Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur
Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur by Ruth Nestvold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very well written re-telling of the Tristan and Isolde legend. There were a lot of elements I did not expect to be included such as the focus on the actual war between the Britons and the Saxons but it was well done. It did drag at some points but I kept coming back to it. It made me want to get the next book in the series as well to see where Nestvold is going to take the character of Iseult. I do not know if anyone can state with absolute certainty that everything in the book is historically accurate but it was one of the more accurate ones that I have read. If you love Arthurian legend the way I do, you will go and pick up this book.

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The Moth Diaries
The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a book full of twists and turns and I still do not know if there was a vampire or not in the school but our main narrator is a disturbed girl who may not be able to distinguish between fantasy and reality. Not sure what to think of this one but it will stick in my mind for a bit. It is also a faithful reenactment of adolescence and the effect the changing hormones have on a young girl who is already altered by her father’s suicide. If you want to remember life as a teenager , read this book but be ready to be puzzled and moved.

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Review: Year Zero

July 18, 2012

Year Zero
Year Zero by Rob Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I kept hearing about this book from everyone and now I know why- it is fantastic. I burst out laughing every 15 minutes reading this book and learned more than I ever thought I would about music copyright law and weird alien cultures. Nick Carter may not be a Backstreet Boy but he is a great hero for this book when he is just trying to do his job when aliens show up in his office asking for the license for all of the music produced since 1977. I read this book as quickly as I could just so I could enjoy each moment more. Rob Reid has a hit on his hands. I saw comparisons to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and I have to agree with them. This book was funny, insightful, and definitely one I want to revisit.

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The Last Policeman: A Novel
The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to receive this book as an ARC from Quirk Books before publication and I was not sure what I was going to think of it. I am not the biggest fan of crime fiction but this was so much better than I expected. I love that Winters was able to combine a crime procedural with the looming end of the world. The twists and turns were wonderful and it went somewhere I never expected. Our main detective is just trying to do his job and live his life before Maia comes crashing down to end it all. This isn’t Deep Impact or Armageddon but it is an asteroid coming for us and how it would affect real people. Just amazing overall and another hit for Quirk.

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The Last Policeman: A Novel
The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to receive this book as an ARC from Quirk Books before publication and I was not sure what I was going to think of it. I am not the biggest fan of crime fiction but this was so much better than I expected. I love that Winters was able to combine a crime procedural with the looming end of the world. The twists and turns were wonderful and it went somewhere I never expected. Our main detective is just trying to do his job and live his life before Maia comes crashing down to end it all. This isn’t Deep Impact or Armageddon but it is an asteroid coming for us and how it would affect real people. Just amazing overall and another hit for Quirk.

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Desperate Duchesses
Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this as a part of the Vaginal Fantasy book club and I loved it. It was a book of mostly smut but it was so well done. All of the characters were people I enjoyed and the relationships made sense to me. Roberta was the perfect mix of naivete and sexual knowledge and Damon falling for her was perfect. Yes it was part of a setup but I still loved it. I was hoping to see the relationship between the Duke and Duchess Beaumont but that is why there are other books that come after this one. I cannot wait to get the others to see if they can live up to this.

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Review: The Iron Duke

July 11, 2012

The Iron Duke
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this after listening to Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy hangout discussing this book. I expected it would be cute but it was much better than I expected. I understand that some people have been annoyed with the love interest acting too much alpha but i thought it worked with his situation as a pirate. The Horde was well explained and definitely an alternate reality I can see as viable. Mina was well described and fit with a woman brought up in a unique situation that has to deal with racism in her own way everyday. She is still strong and doesn’t compromise what is most important to herself. i would love to see where this series goes next if only to know why Rhys is the way he is and how his relationship with Mina evolves. If alternate history with a smidge of sexy time is your thing, please try this.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would actually rate this close to 3.5 stars but no halves so I will round up. I did enjoy this book and its interesting concept. It did take a little too long for it to get to Jacob’s peculiarity and his interaction with Miss Peregrine. I loved that this story revolved around old photographs but some bits took too long for me. I don’t know yet if I would want to continue this series after the sequel is published but it wasn’t a waste of my reading time. Another book from a great publisher, Quirk, but I would be sure that you know what you are getting into before starting and give it time to build up and draw you in.

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Review: Twenties Girl

July 1, 2012

Twenties Girl
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very cute novel from Sophie Kinsella. It follows the same plot points that all of her novels touch on (lonely girl with crappy boyfriend/crush/job has major event happens that slowly changes her life and gets her new boyfriend but something comes up and almost ruins everything until she comes clean and lives happily ever after) but this time it was a ghost story. Great Aunt Sadie is very annoying but sweet when she wants to be. Lara was an ok main character but the main character is never the main draw of these novels for me. They are sweet bits of goodness that I can read quick and always enjoy.

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Review: Eternal Spring

July 1, 2012

Eternal Spring
Eternal Spring by Diana Peterfreund
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this anthology because of a contribution by Stephanie Dray but all of the authors were amazing. I loved every story and this has made me want to pick up a work by each author featured. It may take me a while to get to all of them but I intend to catch up as quickly as I can. The definitions of spring for each author was quite interesting to see and while some stories were more engaging for me than others, I still would give the entire collection 5 stars because of the variety of talent showcased in a slim free Kindle edition. If you love any author inside, pick up the whole thing to meet and enjoy more.

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