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Flamecaster – Cinda Willaims Chima

Summary:
A burning vengeance.
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic-and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers now to save a life, but to take it?
A blood-based curse.
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would one day make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
Destiny’s fiery hand.
Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, Ash and Jenna will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.
Se in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

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Review:
So if you read my last review you all know that I absolutely loved the Seven Realms series. Flamecaster is the next series based in the same world, only it’s a generation later. I also very much loved this book. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that the next three books aren’t out and there aren’t even any expected publication dates, which I guess it understandable seeing as this book just came out in April. But still, I don’t care if I’m being unreasonable! I need to know what’s going to happen next!
Cinda Williams Chima is an amazing writer. The way she sets up the plot for what going to come next and the setting, ugh, I wish this world was a real place. From the way she describes it, it’s beautiful even after twenty five years of war with Arden. She explains everything in such good detail I feel like I’m there with Ash when he’s at Oden’s Ford, or right alongside Jenna in Delphi. I just really enjoy the way the story is written. It’s an extremely action packed story; pretty much right from the start of the book, but there’s also a bit of romance and quite a few devastating parts as well as surprise after surprise. Chima seems to know exactly how to make it straight to my heart and get me way too involved in the story and beyond in love with the characters. She also does one of my favorite things, she tells the story from more than one perspective. From this, I knew as soon as I started to read the story that our two main characters, Ash and Jenna, would eventually meet. I love that I get more than just one part of the story. I get to see what’s going on in other parts of the world all at the same time.
The beginning of Flamecaster threw me off a little bit. In the start of the book Ash is thirteen and Jenna is twelve. We read a few chapters of their lives at this age while they both experience something traumatic and life changing. Then the story fast forwards four years. I took me by surprise and had me confused for a few pages until I realized what had happened. It’s not that I didn’t like the time jump, because I totally understand why the author did it, I just think she should have done it a little more clearly. Maybe she could have labeled underneath the chapter title “four years later” or something like that.
As always the characters are my favorite part to talk about. In Flamecaster I feel like there are so many more characters I’d like to talk about compared to the Seven Realms series. I think maybe there are just more characters that I’ve started to love. So I’ll start with our favorite prince, Adrian sul’Han also called Ash. He’s so his father’s son it’s ridiculous. He keeps secrets just like his father did, though his secrets didn’t blow up in his face like they did for his father, thankfully. He’s a smart and brave young man throughout all of these pages. Though, not everything he does is terribly intelligent. He gets it into his head that he needs to kill the king of Arden, which is why most of this story takes place in Arden. I thought that was cool because the last series took place mostly in the Fells and I really enjoyed getting to read about one of the other kingdoms in the Seven Realms. I understood why Ash felt that he needed to kill the king, but at the same time I don’t think he really needed to. I think it would have happened without his help and he should have gone back home instead of going to Arden. Part of me is glad he went because then he never would have met Jenna and we wouldn’t have gotten to learn more about his sort of friend Lila either. Thankfully, at the end of the story Ash decides it’s time for him to go home. At this point he’s grown up a great deal and I really enjoyed following him on his adventures to get to this point.
Jenna Bandelow was a very interesting character. I wasn’t totally sure where her part in the story was going to take us, except obviously towards Ash. Even after finishing this book I only have a slightly better understanding of what part she’s going to play in the Shattered Realms series, though I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a big one. I loved Jenna from the very start. She really cares about the people in her life and does her absolute best to protect them at any cost, even when doing so could cost her her life. Because of one of these moments she has to change her identity and starts her life over as a boy. She’s passionate about what she believes in and knows exactly what she wants. She actually reminds me a little bit of Queen Raisa. She consistently takes risks to try to make her town a better place and she never stops trying to do the right thing. I’m very excited to see where the rest of this series takes Jenna.
While Ash is studying at Oden’s Ford in the beginning of this story we meet Lila, who isn’t someone that I would call his friend, but they get closer to that by the end of this book. Lila was a very confusing character. I knew that I liked her, but I couldn’t always tell whose side she was on. She was a spy for the Arden kingdom, but never seemed to really agree with what she was doing and always seemed to have another goal in mind. When we finally find out who she really is I liked her even more. I knew there was something about her that I liked and as soon as that surprise was revealed I was very glad. I’m sure she’ll be a big part of the next three books and I’m excited to see more of her.
Flamecaster, the first book in the Shattered Realms series, was amazing. I’m glad I decided to buy it and even gladder I finally got around to reading it. I am going to try to patiently wait for the next three books to come out, but it will probably be more anxiously waiting than patiently. If you like action packed books with tons of plot twists with a bit of romance in the middle this is definitely the book for you.

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The Obsession – Nora Roberts

Summary:
“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her”
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s even known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up-especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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Review:
Nora Roberts will always be a favorite author of mine. There isn’t a single book of hers that I haven’t been able to just lose myself in its pages. The Obsession was no different. This book had me hooked from the first chapter. Naomi at twelve years old having to go through something no child should ever have to see or experience. Her father, a serial killer, and she had found and saved one of his victims. I really loved Naomi through the whole book. She was a very strong and spunky character. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind about her feelings. She knew exactly who she was. When she moved to Sunrise Cove her whole world was turned around. She never thought she would find a place to settle down, but she did. And she soon found that what she wanted wasn’t exactly what she’d always thought she wanted.
Enter Xander Keaton. I loved him from the moment her changed her flat tire. And even more when they found the stray dog together and he convinced her to keep him. He’s a super bookworm and that only made me love him more. He’s handsome of course, and knows exactly how to handle Naomi. I really liked the fact that he trusted her, and once he figured out that she was the daughter of Thomas Bowes he didn’t confront her about it. He let her have her time and space. That’s something not all people can do. Most would immediately start asking questions. But not Xander, he knew she would tell him when she was ready. He’s just an all around decent guy, and I couldn’t have picked anyone better for Naomi.
I absolutely adored Naomi’s uncles, Seth and Harry, and her brother, Mason. They were her saving grace in the beginning of this story. Her uncles helped her get away from all the craziness involved with her father. They really pushed her to try to move on and have a normal life. They were always there, always routing for her to do her best. And her brother Mason, the only other person in the world that understood how she was feeling half the time. He was an awesome character who supported Naomi when she needed it the most. He always knew what to say to make her feel better and get her head back on straight. As Mason grew up he made his life better and better. He went to college and got a psychology degree. Then started working for the FBI. He really did his best to make the world a better place after what his father did. I really admired his strength to be able to stop people like his father every day. Instead of trying to put it behind him, like Naomi, he faced it head on, challenged it, and made the world a better place.
This book was awesome. I read it in a few hours, it was just so fast paced I couldn’t seem to put it down. Any one that has read any of Nora Robert’s books and liked them, The Obsession will be no different. I highly suggest it to anyone that likes mystery with a bit of romance in there.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Beach Reads

I’m not really big on “beach reads” For me a beach read is usually just whatever I’m currently reading (as long as it’s not super depressing because I don’t need to cry in public). So I’m just going to try to direct my list more towards lighthearted reads that go well with beautiful summer days.

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  1. Anything by Julia Quinn- Forget her story lines. Forget her strong, witty characters. What I love most about Quinn is how funny her books are. Like laugh-out-loud-and-make-strangers-stare-at-you funny. It’s fantastic.
  2. Beastly by Alex Flinn- This one isn’t the most lighthearted book but it’s a pretty fast read that you could probably finish in one sitting. And it’s my favorite so I always recommend it.
  3. The Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts- This is one of her series’ that revolves a great deal around the friendships between her main characters. I just love how Nora can take romance novels and make them more about badass women being badasses together than about love.
  4. The Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts- This is the second book in her Guardians Trilogy which comes out June 14. This series has a little bit of everything; magic, a treasure hunt, even a mermaid. To me it’s a perfect beach read.
  5. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson- I read this one years ago and would love to read it again. It’s a great coming of age, summer adventure story.
  6. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson- I didn’t even know this book existed until about an hour ago and I would absolutely love to see where the story goes next.
  7. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- These aren’t lighthearted or beachy in any way. They’re just amazing books and I highly recommend them.
  8. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh- This is another book I learned about very recently but immediately decided I want to read. It’s not often you find books based on A Thousand and One Nights.
  9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss– I’m not really sure this fits into what people normally consider a beach read but I’ve recently had several people recommend it to me and I’d like to finally get around to reading it.

Sorry there’s only nine this week. I managed to delete my entire post after I’d already written most of it out so I lost a lot of my motivation the second time around. Anyway, these are some of the books I plan to read this summer or just think you should read. Thanks for reading and let me know what your top ten are in the comments.

-Antonia

 


The Heir & The Crown by Kiera Cass

 

Once again, I couldn’t help but immediately start the next book after finishing The Heir. So I’m reviewing the last two books in the Selection series together like I did the first three together in my last review.

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The Heir Summary:

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon-and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection-no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry just may capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her… and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

The Crown Summary:

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairy-tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimesthe heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn much make a choice that feels more impossible-and more important-than she ever imagined.

Review:

I was really excited to read these books. The first three in the series were just so awesome. I was very intrigued to see the life that America and Maxon had made together. Sadly, that was the best part of the book. Being able to read about America and Maxon again was by far the best part of these two books. Their  daughter, Eadlyn, was exactly what she seemed she would be. A freaking princess. Honestly, she was kind of a brat for most of this book. Some instances I could understand, like with Josie, another girl living in the palace. Josie is like the little sister Eadlyn never wanted, always taking her things and retuning them ruined. I personally know what that is like, so I totally understand the bratty behavior when it comes to Josie. But her complete refusal of the Selection when Maxon suggests it really annoyed me. The Selection was suggested as a way to distract the public from the unrest and the drama going on among them. As the future Queen she should have agreed right away that it was a good way to stall for time while they tried to figure out a better solution to solving the issues the public were having. Instead the Selection made it worse because most of the population didn’t particularly like Eadlyn. She comes across as a cold and impersonal character. While we, the readers, get to see that she is emotional, she’s just very good at hiding it and putting on a brave face, some of the ways she reacted to the peoples dislike of her really irked me. She used the boys in the Selection to try to boost her popularity. By the end of The Crown I definitely grew to like her more, but it was hard to get over that initial irritation with her. She’s a complex character and we get to see her grow in so many ways. It was just frustrating watching her deny herself so much happiness because of how she thinks she’s supposed to act and portray herself.

The other thing I wasn’t a huge fan of in these two books was that it had a few repetitious ideas from the first three books. Yes, they were slightly different, sometimes I felt like I was reading the same book over again.

There were many good things about The Heir and The Crown. I absolutely adored Eadlyn’s three brothers. It made me very happy to learn that Maxon and America had four children. I also really enjoyed getting to see more of Maxon and America twenty years in the future. Maxon was the king he always wanted to be. And America’s fears about becoming royalty were totally unfounded. She was loved by her people probably even more than they loved Maxon’s mother, Amberly, before her. I was very happy knowing that their love story turned out exactly how it should. I also enjoyed watching them be parents. Giving Eadlyn advice about theSeletion and dropping hints about their own Selection.

I wouldn’t say I didn’t like these two books, but I’ll probably wait a while before I reread them. I won’t try to shove them down your throat either like I tend to do with books I really loved. But I will say, that if you liked the first three books in The Selection Series, then you should give The Heir and The Crown a chance. Maybe you will like them more than I did.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Selection, The Elite, The One by Kiera Cass

Hello readers!
I read the first three books in The Selection Series so quickly that I decided to review them all together. I couldn’t seem to make time to review each book before I started reading the next one.

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The Selection Summary:
For thirty five girls, the Selection is the chance of a life time. The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
The Elite Summary:
The Selection began with thirty five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever-and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want- and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
The One Summary:
The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere near close to the crown-or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose- and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
Review:
I loved this series. I am actually a little surprised I could control myself enough to write this review before I start the next book, The Heir. When I realized that the next book is about the next generation of Prince Maxon’s family I had to stop myself and write this review, or I wouldn’t ever end up writing it.
I love Kiera Cass for this series. I’m very excited to read her other book The Siren. I haven’t heard anything about it, but from her writing in these three books I’m sure it’s wonderful. Each page was filled with amazing details and descriptions. The settings were easily pictured, between the palace and the many other places this story took us to. But my favorite was the details of what the girls wore. Thirty five girls were competing to become the next princess and of course had to dress accordingly. I loved all the beautiful dresses they got to wear; they were explained so clearly at times I felt like I was the one wearing them. This is something that’s important to me with the books I’m reading. When I read I like to be taken away into the story. I have to know every detail, in as much detail as possible. Cass definitely gave that to me in these three books.
So this dystopian themed series had an interesting history as to how their current situation came around. It gave an almost realistic history with not one, but two World Wars. This was interesting to me, because I totally see it as something that could happen to America.
Now, my favorite part, the characters; America Singer is the main character who enters into the Selection because of pressure from her mother and from her secret boyfriend. She’s shocked when she’s picked to move to the palace and participate in the Selection. Before she leaves she has a huge blowout with her secret boyfriend. Which left me very hopeful for no love triangles, but man was I wrong. I liked America very much because she never stops being exactly the person that she is. Even when she tries to follow through with something she doesn’t believe in, she just can’t seem to quite do it. Even though she’s making certain members of Maxon’s family very angry, she can’t help but to stick to her morals and to what she knows to be the right thing. That’s something I really admired about her. The only thing I didn’t like about America was that she waited way too long to be straight up with Aspen, her secret boyfriend from before she was a part of the Selection. She gets so many chances to tell him that she’s not in love with him anymore and just doesn’t and it really irritates me because she only just makes things more complicated for herself.
Aspen was very sweet at first. With his and America’s secret treehouse meetings, they were adorable. But then they broke up and that should have been the end of it. I like Aspen at the beginning of The Selection and towards the end of The One, but in the middle he really just annoyed me. He was always there, making things more complicated when they really didn’t need to be. I don’t know who told these authors that we readers like love triangles, but I can’t stand most love triangles.
I loved Maxon pretty much as soon as we met him. His relationship with America is something I really liked. They started out as friends because she wasn’t over her feelings for Aspen yet. That’s how all relationships should start. As friends. The more these two hung out, the closer they got and the more both of their feelings grew for one another. Maxon was usually very clear with America about his feelings towards her, but at the same time giving her the space she needed to figure out what was going on in her head too. He was ever hopeful that she would return his feelings so they could be together. I think what I liked most about their relationship is that neither one was really ever afraid to speak their mind to the other. Because they started as friends, they had an openness to talk to one another as equals and I think that was really important for these two characters. Maxon is someone I would have liked more detail on, I would have enjoyed seeing thing from his perspective sometimes. I feel like we only got to know him along with America, but much of that they were arguing about silly things and while she has forever to get to know him, we didn’t.
The rest of the girls from the Selection were all good additions to this story. While a few of them were the stereotypes you can expect when you get a large group of girl, it seemed to work. The more girls that got eliminated the closer the remaining girls became. I really enjoyed seeing the last four girls become very close. We got to read about new sides of some girls that weren’t terribly pleasant for the first part of this story. Of course I also have to mention how much I adored Queen Amberly. She was probably my favorite, after America. She was the winner of the last Selection and played a big part in these books, from advising the girls in the beginning to obviously starting to care for them towards the end. She was a great balance to her not to enjoyable husband, the King.
Overall I really enjoyed these three books, The Selection, The Elite and The One. I would suggest them to anyone who like princesses, or anyone who watches the Bachelor, or anyone who loves a good love triangle.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Picked Up on A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)”.

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This one was actually fairly simple for me because more often than not, I tend to pick up books randomly rather than on recommendation. Here’s my top ten:

  1. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I’m weirdly obsessed with all things obsidian; don’t ask why, I have no idea how it started. So when I happened to see this title at Barnes and Noble I had to pick it up. Since the description sounded fun and unique I bought it and had Amanda and I almost immediately regretting the fact we didn’t have the rest of the series.
  2. The Selection by Kiera Cass- I saw this one several times before I finally got it from the library. I just couldn’t get over the pretty dresses.
  3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima- This is another one I’d seen at the library a couple times before I finally got around to getting it. I loved it so much I had to take emergency trips to two different libraries to get the rest of the series.
  4. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George- I saw the cover with the beautiful dress and all the snow and I was curious. Then found it was about a not so well-known folktale and I had to get it immediately.
  5. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- I’d seen the title a few times and couldn’t help but be curious. When I finally got it from the library I loved it and proceeded to get the rest of her books.
  6. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis- This is another that I saw at the library and got mostly because I needed something to read. I was happy to find it was a crazy mashup of dozens of fairy tales.
  7. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier This was another instance where I have no self control when it comes to pretty dresses. The time travel was just a nice perk.
  8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore- I was caught by the title, then the cover, then the description and now it’s one of my favorite books.
  9. The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- This is actually one I’ve owned for years that I sort of just inherited from my brother’s collection. I’m not even entirely sure now why I decided to read it but it’s still my all time favorite series.
  10. It’s in His Kiss by Julia Quinn- I never really expected to like this book. It was something I grabbed from the library because I couldn’t find anything else I felt like reading that day. Now she’s one of my favorite authors and I’ve read every single one of her books.

So these are my top ten. Let me know your list or link to your own post in the comments. Thanks for reading.

-Antonia


The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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I don’t care how many times I’ve said it; Nora Roberts will always be one of my absolute favorite authors. She never fails to make me laugh. Or lose myself in her books to the point where someone has to scream to get my attention. Sit up in bed clutching the book because the suspense is killing me. Occasionally cry. Her newest romance/ mystery novel was no exception.

First I’ll start with the characters. Naomi was such an interesting, independent woman who’d overcome so much, especially when she was a child. Even as an adult she still had nightmares and difficulty trusting people, but she never let it control her life. She was so determined to get past the trauma and betrayal of discovering her father was a serial killer that she constantly pushed through her fear in order to have a normal life. I seriously admired her for that.

I loved Xander. He was a surprisingly complex character. At the beginning I didn’t like him that much but as I learned more and more about him my opinion changed completely. Partly (mostly) because he turned out to be a complete bookworm. He cared so much for the people around him and was such a steady presence that he made a perfect match for Naomi.

Normally, I don’t care that much about where a book is set. It never seems that important to me as long as I can picture what’s immediately around the characters. However I was pleasantly surprised to find this one was set on the coast of Washington. Since I plan to move there later this year, I found myself more interested in the setting than usual and it added a little something to my reading experience that I don’t usually have.

Once again Nora Roberts managed to blend romance and suspense perfectly to make a book I absolutely loved. If you like romance or mystery, you should definitely read this book. Especially if you’re like me and too much suspense will keep you up at night, this book fell very nicely in the middle.

Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading.

-Antonia


Because of Miss Bridgerton – Julia Quinn

Summary:
Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected places… This is not one of those times. Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband…someday.
Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should… or not. There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he’s arrogant, annoying, and she’s absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can’t stand the sight of him, either.
But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor… Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begin to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can’t abide is the one person they can’t live without…

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Review:
It’s been quite a while since I’ve read one of Julia Quinn’s books so when I saw this new one on my most recent adventure to Barnes and Nobel I had to add it to the enormous pile I was already carrying. L was definitely not disappointed.
Quinn’s books are always a quick read for me, mostly because they’re just so much fun. They’re always full of laughs and love and awkward situations that make me burst out laughing. Because of Miss Bridgerton was no exception, it was full of ridiculous situations and more than a few hilariously awkward ones. It was very comical seeing Billie and George both realize how they really felt about one another. And then both convince themselves that there’s no way the other felt the same as they did.
Julia Quinn has a talent for writing characters that I just immediately fall in love with. Billie had me within the first few pages. The book starts off with her stuck on a roof because she was trying to save a cat from a tree, and it only gets sillier from there. Billie is a strong willed, determined lady and I love that about her. She’s smart and witty too. She knows when she needs to act like a lady, but also knows when she can get away with doing, for the most part, whatever she wants. I just loved her from the very first page.
George on the other hand, is Billie’s opposite. He’s the heir to the earldom. He’s always been the proper eldest brother. When Billie and his two younger brothers played as children, he never usually participated. He very much enjoyed taunting and teasing Billie about her stubbornness and her insistence on doing everything her way, regardless of what may happen. I think George is the most surprised when he starts to realize his feelings for Billie. It starts with a dream that he can’t get out of his head and she becomes all he can think about. In an attempt to avoid his feelings he tries to avoid Billie, which when she realizes her feelings for him, makes her think that he doesn’t feel the same. It’s quite funny how long the two both try to convince themselves of the same thing at the same time.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun quick read. The only thing that would have made me like it better was a little more at the end. Quinn leaves us with good news, but really no detail about it. I would have liked to see more of how the two got married and the events that occurred in the last few pages. It was still a great book despite that and I’ll definitely be getting more of her books that I’ve missed out on reading.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

WWWWWhat are you currently reading?

Amanda- Technically I’m not currently reading anything. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m going to start Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith tomorrow. It’s the third in the Cormoran Strike series. I loved the first two, so I have high hopes for the third.

Antonia- I’m currently in the middle of two books. Beastly by Alex Flinn is one of my all time favorites. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read it and I never get sick of it. It’s an amazing modern adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. You can read my review of it here. The other book I’m reading is Soundless by Richelle Mead. Mead is one of my favorite authors and her newest book is unlike any of her others. I fully expect this one to be a new favorite of mine.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I recently read Zeroes co written by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. You can read my review HERE. I really enjoyed this book. I’m still very upset I have to wait until September for the next to be released.

Antonia- I just finished reading A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn for the second or third time. As you can tell, she’s one of my favorite authors. This one is an adorable, unique retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Amanda- Honestly, I haven’t thought that far ahead. I keep looking at my shelf trying to decide. Im torn between a few different choices; The newest Stephanie Plum, Tricky Twenty Two, by Janet Evanovich, The Heir by Kiera Cass, or rereading one of my favorites, The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks.

Antonia- I’m not sure yet because I never really decide until I pick one up and start reading it. But I recently read the first book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series and I can’t wait to find out what happens to the characters next.

What are your answers?


Top Ten Tuesday – Not My Typical Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post where we give our top ten choices on different topics, hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. This week’s topic is top ten books you’ve read the past year that aren’t your typical genre. This Tuesday I had a bit of trouble coming up with books. I have a tendency to stay inside my comfort zone. Generally when I read books that aren’t my usual it’s because it was recommended to me by someone in my life. Here are my top ten books that aren’t my usual genre.

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  1. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne – This was recommended to me by several people in my life and though it took me a while to finally pick it up and read it, I’m glad I did. While it’s not my usual fiction, it was really interesting and eye opening. I’ve recommended it to many others now that I’ve read it.
  2. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho- I got this book as a gift. It’s another book that sat on my shelf staring at me until I finally picked it up. The Alchemist was a really good, quick read. The story was very good and I’m glad I finally gave it a chance.
  3. Outlander by Diana Gaboldon- Antonia’s mother recommended and let me borrow this book. It’s definitely not a book I would have ever picked up on my own. I still need to finish the rest of the series.
  4. Carrie by Stephen King- Carrie was another gift from someone. I’d never read anything by him before this book, but I might read more of his stuff after reading Carrie.
  5. Wideacre by Phillipa Gregory- I read this trilogy on the recommendation and lending of a coworker. They were definitely not my usual romance that I was anticipating when I started reading, but they were super good reads.
  6. The Year We Disappeared by Cylin and John Busby- My grandmother lent me this book. It’s a true story that takes place in my hometown. It was really interesting to learn about something that happened in my area.
  7. Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick- I bought this book from Barnes&Noble. I was standing in the young adult section looking around for something new to read when I overheard someone talking to a friend about John Green books. I quickly interjected and told them to buy all of them and read them as fast as possible. They in tern told me to buy this book.
  8. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- This is a book that Antonia read and then made me read. It isn’t one I would have picked on my own. The description was a little too young adult for me.
  9. Eon by Alison Gooman- This was another recommendation from Antonia. She read it and then made me read it. It was an awesome book and I’m glad she pushed me to read it.
  10. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima- Antonia made me read this series too. We pass a lot of books back and forth. It took me over a year to actually start the book, but it was worth it. I now own all four and have read them all more than once.

These are my top ten, what are yours?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.