Book Reviews


HISTORICAL ROMANCE

ELIZABETH BOYLE

This Rake of Mine:
Regency
I felt this author tried too hard to mix romance, adventure, and mystery together. It was a little bumpy and some parts were just too dull to continue, but I powered through. However, the character development was decent and I'm looking forward to reading about one particular character's story coming up.
C-
Amy


CANDACE CAMP

Scandalous:
Regency Era
Boring. Not much to say other than that! She added way too much into this book that made me just want it to be over! 
D
-Amy


JERRICA KNIGHT-CATANIA

The Wary Widow
(The Wetherby Brides Book 3)
Regency Era
Blah. Cute enough story I suppose, but this author either has problems deciding on parts that should be slow versus parts that should be fast, or she just kept getting bored with her own story while writing it. Overall, I was not impressed or terribly amused.
D
-Amy


JESSICA TRAPP

The Pleasures of Sin:
Victorian Era
Perhaps because this was a Victorian novel, and they say the roles of men & women were quite gruesome then, but I found this book to be too demeaning towards the heroine. The way she was aroused at some intervals that I believe should have made anger her primary emotion kind of killed the romance for me. Over all, it was well written and the story was full in plot, but not overdoing it at the same time. Good enough read if you have nothing better to do.
C+
-Amy


SOPHIE JORDAN

Surrender To me:
Regency Era
I enjoyed this book even though the hero was overly aggressive (I like that) and the Heroine was overly bitchy. Seriously, the amount of thoughts discussed in the heroine's mind was annoying. Overall the story was enjoyable and more erotic than most historical romances. If you like men who are aggressive to the point of almost rape, and you don't mind reading the roller coaster emotions of a rocky female, then you'll enjoy this book.
B+
-Amy


SUZANNE ENOCH

The Care and Taming of a Rogue
(Adventurers' Club Book 1)
Regency Era
FINALLY, after a book a day for months now, I've finally read a great story! I've always enjoyed this author, and she did it again! We have a strong and manly hero, a perfectly ordinary heroine with un-ordinary habits (for that age, at least), adventure, humor, passion, and the greatness of romance! I read this book like I read all good stories, slowly savoring each bit and smiling to myself at the end. Only flaw: I wished we could have read much more about them in the prologue! However, this is the first in the series... perhaps they will appear again with more news? Now I need to track down the next two!
A
-Amy


VICTORIA ALEXANDER

The Husband List
(Book 2 of the Effington Series)
Regency
So I haven't been able to find all of the books in this series (if you can send me digital files It'd be much appreciated!) so I had to read this one first. This is another of those novels that have way too much inner thinking going on, however, in this book it seems like it's only there to make the story longer than it needed to be. The overall story, characters, and activity were good, but because of this need the author must have felt to fill pages, I was bored and rolling my eyes through the entire thing. Please, if you need to fill so many pages, can you at least add more plot?
D
-Amy

The Virgin's Secret
(Book 1 of The Virgin's Secret)
Regency
This novel was fun, sexy, and even had a mystery to go along with it! I enoyed the characters, their development, and the overall plot. Naturally, most books have flaws that will bother me. For this one, I would say the main thing that got on my nerves was the way the two main characters danced around actually expressing themselves. Otherwise, great read!
B
-Amy

What A Lady Wants
(Book 2 of Last Man Standing)
These characters originated from the Effington Series of books and I intentionally skipped book 1 because I wasn't interested in the main characters and the Effington Series (from those I've read) didn't impress me. However, with how WONDERFUL this book was, I may end up going ahead and find all the other books and reading them. This story is with Nigel Cavendish from previous series, and a Miss Felicity. These characters had such a real feel about them that I could imagine them as living breathing people out there somewhere right now. They both had their flaws, but their redeeming qualities as well. The writing quality was EXCELLENT and the story itself had everything you could want. Romance, drama, wit and intelligence... I laughed so hard throughout so much of the witty banter that I snorted a few times, I cried so hard at several parts I had to stop to blow my nose, and I became so involved with the story that it actually hurt my head to look away from the book and come down back to reality. This is one of the greatest books of this genre I have ever read!
A+
-Amy





YOUNG ADULT


SUZANNE COLLINS

The Hunger Games
A very powerful story with lots of hidden meanings I'm not sure a 'young adult' would see, but pierces straight to the heart. I'm not a fan of the writing style in the book, but it was still easy to get through and left me feeling overwhelmed by the intensity of.. well, the whole damn thing! Bravah!
A
-Amy

Catching Fire (Hunger Games Book 2)
Although slower than the first book, it still delivers great meaning & entertainment. Once you get used to this author's writing style, it is much easier to create the world and characters in your head. INTENSE!
B+
-Amy

Mockingjay (Hunger Games Book 3)
I was very disappointed, but because of how REAL it was. This book is all about war, however you don't get to the front of the line often. I was let down by how much fodder was being thrown in to cover up that we were missing the point. Characters we loved failed us, characters we hated didn't get what was coming to them, and an overall sense of finality was forgotten. However, the circumstances were familiar, as what we would see if our family, friends, or even ourselves actually went and survived the war. But this is a fiction novel, and as most readers, I wanted the miracles, the fireworks, and the fairy tale ending! I finished this book crying and was more depressed at the end then I was at the beginning.
....a very confusing C
-Amy




MAGAZINES



Allure
HUGE magazine filled with mostly ads. The only thing I really like about this mag is the coupon for Ulta that normally comes in it. However, if you purchased the mag for it, you're really great at spending money aren't you? The beauty tips, style charts, and other information is decent enough - although I, personally don't want to look that fake. Still, on the plus they do great pages when it isn't about ads, and have great giveaways. Price + Overall enjoyment doesn't equal up my love though.
C-
-Amy

Better Homes and Gardens
Eh. It bored me, lol. However, my style is very different from 'normal' people. The pages were lovely and the recipes sounded great! Too many ads (which is becoming normal for the press) and some of the information seemed a bit out of budget for the modern American.
C+
-Amy

Woman's World
LOVE IT! It's smaller than a lot of magazines, but I think it's because they don't have as many full page ads. There is always TONS of information from recipes to health to beauty to nonsense for those who want it! Also horoscopes, jokes, comics, and true-life stories. Nice & cheap to buy too! I find lots of recipes to cut out for my recipe book too. I'm definitely a fan!
A
-Amy



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