Monday, January 14, 2019

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree by [Cornick, Nicola]

Alison Bannister and Mary Seymour were cousins orphaned at a very young age and sent to live in Wolf Hall.  They did not like each other but over time they did in fact grow to trust each other a bit. Alison began an affair with Mary's cousin Edward Seymour that resulted in a child.  Flash forward 400 years and Alison spies an old painting in an art gallery falsely  listed as Anne Boleyn but Alison knows that it's actually a picture of Mary.  Alison has spent years trying to figure out what happened to Mary because she is the last hope Alison has of ever finding out what happened to her son.  
This is a time travel book that covers all the bases.  It has historical fiction and facts all wrapped up in one not to mention magic, romance, and intrigue.  I loved every facet of this novel.  I only rated it 4 stars because I found Alison to be a tad bit on the obsessive compulsive side.

Thanks so much to NetGalley, the author, and the publishing house for the preview of the book.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Toil & Trouble and What I liked About It

***Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for the opportunity to give an honest review of this story.***


Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Earl's Wagered Bride by Cerise DeLand and Why It Was Perfect

The Earl's Wagered Bride (Christmas Belles, #1)

*** Thank you to the author for allowing me the chance to leave an honest review of this selection after receiving an ARC.***

If you are looking for the perfect romance to get you in the holiday spirit then this is the book for you!  If I am being honest... I don't usually read Christmas-y romances but I love Cerise DeLand so I thought I would give this book a shot.  I was not disappointed at all. It was a charming kickoff to the season as far as I am concerned. This also happens to be book 1 in her new Christmas Belles series and since I am now emotionally invested in the Craymore sisters I will be reading them all.

The Story:

The Craymore Sisters (Marjorie, Delphine, and Belinda) have been living with their Aunt Gertrude since their mother passed away and their father lost all their money.  They love their aunt very much but are tired of depending on the charity of others so have decided to take matters into their own hands.  Marjorie is a very skilled gambler when it comes to cards and has big plans to fleece their  wealthy house guests during the Christmas party.  She plans to buy a house for her and her sisters once she has raised enough funds and it just happens to work out that some of those same guests took some of the money her father so carelessly gambled away.  The only person standing in her way is the man she has spent her whole life loving, the Earl of Marsden Griffith Harlinger.  Griff knows that Marjorie is up to something and makes it his mission to find out and stop her from ruining a perfectly good house party.  He figures it will give him a chance to keep her out of trouble and finally figure out why she is the one girl he has never been able to forget.

I am not saying anymore on the story because then I would be giving away spoilers.  This was a really cute story and I do love a feisty female character!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Librarian's Vampire Assistant-Book 2 by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a humorous, standalone mystery, The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant, Book 2. (Yep! It’s a standalone. The boring title is just to mess with you!)
Michael Vanderhorst has always been a lone wolf. Or lone vampire? Whatever. Point is, this ancient gentleman vampire is obsessed. She’s quirky, a horrible dresser, and the cutest librarian he’s ever seen. The question is, why her? In four hundred years, no one has ever captured his attention like this. He must find out, which is why he just signed on as her new assistant.
The problem is, she has no idea vampires exist or that she’s just broken one of their laws. As the leader of his territory, Michael has been ordered by his council to turn her or kill her. “Over my dead body!”
To overturn the ruling, Michael needs the council on his side, and right now they’re asking him to hunt down and execute five hundred vampires no one can seem to locate. Unfortunately, his assassin days are long over, and he’s not so sure he can go back to killing.
But with Miriam’s life on the line and their unusual bond growing stronger each day, will he dust off the old sword or give her the bite that will make her his forever?
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My Thoughts:

I love, love, love reading anything and everything ever written by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!  She just never disappoints.  This new series is something a little different.  Yes it still has some romantic elements but it is firmly a mystery.  It is also fairly funny.  It is book 2 in the series but read it before I read the first one.  I enjoyed book 2 so much as a stand alone but then I just had to go back and read the first because I could not get enough of Michael and Miriam.  This is a 5 star review for me for sure.  I just can't wait for book 3 so I can figure out so more about the impending war of the vampires.

Author Bio:

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.


Monday, October 22, 2018

She Was the Quiet One- Review


My Thoughts:

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to leave an honest review of this book.  I was expecting more in the way of suspense but this was not a bad read overall.  I did feel like there was a very weird family dynamic between the twins and with their grandmother.  I growled in frustration at least 3 or 4 times while reading this because the wife of the dorm head was so willing to look blindly the other way from what was obviously happening right in front of her. This book is basically focused on bullies of all different types and how their actions ruin others. It was a solid 3 for me.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

My Reaction to Netflix's Original Movie: Nappily Ever After

***Trailer provided by YouTube.****

I have loved Sanaa Lathan for years. She is an amazingly talented actress and never shies away from a tough role.  She has been in so many films over the years and knocks each role she plays right out of the park.  This particular movie is about a high profile advertising executive and how she is seen by her male counterparts.  The whole world seems to be her oyster and the way she stops men in their tracks when she walks by letting her pin straight, long, lovely locks swing to and fro is how she knows she is on top.  She finds herself at a point in her life where she is ready to marry her long time boyfriend and move on to the next phase in her life.  True to form, life has other plans for her.  She ends up single and confused by what went wrong when she was so "perfect".  This is when the real story starts happening. She begins realizing that people have placed her in these various boxes because of how she looks and behaves. The struggle to see her natural beauty and who she really is starts the second she decides to change her hair.   I could very easily go off on a whole tangent on exactly why this movie is so important and all the many difficult subjects it touches upon but then this post would be waaaaaay too long. I will simply say that you need to watch it. It is so well done and the subject matter is more important in this period of time than ever.

Lies by T.M. Logan