Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #8: The Dangerous World of Assassins!



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!





Title: Dark Triumph

Author:  Robin LaFevers

Year Published: 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Genre: Romance, Drama, Adventure

Reading Level: Adult



I lean forward, pushing my body out past the battlements. The wind plucks at my cloak, buffets against me, as if it would carry me off in flight, just like the birds or the knight's soul. Let go, it cries, I will take you far, far away. I want to laugh at the exhilarating feeling, I will catch you, it whistles seductively.


The convent has returned Sybella to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?



"There is a deafening clatter of hooves out in the courtyard as the men return, followed by the sound of soldierly chaos - the rattle of discarded weapons, the creak of leather, the clang of mail and armor.  Usually, there are shouts of victory and coarse laughter, but not today.  Today, the men are eerily silent."

I really enjoyed reading "Grave Mercy" and I've wanted to read the sequel to the series for a long time!  So far, everything sounds pretty interesting and I can't wait to see where this goes next!

Do you have a book that you are currently reading that you would like to show to everyone else?  Please feel free to post your Teaser Tuesday in the comments below and I'll check them out! 


Monday, February 20, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #4: February 20, 2017



Hello everyone!  This book meme is called "It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?" and basically what you do is share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organize yourself and to visit and comment on other blogs!  This book meme is hosted by The Book Date!







I just recently finished "Wicked Intentions" by Elizabeth Hoyt and it was a pretty wonderful book, since this is the first book I had ever read by Elizabeth Hoyt!  I loved the way that the book weaved in a murder mystery with romance being the highlight of the story and I really loved the characters Lord Caire and  Temperance since they were unlike any romance couple I had ever seen!









I'm finally getting around to reading "Dark Triumph" by Robin LaFevers. I had to drop it the first time around, not because I hated it or anything, but because at the time I was reading loads of other books and it was hard to read this book during that time.









Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is still on my list to read since it won the Because Reading's TBR List Meme and I wanted to read this book as soon as possible!  I also just recently picked up NOS4A2 by Joe Hill since I had enjoyed Joe Hill's "Locke and Key" graphic novel series and I've been hearing lots of good things about this book!  I also picked up "The Love that Split the World" by Emily Henry since I've also heard some good things about this novel and I wanted to check this book out!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt











Genre: Historical Romance


Year Published: 2010


Number of Pages: 531 pages


Date Read:
2/18/2017   


Publisher:  
Gale Cengage Learning (Large Print)



Series: Maiden Lane #1








I would like to thank NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


“Every word you have ever uttered, is engraved upon my heart.” 


Hoo boy! It has been a while since I had last read a historical romance novel and what better way to start off the new year than to read a historical romance novel by a new author?  When NetGalley offered me a new historical romance book online, I was tempted to try this novel “Wicked Intentions” by Elizabeth Hoyt out, since I had never read a romance novel by Elizabeth Hoyt before, despite hearing her name pop up in many romance discussions.  After reading this book, I was so blown away by the raw and real romance shown in this novel!



Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, was known throughout London as being a notorious rake who would pleasure himself with any woman he came across.  However, his main goal in this story is to find the person who murdered his former mistress Marie and he ends up enlisting the help of Temperance Dews, who was a widowed woman running a foundling home that her family established.  Unfortunately, Temperance and her family were having a hard time trying to maintain the home since they did not have enough money to support the home.  So, Lord Caire decided that he will introduce Temperance to high society so that way she can find a benefactor who could support the foundling home.  But in exchange for that, Temperance must help Lord Caire find Marie’s killer in the dangerous streets of St. Giles and even though Temperance and Lord Caire did not get along with each other at first, they both soon realize that their feelings for each other might grow into a passion that might consume them both!



Wow! I must admit that this was a pretty awesome read for my first novel by Elizabeth Hoyt!  I was amazed by the dangerous yet sensuous world that Elizabeth Hoyt had crafted and how the characters all try to survive in this type of world without being corrupted themselves.  Elizabeth Hoyt has done a fantastic job at intertwining the murder mystery plot of Marie’s murder into the romantic plot line between Temperance and Lord Caire as it was interesting in not only trying to discover who Marie’s murderer is, but it was great seeing the growing romantic relationship between Temperance and Lord Caire!  But what I loved the best about this book was how Elizabeth Hoyt wrote each character, especially Temperance and Lord Caire!  I loved the fact that both Lord Caire and Temperance are shown as both having flaws (Lord Caire is a rake, while Temperance has a dark past that she has trouble telling people about) and I loved the fact that Lord Caire was trying to get Temperance to open up about her past and Temperance was trying to show Lord Caire what true love is all about.  Although, the only nitpick I have about the characters was that I wish we knew more about Temperance’s family members like her brothers Winter, Concord and Asa and especially her sister Silence who has her own side story in this book.  Also, I have to say something about the…. SEX SCENES.  I must say that this novel probably has the most graphic yet sensual depiction of sex scenes I have ever read in any romance novel and it was quite an unusual yet mesmerizing experience to behold!



For anyone who does not like strong violence and sex scenes, this novel has plenty of violence and sex scenes that might make some readers squirm a bit.  Regarding the strong violence, there are scenes where the victims of the murders have their stomachs torn open by the murderer and it is described in graphic detail.  The same goes for the sex scenes are they are described much more graphically in this novel than in any other romance novel.



Overall, “Wicked Intentions” is a fantastic read if you are into historical romances that manage to combine murder mystery into the plot line and I definitely cannot wait to read more stories from the rest of the characters in this story!


* 2011 All About Romance (AAR) Annual Reader Poll for Best Love Scenes








☀Daily Book Chat #4:☀ Banned Books...Why they are so Great to Read!



 Hello everyone! Welcome to my  ☀Daily Book Chat☀ where I do some SERIOUS discussions that fellow book fans will get a kick out of and relate their thoughts about the subject to other book fans!

Today's discussion question is "Banned Books...Why they are so Great to Read!"





You know the story behind Banned Books, right?

They are those books that various places such as libraries and schools try to remove from their catalogs because they feel that the book in question is either too offensive or too controversial for little eyes to see.

Well, I'm sorry to burst their bubbles, but I have to say that BANNED BOOKS are one of the greatest things that were ever put on this earth!





What is so great about BANNED BOOKS, you ask?

Well, I love reading BANNED BOOKS because they remind me of that forbidden fruit that you are not allowed to eat, but your curious little mind just can't help but wonder what is so bad about that forbidden fruit and you try it out anyway just to find out the mysteries of that fruit!

That's how I feel about BANNED BOOKS as I felt that banned books may have content that may be controversial to a certain audience, but I feel like people should know about the content that's being discussed at hand.  For example, say there's a children's book that discusses about racism or homosexual, bisexual or transgender themes and the school or library in question decided to ban the book because they consider those themes to be too controversial for the little eyes to bear.  Honestly, I think that children should learn about those themes at an early age because the world is full of situations that adults have to handle and I always feel like if children knew about these topics early on, then they would be better prepared for how to deal with these situations later on in life.





Another example would be, what would happen if the book contains political viewpoints that are different from your own and the school or library decided to ban the book because those viewpoints clash with their way of thinking?  I always believe that everyone's opinions is important and yeah, they are always going to be different from each other, but to ban a book just because it clashes with your own political viewpoint just doesn't sit right to me.

So the overall lesson of this discussion is:

"If a book is so controversial and offensive to a certain audience, then don't BANNED the book! Just move the book to a different location in the school or library that's for the right audience!"




New Releases on the Horizon #14: February 19, 2017 - February 25, 2017


Hey everyone!  I just started this new thing on my blog called "New Releases on the Horizon!"  It's where I list all the new books being release throughout the year and I choose from 10 books that I have the most interest in checking out and I also will list the dates the books will be released and where you can find them if you are interested.


So, be on the lookout for some new books on the horizon!





Expected Publication: February 21st, 2017 by Tor Books  



Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas  
Expected Publication:  February 21st, 2017 by HarperTeen 

Pucked Off (Pucked #5) by 
Expected Publication:  February 21st, 2017   
 

Reignited (Reawakened 0.5) by 
Expected Publication:  February 21st, 2017  







Royally Matched (Royally #2) by 
Expected publication: February 21st, 2017 by Emma Chase, LLC   


Daughter of a Thousand Years by 
Expected publication:  February 21st, 2017 by Lake Union Publishing  
 
The Orphan's Tale by 
Expected publication:  February 21st, 2017 by Mira   


  
Stone Cold Bastards by 
Expected publication:  February 24th, 2017 by Bell Bridge Books    


Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Sunday Post Meme (75)




Hey everybody! I am participating in a book meme called the Sunday Post which is being hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!The goal of this meme is to share news you have  on various books and things you’ve read or received and also talk about what is coming up for your blog! Book hauls can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books and you can share these finds with other bookbloggers!

Hello everyone!  Another slow week for me in terms of nothing really happening and we didn't really do much on Valentine's Day, but this week was pretty peaceful and I've managed to finish 2 books this week, which was a first for me!  I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day!



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One Word: NOTHING!

 



 Check out Happy Indulgence's topic on "TOP 15 OTPS OF ALL TIME!"

 

☆ Check out Feed Your Addiction's discussion on "Am I the Only One Without an OTP?"

  

 Check out Nick and Nereyda's Infinite Book List's top on "4 YA BOOKS YOU SHOULD PRE-ORDER ASAP!"





Well, that's the Sunday News for today and I will have more news for the various books I've read in the near future!
 
 
 
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2017.