Sunday, 23 September 2012

ABC Challenge


So I've decided to take part in a last minute (ish) challenge for this year.

Its called the ABC Challenge. (Not sure who the meme belongs to but who ever you are you are well appreciated!)

To be honest I'm hoping it will motivate me to get out of my romance funk and get the pile of books on my shelf dwindled down.

So here it is:

A-
Article 5

B-
Beginning of After

C-
Cinder

D-
Dead is a Killer Tune
(Done! Click for review)

E-
Embrace

F-
From What I Remember...
(Done! Click for review)

G-
Girl of Nightmares

H-
(Done! Click for review!)

I-
(Done! Click for review!)

J- 
Just the Sexiest Man Alive

K-
Katya's World

L-
Lies Beneath

M-
Matched

N-
Night Circus

O-
(Done! Click for Review)

P-
Power of Six

Q-
Quarantine: The Loners

R-
Return to Paradise

S-
Sweet Evil

T-
Tempest

U-
Unraveling Isobel

V-
Vicious Deep

W-
Where I Belong

X-
XVI

Y-
You Against Me

Z-

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If anyone has any recommendations for Z I'm all ears!

Now, as a small side note:

School is back in session, so you may see some school books being reviewed. Well, on the Second and Third Harry Potter (i've already review the first from my last year's Children's Literature class). How great is my University? But, sadly, it also means less posts. I'll still try to post as often as possible so bare with me!

Also, I know I've been review a lot of romances lately and I'm sorry about that I had an abundance of them provided to me via a friend and a publishing company so I'm trying to move through them! Hopefully this challenge will help me get back on track.

And....I have a new graphic coming out soon. I'm pretty excited. I just need to get around to doing the finishing touches!

Keep stalking those shelves!


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Friday, 21 September 2012

Waiting for...so many


Its been a long time since I've done a waiting for so, there are many many books that I'm gonna list.

Here they are:

Stealing Parker
Miranda Kenneally

Remember Catching Jordan (click for review). That was a fantastic book. 

This lovely bad boy comes out October 1st 2012

I am so friggin' excited. 
Code
(Virals #3)
Kathy Reichs

If you've read Virals or Seizure (click for reviews) you know all about this book and this series. 

From the creator if the great TV series of Bones comes the niece of Dr. Brennan.

I love these pack of wolves.

Check it out May 7th 2012
Death and the Girl Next Door
(Darklight #1)
Darynda Jones

Have you ever read the Charley Davidson series? First Grave on the Right? Second Grave on the Left? Third Grave Dead Ahead? (click for reviews). If that was a big no. They I am extremely disappointed. 

Let me break it down for you: They involve the supernatural and a female heroine who is the most hilarious character I've ever come across. 

From what I hear this new series is shaping up to be just as good as the last.

Coming to you October 2nd 2012
Opal
(Lux #3)
Jennifer L. Armentrout

Really this needs no explanation.

Check out the reviews for ShadowsObsidian and Onyx.

Coming December 11th 2012
Poison Princess->Click for review
(The Arcana Chronicles #1)
Kresley Cole

I know, I know. I've already read it. But, it was so good i'm still anticipating it. So should you.

Coming your way October 2nd 2012


Finale
(Hush, Hush #4)
Becca Fitzpatrick

OH.MY.GOD. 

The series is coming to an end. 

I may cry.

Check out my review for Silence (its the only one I've read since I started the blog).

Gonna make me freak out on October 23rd 2012

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Review: Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens


Overprotected
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Pages: 243
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed via the library

Rating:

Reason chosen:

Sounded upbeat and decent

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City. Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard. Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector. Daddy thought I'd be safe. He thought I'd never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin. Daddy was wrong.

Review:

So I picked this up thinking this would be a light upbeat novel. I thought “hey this sounds like that movie with Katie Holmes The First Daughter! That was such a cute movie”. Let me set the record straight: Not like the movie. Some thing I expected to be upbeat and fun was dramatic and occasionally dark. This book smacks you in the face with the intensity of her situation and her extremely broken and screwed-up family. There were barely any happy moments to this novel. This should be a “what happens when you suffocate your daughter and not let her have a real life” story. Don’t get me wrong there were aspects about this book that I liked, but the big downfall was the writing. For a story that is so intense and dark I found most of it to be grey/blah. I didn’t feel it pulling at my heartstrings like so many other emotionally intense novels. I guess that’s it—it was missing the emotional part. It recounted the story but I didn’t get the feeling from it. I could barely even feel the emotion connection between Colin and Ashlyn. Otherwise this story would have been extremely good even ignoring the somewhat predictable plot. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t predict everything, but the main climax could be seen coming from chapter one.
And I’m not 100% sure what kind of copy I got (although I borrowed it from the library database) but there were a considerable amount of errors. Weird.

Good:

Colin—cool headed and not willing to leave her in a bad situation.

Bad:

Ashlyn—for a mad girl who wanted to be independent she sure acts like a child and doesn’t really fight for herself. I would have escaped so many time instead of just saying “Fine”, and “Yes, of course.” Not the female lead I was expecting.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the story has so much potential. Sadly its simply how it was brought across that doesn’t make it a favourite of mine. Now, that in no way should deter you from reading it if it was already on your to-be-read-pile because you never know, you may see it differently from me.

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you like an intense novel filled with royally messed up families and a knight and shining armour than this is for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, The Mockingbirds series by Daisy Whitney, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, Sarah Dessen book,The NannyDiaries by Emma McLaughlin, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Bradshares

Read Completely:
Yes

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Review: How to Dance With a Duke by Manda Collins


How to Dance With a Duke
Series: Ugly Ducklings #1
Author: Manda Collins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages: 400
Format: ebook
Source: purchased

Rating:

Reason chosen:

I came across it on someone’s recently read shelf, and as I was in a historical romance moment I thought I would give it a shot.

Summary taken from Chapters/Indigo.ca:

What's a wallflower to do when she's suddenly in need of a husband? Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants…
Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father's exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father's name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club-and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it.
Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull. He's a dashing and decorated war hero determined to help Cecily-even if that means looking the other way when she claims the dance card of Amelia Snow, this season's most sought-after beauty. But Lucas has a reason for wanting Cecily to join the Egyptian Club: His brother went missing during one of Lord Hurston's expeditions to Egypt. An alliance with the explorer's bluestocking daughter could bring Lucas closer to the truth about what happened…or it could lead him to a more dangerous love than either he or Cecily could have imagined….

Review:

I will more than happily have a Lucas Dalton if you don’t mind. Who wouldn’t want an injured soldier? Who wants to protect what is his? Who doesn’t want to see you married to anyone really, but will help you pick the best out of the sad bunch of men your society has to offer. Who woos you. I think I’m blushing. This novel weaves together mystery, romance and independent women giving you a read that I sure meant to make you smile. Although there were some points (like the bad guy) that were predictable there were many enjoyable moments in this novel as well, both romantically and just plain and simple enjoyable. Sadly there were also some rather boring moments, and some language I didn’t 100% understand. I guess this type of book is mainly made for those that are truly dedicated to historical fiction. Never the less, even though I had some lines that I needed to re-read I still rather enjoyed it. There is something about the time of carriages, and soldiers, and ladies in season that makes a girls stomach flutter, and brings a blush to her cheeks. I blame is on Jane Austen for setting the stage for some of the most romantic stories, and making the time of the Ton as being some of the most romantic period to write about.

Good:

Cecily—independent and never wants to marry. Simply wants to educate herself and go on a trip to Egypt. Hunny, you had me at Egypt.
Lucas—recently inherited Dukedom after fighting in the war for years and now wants to find out what happened to his brother. Fiercely protective of what is his and his family. Um did I mention a strapping solider that happens to be a Duke?

Bad:

The language was confusing for me and some things I had to re-read, some things I had to Google. Then there were also some slow bits in the middle.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the story was rather enjoyable. I was happy to see another romance novel that actually held a story line instead of focusing solely on the romance and racy bits. The characters were typical romance characters but unique and interesting non-the-less. Overall I definitely will continue reading this series.

Next In the Series:

How to Romance a Rake (#2)->Click for review
How to Entice an Earl (#3)-> Click for review
The Perks of Being a Beauty (#3.5)-> Click for review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you love the time of Jane Austen, and are a lover or mystery, romance, and historical pieces this is for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot, Tailor-Made Bride and Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer, Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost, Daughters of Glen series by Melissa Mayhue

Read Completely:
Yes

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