Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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I think this is a turning point book in the series. All of the other two have been building up to this book. And it was worth the build.
Readers of the Maiden Lane series go into this book with a past that we have seen unfold before us in the previous books. This is not the first time Mickey and Silence have met. And we don't take any time to recap it too much. You probably would get enough information if you were jumping into this series in this book, but I know what they told me would leave me wanting to read the first two (which we also good).
This book was well written, well paced and had some steamy sex scenes (as Ms Hoyt does. Nothing new if you have read another one of her books). The characters are so three dimensional, even the secondary ones I could picture well enough in my head.
Ah, finally! My favorite of the three! This book grabbed me and didnt let go! I am pretty sure I read this in about 24 hours.
Why did I like this one more? The characters are so unique and interesting in the romance novel world! Let's take a look.
Lily is deaf. She was sick as a girl and lost her hearing, so this already makes for an interesting perspective. I loved seeing how she interacted at a dinner scene or could read lips pretty well, but could hardly ever get new names.
Then there is Julian. He is trying to assuage his guilt over his friends death all the while trying to fight his love for Lily. Among other things. There are some things I dont want to spoil :)
I think I love this book because I know the characters. I know the background of what Julian is doing. The characters themselves have a history that we may not know at the beginning of the book, but sometimes its nice interacting with a book where the characters aren't love struck.
So there we have it. The Stud Club trilogy. Would I recommend it? Yup! It was really entertaining! Very satisfying as well.
Cross posted at my blog, The Competitive Bibliomaniac
Originally posted on GR in Jan 2012
Quite funny! Way worth it to listen to the audiobook! I felt like I had quite a few people look at me askance when I would burst out laughing in the middle of the evening train commute. It was funny and entertaining. I learned a bit and listened to a few parts twice to make sure I didn't miss anything.
The only downer (positive?) is that a little more than a few times she mentions viewing some image or something on the PDF. It is nice that they have it but most of the times I was listening in a place that I didn't have access to look to the PDF. I think it would be great to see it in context, but I wouldn't trade actually hearing her read it.
Originally posted on GR in Jul 2011
Some more comments:
Here is another positive for you! If you get the audiobook, you will not have to stare at this horrifying cover! I can't stand to look at it. Sorry that I am blasting it across your dashboards, people. *shiver*
huh. I'm a little disappointed. maybe I had high expectations coming off the first. it wasn't bad. I can't put my finger on it yet why it made me .... not as touched as the first.
Originally posted on GR in 2011
I have to say, this series has been rather hit, miss, blah for me. Luckily this one was a hit. I highly enjoyed the main characters, and the secondary characters too actually. The plot was one that I have yet to have read in the 168 historical romance novels I have read since I started keeping track of such numbers. Alex, the hero, catches Ian, the heroine's brother, in bed with his fiance. He forces him to leave through the window, naked as a jay bird, and all of this happens in the prologue! Alex decides the best revenge would be to seduce his sister, Genevieve our heroine.
The book went nowhere I expected. It was an awesome surprise at every turn. I love the chemistry between the couple too. So steamy!
Do you need to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one? No, not really, though they do make a lot of references to the other happy couples.
So glad this book put the series back on track in my mind. :)
Full review at my blog. Initial comments below
I literally just finished this. My initial thoughts? Excellently wow.
I am always worried that middle trilogy books are not going live up to the first, but this one did. There were a few minor, minor things that gave me pause, but for the most part this had a strong plot, excellent main character development and an overall engaging story. Some twists I did it see coming while others hit me like a truck.
Ingenious storytelling! This series is definitely worth your time. If you are not into scifi, no worries. Still check this out. It's like mystery scifi dystopian fantasy. Love it.
Originally published on GR in Jan 2013
I didn't enjoy Outlander as much as the rest of the world. My review can attest to that, but I don't think it's made it's way over here yet so here is a link to the blog. I gave it the ever enigmatic rating of "Okay and a half".
I am wondering, rereading my thoughts, if watching the Starz series would actually work better for me, seeing as my biggest gripe was the lack of editing. Plus if it employs beautiful Scottish accents like the ones in this video, I will have the same ailment as catpea33 does in the comments:
"My knickers just fell off by accident."
So, is Outlander something you all are going to make a point to watch in 2014?
Unrelated: I wanted to test this reading progress thing. Does it make a new post every time there is an update or continue to append to the same post?
I had an hour or so to kill while my car was being fixed today, and despite the unbearable misfortune of being in a room with people watching that Kardashion show (i don't even know how to spell it... nor do I care... seriously they bounced between talking about a camel toe and a baby shower.. .how do people watch this shit?), I was able to get into this book.
So far the dialogue dance between the leads is amazing and captivating. I hope that translates to their eventual romance as well :D
I don't know if it deserved as much as of the hype that it got. Or maybe I was lost inside the hype.
That said I liked the book, but didn't love it. I didn't hate it either. It just dragged a bit in the second half. The premise and the story itself is awesome though.
Originally posted on GR in Jan 2012
When I read the description for Everneath a few months back, I thought to my self "This sounds a lot like Hades/Persephone." Now that I have finished I can confidently say, that this is like mythology updated in a rather unique way with a dash of Persephone and a splash of Orpheus and Eurydice and a hint of old school Egypt.
The story actually starts off pretty confusingly as we are pushed right into the mythos of Ashton's world. No backstory. No these are the rules. Nothing. We learn what was going on through a series of flashbacks and/or as Nikki learns it herself.
The story soon sucked me in. I really like how it is inspired by mythology, but not a direct copy. The plot was very well paced. As the time got close, I felt the sense of urgency with Nikki.
The characters were pretty okay. Rather well rounded, but there is some room for improvement. Nothing that ever actively made me want to kill them because they bored me that's for damn sure.
The latest sad news from GRs. I can't believe after all the hardwork that librairians have done for GRs that this is how they repay them. We worked our assess off, giving up free time, to split the site from Amazon a few years ago, and now they are just letting it all back in, tromping over all the data that we've worked so hard to correct.
I was beginning to think I had acted rashly abandoning GR, but now I know I didn't.
Posted by krazykiwi:
Posted by Charmed.
Short version: Kindle/Amazon imports are now locked and can't be manually edited.
Even though they are frequently wildly wrong, nor do they account for all the special cases and data normalization that GR librarians have spent years doing. This on top of the recent revelation that Amazon imports also undoes librarian edits where data clashes.
Margaret is hiding out as a non-convincing nurse while trying to spy on the potential new heir, Ash. Ash knows from the start he is going to hit that. Margaret does a great job of saying "No" and Ash is okay with taking it slow.
The premise is really interesting to me. Brothers bastardized by their fathers deception by the cast-away distant relative. Distant relative and bastardized sister start to fall in love. Sister is torn between loyalties.
While the romance itself was pretty interesting, I really wanted to know how they were going to resolve this issue. So I guess a good plot line took me a little out of the romance.
But Ash and Margaret are very well rounded characters. Each has flaws, but not overwhelmingly so. Each has positives, but they aren't shoved down our throats. I extrememly liked, going back to that plot thing, that the main obstacle was not them falling in love. It was overcoming betrayal.
But, this book is a conundrum to me. I can't find anything about it that I particularly disliked, but I can't find anything about it that sent me over the moon. I think that it is the epitimy of a "just good" book. It wouldn't be the first I'd recommend, but I would recommend it.
It was solidly fine. I am definitely continuing on with this series.
Also posted on my blog, CompBilbio
Originally posted on GR in Feb 2012
Steampunk. I accidentally fell into this genre when I picked up a book with a pretty cover and decided to read it. How fun it was! Cool Victorian mannerism, things, ideals, added in with a twist of taking industrialization to its science fiction- fantasy extreme.
When this book came to me I was just thinking I wanted to read more erotica, and with steampunk being fun and unique, I thought this would be the best thing for it.
Steamlust, as aforementioned, is an anthology. Each story is roughly ten pages long. My normal problem with anthologies is that it is extrememly hard for me to get to know the characters with only thirty or so odd pages to work with. That is not the case with Steamlust. The first story wowed me (I’d venture to say it was my favorite) and just let me know I wasn’t in for the dreary anthologies where I feel like I wasted my time.
Each story has wonderful characters and focuses on a certain type of steampunk. One story may focus more of the innovations of the genre where another focuses solely on the machines themselves. There is always some fun aspect that takes the story from meh to marvelous.
Now, I can’t say all of the stories wowed me the same as that first one did, but they were all enjoyable and a great way to get some quick reading in after a tough, long day at work. I had no need to worry about getting caught up in the book and be roped in for 15 chapters, because each story was its own book.
This book has something for all romance loving steampunk fanatics. It is definitely steamy and some stories left me grabbing for my hand fan!
The moral is, ladies and gents, if you are into steampunk and don’t mind it with an emphasis on the steam, check Steamlust out. If you don’t know what steampunk really is and are willing to get thrust into the realm of Victorian fantasy with clocks and goggles, give it a go! I am sure glad I did!
This book was provided to me by the publisher for a honest review. Originally posted on GR in October 2011.
I have so many opinions on this book. Some of them I just need to rant and get it out, and because of this there will be spoilers. For those of you who have not read this yet and want an honest, spoiler free review, check out my blog.
So continuing now means spoilers. You have been warned. I tried to use spoiler tags though as well...
Scarlet is a retelling and reimagining of the Robin Hood legends, and the one thing that you can tell right off the bat, the author knows her Robin Hood. The things that were included were a mix of different legends. I really got the feeling throughout the story that she knew the time period as well, from the crusades to the Catholic nation. The one thing this book does really well is the early middle ages of it all.
But let’s go back. The book is a look at Robin Hood as a younger guy then he is usually depicted. Is this to cater to the YA crowd? I’m not sure. I was warring with that inside of me. On one hand people died earlier in the middle ages so life started early (yay marriage at 14….). On the other hand, it's YA lit so we need a younger cast, but not only that, a moodier cast. More on that later.
So we have our Robin, 21 just back from the crusades. We have our Much the youngest of them at 16. We have our Little John, 18 (which I can’t get over that. I’ve always pictured him as older than Robin but loyal to him to a fault and thus I think his age changed rubbed me wrong the most). And then Will Scarlet, 18. Who of course, is not “Will Scarlet”, just Scarlet.
And let me just say that if she was as pretty as the cover, the whole world would have to be populated by dumbasses to not know she was a girl.
So Humans and Androids? Already sounds interesting right? Yes. We would be right. The intermingling of humans and machines, and human machines is awesome and unique. The machines are integrated into society, just like watching a cool updated Jetsons. The futuristic piece of this novel is very well done!
New Beijing? So this is set in the East somewhere. I LOVE Asian type books. Unfortunately this isn't maximized to it's full potential, but the mentions of the culture are there if you look. They use chopsticks, the celebrations are decorated in red and gold, things like that. But outside of the Chinese honorifics and these side things, it could very well be set in America. What's next?
|06/19/2012||page 136||35.0%||"So far I have been vividly reminded of Disney's BatB and Lion King just from certain passages. I am certain its just my Disney obsession as of late. But for reals, so far so good. This book is actually quite interesting, even if it had a bit of a slow start"|
|06/22/2012||page 300||78.0%||"Sometimes it moves slow, sometimes it moves fast; either way I do really love these characters."|
Originally posted on GR in June 2012