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Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan
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Synopsis
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

What I thought
This was not my usual type of read, however, I heard so many good things about it that I decided to give it a try. I found this story to be cute and funny. I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading it.  I liked Rachel but I thought she put up with waaay to much crap before she said anything.  Maybe that is me just having an American attitude but I think she should have said something at least to Nick after the first incident. Nick…I am not sure how he could be so blind to everything that was going on but I guess people can be blind to their family and he should not have left Rachel in the dark the way he did.

Even though I liked this book I am not sure if I am going to continue with the trilogy. There is nothing wrong with these books they are just not a genre that I typically grab for. If the mood strikes and I pick up the second book I will let you know.

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Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

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Kiss of Steel
Kiss of Steel
 by Bec McMaster
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Synopsis
When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

What I thought
Okay so let me start by saying that I do not usually pick up Paranormal Romance books. To be honest I don’t think I have ever read one before its just not something that I have ever felt drawn to.  When I started this review I thought the Sookie Stackhouse series would count but apparently after looking into it, they do not, they fall under fantasy/mystery go figure.

There was a blog tour for To Catch A Rogue (book 4) last October/November and I was sold on the idea of a Steampunk Paranormal Romance and the synopsis really piqued my interest. As I read some reviews it really sounded good to me so much so that I ordered the first book to give it a try. Let me tell you this did not disappoint, by the time I hit 150 pages I knew I needed the next book. So I ordered it and now I can not wait to pick it up.

Let me start with the setting. This world is based on Victorian London but with many changes. I love how she took this world and made it her own. In this world, you have blue bloods, which are loosely based on vampires since in this world Vampires are much worse. The steampunk elements are woven into this story very nicely and it is done so well that I felt like I could give this book to others even if they are not familiar with steampunk.

Honoria was a wonderful character I liked her from the beginning and I can’t wait to see what happens with her and her family in the upcoming books. Blade was the perfect brooding hero of the story.

I can’t wait to pick up the next book!

My Rating: /54.5 stars

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Review: A Flight of Broken Wings by Nupur Chowdhury

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A Flight of Broken Wings
A Flight of Broken Wings
 by Nupur Chowdhury
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Synopsis
Six hundred years ago, humanity rose up in revolt against the Aeriels, who were driven from earth and back into their homeland of Vaan after a bloody and glorious war.

Eight years ago, Ruban’s home was destroyed and his family murdered by an Aeriel.

When a new Aeriel threat looms over Ragah, the capital city of Vandram, Ruban Kinoh must do everything in his power to avenge his family’s past and protect the future of his country.

Which is hard enough without being saddled with a pretty and pompous aristocrat, who seems as useless as he is vain. Faced with a conspiracy that might cost humanity its hard-won freedom, and accompanied by the bejeweled and glitter-clad Ashwin Kwan, Ruban begins his journey into a land where the past and the future intertwine.

What I thought
Let me start by saying that I really liked this book and I am so thankful that Nupur reached out to me to see if I would like to read her book.  Since I really liked it as much as I did and it is only available as an ebook I will leave links below. No, I was not asked to do this but the book is really good and I am all about supporting authors.

I loved the setting and the intertwining of mythology/folklore.  Now I am only believing that it has some mythology and folklore in it because I fail at googling apparently.  But I know that somewhere I have read something somewhere regarding flying being made of energy. I really do like to read about other cultures and their myths and legends so I am sure I am not just making it up. Anyway back to the book.

I loved how the two main characters balanced out each other. I did not feel at any point that one dominated the story more than the other, which was amazing since both of these guys had such strong personalities. I have to say that Ashwin was my favorite I really liked how sarcastic he was and how he bent the perceptions of his kind.  Maybe its just me looking into it a little too much but Aeriels are explained to have very definitive traits and he has those traits, yes but he also seems to be more.  Sorry for that vagueness but that cuts very close to spoilers.

The only thing I had trouble with was one character was undercover so he had two names. Now the problem I had was one part of the story they just switched back and forth and I had to stop and go back and figure out what I was missing. Now there was only one instance of this for me in the story and now I wish I would have marked it down.

The best part for me is that it wraps up so nicely I do not need to wait for the next book to feel satisfied. I know it may be silly but that always makes me feel that if I continue on it is my choice and the author isn’t making me see what happens next and I would definitely pick up the next book.

This is listed as the first book in The Aeriel Chronicles on Goodreads and I really hope we get some more books in this world.  I really enjoyed it and would read them if she writes them.

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About the Author

Nupur Chowdhury is the author of A Flight of Broken Wings and The Classroom Effect. Apart from novels, she enjoys writing poetry and the occasional short story. She was four when she started writing. Now, some 20 years later, it’s more an addiction than a hobby.
Nupur likes coffee, street food, fanfiction, and sleep. She dislikes yogurt, slow internet, unnecessary cliffhangers, and being woken up in the morning.
You can find her on Facebook, Wattpad, Goodreads, and her blog. And if you can’t, it’s probably because she’s busy sleeping.

My Rating: /54.5 stars

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Review: Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger

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Poison or Protect
Poison or Protect
by Gail Carriger
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Synopsis
Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black.

What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.

It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy.

In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a charming love story set in her popular steampunk Parasolverse. May contain plaid, appearances from favorite characters, and the strategic application of leather gloves.

The Delightfully Deadly novellas stand alone and may be read in any order.

Delicate Sensibilities?

Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail.

Read-along
Midway through 2018, I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This led me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is.

What I thought
Let me start by saying that this is an Adult book and definitely dives into sexy times.

Now with that disclaimer out of the way, I loved this novella. Gail took a character that was in the finishing school series that I didn’t really care about and made me like her. Preshea was a fixture in the finishing school series; however, I always found her annoying and I am sure that I would not have picked up this book had it not been for this read-along.  I am so happy that I did!  I really hope we get more Delightfully Deadly novellas in the future.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Review: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss

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European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman


European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

by Theodora Goss
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Synopsis
In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature’s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all.

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole.

But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time?

Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It’s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.

What I thought
This is the second book in The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club the first book being The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter (see my thoughts here). Let me start by saying that this book is very long and it took me much longer to read than I thought it would. Now with that said I really enjoyed the ride that this book gave me. I love the friendship between these characters. It feels like a real friend group. They talk about how they do get on one anothers nerves, and how that also makes them all fit together.  Everyone brings there own uniqueness to the group and life is not rainbows and butterflies.

In this installment, they are traveling across Europe to rescue Lucinda Van Helsing. So I am going to say that you should know that last name and that it means vampires. I really like how this author can continue to add new characters to this series and it does not get overwhelming for the reader. I really like how the characters stay themselves, they do have growth however they are never magically changed to where you no longer recognize them.

If you have read the first one you know that there is a going commentary between the characters in the story on the manuscript.  I am always surprised by how much I enjoy this. It feels like you are seeing the characters not just how they are portrayed but how they think and feel about what is being said about them.  To me this makes them feel more real and I love it.

Could this book have been trimmed down some and not been over 700 pages and still been good? I think so and I have noticed that this is an ongoing complaint from a lot of the readers.  So here is to hoping that the next installment will be a little shorter.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Review: List of 13 by E.A. Comiskey

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I was sent this book for an honest review by the author.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way by receiving this book.

List of 13
List of 13 by E.A. Comiskey
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Synopsis
Death sucks, but there’s good beer in Purgatory.

Alice and her adult daughter, Claire, created a “bucket list” of thirteen experiences they would seek out before Alice died from cancer. They never expected to die in a plane crash attempting to cross off number three. Now, mother and daughter are stuck in the underworld, unable to move on to their ultimate destiny until they finish the list, but finding an Irish Pub near the Fields of Asphodel, or swimming naked in the ocean while being pursued by bloodthirsty Aztecs and a smitten Egyptian god is as hard as it sounds. When everything they ever thought they knew is challenged, will faith be enough to carry them through?

A LIST OF 13 moves between the time after Alice’s death and the time before, allowing the reader to explore the way her relationships evolve and intertwine throughout her life and beyond.

What I thought
I received this book from the author for an honest review. This story is told from two perspectives from Alice, before her death and in her journey through the underworld. When Alice finds out she is dying she makes a bucket list of 13 items with her daughter Claire. Since they did not finish the bucket list in life they now need to finish it in death before they can reach Heaven. I really don’t see this as being a spoiler since this was too easy to figure out they needed to finish the list from the beginning.  Some of the ways that they came across to accomplish these items on their list was a little far-fetched and I may have rolled my eyes, but I was there for the ride. It really was not bad but not what I was hoping for. Still, I would have read on if we would have only followed them. Occasionally the story flips to Rory Alice’s deceased (10 years) husband. He is living outside the gates of heaven in a village… not Purgatory. Yes, I know that is what most of you may be thinking. Anyway, he is there because he won’t go through the gates without Alice. So as you can imagine some sections are very religious. So do know this before you go into it. I know some people are really turned off by this.

While reading the parts from Rory’s perspective I became very frustrated. Rory is the most possessive character I have run across in a book in a while and it drove me crazy every time he referred to Alice or Clair they were his “my woman” “my girls” ‘my Alice” I get how this may come across to some people as his caring but it is way overdone and it was in one of his sections (page 137 of 233) that I realized I couldn’t do this anymore. Those sections made me so frustrated and I dreaded having to finish the book. I finally just decided that I have too many other things to read and I have been battling this book for over a week. After reading Rory’s first section I did not pick it back up for three days. So I realized that that would probably happen again and honestly doing that to myself is not fair to me.

If anyone has finished this I would like to hear what they think because I did not have any issues with the other characters. Let’s talk in the comments below.

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My Rating: /52 stars

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ARC Review: Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal

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Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer
Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer
by Ryan Suvaal
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Synopsis
Seventeen gruesome killings across the United States, within a span of six months and there is one clear connection among victims. They were all writers. 

While media is decorating the murders with sensationalist stories, and law enforcement is playing catch-up, the homicidal maniac remains elusive and secretive.
Things get very interesting, when one day she decides to appear on an internet talk show for an honest fireside chat.

What I thought
Okay, so I am going to keep this short because this story is only 23 pages long. So as you may expect this story is a conversion with a Serial Killer that has gained the name Grammar Nazi Serial Killer.  I listen to a number of podcasts and found that this story felt just like one. I was stopped in the middle of reading this and when I came back I picked up my phone to continue it only to realize that it was a book I was reading and not a podcast.  I have today that has never happened to before and I take it as a good thing.  If this sounds interesting to you in any way I would suggest you pick it up.  

My Rating: /54 Stars

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