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Review: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore


 Bitterblue
by Kristin Cashore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can I say but that I am amazed – amazed at how far Cashore has come from her first book; amazed how well she held my interest through the daily duties and constant, ever present worries of Bitterblue that she didn’t know enough to run her kingdom, to heal her people; amazed that for once the romance didn’t even register in my head as one of the main plot points. I was too involved in the political cloud the young queen found herself in – everything vague and nothing tangible. I was too engrossed in the emotional journey she was on, to discover what her father really did to injure a whole nation of people, to revisit a past everyone else seemed determined to forget, to become more than she was allowed to be – to become a queen. (more…)

Catching Jordon (a review)

Catching JordanCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The best thing about this book? It surprises. How often do teenage romances surprise you? The protagonist is a smart, level headed girl who (predictably) has issues to sort through, but never spirals down into melodramatic fits.

They said in the blurb that there is a love triangle in the story. It took me half the book to find it. It’s perfectly placed. I’m glad it took me that long, and while I kept wandering – what love triangle? She’s already with the guy she wants – Kenneally snuck up the ‘other guy’ into my heart. I liked him from the get-go, but assumed he was a really strong secondary character.

After all the stuff I wrote above it’ll take you five minutes to realize who the other guy is once you start the book. But I’m sure you’ll appreciate her writing never the less.

Jordon is a little prejudiced against the cheerleaders who fraternize with the more social of her team, since some of them make a point of trashing her out of hearing of the boys, but she gets over it, and I like how the author portrays the girl’s biases and faults. It endears Jordon to me.

Great read, I’ll probably come back to it again in a few months. ūüôā

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Before the Season Ends (A review) OR how the author’s determination to preach Christian superiority killed a good book for me

Before the Season Ends

Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I can’t write an objective review for this book. I’m sure that the book deserves all the praise and high ratings it’s got if it was meant to be strictly read by the ‘Inspirational Christian Novels’ community.

Its era details are well researched and well described, especially the clothes. But then the author gets down to the business of making the book ‘inspirational’ and what had promised to be a good read – not Jane Austen, but a maybe some shadow of Georgette Heyer – turned into an annoying treatise on the ‘favoured children of God’ and the ‘Will of God’ and how the heroine must spread the ‘Kingdom of God’.

I don’t think there is anything inspirational about the smug superiority displayed by authors of this sub-genre. (more…)

From Austenland (a surprising funny in the only enjoyable bit)

‚ÄúWhat are you doing?”
“Ya!” said Jane, whirling around, her hands held up menacingly.
It was Mr. Nobley with coat, hat, and cane, watching her with wide eyes. Jane took several quick (but oh so casual) steps away from Martin’s window.
“Um, did I just say, ‘Ya’?”
“You just said ‘Ya,'” he confirmed. “If I am not mistaken, it was a battle cry, warning that you were about to attack me.”
“I, uh…” She stopped to laugh. “I wasn’t aware until this precise and awkward moment that when startled in a strange place, my instincts would have me pretend to be a ninja.‚ÄĚ

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I dislike this book. Honestly, I do. But this one part here had me in hoops for days. I kept remembering the “Ya!” and laughing at inappropriate moments.

I don’t say that the book didn’t have other slightly¬†redeemable moments, but this was really the only bit that didn’t seem forced. It was perfect. The rest was…trying too hard. I’m not sure how much of an Austen fan Ms Hale is or how deep her research into the regency era went but the number of things she got wrong even in this ‘pretend’ world of Austen is just…ooh, it made my blood boil.

Also, why do contemporary romance heroines like this Jane (or even Bridget Jones for that matter) sound so damned needy and whiny while their respective Darcys watch them somberly, apparently not blind to their idiocies, but falling in love with them anyway?

If you haven’t read the book and don’t know what I’m talking about, click this —> ūüė¶

Here is a page full of other snippets from this book—> Heh, heh.