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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas {Amanda’s Review}

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 10 November, 2014 by Amanda / 10 Comments

*sobs that Celaena’s story isn’t over* Thoughts on Crown of Midnight Crown of Midnight is the kind of book that makes me realize how much my historical romance bender has affected my reading preferences. It’s not that I prefer a heavy focus on the romance — I rather like (and it makes me laugh a little […]

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Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 5 November, 2014 by Jenna / 3 Comments

Romance with a touch of magic My Thoughts The story started in Nora Roberts’s Dark Witch flows seamlessly into Shadow Spell, simply with a different narrator. As with the first book, I wasn’t thrilled with the beginning chapters; something about the perspective or the voice of the original three – Sorcha’s children – doesn’t capture […]

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Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie {Amanda’s Review}

Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 3 November, 2014 by Amanda / 6 Comments

I wanted more Ned and Ellie. Thoughts on Bedding Lord Ned This book made me feel like a crotchety old woman yelling, “Get off my lawn, you little cretins!” Except instead of kids on my lawn, it’s old people fornicating in my book. (Pause a second. I have no issue with old people having sex. Sometimes […]

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On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}

On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 27 October, 2014 by Amanda / 8 Comments

This can’t be the Bridgertons end!* (*I know of the 2nd epilogues**) (**Because I know that’s your question.) Thoughts on On the Way to the Wedding I’m conflicted about On the Way to the Wedding. Because that synopsis—nothing about it says “Amanda will like this book!” And it’s true: there did come a point where I […]

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The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas {Amanda’s Review}

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 24 October, 2014 by Amanda / 8 Comments

Immediately wanted a Veronica Mars binge. Thoughts on The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line There’s no doubt in my mind The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line—and its following books, since it promises to be a series—is written for Veronica Mars fans, and only for Veronica Mars fans. It’s so reminiscent of the TV show (and movie) that you can’t help […]

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 22 October, 2014 by Jenna / 4 Comments

Captivating, clever, and well-rounded romantic fantasy  My Thoughts On a recent visit to the library, I noticed the audio books for both this book, Dark Witch, and Shadow Spell, the second book in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy by Nora Roberts, on the shelf. Knowing the series was on my to-read list, I snatched the cases up […]

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Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas {Amanda’s Review}

Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 3 October, 2014 by Amanda / 4 Comments

Will I become a Kleypas fan? Thoughts on Scandal in Spring I have a confession to make. I’m afraid if I hold it in anymore, I’ll swoon, and every historical romance readers knows, no one likes a swooner. When I’m finished you are permitted, of course, to give me the cut direct. I’m not sure I […]

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon {Jenna’s Review}

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 24 September, 2014 by Jenna / 6 Comments

An impressively memorable dystopian fantasy debut. My Thoughts It is a bleak 2059 in Samantha Shannon’s London. There is a fascinating order of clairvoyants who make up the underworld and gangs in and around the city. High treason is routinely committed by breaking into people’s minds or dreamscapes. It’s complicated and intellectually stimulating and it’s […]

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Swept Away by a Kiss by Katharine Ashe {Amanda’s Review}

Swept Away by a Kiss by Katharine Ashe {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 15 September, 2014 by Amanda / 6 Comments

Needs more character motivation for me. Thoughts on Swept Away by a Kiss Back in May, I read a book called Wired for Story. It changed how I read (and write) stories. What it talks about is ultimately what I find Katharine Ashe’s books to be lacking: a deeper understanding of character motivation. The reason […]