Posts Categorized: Book Review

In a Nutshell: A Few Mini Book Reviews

In a Nutshell: A Few Mini Book Reviews

My favorite time of year is upon us and I am really looking forward to fall weather and events. While I hate to lose the daylight hours, fall is my favorite season and I love the cooling crispness in the air. California hasn’t had the best luck this year with the super hot weather and the fires, so the cooling weather is a welcome respite. The world has gotten really crazy in the last few months and, while I try to help where I can, it can be pretty overwhelming. Reading is great escape for me and a good way… Read more »

Divider

Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

I picked this book up about a year ago, excited to finally finish this great series, when I found myself losing interest and putting it down. I didn’t think I’d wait this long to come back to it, but I’m glad that I did. I picked up where I left off and was immediately drawn back into this world of magic, gods, and assassins. Mortal Heart gets off to a much slower start than its predecessors. I think the reason I stalled on it the first time was that it takes a lot longer to get into the meat of the plot than the first two books. In hindsight, however, I think the pacing fits Annith’s story well. Her life isn’t one of danger… Read more »

Divider

Review: Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi

Review: Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi

I’ve never been to Milk Bar but have heard wonderful things about the delicious treats that can be found at its NY storefront. As such, I was very excited to receive a copy of Milk Bar Life for review. Milk Bar chef and owner Christina Tosi promises simple, comforting recipes with a nostalgic flair.

The book itself is beautiful. The pages are thick and glossy with beautiful images of the featured recipes. Peppered throughout the book are Tosi’s stories about her connection to the recipes and where the came from. Her personality really comes through and the stories were probably my favorite part of the book.… Read more »

Divider

Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Ever since Singh first mentioned the Alaris deep-sea station (I can’t remember when this was), I hoped that she would write a story that gave us a closer look at this unusual setting and its unique occupants. She finally does so in this sweet novella about Stefan, a Psy/TK, and Tazia, a human working on the station. Though Tazia is human, she is a lot like Stefan. Estranged from her family, Tazia lives a very lonely life aboard Alaris. As a Psy and former Arrow, Stefan has learned to keep a tight leash on his emotions. However, when the two end up working together to help rebuild a village, their attraction reaches a breaking point which neither can ignore. … Read more »

Divider

Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

Hippopyta Royle is on the run. With the help of housekeeper Bridget Crumb, she has managed to escape a plot by the Duke of Montgomery to force her into marriage. Unfortunately, Hippolyta is still in danger as the Duke has sent his hounds to find her. Luckily she happens upon a carriage and begs for a lift to the next town. Covered in dirt, leaves, and who knows what else, Hippolyta looks like a homeless cat and not like the heiress that she is. It’s no wonder then that the carriage’s owner and occupant, Matthew Mortimer, doesn’t believe her when she tells him her wild tale. He takes pity on her though and agrees to take her to the next village. As they travel, Hippolyta and Matthew trade barbs that disguise… Read more »

Divider

Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

I will admit that I was a bit skeptical when I heard that the Duke of Montgomery was getting his own book. Not that I didn’t enjoy the devious and devilishly handsome troublemaker, but Val there are bad boys and then there’s Val. He has caused quite a lot of mischief in the Maiden Lane series and I wasn’t sure how Hoyt was going to turn him into the hero of this story. Changing too much of Val’s character would seem disingenuous but could I root for someone who might be more villain… Read more »

Divider

Review: Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody

Review: Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody

Mike, Grayson and Ian are all looking forward to one last carefree summer before they move on from high school and start the next phase in their lives. Unfortunately a carefree summer isn’t in the cards for any of them, each of them dealing with difficult circumstances as the summer begins. Grayson is hiding the fact that his mother has left the family and that a car accident may have left him unable to take his football scholarship. Mike’s family is struggling to pay the bills so might must take on extra work over the summer, all while dealing with what could be a final break up with his on-again, off-again childhood sweetheart… Read more »

Divider

Review: Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren

Review: Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren

Thank you, Christina Lauren, for this sweet and sexy little story about Will and Hanna, one of my favorite couples from the Beautiful Bastard series. While I really do adore everyone in the series, Will and Hanna hold a special place in my heart. There was just something about their story and relationship that I fell in love from the start and I was so, so happy to hear that the author team were planning on writing a novella featuring the two… Read more »

Divider

Review: The Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: The Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Eve Dinwoody is a proper lady. Demure, polite, and all business when it comes to protecting her brother’s investment at Harte’s Folly, she has no patience for the sinfully handsome and sensual Asa Makepeace (aka Mr. Harte). Dubious of Harte’s commitment to the reconstruction of the pleasure garden after a fire, Eve threatens to cut Asa’s purse strings unless he can show progress on the garden. To keep an even closer eye on things, Eve decides to take over the accounting for the project, a bigger task than she’d anticipated. Unfortunately that puts her right into the path of the rough and bawdy garden owner. However, Eve soon finds that Asa’s temper and brute strength are just one side of him…Read more >>

Divider

Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

There’s really no way to sum up this epic tome that is the grand finale of The Lunar Chronicles, but I’ll do my best. Fans of TLC will not be disappointed with this one. Yes, it’s over 800 pages long but no words are wasted. Everything that happens in the book happens for a reason and leads up to the breathless conclusion. Meyer really takes her time with this book and crafts a deft narratives that weaves together many different characters and storylines…Read more »

Divider