Book Reviews

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Genre: Fantasy / YA

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

“We all bear scars, Dorian. Mine just happen to be more visible than most”

Plot Summary: Celaena Sardothien, the World’s Most Notorious Assassin, was sentenced to life as a slave in the salt mines in Endovier after being betrayed. She endures the hard labor camp for a year until the Crown Prince makes her an offer she cannot refuse: Act as his champion in the Kings’s competition and win her freedom as the prize.

Review: This book has the feels of the Hunger Games without so much death (I don’t mean this as a bad thing / I loved the Hunger Games). Although, there is a competition with very well written scenes, it is a NOT a do or die competition for most. I say for most because it is a a competition to the death for Celaena. If she does not win, she will be sent back to the labor camp where she will surely die.

Along with the games, there are many subplots that keeps this books interesting and keeps the reader’s attention. There is an evil in the castle that is killing competitors one by one. There is a mysterious princess who is more than what meets the eye. There is an evil King and an evil duke that have all sort of world domination plans. And there is a Fae queen that forewarns Celaena of her fate. That same Fae also gives the reader a sense that there is so much more to Celaena’s past that neither she nor the reader knows about (it is a still a mystery at the end of the novel – it is a greaty way to get readers to read the next book).

Mostly, I like how the main characters around her: Prince Dorian (the crown prince), Chaol (the Captain of the Guard) and Princess Nehemia, put away their prejudices and become her friend, her support system and her love interest (some instantly…other very, very slowly).

Side tangent: I am totally team Chaol. That is all.

On the other hand, I must say I was a bit disappointed. I have conclude it is because I expected more. However, considering this is a very popular YA series with 7 books and one novella, I find it is imperative to read the next book in the series before I pass any judgement. It is no ACOTAR series, my friend. But I hold out hope that it does get to that level.

Recommendation: It’s a fast read with a lot of excitement. I read it in an entire weekend.

Book Recommendations

Need a Weekend Read?



  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Why read: It gets all the stars……
  • Side note: I actually read this BEFORE Reese selected this for her book club and was excited when she picked this last year.

  • Genre: Chick Lit
  • Why read: It’s a light, romantic comedy that is perfect for the weekend.
  • Side Note: I’m a Sophie Kinsella fan…..she’s can write the driest of humor for which I LOVE.

Note: I reserve the review any book recommendations in the future; however, why miss out on the chance of reading them today?

Book Reviews

Controversial: Is it OK to give spoilers in reviews?

There was a post on Twitter a few months back where a writer (and I honestly do not remember who it was nor am I going to go back thru my feed) tweeted how they felt it was disrespectful to the writer to give spoilers away in reviews. And although I understand, I’ve got to tell you that it is hard to stick to that mantra. There are events or details that happen in novels that I NEED to discuss. Examples:

  • Hard No’s: Main characters raping the heroine, steamy scenes with food involved (I’m not a fan of food in the bed)
  • How Dare You moments: When a hero gets upset with the heroine regarding her past conquests when you know full well he is or was a man-whore himself (hypocrite)
  • Swoon-worthy moments that will make any romantic gush
  • Steamy, sexy times scenes that will make you blush

I promise you this…when I do write about spoilers, I warn the reader ahead of time with emojis and bold letters (Looks like this: 💥💥 WARNING: SPOILER-ISH COMMENTS BELOW 💥💥). And I normally write some sort of paragraph encouraging my reader to go read the book first then come back. Could I be anymore respectful than that?

On GR, you can always mark your review as containing spoilers. On the many, many book podcasts out there (Shout out to the Heaving Bosoms Podcast whom I adore), the hosts discuss the books which surely gives the plot away. Is that disrespectful?

It is obvious that I am slightly annoyed by this tweet. Maybe I should start calling my book reviews: Book Reviews / Book Club Discussion (or something a little more clever) and put a disclaimer before I even begin.

What do you think? Should a book blogger or a reviewer on GR give spoilers away? Do you find it disrespectful? I would love to know your thoughts.

Book Boyfriend / Book Bae

New Blog Feature: Book Boyfriends / #BookBae

Romancelandia, which I am very well a resident of if you cannot tell from the majority of my book reviews or my GR shelf, has the wonderful concept of Book Boyfriends or Book Baes. I am a firm believer that a Reader can have as many book boyfriends as they would like so I’m going to introduce fictional men (at least monthly) who would easily make the most swoon-worthy / most dreamy / most perfect book boyfriends/book baes/book husbands. I really hope you enjoy this…..

With that being said, who gets the honor to be the first book boyfriend? Well….as cliche as it may be, I have to give the honor to the first man I ever fell in love with in a book and that man is….I’m sure you guessed it by now….none other than…….

FITZWILLIAM DARCY (Yes, I totally went there…please hold your groans but I have to give respect where respect is due). Do I even need to explain my pick? Mr. Darcy of Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice has basically set the bar for all men unbeknownst to them. And I will not apologize for it. He’s villainous…a bad boy…broody…prideful…handsome….says the most unfortunate lines when attempting to woo Elizabeth Bennett……yet, A LOT OF WOMEN LOVE HIM including this one.

So here’s to you…Fitzwilliam Darcy, the man who’s been setting up unrealistic expectations since 1813.

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New Releases

Teaser: 81 Nights by Georgia Cates

 

Eighty-One Nights (Beautiful Illusions Duet #1) by Georgia Cates
Release Date: April 9th

 

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Blurb:
Beautiful, penniless American girl meets handsome, wealthy Scotsman.

Sounds like the beginning of a fairy-tale romance?

It’s not.

This story begins with a contract.

And an exchange of money.

A lot of money.

An angel perches nervously on one shoulder.

A devil lounges smugly on my other.

And even that dark little bastard is leery of what I’m doing.

Maxwell Hutcheson wants the girlfriend experience.

All of it.

And I’m going to give it to him.

I’m not supposed to enjoy being his whore.

I’m also not supposed to fall in love with him.

But I do. Both.

When our contract expires, I will walk away.

Because I have to.

But he’ll always have a piece of me.

I’ll mask my sorrow with a smile.

I’ll hide my love with indifference

… all while it’s killing me softly.

A fairy-tale romance.

It isn’t mine to have.

And this man I’ve come to love so dearly isn’t my happily ever after.

About Eighty-One Nights:

While the characters from Eighty-One Nights are entirely new, their storyline is a combination of fresh material and carefully selected themes, scenes, and settings from The Beauty Series, The Sin Trilogy, Dear Agony, and Indulge. This is intentional. I chose some of my favorite elements from previous releases and interjected them into Hutch and Lou’s story. Let’s call it a “story fusion” between our old favorites and new material. This work was briefly released under a pen name and was titled The Girlfriend Experience.

 

Excerpt:
Brady watches the server’s arse as she walks away. “Tell me what kind of lass that you’re looking for and maybe I can help you find her.”

“I don’t have any particular physical characteristics in mind. I just want to look at her and… feel something.”

“Feel what? A stauner?” Brady can be such a dobber sometimes.

“I can get a hard-on by myself. I’m talking about a connection. I want to be drawn to her.”

“Answer this for me, Max. Do you want to hold her hand or fuck her?”

“I’d like to do both actually.”

Brady twists in his chair. “There are two kinds of Inamorata women—those who fuck and those who don’t. Look around. Some of the women have a pink rosebud pinned to their left shoulder. It’s a symbol meaning that they are willing to fuck and don’t mind being asked to do so. No pink rosebud, no pussy.”

I hadn’t considered that possibility. I guess that I thought they’d all be willing to have sex for money.

“You might want to keep an eye out for a rosebud while you’re looking for this lass that you want to connect with. Because your cock won’t be making any kind of connection with her if she’s not wearing a rosebud.”

I believe that my choices were just narrowed down significantly; many of these women are missing a rosebud.

“Two Tomatins,” the server says as she places our drinks on the table. “Can I bring you anything else?”

“That’s all for now. Thank you.”

Brady holds up his glass. “Here’s to you finally getting out again. And getting shagged.”

“I’ll drink to that.”

We toss back our whiskies and I look around, searching for that special woman who catches my eye. I quickly realize that I’ll never find what I’m looking for by sitting in the dark corner all night. “Come on, let’s do this.”

Brady and I talk to many women over the next two hours and I become discouraged. This gala is my only chance at finding a woman who will be agreeable to my terms, but no one stands out as a contender.

With each passing minute, tonight’s search is looking more and more like a failure. What a fucking disappointment. I was so sure that I was going to find what I was looking for.

“Now here is the woman that you must meet.” Brady takes her hand, kissing the top. “You’re looking lovely as always.”

The woman looks at me and smiles. “Always such a charmer.”

“Max, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Cora, the beauty and brains behind Inamorata.”

Long blond hair. Brown eyes. Flawless teeth and smile. Perfect cosmetics. She looks midforties, but I’d bet that she’s older and does a great job of pulling off the look of a much younger woman.

“This is my best mate, Maxwell Hutcheson.”

She holds out her hand and I choose to go with a simple handshake, leaving off the kiss. “It’s a pleasure.”

“How very nice it is to meet you, Mr. Hutcheson. I hope that you’re finding everything to your liking this evening.”

“I’m enjoying the gala very much. Thank you for extending an invitation for me through Brady.”

“It was my pleasure, but your arm is empty, Mr. Hutcheson. Have you not found an inamorata to suit your taste?”

I should choose my words wisely; I don’t want to insult this woman. “Brady and I have spoken to many beautiful and interesting women tonight. I’ve found it difficult to choose one.”

“I’d like the opportunity to change that. Would you be willing to tell me what you’re interested in? I’m certain that I can assist you in finding the perfect inamorata for your needs.”

I don’t see the point. Not a single woman in this room stands out to me but if she wants to try, then let her. “I’m looking for a three-month arrangement with a woman who is willing to remain completely innominate to everyone within my world except me.”

“Obscurity is my specialty, Mr. Hutcheson. I have someone in mind, but she’s fresh out of training. Is that something that you’d be open to trying?”

“Actually, inexperienced is preferable.” I want a true girlfriend experience with this woman. It would be a turnoff if her actions were robotic, as though she’s simply going through the motions like so many times before.

“I have the perfect inamorata for you. She’s brand new so you’d be her first client. The girl is beautiful, intelligent, interesting—the whole package. How does that sound to you?”

Sounds like a definite contender if she lives up to what Cora promises. “I’d like to meet her.”

Cora gestures to the back of the room. “Right this way.”

 

About the Author:
Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her music and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

 

 

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All The Stars, Book Reviews

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Fiction

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”

Super Short Recap: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Review: All Your Perfects is an emotionally charged, extremely sad, heartbreaking tale. And I LOVED it.

This story is not your typical romance. It’s not the traditional: Girl meets boy. They fall in love. They get over some obstacle and then live HEA (Happily-Ever-After). Do not begin reading this book with that mindset. This book occurs after the HEA. It’s about a marriage on the brink of divorce with a plot that switches between the Then (how they met / how the fell) and the Now (how they got to this sad place). Normally, I’m not really into novels that switch between past and present; however the Then in All Your Perfects adds so much to the Now that it is easy to overlook.

Then: Quinn and Graham’s story starts off in a perfectly dramatic fashion then their relationship develops into this extremely intense / romantic / all encompassing kind of love……..

Now: Quinn and Graham are in a dark place in their marriage. Their relationship is plagued with infertility / misunderstandings / miscommunication. It’s no longer passionate. It’s depressing.

I don’t know if you have read Colleen Hoover before. But let me tell you….Colleen Hoover is a rare, beautiful talent. She writes the most emotional stories. Her books have a way of wrecking your mind and soul. There is an extremely heartbreaking verbal fight scene between Quinn and Graham that rocked me to my core. And the ending….those last two or three chapters…..well, I don’t want to give it away but let’s just say…it’s emotionally fierce.

Recommendation: Quinn and Graham’s story perfect. This is a great read for when you are wanting a story that has ALL THE FEELS.

Off The Grid / On A Personal Level: Going off my normal path of a book review……I’ve been married for a little less than a decade now. Marriage is wonderful but it is also hard and compromising and time consuming. It is not cupcakes and rainbows 24/7 because life happens. So when I read the following line, it hit me right in the gut….. “Our marriage hadn’t been perfect. No marriage is perfect. There were times when she gave up on us. There were even more times when I gave up on us. The secret to longevity is that we never gave up at the same time.” Thank you, Colleen Hoover. That is one of the most realistic quotes on marriage I have ever read.

Cover Reveal

Before We Fell by Stacey Lynn

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Before We Fell, an all-new contemporary romance from Stacey Lynn is releasing April 9th.

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For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The horror that rocked my small town last winter also brought Noah Wilkes into my life. The first almost broke all of us, but the second changed everything.

He stomped into my classroom all angry scowls and rudeness, the big-shot lawyer who was always too good for this small town. But the moment his smile softened toward his niece, it was me that melted.

The heartbreak that brought him back also brought me closer to him, to the man he hides from the world behind his swagger and aggression. The man I couldn’t help but fall for.

But life has a way of throwing a curveball when you least expect it, and this one could cost me everything–even him.

Turned out, our fates were written in the sky before we ever met—

Before we fell.

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About the Author

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When Stacey Lynn isn’t conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or behind closed doors, imagining the next adventures she’ll soon write.

She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.

Stacey Lynn lives with her husband and children in North Carolina.

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