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Review ~ Pride and Prometheus ~ John Kessel

Review ~ Pride and Prometheus ~ John Kessel

I’m rather enamored of all things Pride & Prejudice so when I saw Pride and Prometheus on the library shelf, I couldn’t resist. I’m happy I didn’t pass it up. Pride and Prometheus, a mashup of Pride & Prejudice and Frankenstein, was engaging and thought-provoking, and I felt JKessel served both classics honorably. Pride and Prometheus places our story following the end of Pride & Prejudice but during Frankenstein, and has a very gothic feel. While Victor Frankenstein and his monster are main characters, Mary Bennet is the heroine rather than Elizabeth. Victor is on a mission to create a companion for his original creation as his monster is threatening Victor’s loved ones. However, he struggles with the ramifications of […]

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Review ~ Waking Olivia ~ Elizabeth O’Roark

Review ~ Waking Olivia ~ Elizabeth O’Roark

I immediately dove head first into Waking Olivia once I’d finished A Deal with the Devil. And to confirm what I’d purported after finishing Hayes and Tali’s story – yes, a resounding yes, EO’Roark is a new favorite author. So much yeesssss! Olivia is starting a new school and a new track team after an incident that got her kicked out of her last school, off her last team. She’s one of the best long-distance runners in the nation but she has attitude to spare and a problem she feels she can’t share. But when her new coach, who happens to be young and hot, won’t get off her case, she opens up to him. And when he understands her […]

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Review ~ A Fall of Water ~ Elizabeth Hunter

Review ~ A Fall of Water ~ Elizabeth Hunter

A Fall of Water was the perfect ending to B & Gio’s story, as well as the Elemental Mysteries series. EHunter brought things to a very satisfying conclusion without it being trite. She also setting the stage for the two (?) spinoff series in such a way as to ensure I continue on with these characters. 🙂 Special thanks, once again, to Lenore of Celebrity Readers for buddy reading with me. *mwah* Everything has been leading up to this final book. The culmination of it all was exhilarating, gut-wrenching, and riveting. B and Gio spend much time apart as they deal with politics and locating allies required in order to prevent a war as well as the release of a […]

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Review ~ The Force of Wind ~ Elizabeth Hunter

Review ~ The Force of Wind ~ Elizabeth Hunter

OH. MY. GOODNESS. EHunter continues to hold me captive with this series. Maybe it’s just me but I feel like this series keeps getting better. I was so eager to crack open this book but I could never have prepared for all it contained. Gah! So intense! The Force of Wind kept me riveted with this installment. I was alternately biting my nails, tearing up, and swooning. The Force of Wind puts the romance between B and Gio on the back burner in favor of lots of action. It begins with B and Gio traveling to China – yet another fantastic locale. They’re meeting Tenzin there for a conference with is essentially the ruling council of vampires. The surprises that […]

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Can You Read a Series in a Month? Review ~ Wild ~ Sophie Jordan

Can You Read a Series in a Month? Review ~ Wild ~ Sophie Jordan

Yay! I can read a series in a month! 😀 Special thanks to BerlsSC for buddy reading The Ivy Chronicles with me. I don’t read NA much anymore but I have to say that SJordan writes it well. This series is extraordinary – well-written, excellent character development, and authentic plot lines. I enjoyed every minute. Y’all know I adored Foreplay and Tease. But Wild? Wild was on a whole other level. 😉 Georgia is the steadiest of the trio of girls in this series. She’s a good girl, from a good family (as long as you don’t recall that her birth father, a musician, abandoned them). She has a solid, parent-approved (some might say dictated?) plan for her future. She’s […]

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Can You Read a Series in a Month? Review ~ Tease ~ Sophie Jordan

Can You Read a Series in a Month? Review ~ Tease ~ Sophie Jordan

Remembering Foreplay like I do despite it being 9 years since I read it, I had high expectations of Tease. SJordan did a stellar job in meeting those expectations, only falling short in one minor area. Overall though, I loved Emerson and Shaw’s story. Emerson is such a great character. She’s loyal and kind and always has her friends’ backs. That’s what made me sad about how Tease opened because Emerson wasn’t receiving those in return from someone who was supposedly a friend. However, she did meet Shaw so, silver lining. 😉 But I digress. Emerson works hard at presenting herself as carefree, in control, and relatively happy. If she keeps her facade in place and her walls up, no […]

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Review ~ This Same Earth ~ Elizabeth Hunter

Review ~ This Same Earth ~ Elizabeth Hunter

I was thrilled to be able to continue this series as a buddy read with my COYER friend, Lenore! It makes for more exciting reading when you can actively discuss the book while you’re reading it. This Same Earth picks up 5 years after the end of the first book. B is now a research librarian living in California and dating. Gio is never far from her thoughts, much to her dismay since he left her, but life is good. Then one day while working, B gets a whiff of a familiar scent and she’s once again being drawn into a world she thought she’d left behind…and back to Gio. Even though most of it’s been done off-page, I could […]

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Review ~ The Poet X ~ Elizabeth Acevedo

Review ~ The Poet X ~ Elizabeth Acevedo

This. Was. Amazing. I have no words. At least no words as eloquent or as powerful as EAcevedo or The Poet X. But here’s my attempt at a worthy review… The Poet X is the first novel I’ve read written entirely in verse. I wasn’t certain how I’d feel about it but I needn’t have been nervous. EAcevedo delivered Xiomara’s story with passion and eloquence. And I love every moment. Xiomara is 15. She’s the daughter of Dominican immigrants. She and her twin brother, Xavier or “Twin”, share a bedroom in the apartment where they live with their parents. Things they share besides a bedroom: difficult parents – their dad isn’t present and their mom dotes on “Twin” while being […]

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Review ~ The Duke I Tempted ~ Scarlett Peckham

Review ~ The Duke I Tempted ~ Scarlett Peckham

Scarlett Peckham is a new-to-me author who I found at the library when I was, *ahem* looking for another duke. (Do I need to specify which duke I was looking for?!? LOL) I’m happy to have made SPeckham’s acquaintance though as I enjoyed The Duke I Tempted. I found the story to be well-written overall and I’ll happily be continuing the series. Poppy Cavendish is an orphan nurserywoman whose spent the last decade of her life ensuring her independence. Marriage is the last thing on her to-do list. So upon meeting the Duke of Westmead and his sister, Constance, the attraction she feels towards the Duke is highly inconvenient. Spending time in close proximity while planning the greenery and flowers […]

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Review ~ The Only Woman in the Room ~ Marie Benedict

Review ~ The Only Woman in the Room ~ Marie Benedict

The Only Woman in the Room was a book club read and one I’m glad was suggested. I didn’t know much about Hedy Lamarr other than she was an actress. I applaud MBenedict for highlighting all that Lamarr accomplished beyond being a pretty face. While the story was interesting, the prose felt stilted much of the time and there were other quirks in MBenedict’s writing that I found tedious. Those things took away from an otherwise enjoyable read yet I’m still happy to have read it. Highlights Hedy was a rather fascinating woman. She was a stage actress in Vienna and despite the fact she lived in a Jewish neighborhood, she didn’t realize she was Jewish. A few years prior […]

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