Book Review: 8 Simple Rules For Dating a Dragon

 

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Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. When the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…

Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?

Pros – Olenka, banter ahoy, Musical Notes icon. This is a drawing of a musical note. There are two notes on the drawing and the one on the left is slightly lower than the one on the right side.Puff the Magic Dragon/he lives by the seaaaaMusical Notes icon. This is a drawing of a musical note. There are two notes on the drawing and the one on the left is slightly lower than the one on the right side.

Cons – A little repetitive at times, plot acrobatics to keep a secret, miscommunication anarchy

Notes – Third in the series, so this book, and some of my commentary therein, spoils the outcomes of the first two books.

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Book Review: Snowspelled

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In nineteenth-century Angland, magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies attend to the more practical business of politics. But Cassandra Harwood has never followed the rules…

Four months ago, Cassandra Harwood was the first woman magician in Angland, and she was betrothed to the brilliant, intense love of her life.

Now Cassandra is trapped in a snowbound house party deep in the elven dales, surrounded by bickering gentleman magicians, manipulative lady politicians, her own interfering family members, and, worst of all, her infuriatingly stubborn ex-fiancé, who refuses to understand that she’s given him up for his own good.

But the greatest danger of all lies outside the manor in the falling snow, where a powerful and malevolent elf-lord lurks…and Cassandra lost all of her own magic four months ago.

To save herself, Cassandra will have to discover exactly what inner powers she still possesses – and risk everything to win a new kind of happiness.

Pros – Clever escapes, daring do’s and (eventually) proper communication between adults

Cons – villain is somewhat one-dimensional, Cassandra really liked to remind us that Wrexham was her ex-fiance, not a lot about Wrexham outside his relationship to Cassandra

Notes – Recommended to me by the EVER SO CHARMING Samantha, my once and future Sestra. Also I want that coat on the cover.

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Book Review: Drop Dead Gorgeous

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SWIPE RIGHT FOR MR. BITE

Mila Hart’s first experience with the hot new vampire dating site is a complete disaster. Turns out, her date is wanted for murder! But things turn around when she’s rescued by dashing vampire cop Vincent Ferrer. Dangerous and drop dead gorgeous, he’s just the vampire hottie Mila was hoping for.

Haunted by his past, Vincent can’t risk falling in love again, even if Mila charms him more than anyone he’s ever met. But when the killer from Mila’s first date seeks her out, Vincent is the only one who can protect her. Protecting his heart is a different story…

Pros – Communication! These guys excel at communication. Vincent is pretty awesome. I like Mila a whole lot.

Cons – Sigh I don’t know, something about these HEAs just don’t sit well with me

Notes – Sooo…my ARC copy is called “ROMANCING THE UNDEAD” (which is this here). So we’re clear I like that cover better only because the guy on DROP DEAD GORGEOUS looks nothing like the description of Vincent. Also I think the illustrated-like cover suits the light-hearted nature of the book overall.

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Book Review: Guilty as Sin

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There are secrets. There are guilty secrets. And then there’s switching places with your twin.

Paige Hollander and her identical twin Lily stopped switching places a decade ago. But Lily’s run into trouble, and Paige is on leave from the SFPD, recovering from a traumatic shooting. It’s not like she has anything better to do, and she remembers how to be feminine. Sort of. Anyway, it’s selling lacy thongs in Sinful Secrets and playing Heidi to Lily’s goats for a week or two. How hard could it be?

For Jace Blackstone, idyllic Sinful, Montana, is the perfect escape. In this town, he’s nothing but a reclusive, black-haired stranger with an Aussie accent and a bad attitude. Not the former pride of Australia’s special forces, not a bestselling thriller writer, and not a man with no more faith in women. Right up until the day a mystery fan starts getting much too up-close and personal, and his neighbor comes back from her vacation with a personality change that knocks him sideways.

Suddenly, Sinful is looking downright dangerous. And the biggest danger of all might come in the form of flashing brown eyes, a rear view to stop a man’s heart, and a wit sharp enough to slice him to the bone.

Sinful could be getting serious.

Pros – Jace. Paige. Jace & Paige. Paige trying to be Lily. Twins switching places.

Cons – I’m somewhat uncomfortable with some of the stalker stuff (see below)

Notes – There will be spoilers for the Stalker Angle of the plot. Please see my Goodreads review to avoid those spoilers. Also if the audiobook releases I need Jace to have an Australian accent ok? Ok. And not to be a sourpuss but that cover doesn’t do this book justice at all. Its a nice cover, but it doesn’t give you half the idea of how freaking KICKASS Paige is.

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Beautiful, Jaw-Dropping Collector’s Editions You Need to Pre-Order Right Away: City of Bones, Red Queen, Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Did you know…

That the powers that be are coming out with a 10th anniversary edition to City of Bones that looks like a book about magic and spells and pretty much awesomeness? Also according to EW.com the book will have “a cloth-over-board jacket with text and art stamped in foil”.

I can already feel my bookish senses tingling.

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2017 Anticipated Titles: YA Contemporary

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Ben Wyatt is literally my patronus

Friends, readers, laymen…lend me your eyeballs. As we approach 2017 let’s look at some awesome cool books coming out shall we? From the gloriously expected from authors we know will please us to newcomers, 2017 has some whoopers of titles being released.

Leading up to 2017 there shall be 5 posts about books I’m looking forward to in:

  • SFF (Science Fiction & Fantasy) (link)
  • Romance (link)
  • Anthology (link)
  • Whatever I Want (link)
  • Young Adult Contemporary

Some books may cross over in terms of category, but I tried to list them on the list I consider them first to be.

Today’s edition is all about Young Adult Contemporary titles! A genre I don’t typically read, but which has some pretty fascinating titles releasing – including two racially diverse books, an Austen re-telling, a fangirl’s dream (or worst nightmare) and a book handling various disorders.

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Book Review: North Sea Dawn

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In 1066, the death of King Edward put the right of the English to choose their own king in jeopardy. Normans were set to invade England and claim the throne. The Vikings were preparing to launch raids against the British to grab land and wealth. One tiny island stood trapped between two opposing forces.

Lady Julia Cruithne is left with the responsibility of Aurelius, an island rich in trade but poor in defense, when her older brother is killed defending England. She has to secure the continued freedom of her people – through the meager means available to a woman in Medieval Europe. She believes she will have only her own sharp wits and determination at her disposal, and she must consider sacrificing her own freedom to an arranged marriage in order to keep the war from spreading to her island.

Eric Vandalsson is a man well-used to battle. He has won honor, wealth, and reputation fighting across Europe, but he has never earned the prize he covets most: a home. He agrees to invade England on the condition that he be the first to select lands and a woman from the spoils. Unfortunately for Eric, the invasion is not as easy as was promised, and he finds himself without his prize, without a king, and in desperate need of a safe harbor.

When the war spills over to Aurelius, Julia will forge a desperate, unlikely alliance to protect her people. The huge, taciturn Viking is skilled enough take on any opponent, but Julia did not expect to want to consider him as more than a guard. Eric will protect her from invading armies, but their agreement is tested when old allies become enemies and a new king, William of Normandy, casts his eye towards a rich island and an unmarried Lady. Eric will have to convince Julia that she does not have to give up everything she desires in order to save what she loves.

Pros – so finely written, the give/take relationship of Julia & Eric, the strength of the secondary characters

Cons – slow start, you sometimes want to tell Julia to take what she wants screw everyone else

Spoiler – Its a historical romance with a heroine who wants to live her life the way she chooses with the man she loves. How else do you think this will end if not happily?

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Book Review: The Dare and The Doctor (+Giveaway)

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Dr. Rhys Gray and Miss Margaret Babcock are friends—strictly friends. But over the course of the year, as they exchange dozens of letters, they share personal details that put them on the path to something more. When Dr. Gray helps Margaret realize her dearest dream and she comes to his defense in the uproar that follows, it seems that their connection cannot be denied. But will their relationship stand the scruples of society and jealous intendeds, or are they destined to be only friends, and nothing more?

Pros – Both Rhys & Margaret have their own passions they nerd about, this is truly a friends to more story, Margaret doesn’t go from “plain Jane” to “beautiful”

Cons – this didn’t feel like a “regency” or “historical” (change the time periods and outfits and I’d swear it could be contemporary), the obstacles felt contrived all things considered

Note – There’s a Giveaway at the end of my review!

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Book Review: Pirate Nemesis

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Killers. Thieves. Pirates. Family.

Mercy Kincaid is a fugitive from her own family. Her dangerous telepathic gifts make her a target. So is anyone she gets close to. When her best friend is captured and tortured, Mercy’s only hope is to reunite with the family that tried to murder her as a child. She trusts few among her blood relatives, but finds herself intrigued by an enigmatic and dangerous killer.

Reaper has spent a lifetime watching his people die. He’s vowed to kill anyone who jeopardizes their survival. Mercy’s gifts are the biggest threat they’ve faced in eleven years, since a biological weapon nearly annihilated the pirate colonies. But Reaper realizes her talents can either destroy them, or save them. He must decide if he’s fallen victim to her power, or if he can truly trust the beautiful woman and her compelling abilities. If he makes the wrong choice, everyone dies.

Pros – Mercy, Tama, Reaper, Vashti…

Cons – I have to wait for the next book

Spoiler – Technically “Pirate Bound” is the prequel to this, so this book spoils that book for relationship developments.

Note – Wee bit of profanity in this review. That’s my warning.

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Book Review: Romeo and/or Juliet

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Shakespeare’s plays weren’t meant to be read. They were meant…to be played.

What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? This choose-your-own-path version of Romeo and Juliet—packed with fun puzzles, secrets, and quadrillions of possible storylines—lets you decide where the plot goes every time you read. You might play as Romeo, or as Juliet, or as both of them at the same time. You might even unlock additional playable characters!

That’s right. We figured out how to have unlockable characters in books.

Pro – You can unlock a new romance route!, Romeo & Juliet were never so much fun, PIRATE ENDINGS

Cons – I literally can only think of one: Romeo still exists

Spoilers – As a Choose Your Own Adventure–er sorry Chooseable Path Adventure book, based on a classic play most English-speaking countries require to be read at some point in a kid’s schooling spoilers may abound. I won’t wreck the unlockable “secrets” though.

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