Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tudor Tuesday : The Other Boleyn Girl ~ Philippa Gregory

Welcome to Tudor Tuesday! From now on every Tuesday we will review a book related to Tudor England. Luckily there are plenty to choose from! Have one of your own you'd like to be featured? Have a cover you'd like to release? Feel free to contact me.

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary: When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take fate into her own hands.

Summary: I have to say this is the first novel of the Tudor Series that I have read and I really loved it. Being a lover of Tudor History I think it was great to see the story from the perspective of Mary. If you enjoyed the TV show the Tudors this is a must read. Mary's character (and in fact her life) had a much bigger impact on Henry the 8th than most people would realize and I think its great she has finally gotten her story told. There are of course so interesting twists along her path. In some ways real life can be far more twisted than fiction and I'm sure the author took some of her own opinions and guesses to fill in the Historical blanks. Overall the story was excellent. I think if Philippa Gregory was hired to write History books more of us would have learned something!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cinder ~ Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cinder is one of those books that looked interesting but I just kept putting off reading. Having so many series I already follow I decided to wait until closer to the last book to give it a shot. I was glad I waited because I do feel I enjoyed to whole series much better when read as a whole as apposed to piece by piece.

Summary:Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My Take:

I found Cinder to be a truly original take on a classic fairy tale. A cyborg girl trying to make her way in a world. A Future world where technology and disease run rampant. The division between the classes is huge. But inspire of it all young Cinder has made a name for herself as a mechanic. That name spreads as far as the Prince and through what some might consider a small interaction the whole world that they live in is changed.
Beyond the fairy tale this is a story that speak a lot about segregation and equal rights. I think there is an overall message to treat each life as an equal no matter what parts they have or where they are born.
Being the begining of a series the story also sets the pace for the next installment.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Cover Reveal ~ Under his Skin

Today Wolf Majick Reviews is happy to participate in the Cover Reveal for...

Under his Skin by Stacey O'Neale

Book Blurb:
Earth girls are never easy. But they're worth it.
Bakery owner Annabelle Sparks' business is booming ever since she won reality TV's Cupcake Wars. The one thing deflating her happy soufflé? The extremely sexy Kaden Chance only sees her as a best friend-and Annabelle wants so much more. After waiting a year for him recognize their chemistry, she's giving up and dating other people.
What she doesn't know is Kaden's heart doesn't actually beat. He's not human. Heck, he's not even from Earth. To retain his intergalactic immunity, no one can ever know he is an extraterrestrial. But when Annabelle starts dating, something strange happens to Kaden's unmoved heart: it begins to beat. Now he faces an impossible choice-tell Annabelle the truth and be deported-or lose his last chance at love.
Release Date: September 21, 2015 

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Game board of the Gods ~ Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, All I can say is I loved this book. I have so many comments to make but they are all huge spoilers. So you have been warned.

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of Xseries, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

My Take:First off the characters were interesting and dynamic. There were definite times that I wanted to just smack Justin off the back of the head, which proves how real each character felt. I also enjoyed the slow build for each character. We learned subtly more about each one in such a way that it was like getting to know a new friend.

The world that they live in play a huge role in the novel. Its a nation that has given up huge chunks of freedoms to be safe and healthy. They have essentially traded their worship of "Gods" as a higher power to one of the Runa being the higher power. This future world really makes the reader step back an think. Would you give up religious freedom and reproductive choices if you knew it was the only way to have a healthy human race. Would you rather have someone tell you how many children you can have but in tern know those children will grow up safe with a quality education in a society where every school teaches the exact same curriculum? Where secondary school is free? What about a society where technology has soared? Is it worth a little freedom of choice then? Richelle Mead has done a fantastic job with a fantasy novel that touches upon some of the political extremes we see debated every day. A few of the religious ones as well. This novel has sparked some interesting conversations in my house, another mark of a well written book.

I also found a few twists and turns at the end to be just what the story needed. Although I hope Justin smartens up in the next book!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ready to Die ~ Lisa Jackson

Ready to Die (To Die, #5)Ready to Die by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It looks like I missed a book in this series, book 4 I think because this one picks up after Alvarez is back to duty from a shooting.

Sheriff Dan Grayson lies near death after a shooting, and the police department of Grizzly Falls, Montana, is in shock. Alvarez, torn between a new relationship and her loyalty to Grayson, works with Pescoli to whittle down the list of suspects. The deeper they go, the more personal and dangerous the case becomes. Then a prominent judge's body is found and the killer sends a sinister warning to the press: "Who's Next?"

My Take:
 I do enjoy Lisa jackson as a writer. Her characters are clever and have depth. Even some secondary characters have back stories. The only trouble with this particular series is that its book five and so this is the fifth serial killer in a relatively small town. If I lived around there I think I'd move, and fast. I did have a question in regards to a timeline issue. I'm wondering if anyone else picked that up? The nieces are only eight but Dan's ex's daughter is a teen?
Looking past that it was a good book. Fast paced with a twist ending if you enjoy shows like Law and Order you will enjoy this series for sure.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Wild Things ~ Chloe Neill

Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires, #9)Wild Things by Chloe Neill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am extremely behind on this series! Luckily thanks to Amazon I have the next few waiting on my shelf, now to find some time.. Anywise back to me review.

Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out

My Take:
 I always really enjoy these books. Chloe Neill does an excellent job with them keeping the stories fast paced and interesting. This one was no different in that respect. I also enjoy the fact that you could pick up almost any book in the series and enjoy it without the book before it. That being said there is defiantly a building story arc here for those of us who are interested in the series as a whole.

*spoilers* In the aftermath of all the GP issues Ethan finds himself on the Chicago's most wanted list and ends up seeking refuge with the Shifters. Of course things could never be that easy and after a few magical catastrophes Merit and Ethan find themselves arm deep in other supernaturals troubles. The only way out is through some investigative work and maybe a little blackmail. *spoilers*

Overall this was a fun book and we were able to spend time with some favorite characters from earlier in the series, which is always nice. I've just started the next one and hopefully will have more time to get it finished in a reasonable timeframe.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Night Broken~ Patricia Briggs

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8)Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Patricia Briggs is undoubtably one of my favorite authors. Her novels are always well thought out and interconnected in ways that continue to amaze me. Her characters are always true to themselves in a way that is very hard to pull off, especially in Urban Fantasy series.

Summary: An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

My Take:
This novel proved to be everything I hoped it would be. We find Mercy in a jam again, of course, and are able to spend some time with old friends. And Coyote. I have to save I love Coyote and any chance to find out more about him and Mercy's place in the world. Speaking of her place in the world we get a chance to see Mercy's place in the pack and the trouble she has to deal with to keep it that way. This novel also gives us a little more insight into how the world is handling the Fae and how the Fae are handling the world. I can't wait for the next book in the sister series to come out to see how that whole situation progresses.
Overall this is a great story with characters we as readers already love and a world we've invested ourselves into. I had a hard time putting it down and that is saying a lot because I haven't been all that into reading lately. Night Broken is for sure a contender for the best book I've read in quite a while!

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