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About Julia


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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City of Jasmine
Deanna Raybourn
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RetroReview: Kathleen E. Woodiwiss Part II

The Flame and the Flower - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

The Flame and the Flower
By Kathleen E Woodiwiss
Bams Says: This is KEW's first book! I read it of course 30 years or so after it came out, but it was still as good as it could be! Heather gets abducted by Brandon Birmingham, a man married to the sea. What happens next? Read it, hehe!

The Elusive Flame
By Kathleen E Woodiwiss
Bams Says: The sequel to The Flame and the Flower staring none other then Beauregard Brimingham, who makes his first appearance in the aforementioned book! The pairing in this one, Beau and Cerynise!

A Season Beyond a Kiss
By Kathleen E Woodiwiss
Bams Says: This one is the third book in the Birmingham family. Jeffery is the star of this one, with his wife, Raeylnn (I love that name!). The book starts off a bit weird if you didn't read a little short story that she did on the couple, which I did not. But after your past that initial "What did I miss about 100 pages?" Then its amazing!

 

The Reluctant Suitor
By Kathleen E Woodiwiss
Bams Says: This one was really wonderful! Just writing this about it make me want to read it again! Adrianna and Colton, so cute, so cute, so CUTE! Highly Recommended!

 

 

Note from Now: One thing that always bugged me though was the names of the females in these books. They were always so strange and almost impossible to say. No one is every just named Mary or something haha. 

 

I think there are still one or two books that I have not read by her, but not many. I kind of want to finish it just so I can say I've read them all. Like if they were Pokemon cards. 

 

 

RetroReview is a short series I am doing from old reviews I found on my old Geocities page, so pre-GR circa 2004. I was in high school so forgive the lingo. Bunny and Gary are my friends code names; Bams is mine. 

 

RetroReview: Kathleen E. Woodiwiss Part I

Shanna - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss So Worthy My Love - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss Come Love a Stranger - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss A Rose in Winter - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

 

Shanna

By Kathleen E Woodiwiss. 
Bams Says: This is, to date, my favorite romance novel I have ever read. Shanna and Ruark are my favorite couple. And this book has so much action and adventure and such a twisted plot that you wonder if they will ever be together! This one I highly recommend for the RN reader!

 

 

So Worthy, My Love
By Kathleen E Woodiwiss
bams Says: This was the first KEW book I ever read! My cousin, Erin, who got me into the Romance genre, gave me this book to read and I fell in love with the genre. Thank you Maxim and Elise! Highly recommended!

 

 

Come Love A Stranger
By Kathleen E Woodiwiss
Bams Says: AH! This is another one of my favorite KEW books. I absolutely LOVE Ashton and Lierin! And the best part, i found this book for $1.00 at a thrift store so its mine forever! The main character loses her memory. Very very GOOD! Highly Recommended!

 

 

A Rose in Winter
By Kathleen E Woodiwiss
Bams Says:A Classic Beauty and the Beast story with a new twist! Erienne has fallen in love with a Yankee, Christopher Seaton, but had been married off to Lord Saxton. What's a girl to do? Classic battle between loyalty and love. Highly recommended!

 

 

 

Note from Now: 

Woodiwiss was my gateway drug. I had read two romance novels before reading So Worthy, My Love, but it was the latter that just pushed me into romance fanatic. There are quite a few, so I am going to break them into two posts, so look forward to more.

 

Shanna is still my go to default favorite for romance. I haven't reread it in years though, so I wonder if that would hold up for me.  I remember snippets from all the others. I was so impressionable then. I really loved a lot of these, head over heals for these guys. I am sort of trepidatious about reading them a potentially ruining that childlike love that I have for them. 


Oh well, I am over thinking this. Enjoy.

 

 

 

RetroReview is a short series I am doing from old reviews I found on my old Geocities page, so pre-GR circa 2004. I was in high school so forgive the lingo. Bunny and Gary are my friends code names; Bams is mine. 

 

Just Finished Reactions: Angel by Johanna Lindsey

Angel - Johanna Lindsey

I quite enjoyed this book the second go round as I did the first about 10 years ago. It's about Angel, the mysterious gunman, and Cassie, the meddling western lady. It's one of those books where everything could be solved if they just said something, but normally while this bothers me, in this book it doesn't. The reason is it fits in with their characters. I could not see either of them opening up easily. 

I haven't read many Texan/Western romances, but I always love Lindsey's.

 

Originally published on GR in Aug 2010

RetroReview: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Silmarillion

The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien The Return of the King: Being theThird Part of the Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
By JRR Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring:
Bams Says: Brilliant first book to Tolkien's masterpiece. I read it after the movie sadly, but I enjoyed it all the same. I especially enjoyed The Council of Elrond chapter, so much more enjoyable detail then the movie!

The Two Towers
Bams Says: OH! I loved the first book in this book, with Aragorn and Co. Merry, Pippin, and Treebeard touched my heart! The only down side to this book is that it seemed like Sam and Frodo were walking forever! It seemed like it was 20 chapters! >.< But it was all better at the end with SHELOB! 

The Return of the King
Bams Says: This one is my favorite of the trilogy. I love this book maybe even more then the movie. I love the Sons of Elrond and The Scouring of the Shire! So wonderful!

The Silmarillion
Bams Says: I absolutely loved this book! Each chapter holds it own set of stories on the history of Elves and Men. I loved hearing about The Undying Lands and the all of the elves! Highly Recommended if you are a fan of Elves and Middle Earth!

 

 

Note from Now: Oh my other fandom. I remember exactly how it all happened. My dad, sister and I went to see Fellowship in theaters. It was good but nothing to go nuts over. Then we saw Two Towers the next year and I was done. I needed to know everything now. I bought the box set of the four books (though I've never actually read The Hobbit, which was the fourth book in the set) and set to work. I flew through the first book, but the damn Frodo and Sam section of book two was horrendous. I must have spent months of study halls working my way through that horrid section. But I was determined. 

 

After I finished the trilogy it was The Silmarillion and lots and lots of fan fiction. I adored Orlando Bloom and elves. I think I even tried to learn Elvish once.. and then there was the comingsoon.net forums, back when it was still spelled BaMBbLeS, where I stayed up til 4 eagerly lapping up any information I could get on the movies. 

 

Now I go see The Hobbit movies, but they aren't the same. I'm not the same. I enjoy them for being part of the world, but they really are meh movies at best. 

 

 

 

RetroReview is a short series I am doing from old reviews I found on my old Geocities page, so pre-GR circa 2004. I was in high school so forgive the lingo. Bunny and Gary are my friends code names; Bams is mine. 

 

RetroReview: The Malory Novels by Johanna Lindsey

Love Only Once: A Malory Novel - Johanna Lindsey Tender Rebel - Johanna Lindsey Gentle Rogue (Malory Novels) - Johanna Lindsey The Magic of You (Malory Novels) - Johanna Lindsey Say You Love Me (Malory, No. 5) - Johanna Lindsey The Present (Malory Novels) - Johanna Lindsey A Loving Scoundrel (Malory Family Series) - Johanna Lindsey

The Mallory Series
Love Only Once
By Johanna Lindsey
Bams Says: AH! This is the first book of the Malory Novels. These novels are my favorite family series ever! This first one stars Regina and Nicholas, a rake of course! Oh so good. Highly recommended!

Tender Rebel
By Johanna Lindsey
Bams Says: Book number two in the Malory Novels! This one is Bunny's favorite, because it stars Anthony Malory the notorious rake and Roslynn, who has a bit of a Scottish temper! Highly Recommended!

Gentle Rogue
By Johanna Lindsey
Bams Says: AH IT'S JAMES! I love this one, probably because it was the first Malory novel I read... they're better when read in order but I didn't know there was an order. This one is my favorite couple, James and George. Georgina really but everyone calls her George. Highly Recommended!

The Magic of You
By Johanna Lindsey
Bams Says: This Malory Novel stars none other then George's brother, Warren, and James' niece, Amy! It's cute to see big tough manly Warren be bested by little Amy. Highly Recommended!

Say You Love Me
By Johanna Lindsey
Bams Says: It's Jason's son's turn, Derrek to have his own book! Derrek and Kelsey are the stars of this one. Not enough James action for me, but I really enjoyed this book! Highly recommended!

The Present
By Johanna Lindsey
Bams Says: This was a nice little Malory story about all of them gathering for Christmas. They find a mysterious present, and find out about a certain Christopher Malory and Anastasia.

A Loving Scoundrel
By Johanna Lindsey 
Bams says: Well, Jeremy, James' son, tied for my favorite, finally got his own book. It was wonderful. I have my favorite parts! But the one part I really love I cannot say, because it will ruin it >.< But read it, you'll love it if you love the Malories!

 

 

 

Note from now: Oh the enchanted innocence of yore. Damn did this series get monotonous. I honestly dont remember loving A Loving Scoundrel as much as it sounds like here. I wonder if I went back as reread these if I would like them as much. I have a feeling these ones are dreadfully old school. Still, I remember really enjoying Tender Rebel and Gentle Rogue, so maybe at least those are worth another go round.

 

Now that I think on it, I dont think I am actually caught up with this series. I have not officially given it up yet (like I have the Dark Hunters... urgh), so maybe in prep for reading the ones I have yet to read, I can do the older few. Look a plan hatches!

 

I am also marveling at the beginning days of my reviewing. I was a lot more of a generous reviewer then... now I am much harsher. In another note, I misspelled 'recommended' every time it was written. Oh the lack of spell check in HTML. I still have to think hard to spell that word haha

 

 

 

RetroReview is a short series I am doing from old reviews I found on my old Geocities page, so pre-GR circa 2004. I was in high school so forgive the lingo. Bunny and Gary are my friends code names; Bams is mine. 

 

RetroReview: Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) - J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) - J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) - J.K. Rowling Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix - 'J. K. Rowling', 'J.K. Rowling' Harry Potter Schoolbooks: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Quidditch Through the Ages - J.K. Rowling New Clues to Harry Potter Book 5: Hints from the Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter - 'Galadriel Waters', 'Astre Mithrandir', 'E.L. Fossa'


The Harry Potter Series
By JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Soceror's Stone
Bams Says: This first book in the beloved HP septology! For me this one was cute, a nice introduction into the series. I loved hearing about the trio, and this book held me in enough suspense to keep me reading the series!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Bams Says: Well, I didn't really like this one all that much. But I liked it better after I saw the movie. If that makes any sense. I don't know why, but this is my least favorite. Maybe it's Gilderoy, I don't know. *shrug*

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Bams Says: AH! I LOVE THIS ONE! This one is definitely my favorite. I love hearing about Harry's parents and I liked the lack of Voldemort. Just time out to learn more stuff about the characters! Go MWPP!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Bams Says: This one was brilliant just like all the others. I could not put it down. I loved every bit of it! Especially the TriWizard Cup thing!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Bams Says: BRILLIANT!!! I loved every bit of it and I literally, as is real water, cried toward the end. Not at the fabled "death" but at the aftermath...poor Harry... I loved this book, but hated the cliffie!


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Bams Says: This was a really cute book to do for Charity, and a really nice way to give us fans a treat! I loved Harry and Ron's comments throughout the book!

Quidditch Through the Ages
Bams Says: This book was an interesting read. I love learning anything I can about the magical word and Quidditch was a wonderful way to do it.


New Clues to Harry Potter Book 5
By Galadriel Waters
Bams Says: This book was sooooo brilliant to read. It got me thinking to in depthly about Book 5! It makes me want to read it again and find all these hidden clues!

 

 

Note from Now: Oh, the time of innocence before the series was completed. I was hardcore into theories and predictions. I visited forums, read fanfic, was pretty much knee deep in fandom... I also vaguely recall a song about Remus called Shrieking Shack  (to the tune of Love Shack). Wow what a time. It'a really hard for me to process that this was about/over 10 years ago. How time flies. 

 

I don't know how I feel about the news that they are making a trilogy of movies off of Fantasic Beasts. I am hoping it just a good medieval like romp. I don't really have high hopes. 

 

Actually though I have been thinking about this time a lot recently as I have been just skimming the surface of the A Song of Ice and Fire fandom and fan theories. I don't know if I have the strength to do what I did with HP. It was really a once in a lifetime thing. I am glad I was a part of it :)

 

 

 

RetroReview is a short series I am doing from old reviews I found on my old Geocities page, so pre-GR circa 2004. I was in high school so forgive the lingo. Bunny and Gary are my friends code names; Bams is mine. 

 

RetroReview: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) - Philip Pullman The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book 2) By Philip Pullman - -Author- The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, Book 3) - Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials Trilogy
By Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass
Bams Says: OH What a brilliant fantasy/sci fi story! if you are into this genre this series is for you! This one we are introduced to all of the characters, including Lyra and Pan! I absolutely loved it!

The Subtle Knife
Bams Says: I read this book in less then 24 hours. That is how gripping it is! We meet Will in this one, who I am not ashamed to say is my favorite character! Some parts of the book made me cry, others made me laugh, and the end made me reach for the next book instantly!

The Amber Spyglass
Bams Says: The third and final book in the series had me wanting to continuously read it. Everything was brought to a wonderful climax and your even introduced to more characters who you come to grow to love! The ending made me cry, but I cry at the ending of all good books. If not literally then on the inside! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SERIES!

 

Note from now: Hmm I was a very emotional reader as a teen. This book series is one for the heartstrings though. I reread the first two and a good chunk of the third 3ish years ago. Just as good. It holds up really, really well. And I am still holding out for the book of dust.

 

In a fun side note, His Dark Materials is the ONLY fandom which I have ever written and published fanfiction. It's a quick one scene thing, but I still stand by it ;)

 

 

RetroReview is a short series I am doing from old reviews I found on my old Geocities page, so pre-GR circa 2004. I was in high school so forgive the lingo. Bunny and Gary are my friends code names; Bams is mine. 

 

RetroReview: Time Series Quartet

Both Sides of Time (Scholastic Classics) - Caroline B. Cooney Out of Time - Caroline B. Cooney Prisoner of Time - Caroline B. Cooney For All Time - Caroline B. Cooney

The Time Series Quartet
By Caroline B Cooney


Both Sides of Time
Bams Says: This one I actually had read when I was like 13, then reread when I was 17. It was amazing both times. I have to say this is a good jump into the series, but it doesn't hold the title of my favorite. Strat and Annie are a really cute couple!

Out of Time
Bams Says: This one held the title of my favorite when I was 13 and is now a joint favorite with the last in the series. This book held you tight and took you for a ride as Annie again travels back for Strat. *sigh*

Prisoner Of Time
Bams Says: This one totally does a 360 away from the other two. Instead of following Strat and Annie, we follow Devonny, Strat's sister through her adventures in modern day America. I enjoyed this better my second time through.

For All Time
Bams Says: This one I had not read when I was 13, so it was totally new to me. And I loved it! Set between New York and Egypt, you are again swept  up in the Strat and Annie romance. I have to say this series has a good ending in my opinion and that's why I love this book and its the joint favorite with Out Of Time.

 

Note from now: Oh how I loved this time travel YA romance. It was a good set of books that I would recommend to middle grade/YA readers looking for that sort of thing.

 

 

RetroReview is a short series I am doing from old reviews I found on my old Geocities page, so pre-GR circa 2004. I was in high school so forgive the lingo. Bunny and Gary are my friends code names; Bams is mine. 

 

RetroReview: Johanna Lindsey

You Belong to Me - Johanna Lindsey Secret Fire - Johanna Lindsey Angel - Johanna Lindsey

You Belong To Me
By Johanna Lindsey
Bams Says: Ah Alex and Vasili! A wonderful Russian Romance. Bunny gave me this one to read and I loved it! 

Note from now: I just bought this book on sale recently. I hope it lives up to my apparent liking for it.

Secret Fire
By Johanna Lindsey
Bams Says: Another one of Bunny's recommends. Lady Katherine dresses up as a servant to save her sister from an awful marriage, well in her eyes. She ends up being captured by Dimitri, a Prince from Russia, and well... the story goes on from there. Gary also read and loved this!

Note from now: I reread this book about a year ago and one starred it. It was horrible and rapey and urg. I can't believe I liked it! Oh well, a different time I guess

 

Angel
By Johanna Lindsey
Bams Says: This was my first ever Johanna Lindsey novel! It's about Cassie, a rancher girl, and Angel, an orphan from the mountains who is, by a mistake of course, her hired hand to sort out a feud that she started! I think I was so touched by this one I cried <.< Maybe... hehe!

Note from now: This one I still like. I read this about a year ago again and it's still good. And it has a lovely picture of naked Fabio with a panther on the inset cover. I can't even...

 

A Man to Call My Own
By Johanna Lindsey
Set on a Ranch, with a very sexy ranch hand Chad Kinkaid. Oh and did i forget to mention? There are identical twins in this story *evil laugh*!

Note from now: Oh the twins trope. I haven't read you in a while.

 

 

RetroReview is a short series I am doing from old reviews I found on my old Geocities page, so pre-GR circa 2004. I was in high school so forgive the lingo. Bunny and Gary are my friends code names; Bams is mine. 

 

 

Book Reviews from my Past

So today I finally had a spare moment to get on Booklikes and upon reading Literary Ames' post about GR getting their reviews stolen for promoting piracy and porn, I decided to google myself with advanced search. Well, my GR reviews are just under my first name, so it would be like finding a needle in the multiverse, but I did google 'Bambbles'. 

 

Then the best thing that has happened to me today happened. I found my old Geocities website cached! This means I pretty much regain a years worth of diary entries from 2004 - 2005. I am so, so happy about that.

 

But I also wrote a few one liners for books that I read that I wanted to share. So I looked and there is like a lot, so I'll do a little write-up for them and then if I've reread them or whatever. I am so happy right now. 

 

 

 

 

Progress Post: The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel - M.L. Stedman

I've read 154 out of 343 pages

This book is stressing me out. I can't imagine being in any of the characters positions in this book. It's brought up a good deal of conundrums though that I am hoping mean a good bookclub discussion.

 

I am always wary when my book wins the vote for the month... what if people dont like it? And this one I just found by searching lists for good bookclub books...

 

The good thing is I am interested in it. The bad thing is that is a rough subject. But another good thing is that it's Australian and I don't read a lot of non-US published books. So let's hope it somehow ends happily? Maybe they all end up in a love commune... but the last time I wished for that was with Reaching for the Moon (youtube link) and that decidedly did not happen (erm... spoilers for the movie/real life). 

[REBLOG] Survey: Are You a Fan?

Can I ask a favor? I'm collecting data for my Statistics final project and would appreciate if you could all fill out this survey.

 

I'll post this a few more times over the next few weeks to try and get as many people as possible.

 

Feel free to share it with your friends and family, anyone you like - the more answers the better.

Reblogged from Angela @ Touch the Night

This is the best site: Googly Eye Books

"Edmund stood and waited, his googly eyes aching with cold and his heart pounding in his chest, and presently the gray wolf, Maugrim, the Chief of the Witch’s Secret Googly Eyes, came bounding back and said, "Come in! Come in! Fortunate favorite of the Queen - or else not so fortunate."
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Just Reread Reactions: Kiss Me, Annabel by Eloisa James

Kiss Me, Annabel (Essex Sisters, book 2) - Eloisa James


I still really like this book. Annabel is a strong women such that you rarely seen in romance novels. Not that there are not novels with strong women, in fact there are a plethora. But Annabel is special in that in every bit as self assured as she is, its there to hide her self-conscious desire for love. So daddy issues, I guess.

Ewan is not as strongly developed as Annabel but still a hero I wouldn't mind having around. And as always in this series, the supporting cast is awesome!

 

Originally posted on GR in May 2010

Just Reread Reactions: Pleasure for Pleasure by Eloisa James

Pleasure for Pleasure (Essex Sisters, book 4) - Eloisa James

The one thing I don't like about series is that sometimes they lose the main focus. The main couple should always be that. I loved the scenes with Josie and Mayne early on and felt the balance was alright, but then once we are in the stables the next two chapters are leaving us with a cliffhanger! 

In this regard it is like the other books in the series. Does this mean I didn't enjoy it? No I did. It was good. But I think in regards to series, she handles her Desperate Duchess series better.

 

Originally published in June 2010 on GR

Just Reread Reactions: The Taming of the Duke by Eloisa James

The Taming of the Duke (Essex Sisters, book 3) - Eloisa James

Originally published on GR on the reread date of summer 2010. 

 

I loved the tension between Imogen and Rafe throughout this series. This book was the culmination of that, but the "big reveal" wasn't enough for me and was kind of a "Wait... what?" I still thought it was good, and I still really love the secondary character. It just seems that there was not enough time spent with just Rafe (and I mean Rafe) and Imogen. 

In another note, the cover is to die for and may be my favorite cover that I own.

 

Note from today:

I dont know if this is the favorite cover I own ha. I remember though walking past the cover when I was grocery shopping my freshman year of college and seeing it ... chesting at me. I didn't buy it. I didn't have much of a budget back then. Then we were at the mall at Waldenbooks, again... there.. drawing me, calling, "Read me". Finally I caved the next time I was at WalMart and that is how I got started on Eloisa James. 

 

I wonder with all the lack of books at stores if I will ever have a story like that again?