Posts Categorized: B+

Review: The Escape by Mary Balogh

Review: The Escape by Mary Balogh

August 15, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

The Escape by Mary Balogh Series: The Survivors’ Club, Book 3 Genre: Historical Romance Published by Dell, 2014 E-book, Purchased 394 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In this poignant novel of longing and salvation, a hopeful widow and a resilient war hero discover the promise of love’s magic and new beginnings. After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of… Read more »

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Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

August 13, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews 12

  The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Series: The Remnant Chronicles, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Henry Holt, 2014 E-book, Purchased 492 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world. In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia… Read more »

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Review: The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

Review: The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

July 25, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews 12

  The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney Series: The Golden City, Book 1 Genre: Historic Fantasy Published by Roc Trade, 2013 E-book, Purchased 384 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: For two years, Oriana Paredes has been a spy among the social elite of the Golden City, reporting back to her people, the sereia, sea folk banned from the city’s shores…. When her employer and only confidante decides to elope, Oriana agrees to accompany her to Paris. But before they can depart, the two women are abducted and left to drown. Trapped beneath the waves, Oriana’s heritage allows her to survive while she is forced to watch her only friend die…. Read more »

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Review: Splintered by A. G. Howard

Review: Splintered by A. G. Howard

July 24, 2014 2014, Audiobook Challenge, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 7

  Splintered by A. G. Howard Narrated by Rebecca Gibel Series: Splintered, Book 1 Genre: YA Fantasy Published by Amulet Books, 2013 E-book & Audiobook, Purchased 371 pages 12 hours, 39 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator Grade: B+ Synopsis: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep… Read more »

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Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

July 18, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, reviews 5

    Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen Series: The Malediction Trilogy, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Strange Chemistry, 2014 E-book, Purchased 369 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined. Cécile… Read more »

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Review: Earth Star by Janet Edwards

Review: Earth Star by Janet Edwards

July 17, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

  Earth Star by Janet Edwards Series: Earth Girl, Book 2 Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Published by Harper Voyager, 2013 E-book, Purchased 374 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: 18-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honours for her role in a daring rescue attempt, Jarra finds herself – and her Ape status – in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an ‘ape’ – a ‘throwback’ – by the rest of the universe, Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good… Read more »

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Review: Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

Review: Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

July 10, 2014 2014, Audiobook Challenge, B-, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 8

Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi Narrated by Wil Wheaton Series: None Genre: Science Fiction Published by Tor, 2011 Audiobook, Purchased 303 pages 7 hrs., 19 min. Grade: B+ Narrator Grade: B- Synopsis: Jack Holloway works alone, for reasons he doesn’t care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorp’s headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporation’s headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, that’s not up for discussion. Then, in the wake of an accidental cliff collapse, Jack discovers a seam of unimaginably valuable jewels, to which he manages to lay legal claim just as… Read more »

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Review: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

July 9, 2014 2014, Audiobook Challenge, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 15

  The Emperor’s Soul (novella) by Brandon Sanderson Narrated by Angela Lin Series: Set in same world as Elantris Genre: Fantasy Published by Tachyon Publications, 2012 Audible Audiobook, Purchased 175 pages Grade: B+ Narrator Grade: B+ Synopsis: A heretic thief is the empire’s only hope in this fascinating tale that inhabits the same world as the popular novel, Elantris. Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Though her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her… Read more »

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Review: Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James

Review: Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James

July 2, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, reviews 2

  Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James Series: Desperate Duchesses, Book 7 Genre: Historical Romance Published by Avon, 2014 E-book, Purchased 400 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, head-strong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only… Read more »

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Review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

Review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

June 27, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 11

  Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach Series: Paradox, Book 3 Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera Published by Orbit, 2014 E-book, Purchased 373 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: From the moment she took a job on Captain Caldswell’s doomed ship, Devi Morris’ life has been one disaster after another: government conspiracies, two alien races out for her blood, an incurable virus that’s eating her alive. Now, with the captain missing and everyone — even her own government — determined to hunt her down, things are going from bad to impossible. The sensible plan would be to hide and wait for things to blow over, but Devi’s never been one to shy from… Read more »

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