February 2013 Archive

Convicted of Love

8037654by: Josephine Templeton

Published: Feb 1st 2007 by Whiskey Creek Press

ISBN: 1593747322

From Amazon: Convicted of theft and kidnapping, three Victorian girls must come to terms with the men they fall in love with, despite the obstacles society places on them. Unjustly convicted of jewelry theft, Camille is sent to work on a Louisiana plantation. To her surprise, the man who gave her the jewelry is the plantation owner’s son. Will she ever forgive him for refusing to step up and clear her name? Under charges of kidnapping, Emily is consigned to care for the infant son of a plantation owner. She loses her heart to him. However, he can’t let go of his deceased wife. Will she have to bury her love for him? Having served her year for kidnapping, Maggie re-enters New Orleans’ harsh society. Under her cousin’s shadow, she meets the love of her life. Unfortunately, Cousin Penelope has set her eyes on him as well. Will Maggie step out of her shell before she loses him forever?

 

I loved that this was three different stories woven together. I didn’t realize that’s how it was going to be when I started reading it. (I avoid almost all descriptions and reviews of a book before I read it.) It was a nice surprise to get to experience three different love stories. The situations that these girls found themselves in are very different from any others that I’ve read in historical romances. These are women that could potentially be “ruined.” I’ve read books where the threat of that happening was there, but not one where the girl was actually placed in a situation where this would definitely be the case. My favorite heroine in this novel was Maggie. I felt for her situation and thought that her character was the most fun. I also thought her chemistry with the love of her life was the strongest and it’s always important to me that I feel the chemistry when I’m reading. I would definitely recommend this book to any historical romance fans. It’s a very quick and refreshing read. It’s different than other historical romances you’re going to pick up and it’s going to give you an entertaining read and cheer you up. 🙂

Cupcakes: Historical_romanceHistorical_romanceHistorical_romanceHistorical_romance

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My Wolf’s Bane

17236613by: Veronica Blade

Pages: 389

Published: January 28th, 2013 by Crush Publishing

ISBN: 9780985343460

From Goodreads: NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: As with any Veronica Blade book, this is a ROMANCE NOVEL, meaning it’s romance FIRST and everything else is secondary. Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and mild profanity.

Different species. Mortal enemies. It’ll never work, but they’ll die trying.

Autumn Rossi thought she was a normal teenager. Suddenly, she can outrun every critter in the forest, making her wonder if she’s even human.

When the new guy at school, Zack de Luca, witnesses a questionable scene, he unfairly pins her as stuck-up. He acts like he hates her, yet he keeps bailing her out of trouble. Not only is Zack both insufferable and irresistible, he seems to sniff her anytime he gets close.

As passion flares between them, Autumn isn’t sure which is more dangerous: her psycho ex-boyfriend, or falling for Zack — who’s risking his life just by being near her.

See the book trailer: http://youtu.be/GEXgVD1NblU

 

I loved this book. I liked the author’s take on werewolves. This was a different kind of society for them than any other I’d read before. I also really liked Autumn’s character. She wasn’t your average high schooler… and I’m not saying that simply because she finds herself with different powers. She’s someone who I would’ve wanted to be friends with in high school. She didn’t feel the need to change herself to fit in or make anyone like her. She was unapologetic for who she was and I loved that. Of course, I also found Zack to be very close to the perfect guy and it made me wonder why I never met any guys like that in high school. This novel is a great young adult that can transport anyone into a different world for a few hours. I like books that can suck you in and make you forget about the world around you for a little while. I had a few issues with this story though, the main one being that I still had a lot of questions when the book ended. I just couldn’t help but feel a little frustrated. I know that it was a romance first and foremost and that’s fine, but there were so many other elements to the story that I felt were just left hanging. I had some issues with Autumn’s parents as well.  I  didn’t really understand their motivation for doing anything they did throughout the entire book. I really wanted the ability to pause the story and find out what was going on with them. I know there’s more to come though, so that’s a good thing. I want all of my questions answered! 😛 But even if that doesn’t happen I’d suggest this book to anyone looking for a good YA romance. I know there’s lots of those out there these days, but I did feel like this one brought something unique to the table and that it was attention grabbing. 🙂

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

Buy this from Amazon here: My Wolf’s Bane (Shapes of Autumn, book one)

Storm of Arranon

13553378by: R. E. Sheahan

Pages: 287

Published by Rule of Three Press

ISBN: 1466234970

From Goodreads: Beneath Erynn’s petite build, curly red hair, and startling blue eyes, lies a deeply hidden secret.If the truth about her were revealed, her life would be in danger. Her dream to be a fighter pilot would tailspin,crash, and burst into flames.
Jaer’s wise brown eyes reflect his smoldering strength. An enigma, charismatic and moody, he is a physically powerful warrior who defends his world. A warrior afraid to love because of mistakes in his past.
When the presence of a marauding alien society is discovered on their planets, a struggle of life and death begins. Both Erynn and Jaer’s worlds face annihilation.
A mysterious force plunges Erynn into Jaer’s cold, dangerous, and beautiful world with its magical essence and living consciousness. Both the alien enemy and this strange inexplicable power purse Erynn.

There were things I liked about this book and things I didn’t. Overall, I think this novel is great for science fiction/fantasy young adult fans. It’s definitely unique, so it’s not lot any other novel you’re gonna pick up when browsing through the young adult section. This book also was beautifully written. If you’re someone who likes to visualize everything while reading, then you’ll probably really like the description. I thought it was a bit much at times. I found myself losing interest in some places, but I know that that is a personal thing and that it shouldn’t be held against the writer. A lot of people really like detailed descriptions, especially when it comes to descriptions of other worlds. I also found myself getting confused sometimes. I wanted less description of the land and more of what was going on. I had trouble keeping up with the storyline at times and I felt like the author knew a lot about what was going on, but that we as readers didn’t get to know any of it. I wanted more explanation. Erynn is a very strong heroine though and she’s smart, which is something that I think is missing in a lot of books these days. I find myself wanting to throw them against the wall because of the decisions they’re making, but I never felt that way about Erynn. I did question some of her emotions from time to time, but I never questioned her judgement. I think if you’re looking for a fresh voice in science fiction and to escape to an entirely different world/universe, then this book would be good for you. 🙂

Cupcakes: Science fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fiction half

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