February Novel Review Wrap Up

Undone by Shannon RichardUndone by Shannon Richard

Challenges
– 100 books in a year
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Review

Hell Without You by Ranae RoseHell Without You by Ranae Rose

Challenges
– 100 books in a year
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Review

Februrary Book Haul

These are the books that found their way to my bookshelf this month.

Bought Books:
– Celebrity Shopper by Carmen Reid
– The Stranger by Camilla Lackberg
– Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 (Coyote Moon, Night Of The Living Rerun & Portal Through Time) by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover & Alice Henderson

Giveaway:

Goodreads Giveaway:
– Fallout by James K. Decker
– The Winter People by Jennifer McMahone

NetGalley:
– Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
– Undone by Shannon Richard
– Hell Without You by Ranae Richards
– Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry
– Third Degree by Julie Cross
– Me Since You by Laura Weiss
– Endless by Amanda Gray
– Cowboy In My Pocket by Kate Douglas
– The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George
– Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard

Another Update!

I’ve decided that I want to get back into the habit of writing and blogging everyday and while I don’t exactly have all the time in the world I’ve decided that I can squeeze in a half hour everyday if that’s what it takes to get back into a routine. I love writing and blogging, it fuels my creative outlet.

There has been a lack of book reviews this month despite the pile up of books sitting to be read and reviewed. I hit a snag with two books that I was attempting to read and they’ve put me behind severely. I’m terribly sorry, I will try to have another  up within the next week. Possibly on the weekend.

I started up a sims blog yesterday, I got back into playing, actually playing a family versus building and decorating. I started a legacy family. It’s different mostly because I’m not looking to write a story – that’s where I get stuck it seems is telling the story. So my posts will be mostly picture laden with a few words here and there possibly explaining the moments before and after the picture was taken. I’ve also decided not to follow a legacy challenge I just want to see how long I can keep the family going. You can follow it here if you like: Just Another Sims 3 Blog. I’ll be attempting to move all my pages over within the next week.

January Review Novel Wrap Up

I’m going to try to do a monthly wrap up of the novels I’ve read, link their reviews and mention what Reading Challenges I counted them towards, and since I don’t think I’ll get any more reading done for the month of January I’m just going to post it now. However if I do, then I’ll update this post accordingly.

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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year 2014 Reading Challenge
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
– 2014 Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge
– Just For Fun Reading Challenge 2014

Review

An Earthly Knight

An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year 2014 Reading Challenge
– 2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– Meet the Protagonist Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

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Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2014
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

Challenges

– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014

Review

Book Review – The Laird Who Loved Me

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen HawkinsTitle: The Laird Who Loved Me
Author: Karen Hawkins
Series: MacLean Curse – Book #5
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: August 25th 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4165-6026-5
Source: owned (paperback)

Synopsis

Handsome Alexander MacLean enjoyed his intoxicating flirtation with lovely Caitlyn Hurst…until she embarrassed him in front of the entire ton. Orchestrating Caitlyn’s attendance at a fashionable house party, Alexander plots her downfall. But to his fury, her charm and wit thwart his plan to ruin her.

Her disastrous London season left Caitlyn filled with regret and determined to make things right with Alexander. She’s delighted to find him at the house party to which she’s unexpectedly invited – but it’s clear that the sexy, arrogant Highlander hasn’t forgiven her. So Caitlyn comes up with a bold scheme, proposing an unusual contest drawn from legend: each must complete a set of “mythic” tasks. If Caitlyn succeeds, Alexander promises to relent and forgive her previous rash behavior; if he succeeds, she will join him in his bed! But can Caitlyn force Alexander to give up his quest for vengeance without giving up her heart in return?

My Thoughts

I did mention that I loved historical romance a few posts back and this book was no exception. I usually use a book in that genre as a pick me up after a really crappy day…or week and this book served it’s purpose. I spent a matter of hours reading it, and the book left me in an aura of belief that something like that could actually be out there.

The book was absolutely hilarious, the character’s crazy antics were one that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading about. Although this book is part of a series (number 5 in the series) this was the first of the series that I’ve read and I found that I don’t really need to read the other ones to know what was going on previously. The novel hinted with the tale of the curse and mentioned brothers and sisters of Alexander but not enough to leave you clueless. The author gave you enough to get you through the book without having to read the entire series.

I loved Caitlyn but I didn’t like how all the men were attracted to her, really can anyone have that much charisma that they attract an entire room full of men? I liked her personality and spirit, how she never gave up and always was looking to prove peoples (Alexander) wrong. I didn’t like  Georgianna, but I feel like her story or plot line didn’t quite get a finish, unless I missed something. Sure she had a hand in the fight between Alexander and Dervishton but was that it? Yes she made Caitlyn feel two inches tall the night she left but Georgianna wanted to ruin Caitlyn and felt that she didn’t try hard enough. I wanted Caitlyn to come out on top in the first place but I also would have liked her to have had the chance to knock Georgianna down a peg if she had tried like she had expressed to ruin Caitlyn.

I’m very glad that Alexander came back in the end because after everything they put each other through they really did deserve their happy ever after together. I even actually shed some tears in the end.

The end of the book hinted at maybe another book, with the next generation? Caitlyn and Alexander’s children, I think I would definitely read the rest of the series from start to finish.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads: The Laird Who Loved Me
Author’s Website: Karen Hawkins

Update

So lately I’ve been a little behind with updating….it happens.
I recently went back to work…post ankle injury and wouldn’t you know my ankle has been swollen since my first shift back – not surprised, just maybe a little peeved.

With the Sims 3 Island Paradise expansion…post…I played and found that I am totally in love. Island Paradise has to be by far my favorite expansion pack yet that I own.

My reading and reviewing has been lacking lately…*cough* … *cough*…
I started to read The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson and surprisingly it’s taking me forever and I mean that. It’s an ARC from Netgalley and of course I have it on my phone as opposed to my e-reader since the phone is well on me all the time. That’s besides the point…it’s a good story, I’m enjoying it, it just feels like it’s taking forever to read it. I like it but I mean I can put it down and walk away for a few days before I think to pick it back up again.

My copy of A Holiday Miracle In Apple Blossom by June Mccrary Jacobs – the uncorrected proof from Bookworm Lisa’s Clear Your Shelf Hop   came in the mail, so that review will hopefully be up soon.

Books on the prominent to read list:

1. The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson – Currently reading…and like I mentioned above, it’s taking forever.
2. A Holiday Miracle In Apple Blossom by June Mccrary Jacobs
3. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Piccoult
4. The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins
5. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

 

Book Review – Daughter of Oreveille

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia BalladTitle: Daughter of Oreveille
Author: Tricia Ballad
Series: Oreveille Cycle – Book #1
Publisher: Faeland Press
Release Date: November 16th 2013
ISBN: 978-0-615-910390
Source: Goodreads Giveaway (Paperback)

Synopsis

Brianna will inherit everything – if she can play by the rules.

Instead she rejects yet another fine noble of the Faelands in favor of a half-Fae commoner.

The House of Oreveille has been without a Defender since her father’s death in the jotnar wars. Her mother’s drunkard second husband has neglected his duties; the estate has fallen into decay and rumors are flying that the grand house of Oreveille, protector of the border between Gaia and the Faeland for thousands of years, may soon fall.

How much will Brianna be forced to sacrifice to protect the life – and the man – she has chosen?

My Thoughts

First off I must express how overcome I was with emotion with this novel, and I’m absolutely thrilled that Gabriel has come back…in the form of Gabe, yay!!

This novel was probably the quickest read (2 hours give or a few minutes) that I’ve had in a long time, and the only regret that I have…well two actually is for one that I wished it was longer. The story was over as fast as it began and I wished it didn’t have to end. The other being I hit a bit of confusion, when the novel jumped or so I thought into the future. The chapter page stated it was still the same time (month and year) as when the book started, even though on the second page in the chapter (chapter 23) they talked about how it had been years. Left me a bit confused as to how much time had passed since they first left her home. < Now that, that bit is out of the way let me get on with what else I have to say that’s positive.

The characters were so easy to fall in love with…well with the exception of Cordov and Brianne’s mother…by the end of the novel I was kind of glad they ended up with each other because in a sense they deserved each other. They were both manipulative in ways that ended in Gabriel’s death. Hell if Cordov hadn’t of told Gabriel to pretty much kill Brianne’s step father then they would have never had to leave in the first place and Brianne could have had help to properly heal Gabriel’s wound. Brianne did however become Madam of the house in the end I can only assume her mother passed on, or shall we see her in the next book? The author for me left a lot of questions hanging. For instance what happened to Brianne and Gabriel’s daughter Kathleen?

All in all it was a different kind of novel with the Fae elements, a refreshing read for me and I can’t wait to read the second installment when that becomes available.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: Daughter of Oreveille
Authors Website: Tricia Ballad

Book Review – An Earthly Knight

An Earthly KnightTitle: An Earthly Knight
Author: Janet McNaughton
Series:
Publisher: HarperTrophyCanada
Release Date: March 2nd 2004
ISBN-13: 978-0060089948
Source: Owned (Paperback)

Synopsis

The year is 1162. Sixteen-year-old Lady Jeanette Avenel has always enjoyed her freedom as second daughter of a minor Norman nobleman in Teviotdale, Scotland. But after her sister, Isabel, disgraces the family, Jenny is suddenly thrust into the role of eldest daughter. Now Jenny has been chosen as potential bride to the heir of the King of Scotland. While learning the customs of the royal court, Jenny is drawn to the mysterious young man rumored to have been kidnapped by fairies, not knowing his past holds a secret that threatens everyone close to him – including Jenny.

My Thoughts

This book has been one I’ve read over a hundred times. I loved to read it growing up as a child and teenager and as an adult I still found the delight in the plot. It was gripping from beginning to end and just as it used to when I was younger I wound up dreaming of the setting and myself in Jenny’s shoes looking for adventure. I’ve found a love for historical romance novels and though I can’t be positive I’m pretty sure this book was the beginning one that started it all.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and hate. I could see myself as Jenny and sympathizing with her and her sister about the choices they had to make and the emotions that felt during the novel. It was also easy to hate William from the start there was an air about him that said something wasn’t right. The whole plot with the fairies brought a magical element in, and I saw fairies in a different light. Normally when I think of fairies I think of small, harmless mystical beings but the author cast a different light on them that was refreshing.

My favourite character had to be the nurse Galliane. She seemed to know everything…Jenny said through eavesdropping and the author hinted at that a little bit but it seemed to me, she had a good intuition when it came to her girls Jenny and Isabel. Just as Jenny has when it comes to the people who try to get close.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton

Author’s Website: Janet McNaughton

Update

So by the end of tonight I should have two new book reviews posted for you all to read. I am making a fabulous start to my reading this year with three books under my belt – well I think I have anyway. I should have a few others read within the next week as I had a terrible accident which resulted in a really bad ankle sprain and it could end up that my ankle might be broken provided I get a second opinion. I’ll be laid up in bed for the next week with nothing better to do than get some of my reading out of the way.

I wanted to say that I received a new novel in the mail – thanks to a Goodreads giveaway. I won the novel “Daughter of Oreveille” by Tricia Ballad and finally received it today in the mail. Super excited to get a start on reading it so stay tuned for that review.

Books on my shelf this week to read:
1. An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton
2. Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
3. Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad
4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
5. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
6. The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson < courtesy of NetGalley

Book Review – Safe Haven

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Title: Safe Haven
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Series:
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 14th 2010
ISBN-13: 978-0446547598
Source: Owned (Paperback)

 Synopsis 

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draw her into two reluctant relationships: one with her plainspoken neighbor, Jo; and another with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. Katie slowly begins to relax her guard, putting down roots in the community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her. With Jo’s support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards…and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

 My Review

First off I have to say that I did see the movie way before I got a chance to pick the book up and finally read it. With that being said like most instances books are way better than movies, well this novel was no exception. It was definitely way better than the movie and I only wish now that I had gotten a chance to read the novel before hand.

This book was hard to put down and even when I had to put it down it was never far from reach. I liked the characters from the beginning with the exception of Kevin; Katie’s husband. But who would like a man like that, character or not. The characters were relatively easy to relate to in their everyday lives. I could feel the fear that Katie felt with the way Spark’s put it all into words. Spark’s painted setting that I could easily see the characters in. It was like watching a movie, a fantastic movie. The plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat, and it was interesting to see how gradually mentally insane Kevin got as the story unfolded, while the opposite happened to Katie, it was like they switched roles.

I’d have to say out of the whole novel my favorite character was Jo, the spirit of Alex’s deceased wife. I loved her personality and the way she helped Katie realize that she doesn’t need to keep hiding in fear. It was very interesting in the end to know that she had all along just been a figment of Katie’s imagination and it wasn’t until the end that Katie put all the pieces together and realized it when she read the letter.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Author’s Website: Nicholas Sparks