5 Star Read! Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard was a truly amazing read! See the original review on GoodReads.
The language was easy to understand while still feeling as if it fit the tone of the setting. And oh what a setting. While at court there are dozens of rooms explored and described, and with that many you'd expect them to get repetitive and boring, not the case. The main locations were explained in enough detail to give you a start on imagining where you are and the less important locations are touched on quick enough to let your mind build something to fit and move on.
The characters were treated in much the same way. With all the comings and goings in a royal court not all of the characters were explained in painful details, many were just enough to jump start your imagination and leave it up to the reader. The main character's personalities were detailed, descriptive and painted a wonderful image of who they were and their motivations. As the book progressed I often found myself cheering them on, blushing when they said/did something stupid and wishing I could do more to help them through their trials.
This story was truly wonderful and it was a pleasure to read and honor to review. Now excuse me while I go read it again.
Last night I finished Love Beyond Time by Bethany Claire. Check out the 4 star review on GoodReads and connect with Bethany via twitter and her blog.
The magic is an after thought to the story and fits seamlessly into the intrigue and politics that make up the majority of the non-romance plot. The connections between the characters are real and heartfelt, the stable master to his horses, Eoin to his brother, and Bri to her mother, etc. All off this adds to the detailed and rich world created.
It's that time again...Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy April book club has been posted! Last month was full of personal trials and issues and I struggled to read my original ten book goal. This months is finals, so we shall see how I do.
This month's challenge is all based on color!
I am looking forward to reading a few books I have reviews planned for and a few random pick ups as well.
April is the birth month of the most famous of the early horror writers, in honour of Bram Stoker—you MUST read a book that either has a vampire or an Irish character in it.
Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers—so, to celebrate all the colours we are looking forward to—Colour Challenge. One book per colour. [Red, Green, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Black, White, Orange, Grey/Silver, Pink]
It is almost April, you know what that means right? New books! I will attempt to publish this new section monthly as a look forward to what is coming over the horizon in the coming weeks and overtime I hope to grow and expand this.
This month is focused on MY interests and what I know, but after having written this first post I am already better understanding of what needs to be add/changed/researched more to make this a more worth wild newsletter. Stick around for there's more to come!
This weekend I read Letting Go by Maya Banks. You can see my review in context on GoodReads. *SPOILERS*
2 stars writing / character development
I've read other books from Maya Banks and loved them, this one... not sure what happened.
Joss on the other hand is a tough cookie. She stood up for herself, she picked her like back up and moved on. But damn if she wasn't quick about it. Her whole character arc (what little there was) was very speedy.
Having read other books from Maya Banks it was easy to see where she will be going with book 2/3; sister-in-law's story then the best friend. She's certainly found a pattern to her writing... not sure if that's a good thing or not though. She's aiming to have all three books out within a year? Why rush it, this book was full of duplicate scenes, repeated conversations and the same monologues said to characters at different times.
All criticism aside, the last chapter/scene brought tears to my eyes. The imagery and the heartfelt emotion was there. I know this woman can write, I missed it in this book.