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Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

This was a book I was either bound to love or hate.  It’s like a new movie with a lot of big name actors.  It’ll either be wonderful or absolute ridiculousness riding on the power of its stars.  Speak Easy, Speak Love has a lot of elements I like – it’s set in the 1920s and it’s based on Much Ado About Nothing.  That’s my favorite Shakespeare play – a great comedy and light romance with a lot of wit instead of the usual foolishness.  Add the glitz and glamour of a ’20s speakeasy, and there are a lot of promises. For […]

Posted August 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

I wanted so so much to like Bright Smoke, Cold Fire with the same fiery passion as I liked Crimson Bound.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire has the feeling of a book that wants to do too many things.  There are two POVs in this one – Runajo and Paris, and both are trying to accomplish the same thing – save the city.  In one POV, we learn about the inside of the religious order of the city – in the other, the reader experiences the correct underground.  Either view could have been interesting enough in […]

Posted August 15, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

This book has such a pretty cover.  The OwlCrate edition is a beautiful purple and orange gradient and the cover aesthetics are everything I love.  It has perfect purple end pages.  It’s so, so pretty. I wish I liked the book as much as I like the cover. The first word that comes to mind in describing Amber & Dusk is “clunky”.  There are the bare bones here for a decent story.  It reminded me of a cross of Mirage and Red Queen.  There’s an interesting magic system and characters that could be interesting if there was a little more care taken.  There are also a lot […]

Posted July 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Anna of Kleve:  The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Man, I really wanted to like this book. First of all, I should start off, I really like Philippa Gregory’s books.  I’ve read The Constant Princess three times.  I have both a hardcopy and audiobook edition of The Taming of the Queen, which is her take on Anne of Cleves.  I am constantly fascinated by the intrigue of the Tudor Court.  I love the way it’s a romance, a suspense, and a solidly good drama.  But it all depends on the author. And I’m the worst.  I get it.  I’m comparing authors and it’s unfair but I need to.  Because I adored Anne’s story… but […]

Posted July 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables is one of those books that I requested so fast.  I absolutely adore Anne of Green Gables – no other story has captured my heart quite so much.  So, even though I knew that Marilla’s story would be different, everything in my heart and soul needed this book. I confess – it took me a little while to get into Marilla of Green Gables.  I was immediately disappointed that it wasn’t as charming as Anne’s version of the story.  Marilla felt like a different person, and I was grumpy, and I didn’t like it.  Then enter Rachel White – to become […]

Posted June 17, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //