Showing posts from March, 2014

Review: Betrothal (Queen's Honor, Tales of Lady Guinevere: #1) by Mande Matthews

Lady Guinevere wants to marry for love, and intends to fight for this right as the kings of the neighbouring realms fight literally over her - for her hand in marriage brings with it land and riches. King Melwas arrives to take her hand by force, and it falls to King Arthur to save the day, although it is a certain Sir Lancelot that captures Guinevere's attention. Lancelot is unsurprisingly dark, handsome and brooding - the perfect hero - whilst Arthur with his 'halo' of blonde hair is the epitome of flattery and charm, with more than just a touch of arrogance. However it seems that Arthur's intentions are honourable, and Guinevere has an important decision to make, one that will affect not only her life but the lives of her people...

I have always loved anything to do with the King Arthur legend, so was very excited to spot this book for free on the kindle store! With a gorgeous cover and an interesting spin on the age old love triangle between Arthur, Guinevere and La…

Blog Tour / Review / Giveaway: For the Love of Murphy

This is my very first blog tour! For the Love of Murphy is an anthology of romantic stories by various authors that I would definitely recommend. Synopses for each of the stories can be found below, followed by a brief review. Plus, there's a giveaway to win a paperback copy of the anthology and a $10 Amazon gift voucher!

Publisher: Roane Publishing Release Date: March 17, 2014
No Wrong Turns by Lisa A. Adams Jessica Brannah is escaping from her last heartbreak with a loaded car and a new address. But, when Murphy's Law finds her stranded in a back country town, she realizes there's no outrunning love.
Falling For You by Michelle Ziegler Darci’s ready to move on. Too bad the dating pool stinks.  Until, a ghost from her past resurfaces—the man she missed out on in college. Andrew was the one man she’d always loved, but neither of them ever made a move.  But, old feelings aren’t the only thing resurfacing of late.  Darci’s ex comes crawling back at the most inappropriate time, a…

Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I absolutely LOVED this book! I saw the film version at the cinema a few years ago but as always the book is a hundred times better, and I only wish that I'd read it first. I was a little daunted by how thick the novel was; at over five hundred pages I thought it would take some time to get through but I raced through it in a matter of days!
The story follows Clare Abshire, who first meets her future husband Henry DeTamble when she is six, and he is thirty six. Henry suffers from a rare genetic condition which causes him to randomly time travel into his past or his future, a condition which he has no control over. We travel with Henry as the novel charts his relationship with Clare, flipping between past, present and future.

The first person narrative shared between Henry and Clare works perfectly with the plot, and I liked how Clare's accounts of events matured from the excited ramblings of her childhood into the reflections of a woman filled simultaneously with love and fear f…

Review: The Only Reason for the London Season by Kristin Vayden

After a humiliating first season as a debutante, Dianna Trowl is back and determined to bag herself a husband- even if she has to break social convention to do so. Lord Southridge longs for nothing more than a woman who stands out from the crowd, one who isn't afraid to speak her mind. Determined to find himself a wife this season it seems as if all his prayers have been answered the minute that Dianna walks into the ballroom...

This is a short and sweet historical romance, and as an introduction to Vayden's work it worked a treat. Southridge is just perfect - tall, blue-eyed and charismatic- whilst Dianna is a quirky heroine. I liked how even in such a short story we got narrative from both of their perspectives, it made it seem all the more romantic.

4/5 stars: a wonderful little read that I would recommend to any historical romance fan.

This book is available for FREE on Amazon UK and was read as part of the Clean Out Your e-Reader Challenge 2014.

Review: She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell

Clara Carter loves poetry, and dreams of going to Vassar college to further her education. However her interfering aunt has other ideas. Franklin De Vries, the city's most eligible bachelor is back in town and it is her intention for Clara to marry him. Forced to debut a year early, Clara along with her best friend Lizzie, are primped and preened and squeezed into corsets. Clara's lessons change overnight from maths, science and languages into dancing, social etiquette and small talk, and she dreads the impending season. Her training pays off and Clara is soon the talk of the society-pages, but all that she wants is to be free to make her own choices in life and love, particularly as Franklin isn't exactly Prince Charming. Set in New York's Gilded Age, She Walks in Beauty is as much a coming of age story as a romance, as Clara faces an internal battle between following the rules and forging her own path.

It was the title of this novel that first drew me to it; in my min…

March Book Haul

This morning I brought home my first library haul of the month:

Longbourn - Jo Baker

"'If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats,' Sarah thought, 'she would be more careful notto tramp through muddy fields.'

It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and raw. Domestic life below stairs, ruled with a tender heart and an iron will by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman, bearing secrets and the scent of the sea."

The Other Typist - Suzanne Rindell

"New York City, 1924: the height of Prohibition. In a police precinct on the lower East Side young typist Rose Baker coolly records the confessions of killers and gangsters. But when a new typist arrives - the captivating Odalie - Rose finds a true partner in crime. Flitting between sparkling speakeasies by night and their work at the precinct by day, the girls are drawn further into a dark, glamorous world. Soon…

Review: The Summer I Gave Up Boys by Kassandra Kush

Kaliyah Simon is a book blogger who owns seven hundred and seventy seven books. Sound familiar? After a very public break up with her boyfriend she is home from college for the summer with every intention of spending it without male company. That is until her arch-nemesis Isaiah Winters bumps into her at the airport and suddenly seems to want to be friends. Reunited with her old friends, Kaliyah's life reverts to that of her school years, complete with high-school crushes and gossip galore. Sun, sand and pool parties combine to make this summer one that Kaliyah will never forget.

This is a take on the age old tale of girl thinks she hates boy, girl actually loves boy, yet it is told with enough sincerity to avoid it being cheesy. Kaliyah as a character was entirely relatable, and the story is told with refreshing honesty from her point of view. It's pretty clear from the outset how this novella is going to end, but that's not a bad thing.

4/5 stars: A short and sweet, if a l…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Popular Authors You've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week the topic is popular authors that you've never read. As an English graduate there's plenty of books that I've missed out on reading over the years in favour of more 'classic' works, so I have a lot of catching up to do!
1) I might as well get the biggie out of the way... J.K Rowling. Our teacher read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to usin Year 6 and aside from that I've just never really got into it. I'm not as against it as I once was now that the hype has died down so maybe it's time to give Rowling's work another go...
2) J.R.R. Tolkein. Another case of the hype putting me off I think. I've never made it through any of the LOTR films either!

3) Dan Brown. We read an extract from The Da Vinci Code during a history seminar on the Templars it didn't exactly make me want to read the rest of it.

4) Rainbow Rowell. I've only come across her pretty recen…

Review: Made in Essex by Laura Ziepe

I received an advance copy of this book via Goodreads first reads. To be honest, this book is not my usual
taste, but I decided to give it a go as something light to read in between more demanding books.

The story follows three friends, Jade Kelly and Lisa, and their arch rival Adele through the trials and tribulations of love, life and business. It is VERY stereotypical, designed to appeal, unsurprisingly, to fans of the hit ITV2 show The Only Way is Essex, a category which I don't fit into. That said, Made in Essex is well written with well developed characters; it follows on from another of Ziepe's book called Essex Girls but it made perfect sense to me without having read the other novel. Ziepe was offered a part in the first series of TOWIE so she knows the world that she's writing about inside out, and it shows.

However, the constant use of the famous Essex colloquialisms ('totes amaze' 'jel' and of course 'reem') really grated on me, as did Kel…