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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Audio Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Audio Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth WeinCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Narrator: Lucy Gaskell, Morven Christie
Series: Code Name Verity,
Published by Bolinda Publishing on 06 June 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adaptation, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Girls & Women, Historical, Mystery & Detective, People & Places, Politics & Intrigue, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, War & Military, Young Adult
Length: 10 hours 7 min
Format: Audiobook
Source: Free Download
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Ormaie, France // England – Various (mid-1930s – early 1940s)

First Line(s): I am a coward.

When it comes to Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity there is a lot of suspension of disbelief that must occur on the reader end of things. For while its a beautifully written story the series of events that occur in the first half of the book just would never have happened. Not that a young girl wouldn’t have been captured and tortured by the Nazi’s but that her interrogators would have allowed her to weave her story of nonsense for as long as they did when they were trying to obtain valuable information.

There were also a lot of crazy inconsistencies throughout the narrative of Code Name Verity and I know some of it was because Verity was weaving her little deceptions but some of it just did not make sense with the time period or the history of the war. So I found myself sighing a lot. Especially when a slip of a girl, no matter how smart and talented, was able to fool so many soldiers in the German army. I get that Verity was good but again they wouldn’t have allowed her to tell her history and the history of Maddie for as long as she did as there was no value to that story. Yes it was a pretty story but it lacked substance.

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Despite all my issues with Code Name Verity I did like the beginning of the book. That portion of the story that was told by Verity. I liked the narrator for that section, Lucy Gaskell, and it was her narration that kept me listening even as the story annoyed me. A good narrator can make or break a book and the Gaskell certainly kept me invested. I didn’t like Morven Christie’s narration as much but I think that was do in part that I didn’t really like the POV of that section. For I’ve listened to clips of Christie of on other audios and I like that snippets so I definitely think that it was the text and not the narrator that caused my dislike.

There is a lot of bait and switch in Code Name Verity and even though I guess the bulk of the story early on I didn’t mind as much. What I did mind was how the second half was almost a whole different book with a whole different writing style. And the clever clues that were laid out in the first half were swept aside and the reader was bludgeoned with revelations and told over and over just how smart and clever Verity was. Events just took on that too good to be real aspect and so my interest in the story started to plummet.

Perhaps, Code Name Verity, just had too much hype surrounding it that I set my expectations high. But I don’t see the masterful novel that others who read it before me did. I was frustrated throughtout most of the story and often rolled my eyes at some of the revels. If I had read this in print I probably would have DNF’d after tossing the book across the room a few dozen times. But I liked the narrator so I persevered. I’m not sorry that I read it as Code Name Verity was well written I just wasn’t a total fangirl for the plot.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Scarlet by AC Gaughen

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult3 Comments

Review: Scarlet by AC GaughenScarlet by AC Gaughen
Series: Scarlet,
Also in this series: Lady Thief, Lion Heart
Published by Walker on 14 February 2012
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adaptation, Adolescence, Emotions & Feelings, Espionage, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Historical, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, People & Places, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
Pages: 292
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Also by this author: Lady Thief, Lion Heart

Place(s) Traveled To: Notinghamshire – Edwinstone, Nottingham, Sherwood, Trent, Worksop, Leicaster (12th Century, England)

First Line(s): No one really knows ’bout me. I’m Rob’s secret, I’m his informant, I’m his shadow in dark places.

Scarlet by AC Gaughen is one of those books that I had been meaning to read for the longest time but for one reason or another just didn’t. This was made all the more awkward as I kept running into the author at signings and telling her that I’d be reading Scarlet soon and then soon never seemed to happen. So with yet another signing fast approaching I decided to stop making empty promises and just read the book already. And then once I finished it I could have kicked myself for more reading it sooner. My only consolation is that because I waited so long is that now the second book in the series, Lady Thief, is already out so there is less wait for more story involved. Especially with how Scarlet ends!! (Gah!! Its a killer!)

I really enjoyed Gaughen’s take on the Robin Hood story. Which I was thankful for as I do really enjoy this bit of English folklore. And the character of Will Scarlet has always been a favorite of mine as well. At first I was a bit on the fence about female Will Scarlet but then once I started to read the book I feel head over heels for this character. Scarlet is fierce and intelligent and filled with secrets that you can’t even imagine at. Oh, there were some that I figured out before the big reveal but even then I had a suspicion that it was only because Scarlet wanted me to know.

The pacing and writing of this story are both great things and the only real negative that I have is the dialect speech. Yes, I can see how it might be historically accurate but once you know some of Scarlet’s secrets it seems a bit far fetched. That and dialect speech, like text speak, is always something that I’ve cringed at in books. It can make things a bit harder to read swiftly and for me it just takes away from a story. Though for most I am sure that this will just be a minor quibble…if it makes it on other radar’s at all.

Another thing I liked about Scarlet was all the secondary characters. I loved meeting them and seeing how they interacted with Scarlet and each other. There were even times when I was sad that this wasn’t a mulitple POV story so that I could see more of some of this characters and learn what makes them tick. I also think that its a fatal flaw of British TV that I can now never come across a character named Guy of Gisbourne and not picture Richard Armitage. I say this is a fatal flaw because the Guy of Gisbourne in this book is nothing like the one of the tv show and its so hard for my brain to reconcile the two because one I adored and the other I wanted to punch in the face.

Scarlet is a fun, fast paced story and I think that it will appeal to many different audiences. Its more than just a historical novel and its more than just a Robin Hood adaptation. Its a great discussion opportunity for gender roles and how ones identity is perceived. Scarlet is a strong, independent, female in a time when that sort of thing was actively frowned upon and how she deals with society doesn’t really help matters much at all. But Scarlet doesn’t care much about what people think of her as long as she likes herself and those she calls a friend like her as well. And that is something that everyone can identify with. If you haven’t picked this one up yet then what are you waiting for? Read it.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Review: Maus I by Art Spiegelman

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Maus I by Art SpiegelmanMaus I by Art Spiegelman
Series: Maus,
Published by Pantheon Books on 01 November 2011
Genres: Adult, Graphic Novel, Historical
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Goodreads
four-stars

Place(s) Traveled to: Czechoslovakia (1935-1937) // Lubin, Poland (1940) // Oswiecim, Poland (1944) // Sosnowiec, Poland (1935-1944) //

First Line(s): It was summer, I remember.

Maus I by Art Spiegelman is one of those books that has always been just there off to the side waiting for me to read. Its a book that has been recommended to me dozens of times but one that I’ve always found hard to pick up. Any book that deals with the Holocaust is hard to pick up. And one where all the characters are drawn like mice just adds a bit of weirdness to it all. But it is also a perfect way to depict this story and I can’t imagine it any other way. Maus I is the start of the journey of Art Spiegelman’s parents. Its the story of how they met and fell in love. Its the story of how their idyllic world slowly changed and crumbled before their eyes as the Germans came into power. Its the story of the tough choices that had to be made and how somehow they found a way to survive.

Maus I is a quick read, made quicker as its a graphic novel and so pictures in stead of long descriptive paragraphs are used. As the old saying goes, a picture says a thousand words and this is the case with this story. As Maus I begins you know what is coming for the Vladek and Anja and you try not to care about them. Not because they are cruel people because you know that it will hurt more if you do. Yet despite what you tell yourself you fall for all the people that you meet in this story. Its impossible not to. Maus I is a simple story and Spiegelman tells it in a very straight forward way. He doesn’t go into long segues on the history of the time and that is both a blessing and a curse for the story. Because in order to truly appreciate some of what happens you need to have a basic understand of what was happening in Europe during WWII and the chain of events leading up to it.

When I checked Maus I out of the library I had also checked out its sequel, Maus II, which is the story of Vladek and Anja in the camps. I fully intended to jump from one volume to the next and read it all at once. However, when I finished Maus I I was unable to do that. I wasn’t ready to see just how bad tings might get for Vladek and Anja. I wasn’t ready to face just how horrible humans can be to other humans…even when these humans are pictured as cat and mice. For me, its hard to reflect back on this time knowing all that I know from the history books and from the few stories that my grandfather and his brothers have told of their time serving during the war. I used to love their stories when I was younger as they were never about the horrors that they might have witnessed. They always told these fun little antidotes like the time when my grandfather and great-uncle Jack bumped into each other unexpectedly in the Philippines. Both in different units doing different things for the Army and not expecting to see each other until they were sent back home. They have a picture of that day and it always makes me smile.

Holocaust stories also make me think of the stories that I heard about when I was visiting my family in Poland a few years back. These stories are more like that depicted in Maus I. They were invaded and suppressed by the Germans. The only real thing going for them was that they were not Jewish. They could have just sat back and toed the line and made it through the war unscathed. But they didn’t and they did what they could to help the Jews and spy on the Germans and they suffered consequences as a result. Yet they never gave up and kept doing what they thought was right. So, for me, when I read a story on the Holocaust story all these thoughts and emotions come swirling up inside and makes the stories all the more real.

Maus I is a good story and one that I think is important for others to read. And one day I will check Maus II out and manage to read that one because Holocaust stories are important to read and learn about. The further we get from when these events happened the more important it is to remember them. The more we remember the less likely we will be to repeat this horrors.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Movie Thoughts: The Book Thief

Posted by Irish in Movie Thoughts3 Comments

bookthiefTitle: The Book Thief ()
Tag Line: Courage beyond words.
Release Date: 08 Nov 2013
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 130 min
Genres: Drama | War
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Where Seen: Theater (screening)
Production Company: Fox 2000 Pictures
Distributed ByTwentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): 
Writer(s):  (novel),  (adaptation)
Stars:  (Liesel Meminger),  (Hans Huberman),  (Rosa Huberman),  (Max Vandenburg),  (Rudy Steiner), Roger Allam (Death)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak (my review) is one of my all time favorite books. Its a story that made me ugly cry and one that has really stayed with me over the years. So when I heard that Hollywood was going to turn this beloved story into a movie I was worried. Sitting in the theatre waiting for the film to start I was a bundle of nerves as Hollywood usually doesn’t have the best track record with book to movie adaptations and as I said this is a book that I love beyond words.

During the opening moments I let out a sigh of relief as one of the best and most unique of characters in the book was present, that of the narrator, Death. For me, there would be no Book Thief without this narrator and while I liked Roger Allam in other things he’s done I don’t think he was the right fit for this movie. Death has such a strong voice in the book that Allam never quite captured. Although this could be due to the fact that they really under-utilized Death in the movie. I also don’t think he was ever named as such and so if you haven’t read the book then you might miss this key point. And since Death wasn’t in the movie as much as in the book some of my favorite lines were missing.

The lack of narration was missed but the other cast members really took up the slack and brought the characters to life.  was the perfect Liesel all wide-eyed and curious. She had such great onscreen chemistry that it was hard to look away.   as Rudy was so adorable, he too was the perfect choice for this role and he’ll make the viewer laugh and cry. Liersch and Nélisse really mesh well on screen and I loved all of their scenes together. As expected,  is outstanding as Hans Huberman but it was  as Rosa that would steal the show. She plays that thunderstorm of a character so amazingly well that I hope she earns some sort of nomination for it.

As with all book to movie adaptations, there were changes to the movie. Some events and characters were cut out or minimized but all the key moments in the book where there. John Williams does a fabulous job with the musical score though I don’t think its one of his strongest works. For me, there was just enough missing – be it the lack of narration, the score, or the things that were cut out – that I didn’t fall head over heels with this story. I didn’t ugly cry as I did with the book although I did tear up a little. There was just not as much heart in the movie as there was in the book and I think by not having as much narration that some of what makes the book so great is lost. This is just my thoughts though as there was someone behind me who totally ugly cried and looking around the theatre there were few dry eyes at the end.

The book had this magical prose that made you get lost in the words and while I did become immersed in the movie it just wasn’t the same. I don’t regret watching the movie though and it is among my favorites viewed this year. As a book to movie adaptation I think that Hollywood did a good job and now I am itching to read the book again. Last night, after I came home from the cinema I dug out my copy and flipped through it re-reading some of my favorite scenes and was pleased how certain ones were brought to life on screen.

My Recommendation: Totally worth seeing on the big screen if you are a fan of the book.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review: Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Title: A Lady by Midnight (Goodreads)
Publisher: Avon Books

Source: Publisher
Publication Date:30 April 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0062238841
Format: ebook (ARC)
Pages: 100

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Place(s) Traveled to: Spindle Cove, England (1814)


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: Goodness. Just look at it. Thick as my ankle.

Spindle Cove Series Order

Book 3: A Lady by Midnight
Book 3.5: The Beauty and the Blacksmith (Novella)
Book 4: Any Duchess Will Do (28 May 2013)

I’ve been a fan of Tessa Dare for a long time now and have loved every moment that I’ve spent in Spindle Cove and was disappointed when I saw that the final book, Any Duchess Will Do would not involve Diana Highwood. We first meet Diana in the first book, A Night to Surrenderand she has been a part of every book since in some fashion. Her sister Minerva’s story was told in A Week to be Wicked and so I was hoping that Diana too would one day find love. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that she would get her story…in the form of a novella, Beauty and the Blacksmith.

In some ways I should have known that Diana wouldn’t have a traditional marriage and her story did not disappoint. Beauty and the Blacksmith is short but its filled with humor and heart. Diana is a girl that has always done what is expected and I loved seeing her really come into her own and follow her heart. I also loved seeing more of her little sister, Charlotte, and wish there were more scenes with her. Maybe one day Dare will bridge the gap between the girls of Spindle Cove and a future series of hers so that she could get a story too. Though I won’t hold my breath on that one. lol

What disappointed me with this novella was that there was so little of Mrs Highwood, Diana’s overbearing mother. I would have loved more scenes with her when she learned about where her daughters heart resided. I think it would have been entertaining watching her head explode…figuratively, not literally. But alas, this was just a novella and so there wasn’t enough time for all those scenes that I wish could have been included.

Despite the lack of head explosions, Beauty and the Blacksmith was more than just your average boy meets girl story. Overlaid over the romance was a minor mystery with a thief in the Spindle Cove boarding house. And if you know anything about my romance reading preferences then you know how I like stories that offer a little more to them then just a romance. Beauty and the Blacksmith manages to do just that and even though it was so short the whole story ARC of the mystery is believably done.

I enjoyed Beauty and the Blacksmith and think that it fits in wonderfully with this series. Its also a story that is easily read as a standalone/introduction to this small English town. I loved the chemistry between Diana and Aaron and found their story to be very believable. I couldn’t have asked for a better story for Diana than this. Well, I do wish that it had been longer but I am happy with the story as it was told. And I think that anyone who has enjoyed a Tessa Dare book will enjoy it as well.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Blog Tour Review: Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

Posted by Irish in Blog Tour, Review3 Comments

Title: Highlander Most Wanted (Goodreads)

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Publisher, via TLC Blog Tours
Publication Date: 19 March 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0345533240
Format: ebook
Pages: 352

The Author on the Web:

Place(s) Traveled to: The Highlands of Scotland (Medieval Times)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: “Do you ever wish  but for a moment to go back in time?” Genevieve McInnis whispered as she stood in the window of the tiny tower room that had been appointed to her more than a year past.
Montgomerys and Armstrongs Series Order
Book 2 – Highlander Most Wanted
Book 3 – Highland Ever After

Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks is the second book in her Montgomery and Armstrong’s series that takes place in medieval Scotland. It takes place shortly after the events in Never Seduce a Scot end and involve that hero’s brother, Bowen, and Genevieve McInnis who makes a brief appearance at the end of the book. Like Eveline, in the first book, Genevieve is a bit broken and dealing with her own demons as well as physical scars left on her by her captor. 

During my read of Highlander Most Wanted I kept flashing back to Never Seduce a Scot there were just so many similarities in the story line and even the dialogue seemed to be lifted from one book into the other. I know that with romance books that there isn’t much in the way of an original story but this bordered on the ridiculous. The stories aren’t identical and their is some progression in the over series ARC but overall it just seemed like the same book with different names and slightly different scenarios at play.

The ending of Highlander Most Wanted was also a bit too difficult to believe based on that time period. If this had been a contemporary story it wouldn’t have been an issue but this was medieval Scotland and that would never have happened. Ever. 

For me, Highlander Most Wanted, wasn’t the best of reads. It wasn’t the worst either but I am not sure if I will continue on with this series. It was a quick story and I read it in just a few sittings but I read it more to get it finished than for any real desire to know what happened. Its possible that I’m just not a fan of Maya Banks’s writing as well as I have read some of her contemporaries which I also had mixed feelings about. So, if you are a fan of Maya Banks then you’ll probably enjoy this one. 

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

Posted by Irish in Blog Tour, Review3 Comments

Title: Never Seduce a Scot (Goodreads)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Publisher, via TLC Blog Tours
Publication Date: 25 Sept 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0345533232
Format: ebook
Pages: 372

The Author on the Web:

Place(s) Traveled to: The Highlands of Scotland (Medieval Times)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: “‘Tis madness!” Bowen Montgomery exclaimed.
Montgomerys and Armstrongs Series Order
Book 1 – Never Seduce a Scot
Book 3 – Highland Ever After

I got my start in reading romance with historicals, mostly regency era but also the occasional medieval as well. I have always had a fascination with the medieval time period and one of my favorite classes in college was an upper level medieval history course that I took as an elective. Lately when I have read a medieval historical I’ve gone back to ones that I’ve already read and haven’t really investigated some of the newer ones that have been written. So when the opportunity came up to be on Maya Banks’s blog tour I jumped at the chance. The first book in her new series about two rival Scottish clans is Never Seduce a Scot and involves Graeme Montgomery and Eveline Armstrong. 


The plot is one typically found in romances of this genre in that the two main characters are forced to wed by order of the king as a way to end an age long feud. As you can expect, this news doesn’t go over well with either clan. Overall, I really liked the plot and the world that Maya Banks created. There was believable chemistry between the two main characters. Although, for me, there was lots of eye-roll worthy cheesetastic lines that filled the pages. Especially towards the end. I also found it hard to swallow that Graeme figures out Eveline’s big secret in a matter of weeks when the family she lived with and was very close to had no inkling for over three years. Seriously? Not much of a close family that if you ask me. 


As Never Seduce a Scot had a typical plot there was lots that was predictable and all the foreshadowing didn’t help ease that much either. As such, I never fully became immersed in this world and I so wanted to love it. All the random head jumping didn’t help with this either. The main characters would sometimes annoy me (mostly with the cheesy dialogue) but I did like a lot of the secondary characters. I liked the whole sub-plot of Eveline’s  struggle to fit in and make a home in the keep of her former enemy. Never Seduce a Scot isn’t a book that I can fully recommend as there are just better Medieval Highland historicals out there in the world. But its not a total waste of time either so if you like this genre, or if you just like Maya Banks, then you will probably find something to like in this story as well.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Thief by Ava March

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Title: Thief (Goodreads)
Publisher: Carina Press

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 19 March 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1426893426
Format: ebook
Pages: 112
The Author on the Web:
Place(s) Traveled to: London, England (1822)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: Lord Benjamin Parker exited the hackney and reached up to hand a few coins to the driver. 
Brook Street Series Order
Book 0.5: My True Love Gave to Me
Book 1: Thief
Book 2: Fortune Hunter
Book 3: Rogues

When I read the synopsis for Thief by Ava March I thought that this was a book that I had to make a point to read. After all it was a historical romance, which is a genre I love, and it was a new subgenre for me in that it features a M/M romance. I haven’t read many M/M romances but I’m glad to see more and more of them getting published. And since love is love I think that they are worth a giving a chance. Ava March was a new author to me so I wasn’t sure what to expect from her writing but I loved her style. I enjoyed the world that she created and I could easily see Lord Benjamin rubbing elbows in ballrooms next to some of my favorite romance heroines.

Thief was a short story and its easy to read in just a few hours. It has not major plot to it but its more than just two characters meeting and finding their happily every after. If there were more pages I think that more could have been done with characters from Cavin’s life on the the wrong side of town. But overall I think events played out nicely. I liked Cavin’s relationship with Sam and how they looked out for each other. I also adored the romance between Cavin and Ben. It was sweet and realistic and my heart broke a little that they lived in such a constricting time.

This book had all those little moments that I think were missing from The Other Guy (my review). There was a bit more of a plot to it for one and March didn’t shy away from writing about the smexy times. As I said above I think that I would have loved this one all the more if there was more to the plot over more pages. But there is nothing rushed in the story that was told. The ending was a little cutsey for me but I am interested in checking out the other books in the series to see how things play out for some of the characters we met in Thief. Plus I want to see more from Cavin and Ben. All in all I don’t think that historical romance readers will be disappointed in this book.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

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Publisher: St. Martins

Source: Library
Publication Date: 30 September 2008
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0312949812
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 360


The Author on the web:
Lisa Kleypas – Official Site
Lisa Kleypas – Blog
Lisa Kleypas – Twitter


Place(s) Traveled to: Hampshire, England (1849)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The Hathways Series Order
Book 1 – Mine Till Midnight
Book 2 – Seduce Me at Sunrise
Book 2.5 – A Hathaway Wedding
Book 3 – Tempt Me at Twilight
Book 4 – Married by Morning
Book 5 – Love in the Afternoon

First Line: Win had always thought Kev Merripen was beautiful in the way that an austere landscape or a wintery day could be beautiful.

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Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas takes place not terribly long after the events of Mine Till Midnight end only this time starring Winnifred Hathaway and long time friend/estate worker Kev Merripen. Kev is of gypsy decent and was rescued as a boy by the Hathaway family and growing up in their crazy, unpredictable family. As with Mine Till Midnight I loved the Hathaway clan. They are fun and boisterous and defy conventions and often seem to delight in turning society on its head. 


Of all the Hathaway family members Win was my least favorite. Due to circumstances that she could not control she was struck down with an illness which made her weak and so she is much more tame when compared to her siblings and I think that I missed the outragousness. For most of her life Win has loved Kev and he has loved her in return and yet most of the book was their denying their attraction for each other as they are both holding on to the past. Kev also spends so much time thinking that he is unworthy of Win because of his origins. Though this point really shouldn’t have been belabored as much based on what he knows of the Hathaways and with events that happened in Mine Till Midnight.

However, as with many romances there needs to be a little drama to build a story and that is the drama of Seduce Me at Sunrise. It just didn’t work for me and the thing that held this book together was the supporting cast of the Hathaway clan. I just adore this family and while I am glad that Win found her HEA I could have done without a book devoted to her. Which feels horrible to say since Win is a really nice character and maybe its because she is so much more conventional than her siblings that she just stands out and doesn’t seem as colorful. I know I shouldn’t hold it against her but part of me does.

All in all Seduce Me at Sunrise is a good addition to the series and there are elements of it that I liked but I never fully fell in love with it as I did with Mine Till Midnight. I think I just liked the banter and the sparks between Amelia and Cam more than with Win and Kev. The writing and the pacing are solid and what one would expect from a Lisa Kleypas novel but there was nothing that really makes this story stick in my brain as a beloved old friend as some historical romances that I have read. 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Review: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

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Publisher: Avon Books

Source: NEIBA
Publication Date: 29 Jan 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0062068539
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 384
Websites:

Place(s) Traveled to: London, England (1831)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Rules of Scoundrels Series Order
Book 1 – A Rogue By Any Other Name
Book 2 – One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
Book 3 – No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (27 Aug 2013)
Book 4 – Untitled (~2013/2014)

First Line: There were benefits to being the second son.

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From the moment I finished Sarah MacLean’s A Rogue By Any Other Name I was desperate to get my hands on One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. The epilogue from Rogue held such promise that I was eager to see how poor Cross dealt with the particular brand of odd that is Pippa Marbury. Pippa as you may recall from Rogue is Penelope’s sister who is nearly engaged Lord Castleton because its the proper thing to do. But Pippa has a curious side and knack for finding things out so when she learn’s her new brother in law, Bourne, is owner of a gaming hell then Pippa decides she wants to flirt with scandal before settling down to a good and virtuous wife. 

Enter in Cross, Bourne’s business partner a rogue who is good with numbers and so very ill equipped to deal with one of the Marbury clan. One does have to give Cross credit though he really does try to resist Pippa. He tries so hard to get her to stop her experiments and go back to being nearly engaged and live a scandal free life. But as any romance reader knows he’d have a better chance at setting fire to rain than in dissuading a determined female.

What follows in One Good Earl is a serious of events that will have the reader laughing out loud and falling as deeply in love with Pippa and Cross as they do with each other. As with all of MacLean’s other books you will be put through a torturous ride where you lose track of the fact that you are reading a romance and you question if a happily ever after will happen for the hero and heroine. I delighted in how odd that Pippa was and feel as though I might have been her if I’d grown up in the 19th century. I am a bit of a science nerd myself though I think Pippa is far smarter than I’ll ever hope to be. 

Cross and Pippa are a wonderful pair and I adored their story. I also loved the little snippet/teaser that we get into Temple’s background. Though I have to admit that I am not as excited for his story. At least not yet. At least with Cross and Pippa we had the fun epilogue at the end of Rogue. Plus Temple has the sad place of having his story told right before Chase’s and on thing that One Good Earl does is make the reader hunger even more for his story. Chase is a meddlesome rogue and I feel that his friends are going to really enjoy making him squirm in payback for all that he has down while they were falling. 

The one real disappointment that I had with this story was that there weren’t enough cameos from Bourne and Penelope. I loved their story and so was hoping to see more of them here. But despite their lack of appearances I still delighted in this book and read it in just a few hours of it landing in my hands. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and got the odd look from passer bys as I’d laugh and gasp during my reading of it. (It should be noted that I read this book in a hotel lobby as I had time to kill between a conference and a dinner that night.) If you’ve read anything by Sarah MacLean then you are sure to enjoy this book. If this is your first experience reading MacLean then its sure to make you a life long fan. This book is a must read for me and I can’t recommend it enough. I loved it so much that just by writing this review makes me want to read it all over again so I think I’m going to go and do just that.


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