Friday, 31 August 2012

Review: Mr Cavendish, I presume- Julia Quinn

Title: Mr Cavendish, I Presume
Author: Julia Quinn
Format: Paperback
Length: 370 pages
Genre: Romance
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Semi-serious disclaimer; I read this book right after another P. C. Cast "yay for women, we are all goddesses, don't we rock"-fest and I think it affected my judgement because reading Mr. Cavendish, I Presume, all I could think was "Come on Amelia, grow some lady-gonads and stand up for yourself!". 

Basics, Lady Amelia Willoughby is long betrothed to Thomas Cavendish, Duke of Wyndham. Now she is 21, and positively on the shelf, and everyone is waiting for him to set the date for the wedding before his bride ages too much and her shrivelled ovaries can not bear him a nursery full of boys.

After 20 years of civilised engagement and a very long introduction, Thomas and Amelia suddenly start to notice each other, and indifference turns into passionate kisses in fields (the over-riding lesson from this book is that nature really gets regency characters going). Then, in typical literary fashion, as soon as you begin to want something that you always had, it gets taken away from you- enter the long lost cousin, the true Duke of Wyndham. Problem is, Amelia is contracted to marry the Duke of Wyndham, not Thomas Cavendish... whoops!

Amelia can be a tad annoying; in order for the plot to progress, it is vital that she doesn't talk, because that would mean that it could all be easily resolved, and so at these points she sits there silently, unable to talk, even as her inner monologue is completely coherent. Ppsh! What nonsense! This is all especially annoying as her personality becomes less sit back and take it all since the start of the book, so its kind of out of character by the middle of the story. 

Julia Quinn has managed to extend not a lot of actual events into a decent sized book- her ability to break everything down into excruciating detail is impressive but relentless, and I think she should have used descriptive discretion- some selectivity please! Sometimes it works- like in post-kiss sexual tension. Here Thomas is doing up the top buttons on the back of Amelia's dress...

'Her hand flew to the back of her neck, and from her gasp he wondered if she'd even realized he had undone two of her buttons. She tried to refasten them herself, and he rather enjoyed watching the attempt, but after about ten seconds of frantic fumbling, he took pity on her, and gently brushed her fingers aside.
"Allow me", he murmured.
As if she had any other choice.
His hands worked slowly, even though every rational corner of his brain knew that a quick frock closure was in order. But he was mesmerized by that small patch of skin, peachy smooth and his alone. Faint blond tendrils slid down her nape, and when his breath touched her, her skin seemed to shiver. He leaned down. He couldn't help himself. He kissed her. And she moaned again.
"We had better return" he said roughly, stepping back. Then he realized he'd never done the last button of her frock. He swore under his breath, because it couldn't possibly be a good idea to touch her again, but he couldn't very well send her back to the house like that, so back to the buttons he went, moving with considerably more diligence this time.
"There you are", he muttered.'

And that was just for two buttons! I do totally realise that it is supposed to be intense and detailed and tantalising and whatnot, but please make the text before the intensely detailed part less... erm... intensely detailed. 25 pages for one conversation, one kiss and two buttons is just SO LONG! It ended up being almost slow in places, and much of the tantalising effect was lost. 

Although I do complain (haha, see above rant), I did enjoy Mr Cavendish, I presume, and it was a nice book to sit outside in the sunshine with, especially if you are looking for a bit of fluff; gooey, lovely, regency fluff, which is totally a literary food group. Happy fluffy endings all around. Yay!! 6.5

Goddess of Troy, by P.C. Cast

Title: Goddess of Troy
Author: P. C. Cast
Format: Paperback
Length: 367 Pages
Genre: Fantasy Romance
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This is an old review I found hidden in the depths of my drafts folder. Enjoy.

Another P. C. Cast book to review! Admittedly when I read another of her books, Goddess of the Sea, I was sceptical, and quite critical, but as it got better as it went through, I thought I'd give this series another shot. This book is based upon a myth I'm a little more familiar with- Achilles and the Trojan War.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised; so surprised in fact that I have been to the library already to get another book from the series.

But anyway, Goddess of Troy. Hera, Athena and Venus ("Don't call me Aphrodite, Darling") have gotten totally fed up with the Trojan War, and decide that Achilles should be removed from battle (to break the stalemate) which would also fulfill an old promise to Achilles' mummy dearest to try to spare him from his terrible fate- a young death, but fame and glory for all eternity. Complicated Goddess-made plots ensue, combining body switches between princesses and modern independant women from Tulsa, and a lot of greek politics, and sex.

Lots of sex, but written well, steamy and fluster inducing, with a clear distinction between sex based upon trust and mutual feelings etc and nasty, creepy, evil-king-and-his-whore-sex that comes complete with added scheming. I really like this distinction as I hate books where the emotional side of sex isn't considered at all, just the physical. Yay, emotions. Although, Kat's use of hypnotism in sex is a bit... well... not PC.

The women in this book, both mortal and goddesses, especially Kat and Jackie (the protagonists/mortal pawns) are all really strong characters. Jackie, for example, is quite happy to boss around a whole camp full of armed warriors, so that she (a nurse) can treat a random injured guy properly. Kudos.  The entire book is basically a celebration of modern. strong, independent, intelligent and sassy women, who don't take any nonsense. And this is great, but full on, and so does wear a bit thin by the end of the book.

I don't get why the goddesses all refer to Jackie and Kat as 'modern' and Achilles and his buddies as 'ancient', as they themselves are from Achilles' era. Maybe it was to simplify the perspectives, but it just didn't sound right to me. Details matter!! It's almost as bad a continuity errors! *Shivers*

But I think that was the only thing that really bugged me- at least it is the only thing I can think of now. Once you get used to the body switching and two-names per character malarkey, which P. C. Cast seems to do in lots of this series of books, its actually a really nice book to read. The whole celebration of women thing, and the easily recognisable mythology that it is inspired by help to move Goddess of Troy firmly into the realms of easy reading, and well away from the danger zone that is mindless trash. I think I actually really like P. C. Cast's pro-women, yay we rule perspective, and I'll definitely be reading more of her stuff in the future.
7 stars, and an admission to being a total P. C. Cast convert.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Teaser Tuesday #2

This is a post for Teaser Tuesday, which is where I randomly pick a page of the book I'm reading at the moment, and share with all you lovelies two sentences off that page, with no spoilers allowed. This is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 This week I'm reading The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia Ahern. It's been on my TBR shelf for a few months now, and I have stashed it in my bag to read on the way home from London tonight!

p. 101.
"The birds were like hyperactive monkeys, with constant chirpy calls and doing Tarzan-like swoops from one tree to another. Tired from my all-nighter with my friends, I just kept walking, my head bursting with their conversations, the things I had learned - Laura had had to take the morning-after pill- but none were as loud as the conversation I was having with myself in my head."

Ooh, add to that some random words from the same page, like castle and Lycra, and I am massively intrigued. That and the fairy book mother said that the main guy was a good one.

As ever, feel free to comment. Has anyone else read this book? Or, is anyone thinking of reading it now?  Add it on Goodreads here, or buy from Amazon here.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Showcase Sunday #2

Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. It is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

Bought Books-
Beautiful Disaster, by Jamie McGuire

Borrowed Books

Got hold of my mum's ipad and downloaded a few gems. I seem to like downloading classics at the moment. 

The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

And some other books that aren't so classic...

'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy, by Leslie Langtry 
A Family Affair, by Mary Campisi
Maid for the Billionaire, by Ruth Cardello
The Tycoon's Revenge, by Melody Anne
Thirst, by Claire Farrell

Plans for this coming week.... 
I'm actually writing this on Thursday, and scheduling it for Sunday, as this weekend and the coming week is super busy for me. By the time this is posted on Sunday, I should be massively hungover after a friend's party, and about to go off to get a coach to London to see my lovely uni housemates who I have been missing muchly!!  So, both today and Tuesday, I have 6 hours on a coach to look forward to as I couldn't afford the train! Luckily, I have a nice stack of books to take with me!!!

Have a great week, and see you next weekend!!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

The one where I am needy, and request facebook love

If you guys are like, Rachel and her blog are LOLTASTIC, but I dont know how to stalk her effectively, there is a new option for you all!!!
Ok, Not a new option, but my very own facebook page is new!!!

The link is here, you lovely people!!! LIKE ME!!

Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, by Jenny Colgan

Title: Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams
Author: Jenny Colgan
Format: Paperback
Length: 465 pages
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
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Rosie Hopkins is disillusioned with her London life. Not that she will admit it, but the nagging thoughts are there. So when her great aunt Lilian needs help after a hip operation (not that Lilian will admit that either), Rosie is rather easily convinced to go to the tiny village of Lipton in the middle of nowhere. Maybe leaving her boyfriend Gerard on his own for a while will spur him to do his own laundry, or cook a meal, or propose, maybe. 8 years is a looong rut to get stuck in! Once Rosie gets to Lipton, she initially struggles with country life- city habits die hard, afterall, but soon she finds, somewhat predictably, but reasonably enough, that country life suits her- although she initially won't admit that either. I think it was the flurry of flirtatious country men she found, with nice smiles and muscular tanned arms that changed her mind. Can't argue with that.

Do you have any sweets?!
Rosie's Great Aunt Lilian is just as stubborn as Rosie. She doesn't want to admit she needs help, as she is not ready to be old... She doesn't want to move out of her home or lose her sweetshop, even though its not been open in years. And Rosie's arrival spurs some memories of Lilian's own youth, and the relationship with the love her life, which took place right in that little village of Lipton.

Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams is a rather indulgent title, but then its a rather indulgent book. Ignoring the story briefly, each chapter starts with extracts from Lilian's book about sweets, which includes several sugar based recipes for home made treats which are Mouthwatering.
I read this while eating a MASSIVE bar of bourneville!!! NOM! This is, in short, not a book for someone on a strict diet. 

Talking about the actual story, it is split between Rosie's POV in the present and Lilian's POV during WWII (which is put into italics to make the difference really clear between the two in case your brain is having an off day). It helps to show all the family parallels but its handled nicely; more like "sort your life out love, so that you don't make the same mistakes that I did", rather than, "oh, my own problems screwed up your life in the same way, don't we have issues, I WEEP!".

Sometimes it felt like there was something missing when I was reading it, and it took a while to work out what that was (proving it was only a small point). Colgan's writing sometimes felt like it had gone through one too many edits, and that, as a result, small things had been missed out. Like some of the physical descriptions of some of the characters, especially in terms of age perception. Also some of Rosie's thought processes seemed to make large leaps. Like when she realises that one of her new friends is gay, despite few previous hints to indicate that he was gay; once she knows he is gay, it appears that he transforms into the super Queen of the village. 

Overally, lovely, fluffy, indulgent (omg, I'm so hungry!) chick lit, with a really nice, funny, realistic relationship between  the two female protagonists, that then expands into a romance, which fits in nicely alongside the chick lit bit without overshadowing it. 7 empty chocolate wrappers. I mean, 7 somethings that are not sweet related.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Amy and Isabelle, by Elizabeth Strout

Title: Amy and Isabelle
Author: Elizabeth Strout
Format: Paperback
Length: 320 pages
Genre: Fiction
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Not too sure about this one. Something just didnt click when I was reading it. Don't get me wrong, it was written beautifully, in its own way. I really liked how when the reader is being told what a character's thought process is, they are also often told their physical actions simultaneously in brackets. And I kinda like that as the reader you get to see that everyone in the little town of Shirley Falls has lots of secrets, small and huge alike, so that you end up seeing not just Amy and Isabelle's story develop, but everyone else's too. 

And I really liked Amy's friend Stacy, because she is such a stereotypically bad teenager; she swears like a trooper, hates everyone and everything, smokes, and gets pregnant and doesn't notice, all whilst managing to be really popular.  So, erm, those were my good bits of the book. 

The plot was kinda unusual, and the ending didn't sit well with me, especially how it all worked out for Amy. Plus, the story starts in the middle. Lots of books do this, but I didn't like how this one started in the middle. 

So at the start, which is actually the middle, Isabelle is working in an office at a mill, where her daughter Amy is also working for a summer job. Fat Bev is also there, who is the most surreal character in this whole book, possibly because she talks about her bowel movements far too often, in too much detail. It soon transpires that Amy and Isabelle Loathe each other, with capital letter and all, and that it is actually the middle of the story. Its also the 1960s, as a conversation about men on the moon indicates. Oh, and Amy's buddy Stacy is preggers. 

And then there is this whole "it all began when" part, where earlier in the year Amy meets her substitute maths teacher and embarks on a really inappropriate and increasingly sexual affair with him.  This leads to them being caught, obviously, and us eventually reaching where the story started, i.e, the middle, and then after this point eventually when all of the secret secrets come out and there are so many predictable parallels between the different generations and stuff like that, and it gets a bit sappy, where lots of people cry at once. And then its hard to tell if the ending is supposed to be happy or sad, or resolved or unresolved or WHAT? I like to know what to feel, and who I like at the end of the book, and I didn't (other than Stacy, who wasn't even a main character), so its bugging me!!!! 
Artsy-type writing, lots of description, but I didn't like the story or the characters that much- not even enough to take sides. 4 Stars

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Teaser Tuesday #1

Ooh, get me, participating in stuff. I'm such a little joiner. Ok, giddy moment over...

This is a post for Teaser Tuesday, which is where I randomly pick a page of the book I'm reading at the moment, and share with all you lovelies two sentences off that page, with no spoilers allowed. This is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

So today I started reading Heat Stroke, which is Book 2 in Rachel Caine's weather warden's series. I finished the first one in the series, Ill Wind, this morning and LOVED IT so very excited about this second instalment.

p. 215...
This kid clearly didn't have the rule book memorised, because he'd forgotten all about the Rule of Three, which even I had known before meeting my first Djinn. Ask three times, they answer.

AH, this page was full of spoilers!! Spoilers that I now know, but won't share, as that would be unfair. But they are spoilers that have made me want to read this book even more, right now!!!

As ever, feel free to comment. Has anyone else read this book? Or, is anyone thinking of reading it now? Add it on Goodreads here, or buy from Amazon here.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Read-a-thon Updates....

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Sexy Bout Of Books participants, leave me lovely messages and I will stalk you back and leave you similarly lovely whoop-whoop well done messages. 

Progress Update...

Monday 13th
Book(s) read:  The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
Pages read: 104
Total Books finished: 0
Thoughts for monday...
So its only the first day of the Bout of Books read-a-thon and already I have changed  added to my book list, which you can look at here. I started reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer today, which was another of the books my fairy book mother lent me the other day. I was going to start with something from my original goals list, but it just felt like a day to read about aliens.

Tuesday 14th
Book(s) read: The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
Pages read: 515
Total Books finished: 1 (YAY!!)

Thoughts for Tuesday: finished The Host today. Wish I had stuck with it on Monday because it got much better almost as soon as I picked it up from p.104. Did finish it at 4am as I had social obligations (playing crazy golf, watching the fireworks and then a visit to the pub) in the evening, but this was pre-sleep, so it counts as Tuesday still!

Wednesday 15th
Book(s) read: Ill Wind, by Rachel Caine; Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, by H.P. Mallory
Pages read: 36 + 81= 117
Total Books finished: 1
Thoughts for Wednesday: Got really into Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (free on ibooks on ipad), but its The Boyfriend's Ipad, and so my time with it was limited. Luckily he is working tomorrow, so will continue it then!

Thursday 16th
Book(s) read: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, by H.P. Mallory
Pages read: 235
Total Books finished: 1 (still)
Thoughts for Thursday: been taking books/ipad everywhere in case of extra few minutes reading, but forgot to take it with me when I had tyres on the car replaced. Never wanted to read so much for an hour in my life! Work tomorrow so not nearly enough reading will be going on! Only 50pages left on Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble!!

Friday 17th
Book(s) read:  Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, by H.P. Mallory; Ill Wind, by Rachel Caine
Pages read: 50+18
Total Books finished: 2 (yay!!)
Thoughts for Friday: Busy day with work and just generally being exhausted. Fell asleep after only 18 pages of Ill Wind, which was surprising as it was a really good 18 pages. 

Saturday 18th
Book(s) read: None at all!!!
Pages read: 0
Total Books finished: 2
Thoughts for Saturday: too much stuff to do to read today (unfortunately), but hoping for a big reading push tomorrow. Nearly there!

Sunday 19th
Book(s) read: Ill Wind, by Rachel Caine
Pages read: 188
Total Books finished: 2 and two thirds!!
Thoughts for Sunday: Had a really busy day, taking the dog for a walk and reversing my car into a wall (luckily only a small dent, and even that had popped back out by the time I got home). About 2/3 through Ill Wind, which I am really enjoying, so I'm glad I've got the next book to go straight onto it afterwards.

Total Pages Read: 1227
Total Books Read: Nearly 3 (So so close).
Can't wait until Bout of Books 6.0!!! I'll have to try and beat this weeks totals next time! Hope that everyone else managed to reach the targets they set for themselves. I think that I need to look at listening to an audio book occasionally so that I can fit in as many books as I want. Did anyone else use audio books during the read-a-thon? Did they help? Let me know!!! xx

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Showcase Sunday #1

Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. It is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

This is my first Showcase Sunday! Whoop! (so this may change format)

Bought Books
- none this week, as I am currently lacking funds! But, I get paid in 4 days, so god only knows how long this list will be next week!!

Borrowed Books- My fairy book mother (otherwise known as my Godmother), lent me a big stack of the Weather Wardens Series by Rachel Caine, and The Host, by Stephenie Meyer (which I have read already as part of the Bout of Books 5.0 read-a-thon).

Ebooks- All of the ebooks I have downloaded were free (again, lack of fundage) and from the ibooks store on the ipad. This week I downloaded Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P.Mallory, and Emma, by Jane Austen.

Plans for this coming week.... 
Need to catch up on some reviews, especially on the books from this week's read-a-thon. But, also hoping to read some more of the Weather Wardens series. I'm already halfway through Ill Wind and really enjoying it so far!

Have a great week, and see you next weekend!!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

The Movie- Louise Bagshawe

I remember this being one of my favourite books when I was about fifteen. Probably because it was amongst the first properly adult books that I read. I remember asking to borrow it from my mum, and her asking if I was sure I wanted to read it, as it contained plenty of "throbbing cocks"- my mum not being one to mince her words.

The movie is about, surprisingly enough, a movie, or the making of it. More specifically, three women who would remain entirely unconnected if it wasn't for this movie. Megan Silver, a typical generation-x girl, has written a killer screenplay called "see the lights", and lucks out when it gets picked up by a major agency. The male lead cast is Zach Mason, the buff and brooding singer from Megan's all-time favourite band Dark Angel, but he and Megan quickly fall out. Meanwhile, SuperDuperModel, Roxana Felix wants to be an actress and she quickly screws her way into the lead female role in Megan's movie. Oh, and she is a mega super bitch. I think that's the official phrase.

And then the book also follows Eleanor Marshall, who has recently been promoted to president of the studio that is making "see the lights". There are three things she wants in life; success in her new job, a baby, and Tom, her closest friend and immediate boss who just happens to be married to a 24year old arm candy sex toy bimbo.

Bitchiness and callous plots to overthrow various different people, both romantically and professionally, often at the same time,  are totally in excess throughout the book but they make they book a lot more interesting and dramatic. I'm trying to ignore the idea that it is unrealistic that so many people are all plotting against Roxana, Eleanor and Megan.

I really like that Louise Bagshawe pays so much attention to the clothes and make-up her characters wear, especially as in this book their clothing reflects their status so so much, and really help to contrast the characters against each other. Eleanor is classy and professional in business suits, Roxana is always overtly sexual in designer everything, whereas Megan's clothing transforms dramatically throughout the book from being understated and casual to becoming a hot hollywood bitch.

With all of the scandal and bitchiness and plotting, followed by the requisite happily ever after, (that was caused by the really fucked up situation in the middle), it's a real balance of evil-yay and happy-yay, which is the type of book I can really get into for a few hours.
7 stars.

To buy this book from Amazon, click here or for a Kindle copy, click here.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

My First Read-a-thon - Goals

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Very excited that I am going to be a part of the Bout of Books read-a-thon that is starting on Monday. I'm behind on my Goodreads challenge to read 50 books, so I'm hoping this is a good opportunity to catch up a bit, as well as being a bit of a challenge for me. 

I am going to challenge myself to read at least 4 books this week, although I think that reading 7 would be great, but unlikely. I think I just like the sound of reading a book a day for a week. Poetic, and nerdy.

You can follow my progress on twitter or here throughout the week, and I will post reviews for all the books I read, and maybe even some pics of ALL OF THE BOOKS!!!

At the moment, the books I plan to read are...

The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia Ahern
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Empire of Silver, by Conn Iggulden
The Lady of the Rivers, By Philippa Gregory

and hopefully... 
Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
The Brightest Star in the Sky, by Marian Keyes
Ill Wind, by Rachel Caine (my godmother, also know as the fairy book-mother is lending me this and assures me the series is something I'll enjoy)

And these that I have added on to my list too!!
The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, by H.P. Mallory

But, I will probably change the order, and the choices of books, and everything else, ever. I am the Queen of Indecision.

First though, is the weekend, and I have 3 reviews to finish and a suntan to work on.

Look out for these over the next few days.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Dreams of a Dark Warrior- Kresley Cole

Reginleit the radiant is an immortal daughter of the gods Woden and Freya. At just 12 years old she leaves Valhalla to save her sister Lucia, and meets Aiden the Fierce, a Beserker who claims her to be his future wife. Nine years later she returns to him, now a full grown woman, allowing Aiden to try to win her heart. Before they can wed, and shortly after doing the nasty for the first time together, they are separated by Aiden's untimely, and gruesome death. Over a thousand years later, Aiden's soul is reincarnated in the body of Declan Chase, and he has become a member of The Order, an organisation of mortals who hunt down and kill immortal and supernatural beings. And Regin just happens to be his next target. Once Regin has been captured,  her only hope of escape is to make Declan remember his love for her, even though she knows that their cursed relationship will inevitably lead to his death. Tough decision! Except that he has, in her eyes, betrayed her, and he did stab her with a mashoosive blade to capture her; general self preservation kicks in over hanging out with Aiden's soul, especially as he is now a total jerk. So its all a bit emotional conflict; Declan is all "oh, I hate her, but she fixes the internal anguish that drugs cannot, and Damn she's fine!"

There are lots of other characters that are casually referred to that I think must be in other books in the series, and they all seem to turn up throughout the book- truly The Order seems to be having a good few weeks, as so many of the characters that are relevant to the story line are brought in recently, and all to the same facility. Kudos to them. So they capture enough people that eventually someone else's bad deeds and terrible repercussions turn up and all the shit hits the fan, which was good because by that point it was getting a little snore and there was no progression.

Cole's writing style is so typically paranormal romance. It's all "oh, my past anguish, but I won't think about that until later when it is revealed after about a million oh-my-inner-turmoil moments", and lots of one sentence paragraphs where the person plays their own devils advocate briefly before reverting to their original thought pattern.

And so much stuff happens off page that is so casually referred to that I can't decide if it's alluding to other books in the series or if it's just some lazy ass story telling going on. I'm always wary of books that have lists of definitions before the story; again, is it lazy, or just that complicated? I did appreciate some of the definitions, but at some parts of the story it felt like Cole was just taking liberties just because she had already given random facts. Like in the definitions the Valkyrie are described with a note that without training, most can be mesmerised by shining objects. Then, a few chapters in, "Regin dug into her copious chest of jewels, containing no glittering stones, of course." just seems like a pointless thing to mention, as it wasn't necessary and didn't even fit in with the characters current train of thought. I don't even think it was mentioned anywhere else in the book.

I kinda feel that I'm bitching about this book way too much, cos its actually not all that bad. Sure, the vivisection is pretty nasty, and there are flaws, but Regin is funny, and it ticks all of the standard boxes for paranormal romance, has plenty of steamy bits, and Cole just about pulls it all together at the end after a few wobbly bits, for both the characters and the reader. 6 stars.

Edit... I wrote this months and months ago, and really struggled to remember all the plot points when trying to edit this. It seemed rushed in places, and so long and dragging in others. BUT, I am going to give Kresley Cole another chance to wow me and try to read the first of this series sometime soon (because this is the 10th one, and its always difficult starting in the middle, especially as they aren't stand alone books).

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

I will post more often!!!

Ok, so I am terrible at posting reviews regularly. I have had the busiest year ever I think, having just completed my final year at university in May (exams and dissertation, never ever again!!), and graduating in July, moving house (for the 6th time in 3years), looking for a job, and now working (hopefully temporarily) in a supermarket. Phew, I'm exhausted just writing that. So reading books has kinda been pushed onto the back-burner until recently, and blogging about books has been pushed even further back, or like, hidden behind the back-burner. BUT NO MORE!! I am back, and here to stay, like an unwelcome relative.

And, just to start with, my drafts folder is full of unfinished reviews that I have started but not had time to finish. Some of these are just a title and like three words of notes. I will improve them before I publish them... maybe. 

List of a few upcoming reviews (of books I have already read) in no particular order...

The Movie, by Louise Bagshawe
Goddess of Troy, By P.C. Cast
Mr. Cavendish, I presume, by Julia Quinn
Dreams of a Dark Warrior, by Kresley Cole
Goddess of Spring, By P.C. Cast
Goddess of Love, by P.C. Cast
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
Amy and Isabelle, by Elizabeth Strout
The Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, by Elizabeth Aston
Blood Royal, by Vanora Bennett
Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, by Jenny Colgan