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Sunday, December 4

Book Review: The Boy who Wanted Wings by James Conroyd Martin

Author: James Conroyd Martin
Title: The Boy who Wanted Wings
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 358
First Published: September 2016
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Aleksy, a dark-complexioned Tatar raised by a Polish peasant family, holds in his heart the wish is to become a Polish hussar, a lancer who carries into battle a device attached to his back that holds dozens of eagle feathers. As a Tatar and as a peasant, this is an unlikely quest. When he meets Krystyna, the daughter of the noble who owns the land that his parents work, he falls hopelessly in love. But even though she returns his love, race and class differences make this quest as impossible as that of becoming a hussar. Under the most harrowing and unlikely circumstances, one day Aleksy must choose between his dreams. 

I could hardly put this down. So good, so good. The beginning was a little slow, but after a few pages, I was utterly hooked. I finished this book in a couple of sittings. I needed to know how Aleksy was going to get what he desired and what he deserved. 

I loved Aleksy! Even though some people treated him horribly, he had a big heart and he wanted to serve Poland. 

Krystyna was okay. At first, I didn't really like her and I thought Aleksy deserved someone better, but she proved herself and her love for him. What she did made me like her. I can't say what, but any other noble gal wouldn't do what she did. 

Krystyna's brothers were so annoying. Okay...I get why they hated Alek and they only wanted what was best for their family. However, I wanted to kick them! I'm glad the author humanized them. Yes, they were anti-Alex and whatnot, but they were not horrible people. It was the times! They wanted what they thought were best for them and their family. 

Now, the main reason I picked this book up was because this is set in Poland. There are not a lot of books out there set here! I also loved the cover and the title. The summary sounded good, so why not try this out?? I'm SO glad I did. This was really good. The characters were dynamic. They time period and setting were well brought to life. 

GAH! The ending, I wanted more. I wanted to more of their story. 

In the end, this was an addicting book. I could hardly put it down. The characters were very dynamic and the author brought the world to life. The beginning was a little rough, but the rest is worth it. I highly recommend this to historical fiction lovers. Out of five stars, I stamp this with 5. 

Monday, November 28

B's Monday Review: Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst

Kate has given up on love—at least for herself. She is both blessed and cursed with the ability to cozy New York town, she has to put aside her own romantic disasters to make her business a success.
sense a romantic connection between two people—a gift that her family passed down for generations. When Kate launches her own matchmaking company, Kinnection, with her two best friends in a

But when a furious man stalks into her office and accuses her business of being a scam, Kate is given the ultimate challenge to prove herself. Slade puts himself in her hands and asks Kate to find him love. Enraged at his arrogance but stubbornly eager to prove herself, Kate agrees, dedicating herself to the journey of finding him love... only to find herself falling for him along the way. 

My thoughts:
This was another free read from xoxo after dark, I just can't stay away from that site. I mean my e-reader does not have e-ink, so I can just as well read one from my tablet then (though to be fair my eyes hate it all.)

Kate owns a matchmaking agency. She also has the touch to feel real love. But she is single. I did like her, but she was so afraid. Then again she seems to be so unlucky and never meeting the right person.

Slade, oh no, he was a divorce lawyer. I know! The worst possible thing to be, well at least for someone who puts people together. And he also wants to save someone from their evil claws. But he was a nice guy. Just a bit wary of love.

There is passion, banter, and drama, well duh, of course there is the usual drama before they live happily ever after.

I liked it. 

ebook, 384 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Simon and Schuster
Searching For #1
Contemporary romance
Free on xoxo after dark

Sunday, November 27

Joint Review: Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Happy end of November! This week Blodeuedd and I are discussing, "Children of Earth and Sky" by Guy Gavriel Kay. 

We are doing something special for next month! We are letting you guys choose what we read. The choices will be at the bottom after our discussion. The most votes win!
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Title: Children of Earth and Sky
Genre: Historical Fiction and Fantasy
Pages: 571
First Published: May 2016
Where I Got It: Borrowed from library

From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.

The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif—to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.

As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world...  

C: So...this was not what I expected it to be. LOL Where shall we begin? B?

B: Well for me it feels like I picked another crap one. UGH. I just could not follow it, sooo boring. So many things I want to complain about

C: I don’t think it was a “crap one”....I think it was just boring. LOL Like it was a people-story, but the people were meeeehhhh.

B: Yes! So meh. I wish I had cared for someone, but I did not. I can’t even say I read the whole thing cos I skimmed so damn much. It just have to be a dnf for me in that aspect. I just did not care about them or their story.

C: There was one character (can’t remember their name) that I liked, but they seemed to just not matter to the story anymore. Which boo. The rest of the people were meh. Like nothing happened. Things that did happen none of the characters were around. They just happened to escape to the next town. Like the riot. Boring. I did a LOT of skimming to. XI I feel bad, but I just didn’t care about some of those people’s stories. 

B: From the rave reviews I read I expected something great, and then I got this and you know, I just felt so disappointed :/ Another issue I had was that it was so our world. Oh there is the Ottoman empire, oh there is Venice, oh there is blah blah. The Ottomans even took boys to become those, whatever, but it was too our world. I do not want that. Sure, borrow from a culture, but do not put every other country next to it. Make it harder, mix things up. Now I just read a historical novel set here...sort of ;) I wanted fantasy.

C: Was there suppose to be fantasy elements mixed in? 

B: It’s not that I need magic and unicorns, but if I wanted to read about the Ottomans and the rest of that area we could have chosen a book at least set in our world. Instead of this pseudo earth. But yes magic and unicorns are fun

C: It felt like such a Historical Fiction. I didn’t even notice the small fantasy that was suppose to be in there. XI But I agree with you. I love the epic fantasy stuff, but I think there should have been more fantasy to make it feel like it. 

B: More fantasy, less our world, interesting characters, maybe then it would have been a book I would not have skimmed.

C: Same. I was just meh. The world-building was exhausting at the beginning. Once it get past that it was better, but not good. 

B: For me I just want to put a big fat failure sign on it

C: I’m wanting to put a “meh” sign on it. From reviews I read there are other books set in this world. I think this might have been better if we read one of those to understand. 

B: You are supposed to be able to read these without having to read the others. His failure if he did not make that work. Oh and I will SO NOT read more books set in this world.

C: Completely agree! 

B: This is such a meh book, we can’t even complain. The crappy ones we can write pages about here...meh

C: I’m  bummed by this. I was so excited. LOL. So...anything else you want to add? 

B: Nope

C: Nothing here except...if you wanna read anything by this author read something else. A total meh. 

B: HA, I agree.

C: I’m curious to see which book is next! Let us leave it to the people since we stink at picking. Hehehe xD

B: I have picked two, just like that, no reviews, no ohhh must read. Just picked two so not to get disappointed

YA - The statistical probability of love at first sight by Jennifer Smith

FICTION - The secret keeper by Kate Morton

C: I picked two. I ignored the reviews as well.

Fantasy/PNR -  Bound by a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins

HF - Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson

B: Ok then readers, please tell us in your comments which book we should read next :)

C: We leave it in your hands! :D Don’t let us down. ;) LOL! Until next time?

B: Until next time

I expected more out of this. I'm really bummed. It wasn't bad for say...but it wasn't good either. It was boring. The one character I actually cared about disappeared and the rest of them were meh. There was suppose to be a fantasy element but it was overshadowed by the historical fiction. Needless to say I did a lot of skimming. I do not recommend this to be your first book by the author. I would try something else. Out of five stars, I'll stamp this with 2 stars.

Saturday, November 26

Book Review: Princess by Gaelen Foley

Author: Gaelen Foley
Title: Princess (Ascension Trilogy #2)
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 389
First Published: June 1999
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Used Bookstore)

Darius Santiago is the King's most trusted spy. He is charming, ruthless, and he has one weakness--the stunning Princess Serafina. She is all he has ever wanted and everything he cannot have. Serafina has always worshiped Darius, knowing that deep in the reaches of her soul, where she is not royalty but a flesh-and-blood woman, she belongs to this dangerous man. Unable to suppress their desire, they are swept into a daring dance of passion until a deadly enemy threatens to destroy their new love.

Oooh Darius...I forgot all about you my fictional boyfriend! I was going through my bookshelf the other day looking for something good to read and then I remembered how much I loved this book and this series. I only have this one of the series, so I picked it up and gave it a re-read. And I still love it. 

This is the second book of the series, but it can be read as a standalone. The first book was about Serafina's mom and dad and them retaking the throne. It was good, but this was better. This follows Serafina and Darius. Serafina is a princess being made to marry some guy in order to protect her country against good ol' Napoleon. Darius is the King's right-hand man, head spy, and Serafina's main protector. They have had feelings for each other for a while, but duty kept them apart. After some events that lead them to have alone time, they discover they need each other. But this love story is not at all an easy one and it takes a long time for them to finally be together (no spoiler since this IS a HR).  But good, it shouldn't be easy. 

The princess is okay, she is spoiled, but duh...she's royalty. But she is sweet overall.  

Darius is....amazing. Okay - he's a hottie, but he's also one of the most complex and dynamic characters the author ever made. He has a lot of baggage and even though he is this great spy, warrior, and lover, he's still flawed. Love, love him. He's on my top 5 list of heroes I am in love with. 

I think what I love most about this is that even though I was re-reading it I couldn't remember how they got out of each issue that pops up. 

My only issue was how Darius got out of one issue. WHAT? It could NOT have been that easy. Sure, Josephine is a *cough* slut *cough* lover of men, but I highly doubt she would lower her standards at that point....I can't give more explanation, but it was SO unrealistic. 

However, the rest of the book is amazing. Like I said you don't have to read book 1, but I think reading the first one will make you appreciate the characters (especially Darius) a little more. I shall keep my original stamp that I gave this years ago before I was blogging - 5 stars.