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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A Book You Thought You Wouldn't Like but Ended Up Loving
After perusing my top starred books (of which I am still moving over a TON), I realized that Defiant by Pamela Clare was a book I really didn't think I would like. I read it for the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books RITA Readers Challenge. The only reason I picked it up was because a)it was one that had some openings available for a review and b)it was about a time in Romancelandia that I had not read much about. I ended up really liking it. It just jived with me.
Here are some quotes from my review.
"The story is gripping from the start moving from genuinely gruesome to heroic epic to the sexytimes within pages, but never in a jarring way. Everything moves along really naturally. I never had a problem with pacing or being overwhelmed by detail."
"Overall, Defiant is historically (as far as I can tell) accurate, well written, gripping, and page turning in the beginning. It slows down in the latter half, but I was still crazy enough involved with it to put off my day and keep reading. Despite some flaws, I highly enjoyed Defiant. It was a refreshing look into a different part of history with an engaging plot and interesting characters. I would recommend it for someone looking for something new in the historical genre."