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Book Lover Blog Tag

Book Lovers Tag

I want to thank Newblogger20 for tagging me.  I fell so far behind and did not realize how much until I started this tag.  I was Tagged in June 2019.  Sorry, it has taken me so long to get it together.  If you have not checked out Newblogger20 you should head on over there. If you want to see how they answered these questions you can go here.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Include the Book-Lover Blog Tag graphic and rules in your post.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Nominate at least 5 new bloggers to do the tag.

What is your favorite thing about reading?

My favorite thing about reading is that it allows me to escape this world for another.  This allows me to relax and better deal with stress in my day to day life.

Which male character is your favorite?

I have to say I really like Thomas Cresswell from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco.

Which female character is your favorite?

This one was much easier to come up with. Alexia Tarabotti from the Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger. The first book is Soulless and I highly recommend it.

Who is your favorite villain of all time?

Bellatrix Lestrange.  She did not become my favorite until I saw Helena Bonham Carter play her.

Who is your least favorite character of all time?

Sorry for the multiple Harry Potter references but I have to pick Dolores Unbrige.

Which book do you think has the strongest plot?

I am not a plot-driven person so I don’t know.

What gets on your nerves the most in a story (a boring character, an unrealistic plot, etc.)?

When the characters begin acting unrealistic or their personalities just completely change. 

Which book has the best cover (share a picture!)?

Okay, so I had to pick three. Trust me it was hard to just stick to three.

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner

Do you let people borrow your books? If so, are you specific about how they treat them?

I only loan them to people that I trust.  LOL, I can only think of three people that I have loaned books out to in the past few years.

If a movie could be made based on any book, which book would you choose?

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

I would love to see this happen!

Which author has inspired you most?

So I can take this two different ways. 1) motivation/self-help type of books (non-fiction) or 2) an author that has inspired me to tell my own story (fiction).

  1. Rachel Hollis
  2. Gail Carriger

What single book would you be unable to live without?

Do I really have to pick only one…Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My nominees:

Anyone that wants to do this tag I nominate you.

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Reviews

Review: Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

Book Review

Mycroft Holmes
Mycroft Holmes

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
(Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock #1)
Historical Fiction, Mystery
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Synopsis
Fresh out of Cambridge University, the young Mycroft Holmes is already making a name ​ ​for himself in government, working for the Secretary of State for War. Yet this most British of civil servants has strong ties to the faraway island of Trinidad, the birthplace of his best friend, Cyrus Douglas, a man of African descent, and where his fiancée Georgiana Sutton was raised.

Mycroft’s comfortable existence is overturned when Douglas receives troubling reports from home. There are rumors of mysterious disappearances, strange footprints in the sand, and spirits enticing children to their deaths, their bodies found drained of blood. Upon hearing the news, Georgiana abruptly departs for Trinidad. Near panic, Mycroft convinces Douglas that they should follow her, drawing the two men into a web of dark secrets that grows more treacherous with each step they take…

What I thought
So we all get retelling about Sherlock which makes perfect sense since he is the focus of the original stories. So I was so excited to see things from Mycroft’s perspective.  This story is when Mycroft is only 23 and Sherlock is still in college. Seeing how Mycroft’s mind worked how he and Sherlock were similar and yet very different was amazing. This first book sets the stage for the Mycroft that we know later on who controls the Government.

I started and finished this book in two days.  There are so many things that I want to say but I can’t due to spoilers.  The synopsis tells you very very little which is making this review a hard one to write because there is just so much I can not say.  

A good friend of mine gifted the second book to me and I can not wait to pick it up.    

Sorry, this is such a short one and very vague but that synopsis gives you nothing lol.  If you have read the book and want to talk to me or just have any specific questions please hit me up in the comments below.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Wrap Up

January 2020 Wrap-up

Monthly Wrapup

Good Morning

Welcome to my January wrap-up.  I am still on the fence regarding how I want to approach these so they may change from month to month but we will see. In January I read 8 books.

Total Pages Read:  1,003
Total Audio Hours: 24:33
Total Books Consumed: 8
Total Books DNF’d: 0
Tomes Read: 0
Series Caught-up on: 0

Much Ado about a Widow
Much Ado About a Widow
by Jenna Jaxon
Historical Romance
3 Stars
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Lady Georgina Kirkpatrick defied her family, jilted her fiancé, and married the man she loved. But when her husband died at Waterloo, she was delivered right back into her father’s power…

Victory is sweet—but England’s triumph was Georgie’s rout. Now that she’s widowed, the loathsome marriage her father first arranged has simply been renegotiated. With neither money nor rights, and nowhere to flee, all she can do is cherish her last weeks of freedom… Until a band of ruffians overtake her carriage and kidnap her. When she escapes in seaside Brighton and encounters her brother’s rather wild friend, Lord St. Just—whom she suspects aspires to be a pirate—she’s prepared to entertain more of his adventurous suggestions than usual…

St. Just knows his mind and his duty, and he loves a challenge. Helping a fair lady make her farewells to hoodlums suits his talents well. Within the hour he has Georgie, her lady’s maid—and her little dog, too—sailing for his castle in Cornwall. Meanwhile, the lady’s entire family, her kidnappers, and her scheming intended are in pursuit. But as he and the indomitable Georgie grow closer, he begins to suspect that together they will prove a match for them all…


The Magpie Lord
The Magpie Lord
by K.J. Charles
(A Charm of Magpies #1)
Historical, Fantasy, Romance
4 Stars
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A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell. Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude… and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual. Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it-they’re both going to die.


Kiss of the Spindle
Kiss of the Spindle
by Nancy Campbell Allen
(Steampunk Proper Romance #2)
Steampunk, Fantasy, Proper Romance
4 Stars
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Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Literally. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a death-like sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date—after a year, it becomes permanent. And the year is almost up.

In a desperate attempt to find Malette—the witch who cursed her—Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett’s private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she’s traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe, a government official determined to hunt down and exterminate every shapeshifter in England. Isla and Daniel must work together to keep the identities of the shapeshifters hidden while coming to terms with their own hidden secrets, and their blossoming attraction to each other.

Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of romance, Kiss of the Spindle is steampunk Sleeping Beauty story. It is a race against the clock as Isla and Daniel try to hunt down the elusive Malette before Isla’s death-like sleep becomes permanent.


Wellington v1

Wellington Vol 1 by Aaron Mahnke
5 Stars
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From Aaron Mahnke, the creator of the Lore podcast, comes an amazing new supernatural thriller that shines a light on the mysteries and monsters lurking in the shadows. Meet the Duke of Wellington—one of England’s most decorated military heroes and, unknown to most, her most daring monster hunter. The secret history of the Duke of Wellington begins here!

 


Lusus Naturae A Lord Carlston Story

 

Lusus Naturae: A Lord Carlston Story by Alison Goodman
(Lady Helen #1.5)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Regency
4 Stars
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This novella is from Lord Carlston’s perspective and starts at the point in The Dark Days Club when he and Lady Helen meet for the first time.

 


Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
by Sonali Dev
(The Rajes #1)
Romance, Retelling
4 Stars
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:

  • Never trust an outsider
  • Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
  • And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.

As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with…

A family trying to build home in a new land.

A man who has never felt at home anywhere.

And a choice to be made between the two.


Nutmeg Street Egyptian Secrets
Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets
by Sherrill Joseph
(A Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries #1)
MG/ Middle Grade/ Mystery (Ages 9 – 12)
4 Stars
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World-famous Egyptologist Dr. Winston Thornsley died suddenly two months ago in disgrace. His widow, Ida Thornsley, remains convinced her husband was falsely accused of stealing an ancient burial urn he discovered in Egypt last summer, but local and federal law enforcement officers are stumped.

Mrs. Thornsley, desperate for answers, calls in her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, Moki Kalani, and Rani Kumar. Their exciting mission? To find the urn and its real thief, bring the criminal to justice, and exonerate Dr. Thornsley so his spotless reputation can be restored.

A roomful of venomous snakes, the poisoned Egyptian pond, and Dragon Pit Man are just a few of the tests awaiting the four tech-savvy teenagers. As the detectives begin to unravel the sinister plot, the mystery takes a dangerous turn. Answers are at their fingertips—if they can only convince their parents to let them solve the case.


The Marquess Meets His Match
The Marquess Meets His Match
by Julie Coulter Bellon
Mystery, Historical Romance
4.5 Stars
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Lord Christian Wolverton―known as Wolf in a covert group operating during the war against Napoleon―has been called home from his military duties. For the moment, his family responsibilities require him to suspend his more clandestine activities. But information falls into his hands that a traitor will soon try to tip the scales back into French favor and Christian doesn’t have much time to stop it from happening.

Going to the one person who can help him, the powerful Duke of Huntingdon, Christian comes face to face with Lady Alice. She’s a beautiful member of the ton with a very big secret―she’s also a trained agent and already on the case. Forced to partner with her to lure the traitor out of hiding, Christian wants to quickly close the case himself, before Lady Alice is more closely involved. But Lady Alice has ideas of her own and she’s going to prove her theories correct―with or without him.

Danger is closer than they think, however, and it’s a race against time to expose the traitor’s identity before British lives are endangered. Both Christian and Alice have strong opinions on who he is, but which one will be proven right?

 

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New Releases

Waiting On Wednesday: Hidden Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen: Hidden Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis

Hidden Knights
Hidden Knights
by Jennifer Anne Davis
(Knights of the Realm #3)
Young Adult, Fantasy

The final installment in the Knights of the Realm saga is here.

With Prince Henrick dead, a foreign army in league with the king, and the palace taken, Reid must find a way to right the wrongs for the people of Marsden.

Reid never expected to find love, friendship, or her mother in the kingdom of Axian. She also never expected to become a leader for her people. With the king threatening to overthrow the dukes and take complete control of the kingdom, Reid realizes she may be the only one in a position to stop him. With the ring her father gave her, the commanders of the army at her side, and a master schemer in league with her, Reid just might be able to pull off the greatest upset in Marsden history—all she has to do in step into the role she was born for.

To protect her kingdom, Reid must outsmart them all. Luckily, she’s spent the last eighteen year learning the art of manipulation, and she isn’t above putting those skills to the test.

Expected publication: March 10, 2020

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Hauls

Book Haul: January 2020

Book Haul

 

Good Morning.

I decided to start doing book hauls again as a way to help keep myself accountable. The only way that I am going to be able to work on fixing my habits is if I have some kind of checks in place. In the month of January I received 1 book from an author, 1 book from BOTM YA, 1 was gifted one book and purchased 2.

Books from Author/Publishers

When Stars Are Bright
When Stars Are Bright
by Amber R. Duell

Historical, Retelling
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For Lina Holt, a Dutch seventeen-year-old with a flair for singing, 1930 is going to be her year. Her long-time boyfriend is about to propose and her mother will finally realize their relationship isn’t a passing phase. But when a stranger snatches her from her backyard, everything changes.

Lina is thrust into the spotlight of a New York vaudeville show where she’s paired with Nik, a mysterious pianist. The two bond during rehearsals and it doesn’t take long before Nik puts himself at risk to confess a hidden truth. Without Lina, the show is in its last season and there’s no way she’ll be allowed to slip through the owner’s fingers. Not when she carries fairy magic in her blood—an gift that turns her song into a dangerously addictive drug.

If Lina ever wants to return home, she must learn who to trust before she’s forced to remain a prisoner on stage forever.

WHEN STARS ARE BRIGHT is a historical Thumbelina retelling with a touch of magic.

BOTMYA

Woven in Moonlight BOTMYA
Woven in Moonlight
by Isabel Ibañez
(Woven in Moonlight #1)
Young Adult, Fantasy
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A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.

When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.

She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa. 

Gifted

Mycroft and Sherlock
Mycroft and Sherlock

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
(Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock #2)
Historical, Mystery
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Now a force to be reckoned with in the War Office, the young Mycroft Holmes is growing his network of contacts and influence, although not always in a manner that pleases his closest friend, Cyrus Douglas. A Trinidadian of African descent, Douglas has opened a home for orphaned children, while still running his successful import business.

When a ship carrying a cargo in which Douglas was heavily invested runs aground on the Dorset coast, Mycroft convinces his brother Sherlock to offer his services at the orphanage while Douglas travels to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself surprisingly at home among the street urchins, but is alarmed to discover that two boys show signs of drug addiction. Meanwhile Douglas also finds evidence of opium use on two dead sailors, and it becomes clear to Mycroft that the vile trade is on the ascent once again.

Travelling to China on the trail of the drug business, Mycroft and Douglas discover that there are many in high places willing to make a profit from the misery of others. Their opponents are powerful, and the cost of stemming the deadly tide of opium is likely to be high… 

Purchased

Scavenge the Stars
Scavenge the Stars
by Tara Sim
(Scavenge the Stars #1)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
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When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.

Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

The Map of Time
The Map of Time
by Félix J. Palma
(Translated by Nick Caistor)
(Trilogía Victoriana #1)
Historical, Fantasy, Steampunk
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This rollicking page-turner with a cast of real and imagined literary characters and cunning intertwined plots stars a skeptical H.G. Wells as a time-traveling investigator.

Characters real and imaginary come vividly to life in this whimsical triple play of intertwined plots, in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence.

What happens if we change history?

I was good in January and kept to only purchasing 2 books.

How many books did you add to your TBR this month?

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Memes

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 books that caused a major hangover

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. It’s a weekly meme where you pick your top 5 books for a given topic.

This week’s topic is Top 5 books that caused a major hangover

A book hangover can be caused for many reasons. More often than not I end up not being able to pick up another book due to disappointment more often than a book just being amazing. Or at least that is how it has worked for me in the last year or so.

A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess

I loved the first two books in this series so much and then when I picked up this book right after finishing the second one I no longer recognized the characters. I felt like they had complete personality changes just to fit where they needed to be to finish the series. It may not have been so jarring if I had not read the books back to back but I felt that everything I loved about the main character was stripped from her.

Chroma Crossing Chronicles: Blood Moon by S. Yurvati

There were some scenes in this book that I can never unread and I am still disturbed by them today.

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok 

I think I may have expected too much from this book. It was not bad I think I just wanted more than it had to give.

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

This story is just so heartbreaking.  I was so blown away by their story and I could not believe that they were never mentioned when I was in school.  Their story should be taught. They should not be forgotten.  

Song For A Lost Kingdom by Steve Moretti 

This book bothered me on a more personal level.  This story plays on the stereotype that you have to be troubled (drugs and so on) to be a great musician. I have a daughter that plays multiple instruments and has shown some interest in composing so I found this to be harmful.  You don’t have to be troubled to be a successful artist.

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Reviews

Review: Lily for My Enemy by L.G. Rollins

Book Review

A Lily for my Enemy
Lily for My Enemy
by L.G. Rollins
(Lockhart #2)
Regency Romance
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Synopsis
He’s from Lords. She sides with Commons.
Watch out London, sparks will fly.

Felix Lockhart is tired of balls, tired of musicales, and most especially tired of society only seeing him as the heir apparent to a powerful seat in Lords. Then, one evening he meets the witty Jocelyn Hunt—perhaps the only young lady in London who isn’t impressed with him.

Jocelyn Hunt will never hold a seat in the House of Commons herself, but she is no less an ardent supporter. When she meets the brooding Felix Lockhart, she is determined he understand that the House of Lords simply cannot continue to ignore the changing times.

Though they quarrel at first, both Felix and Jocelyn find themselves irresistibly drawn toward the other. But when their roles as heir apparent and daughter of a prominent man in Commons push them apart, can their undeniable connection be enough to bridge two groups determined to hate one another?

What I thought
This book was received from the Author/Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I loved this story and I finished it in two days.  Even though this is the second book in the Lockhart series it can be read as a stand-alone. So far it appears that each book will focus on a different sibling in the Lockhart family.  This is A Proper Romance novel.

I really liked how this book wasn’t just about how the Lady wanted to be loved for more than her dowery or advantage of her family but how the Lord wanted to be more than his title.  I love a good enemy’s to lovers story and watching this unlikely pair come together and helping each other grow was just amazing.  I enjoy each interaction we get with the members of this family.

The epilogue sets up for the next book in this series and I can not wait for it.  I can’t help but wonder if one of the loose ends in this book will be tied up in the next.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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