeous? *_*The first two episodes are already out and you can watch them for free on GO90 – Confess.What are you waiting for? Go watch it! I already watched them twice already. As a side note, Colleen has a cameo appearance in the first at the art gallery event.All the episodes, seven in total, will be available on April 4th, 2017 – aka this coming Tuesday.So far, I am intrigued. The show has potential. Cute. Romantic. And Dramatic. It made me want to read the book.Yes, I have yet to read the book. Like I said, I am planning to. There is still time until Tuesday.To form your own opinion, I post the trailer down below plus the book description.
Book SynopsisAuburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin… Confess-Goodreads
Hello-Hello, Everybody! It is officially Spring and I am here to bring my Winter wrap-up.This may or may not come as a shock to you but – I should definitely know by now – I tend to deviate form my TBR’s for no reason. It is like I am doing it on purpose.What can I say? I am in a constant need to rebel against myself. (More information about that in my post A random post…) When it comes to reading, I try not to force myself to read – all the time hahaha! – books I do not have the desire to read at the moment.My reading tastes and habits usually match what I am in a mood for or not for at a giving time. As a side note, I am not sure my previous sentence makes sense at all but it made sense in my mind. In the future (consider it a very close future… like further down in my post), you will see that my TBR is just a guide line because I do not want to set boundaries when it comes to reading. Reading should be a fun activity so why force it. DO NOT quote me if you are in a situation when you MUST read a book. If it’s a must, it’s a must. 😀
What I read from my TBRClick for my full reviews here –> Black Moon ReviewFull review to comeClick for my full reviews here –> A Shadow Bright and Burning ReviewClick for my full reviews here –> Aphrodite Review
What I did not read or finish to readIt has a slow start. Since it uses Romanian history, I feel a little picky about this book. It is kind of weird when you read a book and you know the end of Lada and Radu from the real history. I already have a mind set about those two: Love Lada, hate Radu! As simple as that. The author does a great job in creating complex personalities for out two protagonists. Also, I am obsessed with things being correct when it comes to Romanian terms and names – especially names – and how they are used so… Sometimes I cringe when things are incorrect. Translation is a tricky thing and the author is trying to not make things confusing for the readers since her major target audience is for clueless (about Romanian history) Americans. (No offense, that is the naked truth. I mean… What really do you -or the majority of you – know about Romania besides Transylvania, vampires, weird reputation in history, and present bad reputation in Europe created by a small group of people?) I am 22% done with this book. I am planning to finish it although I have to push myself a bit. Slow pace. Great build up and descriptions so far. Oh! And hate Ottomans if you have Romanian Blood! Hahaha!The series was enjoyable so far… The second book mad me push this book down my general TBR list because reading Gemina and Illuminae created an epic book craving which is not good for a normal less drenaline stimulating novel. Yes, I am planning to read it and finish the series.For this one, even though I received and advanced reader copy, I got spooked by the hype. Other books got in the way and… Yeah. I am going to wait a bit and then give it a try.This may come as a shocker since I read almost every single thing written by Stephenie Meyer – except this book and Life and Death; although I am planning to read that one cause… Twilight. I know you cannot force somebody to do what the public wants, however, I wanted her to finish The Host series. I was not in the mood for this book. There was lots of hype from my book entourage. I read 32 pages and I was not that hooked. School and other things got in the way… Thus, I decided to not read this book in the near future.I hope you enjoyed this picture-long post.Brush aside my saltiness!Create your own opinions on books!And you can check out the books’ description and Goodreads links in my Winter TBR Post.
Hello-Hello! I have great news for you guys. And you probably figured that out from the title of this post.One of the wonderful bloggers I follow hosts a Book Giveaway for A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Goodreads link). And… And, I got green light to share the Giveaway on my blog.The host is none other than Giulia China from Books Crumbles.You can enter to win a free copy until March 31st, 2017. For more details and how to enter the giveaway, you can click the following link —> Giveaway RulesGenre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, MagicIf you are fan of V.E. Schwab and you did not get your greedy hands on a copy of the book, this is you chance!Good Luck!And Happy Reading!
Hello-Hello! Happy Women’s Day! I am writing this post from the windy Lake Eire area, USA.The internet connection fluctuates more than the class curve after a killer o-chem exam.Let’s hope that I will be able to post this post today…It is the month of March which means that it’s time for another book picks.So without further ado…
Booksplosion’s Pick(Goodreads link)Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Paranormal, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Perustopia’s Pick(Goodreads link)Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, FantasyHappy reading!And feel free to check out the creators’ YouTube channels and previous book picks.I will the links down below.Booksplosion:January: WayfarerFebruary:The Edge of EverythingPerustopia:Sasha from abookutopiaRegan from PeruseProjectJanuary: Ever the HuntedFebruary: The Alchemist of Loom
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The Storm Siren Trilogy #2
Book SynopsisI thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.
Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning. Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul. As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade…or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go. Siren’s Fury
My Opinion3/5 stars.Well, well, well… This book is on the slow side. It has that book two syndrome. It hurts to say it but it’s the truth. It took more or less than 10 chapters for the story to pick up. After that, oh boy… It was intense. (Sincerely, I listened the first couple of hours of the book in a couple of weeks.)More background information is revealed. I loved that. Although, I wished it was more. Nym’s new powers were interesting but not fully explained. Since the subject of Nym’s power came up, I was confused at that scene towards the end when the magic was all over the place. It involved Myles, Nym and Draewulf. I am blaming the audiobook for that :)).Some characters needed more development. I do not know how to say this without making a comparison. It was like going to a super expensive restaurant with delicious food. The problem is the portions are so small that you do not get enough. It is like a torturous tease for your taste buds and you crave for more. And the sad part is you do not have money to get more food. Sad, I know. So, I am blaming the length of the book or the length of the slow unnecessary-ish chapters.The climax and the end were explosive. Overall, the book was ok and it made me want to finish the trilogy. Let’s put it this way: The villain(s) is (are) worth it!I am going to continue the series. The author has a great talent in creating complex characters – not fully good or evil, rather a mixture of both.This is my sole opinion. ^_^You can also check out my review on book one, Storm Siren.Genre: YA, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Sexual content: mild
Violence: moderate to heavy
Book synopsis“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled. As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist. Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed. Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons. But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for? Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win. Storm Siren
My opinion3/5 stars.
This book is another type of “the chosen one sees its talent as a curse” story. The story has great elements of magic, interesting world, and good characters. It has a lot of religious/spirituality elements. Nym wants to use the “kill them with kindness” approach for everything which becomes unrealistic after a certain point. I understand it. I know her gift is dangerous and she has a lot of blood on her hands. But… She is naïve. A war is a war. There are casualties. In my opinion, Nym needs more backbone. You are a badass girl with a badass gift. Live up to it!
The magic system in this world was amazing. Although, we do not get a lot of foundation for it. Why are abilities and magical powers different in different geographical regions? I was listening to the audiobook and I got a little confused when some “magic origin” info was discussed.
Romance… Hmmm. It was ok. I kind of got annoying listening to Nym telling me how gorgeous Eogan is. I mean really. I get it. Girrrl! I know he is drop-dead-gorgeous. ^_^ Move on. Ha-ha-ha!
Eogan as a character was good. I liked him. Although, I was not able to see the sparks or the “umf” (What up New Girl reference? ^_^’ ) It was choppy. Apparently there is a love triangle, I was not able to see it. For me, Nym looked attracted only to one guy.
The side characters were great along with the villains.
The battle scenes towards the end were epic. The end was great. What a twist!!!
This story had a lot of potential. It needed to be longer and have everything sorted out better.
I liked the beginning of this new trilogy. I am going to continue it.
if this series sounds promising for you, go for it!
This is my sole opinion.
Genre: YA, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Sexual content: mild
Violence: heavy (war, death, slavery)