Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start (…but haven’t) Just one small precursory thing before y’all start reading this … I really have no good excuse for any of this. *hangs head* Okay, so I’ve owned Finnikin of the Rock for about, oh, um, three years now?? I really have no good excuse for why I haven’t started this series yet, especially considering it has (wonderfully) wrecked so many of my friends’ lives!! I have read two of Susanna Keasley’s books and they were both SO. DAMN. GOOD. I own 4 (FOUR!) of her other books, but have yet to read them (two of which are from this series, The Slains). The best reason I can come up with is that her books are very […]

Audio Review | And I Darken by Kiersten White

Audio Review | And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken by Kiersten White Published: 06/28/16 by Delacorte Press Source: Audio, Audible Length: 13 hours, 26 minutes Genres: Young Adult, Alternate History Date Read: 07/11 – 07/14/2016 GR Rating: 3.97★ My Rating: 4.5★ What It’s About: No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and […]

Bringing Books Back | Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan

Bringing Books Back | Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan

Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan Published by William Morrow on October 2, 2009 Genres: Historical Fiction (Ireland Specific) Source: Purchased, Paperback Length: 356 pgs Rating: ★★★★★ GR Rating: 3.66 ★ Sweethearts since childhood, Ellie Hogan and her husband, John, are content on their farm in Ireland—until John, a soldier for the Irish Republican Army, receives an injury that leaves him unable to work. Forced to take drastic measures in order to survive, Ellie does what so many Irish women in the 1920s have done and sails across a vast ocean to New York City to work as a maid for a wealthy socialite. Once there, Ellie is introduced to a world of opulence and sophistication, tempted by the allure of grand parties and fine clothes, money and mansions . . . and by the attentions of a charming suitor who can give her everything. Yet her heart remains with her husband back home. And now she faces the most difficult choice she will ever have to make: a new life in a new country full of hope and promise, or return to a life of cruel poverty . . . and love. Originally Read: February 1-4, 2012 Absolutely amazing book! A beautiful love story told from […]

Mini Review: The One With the German Soldier and the Matchstick Man

Mini Review: The One With the German Soldier and the Matchstick Man

The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt Published: 03/17/15 by Little, Brown and Company Source: Hardcover, Purchased Length: 352pgs Genres: Historical Fiction, WWII Date Read: 06/14 – 06/23/2016 GR Rating: 3.57★ My Rating: 4★ What It’s About: July 1940. 11 year-old Lydia walks through a village in rural Suffolk on a baking hot day. She is wearing a gas mask. The shops and houses are empty, windows boarded up and sandbags green with mildew, the village seemingly deserted. Leaving it behind, she strikes off down a country lane through the salt marshes to a large Edwardian house – the house she grew up in. Lydia finds it empty too, the windows covered in black-out blinds. Her family are gone. Late that night he comes, a soldier, gun in hand and heralding a full-blown German invasion. There are, he explains to her, certain rules she must now abide by. He won’t hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house. Is he telling the truth? What is he looking for? Why is he so familiar? And how does he already know Lydia’s name? Eerie, thrilling and piercingly sad, The Dynamite Room evokes the great tradition of war classics yet achieves a strikingly original […]

Mini Reviews: The One That Was Empowering to Women

Mini Reviews: The One That Was Empowering to Women

This is How I’d Love You by Hazel Woods Published: 08/26/14 by Plume (Originally Published) Source: Paperback, Purchased Length: 309 pgs Genres: Historical Fiction Date Read: March 03-15, 2016 GR Rating: 3.74★ My Rating: 4★ What It’s About: As the Great War rages, an independent young woman struggles to sustain love—and life—through the power of words. It’s 1917 and America is on the brink of World War I. After Hensley Dench’s father is forced to resign from the New York Times for his anti-war writings, she finds herself expelled from the life she loves and the future she thought she would have. Instead, Hensley is transplanted to New Mexico, where her father has taken a job overseeing a gold mine. Driven by loneliness, Hensley hijacks her father’s correspondence with Charles Reid, a young American medic with whom her father plays chess via post. Hensley secretly begins her own exchange with Charles, but looming tragedy threatens them both, and—when everything turns against them—will their words be enough to beat the odds? *Absolutely loved how empowering this book was for women, in both Hensley & Teresa’s story. *Seemed a bit instalovey at times, but I think a lot of letters were left out […]

Series Review | Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare

Series Review | Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare

Romancing the Duke | Say Yes to the Marquess | When a Scot Ties the Knot The first in the Castles Ever After Series, Romancing the Duke, was recommended to me by my friend Morgan @ Gone With the Words (and it was originally reviewed back in January). I enjoyed it (giving it 4 stars), but I didn’t really think much more on it, the author, or the series. Historical Romance isn’t really something I’ve read much of, and I didn’t quite know if I wanted to continue (even though I readily admitted it was a quite fun detour from my usual reading fare). Enter Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs. This lady FLEW through some of Tessa Dare’s books, bringing out all the other Dare fans … and after some of the massively fun flailing that went down, I felt like I just couldn’t at least give the others in the series a try. What did I end up thinking, when it was all said and done? Well, basically … that I’m a dolt, and this books are hilarious and sweet and steamy and just SO. MUCH. FUN. Keep reading for some individual reviews below! What It’s About: As the daughter […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Historical Settings I Love

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Historical Settings I Love

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? Top Ten Historical or Futuristic Settings You Absolutely Love I decided to take this prompt and play around with a bit (namely to sorta/kinda do it but also only just enough to say that I actually did the prompt…). After thinking about it for a very long time, I realized that while I absolutely love historical fiction, I tend to stick to just a few different settings. I’m attempting to branch out this year, with books like The Shadow on the Crown and The Song of Achilles on my 2016 TBR. The three settings I find myself most drawn to, year after year, are books set in Ireland, Scotland, and pretty much anywhere during WWII. (Is that considered a historical “setting”? … Whatevs.) […]