Dec 22

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

I came across another fun reading challenge. I’m a big fan of historicals in general so this is right up my alley. Here are the basics if you want to join in the fun (for full details and to link up, click on link above or below): • everyone can participate, even those who don’t have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish) • add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review) • any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult,…) There… Read more »

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Dec 22

Mystery / Crime Reading Challenge

I stumbled across this reading challenge and it looks fun and interesting. I’m already a fan of the mystery genre so this is prefect! Here are the basics if you want to join in the fun (for full details and to join click the link above or below): 1. The challenge starts January 1, 2013 and ends December 31, 2013. 2. You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is mystery/crime. 3. 1 novel counts as 1 novel( a novel is anything over 100 pages) of course but you will have to read 5 short stories to count as 1 novel. 4. There will be a monthly post for you to add a link or links to your post showing the progress that you… Read more »

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Dec 21
Film Friday: BBC’s North & South

Film Friday: BBC’s North & South

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. I’m a pretty big costume drama fan. There’s something about sitting down and being whisked away to the past. While the past isn’t always peaceful and beautiful as they are portrayed in these productions, it’s nice to step way from reality for a little bit. For today’s piece I have picked the 2004 BBC version of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South; a love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. Richard Armitage is John Thornton and Daniela Denby-Ashe is Margaret Hale.

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Dec 05
Book Review: Charlotte Abel’s Enchantment

Book Review: Charlotte Abel’s Enchantment

Enchantment is first book in the Channie series and currently there is a sequel (Taken) and a prequel (part of a YA anthology, Midnight Surrender). It’s not necessary to read the prequel before Enchantment since it was written after the first book. Channie Kearns isn’t your typical sixteen year old girl and she’s use to living in seclusion. When the family is forced to flee the Ozark Mountains, they move to Colorado where they must hide the fact they are witches. What ensues is a journey about a young teenage girl falling in love and finding herself. Imagine for a moment having a name and it’s tied to your personality. You’re probably asking yourself, how can a name be tied to a personality? Let’s say your name is Charity, you… Read more »

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Nov 20
Book Review: Charles Finch’s A Death in the Small Hours

Book Review: Charles Finch’s A Death in the Small Hours

A Death in the Small Hours is the sixth installment of the Lenox mystery series and his best one to date. If you’ve never read the Lenox series, don’t fret as each of his books can be read as a standalone. Although Finch isn’t one of those writers to drown you in a character’s back story, I do believe a reader new to the series will fail to appreciate the personal history of his characters. As the series progresses, the Lenox characters grow and I’m afraid a reader will miss key elements that would help further understand a character’s way of thinking or reaction to a situation. Therefore, I do recommend you start at the beginning with A Beautiful Blue Death and work your down the list, but it’s not… Read more »

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Nov 15
Interview: Charles Finch

Interview: Charles Finch

Charles Finch was kind enough to agree to an interview. He’s one of my favorite authors and his first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. Q. You chose the Victorian Era as the foundational time frame to your novels because it serves as a reflection of contemporary issues in a literary framework. Notwithstanding the connection, given the opportunity, would you travel back in time to the Victorian Era? Would you want to live there, or just visit? Why or why not? I would love to travel back in time to the Victoria period – briefly. One of the things I try to emphasize in my… Read more »

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Nov 12
Book Review: G. Brailey’s Deathloop

Book Review: G. Brailey’s Deathloop

G. Brailey’s debut novel can be described in one word: brilliant. Deathloop captivates and through a series of twists and turns, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Zack Fortune is successful, charismatic, and gorgeous. He’s also a bastard of the first order and makes no apologies for it. In fact, he’s the first to agree that he’s one. Sam, his best friend, once said he was a romantic bastard. You know the type, will wine and dine you and in many ways romance you the old fashioned way, then out of nowhere dump you. One night Zack reluctantly agrees to participate in a past life regression and is given clear instructions “no matter what you see do not come out.” His regression is terrifying and nothing… Read more »

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Nov 02
Book Review: Sophie Morgan’s Diary of a Submissive

Book Review: Sophie Morgan’s Diary of a Submissive

Sophie Morgan’s book opens up with a prologue that many of us no doubt have witnessed before. A man and a woman are outside; the man tugs on her hair forcibly and we hear him call her a slut and whore. We look into her eyes and see fury behind them as she restrains herself and the man’s hand tangles tighter into her hair as we, the outsider watch. Immediately our thoughts range from calling for help to intervening, but as Morgan describes the scene, it plays out as that of a D/s (Dominance and submission) relationship. It’s an uncomfortable read as you realize what she describes could be any couple located anywhere, but at the same time she plays it off as part of the lifestyle. We the reader/outsider… Read more »

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Oct 31
Meeting Gretchen Lowell

Meeting Gretchen Lowell

I normally don’t read the serial killer genre, as it’s not something that appeals to me. So imagine my surprise at falling in love with Gretchen Lowell. I still remember the day I met Gretchen; May 8th of this year. She was thrilling and beautiful. Once we were introduced I couldn’t let go. You, dear reader, probably think I’m crazy at this point. Let me explain how I met Gretchen and who my true love really is, but if you’ve read my fictional men I love post then you’ve already met him. As previously mentioned, on May 8th I met Gretchen Lowell. I came across news announcing FX had bought the rights to develop a series based on a beautiful serial killer and a damaged police detective. My interest was… Read more »

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Oct 30
Book Review: Courtney Cole’s Confessions of an Alli Cat

Book Review: Courtney Cole’s Confessions of an Alli Cat

I’ve never read Courtney Cole before, and it’s my understanding she writes mostly Young Adult. Confessions of an Alli Cat is her first “adult” contemporary. I had high hopes for Confessions because the synopsis looked interesting, and it sounded like a funny read. Thirty-five-year-old Allison Lancaster is divorced and in a dating funk. Well, actually not a funk as she’s not dating anyone. Her best friend Sara buys her a night with a gigolo, and encourages to her to try new things such as sex toys and a Brazilian. What ensues is supposed to be a hilarious account of a woman getting her groove back; however, the book falls flat for me. While it’s a fast-paced read, I had several issues with the plot and its execution. First of all,… Read more »

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Oct 25
Book Review: Sylvia Day’s Reflected In You

Book Review: Sylvia Day’s Reflected In You

Reflected In You is the highly anticipated sequel to Sylvia Day’s Bared To You. It is part of a trilogy and book two in the Crossfire series. It can be read as a standalone, if you’re the type not to care for much back story, and if you aren’t interested to see how the series concludes. The Crossfire series will get compared to Fifty Shades of Grey, but I disagree. I believe both series are very different from each other (there is no BDSM references here ) and can be enjoyed by fans of both. This next installment picks up right where we left off at the end of Bared To You. It’s the morning after Cary’s, Eva’s roommate, infamous orgy in the middle of their living room- what a… Read more »

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Oct 16
Book Review: Carol Oates’ Iridescent

Book Review: Carol Oates’ Iridescent

Iridescent is the second book in the Ember series and is not a standalone book. Carol Oates touches upon history featured in Ember, and all of the characters return in Iridescent. I tried to imagine coming into Iridescent without having read Ember; and honestly, I don’t believe it can be done. You, dear reader, would be scrambling trying to make sense of the world created by Oates and everyone’s relationship; therefore, I highly suggest reading Ember first for the back story. Iridescent picks up right where Ember left off; Candra is still recovering from the death of her best friend, Ivy, while having to deal with saving the world. Late one night, she comes face to face with Lilith, a soul carrier. Lilith tricks Candra into thinking she’s Ivy, and… Read more »

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