Friday, March 16, 2018

Review: The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

Series: Bridgerton Book #2
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 354
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

But this time, the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry—he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield—the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands—and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is determined to protect her sister—but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself...


I've read this book countless times and it's always been one of my favorites in the Bridgerton series. It is a very standard Julia Quinn book-cute and fluffy. She also writes really good bickering couples.

Kate is a great heroine. She's witty and sarcastic. She also really cares about her family. I love books with healthy family relationships. It's especially nice that she and her stepmom are so loving toward each other.

Anthony is a rake, but one with a good heart. Again, he loves his family. Ms. Quinn gave him a reason for rakish behavior which is interesting and different. He's a little bossy, but Kate handles it well.

These books definitely feels like an older (early 2000s) romance. It is a slightly different style then you see now, but something I read with fondness.

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles Book #4
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 827
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Christmas Gift
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.


I only put off reading this for at least a year. It was a good conclusion, but a little long and drawn out for me. Seeing all of the characters come together was fun. And it did make me want to re-read the other books which is always a good sign.

I thought I remembered hearing people say they didn't like Winter as a character. I really enjoyed her and would've like more about her and Lunar sickness. Oh, Jacin, too. I want more development/information about him.

The big surprise for me was Iko and Scarlet. I remember being an Iko fan before, but she is definitely my favorite now. I could just read about her doing anything. Scarlet was never my favorite, but she really became interesting in this one. I especially liked her relationship and interactions with Winter.

Cinder had some America Singer moments here. She made some irrational and emotional decisions that hurt the "revolution". There's just only so many times that can be a source of conflict for me.

Overall, I'm happy with this series and would read it again.

Thanks for reading!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Stand Alone
Format: Audio Book
Rating:3 Stars
How I Got It: Borrowed from Library (Overdrive)
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Audio

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology and displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Blink changes the way you'll understand every decision you make. Never again will you think about thinking the same way.

Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant - in the blink of an eye - that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work - in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? 

In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing" - filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables. 


I got this from the library because I was looking for random audio books. It was interesting and fast which I like in my non-fiction.

The content was interesting and easy to understand. I do believe the subconscious makes decisions and observations we are unaware of. I'm guessing this is why you/I don't like someone immediately when meeting them. And i'm glad the positive and negative parts of your brain doing this was explored.

Mr. Gladwell had a nice voice which I like in my audio books. I would listen to another book from him.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, March 9, 2018

Book Review: Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

Series: True North Book #4/Brooklyn Bruisers #3.5
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 312
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Christmas Gift
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-Published

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on. 

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life. 

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.


This isn't my favorite in the True North series, but its a nice addition. Seeing Zara from this perspective made me want to reread the first book. And it's always nice to see the Shippleys again.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of babies in stories-especially secret babies, but Ms. Bowen did a good job with it. And this was probably the most plausible secret baby book I've read. It helps that Nicole contributes to Dave's development. I especially liked when he would get frustrated about people stepping in whenever he would try to take care of her. 

Zara is a great character. So many author would've made her a one-dimensional "slut" in book 1 and been done with it. But not Sarina Bowen. She made her a real character with depth. Her unabashed sexuality is just a part of that.

Oh, and a special shout-out to the Brooklyn Bruisers-especially Castro. They were great friends to Dave and supported him during this tough time. and you know I love a good friendship.

I saw on Sarina Bowen's Instagram there's going to be a book about May and I am all about that.

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, And Jodi Meadows

Series: The Lady Janies Book #1
Format: ebook
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Borrowed from Library (Overdrive)
Genre: Young Adult, Historical
Publisher: Harper Teen

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an EĆ°ian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?


I feel like I've been reading some weird books lately. And this was definitely...odd. Like how do you classify this? The style and tone just felt very different. 

Going in, I knew very little about Lady Jane Grey. However, I am moderately knowledgeable about the other players since I took a British monarchs class in college. So, it was interesting to learn about new characters and see what these ladies did with the more well-known ones.

I can't figure out if this is supposed to be funny. Don't get me wrong-it is. But is it supposed to be LOL funny or subversive funny? Perhaps its somewhere in between. My favorite parts were probably the ones between Jane and G. They have great banter that usually brought a smile to my face.

The whole shape-shifter thing was interesting. I assume this is meant to be a play on the Catholic/Protestant struggles of the time. I do wish it had been more explored. I want to know more about the changes and what type of animal means-if at all. 

This book breaks the fourth wall. The narrators, especially, talk to the reader. And they do it fairly regularly. I have always liked reading books with this. I like shows that do it, too. I don't know why, but I do. Maybe it makes me feel like I'm more a part of the story.

I will most likely read the other books in this series, but I'm not dying for them. I am a little sad there won't be a book about Bess/Elizabeth. She has so much potential and I would love to see what they would do with her as more of a main character.

Thanks for reading!


Monday, March 5, 2018

February Wrap-Up (2018)

February was a weird month. I feel I like I was often busy, but I'm not sure I was as I look back.

I do know I was very tired. No matter how much I sleep I seem to be exhausted. I'm trying to figure out what is wrong with me, because this is getting annoying. I ended up napping a lot when I would have read.

Overall, I am happy with my reading though. I read some new-to-me authors and some different genres. I also made very good progress on my Winter TBR. Dragonfly in Amber still isn't done, but I'm chugging away and read it pretty consistently before going to bed.

How could I forget the Olympics? I don't have TV so my viewing is limited unfortunately. But I was able to see some. I'm now in love with the Curling and want Curling-related romances. And there were a lot of inspiring stories. 

Like there was an American women's speed skater (I think first African-American, too) who started in 2016. That's crazy! And it shows that you can accomplish what you set your mind to. Stories like that is one of the reason I'm an Olympics fan.

Maybe I should get back to books. Here are the books I read in February and their ratings:

Remembrance-4 Stars

Smut-3 Stars

Glitter Baby-4 Stars

Destiny's Surrender-3 Stars

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright-4 Stars

The Duke and I-3 Stars

Natural Law-3 Stars

Not Quite a Genius-3 Stars

Brooklynaire-5 Stars

Friends Divided-3 Stars

The Law of the Garbage Truck-3 Stars

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers Book #4
Format: ebook
Rating: 5 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Publisher: Self-Published

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?


I was so excited for this book. There were little bread crumbs for it throughout the previous books and I'm a huge sucker for sequel bait. And this was exactly what I needed. This feels like a nice cup of tea on a rainy day. It was pleasant and brightened my day.

Normally, Sarina Bowen books rip my heart out, but this was a treat. I loved spending time with Nate and Becca-individually and as a couple. I want to be friends with them! They are fantastic realistic and endearing characters. And its a very good friends-to-lovers romance.

Speaking of the romance-let's talk power dynamics. Generally, I avoid romances between a boss and employee because of the imbalance of power makes me super cringey. And it's even harder to handle in the hyper-aware world post Harvey Weinstein. but Ms. Bowen navigated this well. She acknowledged the potential issues and had Nate and Becca address them as mature thoughtful adults.

I can see this easily becoming a compulsive re-read for me-especially when I need a pick me up. Thank you, Sarina Bowen for still publishing this after Berkley dropped it. it's a fast favorite and I'm so happy it's part of my library.

Thanks for reading!