30 September 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #16

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read.

This list was quite a thought provoking one! So, on to the books and the reasons. Five good ones that were hard for me to read and five bad ones.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  2. The Midnight Rose
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  4. A Dance of Ghosts by Kevin Brooks
  5. Timeless by Gail Carriger
  1. The Girl Who Never Was
  2. The Selection by Keira Cass
  3. Starcrossed
  4. The Bone Season
  5. Ink

What's yours?

28 September 2014

Review: An American Duchess by Sharon Page

It's 1922, and New York heiress Zoe Gifford longs for the freedoms promised by the Jazz Age. Headstrong and brazen, but bound by her father's will to marry before she can access his fortune, Zoe arranges for a brief marriage to Sebastian Hazelton, whose aristocratic British family sorely needs a benefactor. 

Once in England, her foolproof plan to wed, inherit and divorce proves more complicated than Zoe had anticipated. Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford and Sebastian's older brother, is as austere and imposing as the family's ancestral estate. Still reeling from the Great War, Nigel is now staging a one-man battle against a rapidly changing world—and the outspoken Zoe represents everything he's fighting against. 

When circumstances compel Zoe to marry Nigel rather than Sebastian, their heated quarrelling begets passion of another sort. But with Nigel unwilling to change with the times, will Zoe be forced to choose between her husband and her dreams?

5 Words: historical, romance, surprising, aristocracy, progress.

I got to around the half way point in this and thought "oh, what a sweet ending!"... But it wasn't the end.

An American Duchess takes a much used trope in historical romance and goes far beyond the usual happily-ever-after. Where most books end with the wedding and the honeymoon, this book goes far beyond.

This was a sweet book that had me totally engrossed. I couldn't tear myself a way from the pages. The characters really came to life and I loved reading about Zoe and her passions. And she was one hell of a passionate character.

Langford was a little bit infuriating at times, but it was the way his character was. Watching him develop and grow and change was fantastic, and it really upped the power of this story.

This book is Downton Abbey meets My Last Duchess, with a dash of Girl Power for good measure. I loved it and will definitely look out for more of this authors work!

And look at that cover. Just sit and stare at it. I did.

25 September 2014

Review: Diamonds and Deceit by Leila Rasheed

The London Season of 1913 is in full swing, and Rose has never felt more out of place. She can't help but feel like a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then she meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard all sorts of gossip about Alexander, but he alone treats her as a friend. Rose should know better than to give her heart to a man with a reputation, but it may already be too late.

Meanwhile, Ada's also feeling miserable. She should be happy - she's engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education. So why does she feel hollow inside? She knows that without this marriage, her family will be ruined, but it seems that in matters of love, the Averley's can only follow their hearts...

5 Words: Lavish, historical, romance, betrayal, scandal.

I am in love with this series.

Yet again, Leila Rasheed plunges us into the luxurious world of the people at Somerton and I loved it.

This series will be one I can easily reread again and again. I love the characters and how they all have their own distinct voices and personalities that really come through when you're reading from their perspective.

I was so disappointed in Laurence. He was so good around Ada, a different person really, and if he hadn't been such a dick-head it could have actually worked. But Charlotte isn't totally to blame, from reading her perspective I really understand her motives. I actually pitied her a little bit! But her mother? Well, I definitely don't like Lady Westlake.

Rose really struggled in this book, even more than in the first book. But she's such a strong character and I loved how everything ended for her. I could read about Rose all day, and how she gallantly stumbles through the life she's thrust in to. She puts up with so much, coping with some of the nastiest people and most awkward situations.

This book is just as lavish and extravagant as the first, perhaps even more so. And now I have so long to wait for the next one!

23 September 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #15

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list.

Why are these lists always so hard? Not many new releases here, mostly stuff that's been sat on my TBR and that I'm finally going to get round to reading. Hopefully. Think I'll get through them?

  • The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
  • Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  • Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin
  • Geek Girl: Model Misfit by Holly Smale
  • Trouble by Non Pratt
  • Slated by Teri Terry
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Heart of Dread: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
  • The Witch of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper
  • An American Duchess by Sharon Page

What are you going to read this fall?

21 September 2014

Showcase Sunday #17

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and is a chance for everyone to show off what they've acquired during the week.

Lots of lovely books this week, I can't wait to share them all with you! And, a giveaway is coming up this week as I review some books I picked up at a certain author event. Also, a bookswap with my guest-blogger!


I reviewed Secrets and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed earlier this week and I loved it so much - I just had to get the Diamonds and Deceit straight away! Burn for Burn has been on my TBR for a long long time and there's been a lot of praise for the series with the third book coming out, so I finally just got it. The Girl in the Steel Corset piqued my interest a while ago - I quite enjoy steampunk stories. So really it's the same story for Ruby Red, I'd heard a lot of good things about this one too.

Steph's coming over later today to do another book swap, but I just couldn't wait to share this weeks book haul with everyone.