Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4): Review

Book: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
Series: Bridgertons, #4
Author: Julia Quinn
Reviewed by: Danielle
Rating: 4/5 stars

So I’ve come to really like the historical-romance genre. Is the writing up there with literature’s finest? No. But with the right author, the stories are engaging and swift and, well, romantic. For a girl like me, that goes a long way. I love love stories. It’s in my genes, my DNA, my whatever. I have tended to read a lot of “high brow” literature, but I’ve come to realize that the romance genre satisfies a different side of me. They’re easy reads but so enjoyable as well. There’s no need for expectations of great complexity or literary “richness”. The plot lines may be formulaic and predictable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wrap yourself up in them. You can still invest yourself in the couple and in their romance. Plus, if there’s one thing I enjoy about the romance genre, it’s the men. It must not take a whole lot to make me swoon, because I’ve found most of them emotionally and physically satisfying to the umpteenth degree.

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Talulla Rising (The Last Werewolf Trilogy, #2): Review

Book: Talulla Rising
The Last Werewolf, #2
Author: Glen Duncan
Reviewed by: Ellyce
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Following the publication of Twilight was a nauseating wave of vampire novels that generally left other supernatural creatures neglected or pushed to the side, with none more so than the werewolf. Last year, Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf was a winning tour de force that reinvented the werewolf myth and had critics hailing that werewolves had finally “gotten their due”. It was a delightful read that was fun, intelligent, witty, and sexy. As always, the question with sequels is: can it possibly live up to its predecessor? In this case, readers can rest assured that although it’s not quite what The Last Werewolf was, Talulla Rising is indeed able to match pace. Continue reading

Crazy Cool (Steele Street, #2): Review

Book: Crazy Cool
Series: Steele Street, #2
Author: Tara Janzen
Reviewed by: Megan
Rating: 5/5

Let me level with you here. I’m easy to please. If a novel is not A) 50 Shades of Grey or B) well, no that’s it. Just don’t be 50 Shades of Grey, the end. If a book meets that criteria chances are I’ll find something enjoyable in it. Probably the porn, if it’s there. That being said, contemporary romance novels are not usually my thing, as a rule. I mean, read about a ruthless business CEO or a ruthless pirate? The choice isn’t hard, I know.

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Emma: Review

Book: Emma
Author: Jane Austen
Reviewed by: Danielle
Rating: 4/5 stars

Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. She is funny and witty, she makes pointed social commentary without overtly moralizing or becoming too “serious”, and she has given us some of the very best romances, the latter which holds a great deal of appeal for me. Her heroes are so easy to fall in love with – from the proud but devoted Mr. Darcy to the tender Captain Wentworth who wrote one of the most precious love letters in literature. I admire, also, Ms. Austen’s fearlessness and courage, to express feminist concerns in the face of a hierarchical society. It’s easy as a modern reader to see how stifled a woman could feel in the early nineteenth century, but it’s clear that Austen knew, and felt, the limitations placed on her own sex. She desires more for her heroines – she wants them to breathe, to grow, to learn – and, in large part, fulfills this desire in the context of love and marriage and equal partnership. You finish her novels (with perhaps the exception of Mansfield Park, which I have not read), feeling that the couples are perfectly matched and have grown in one another. This is no exception in Emma.

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Warm Bodies: Review

Book: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Reviewed by: Ellyce
Rating: 4/5 stars

I’ll be the first to admit that zombie-centric stories aren’t exactly my thing. I tend to avoid them like the plague, so I was a bit wary when I picked up Warm Bodies. I’m glad that I gave it a chance, because it’s a surprisingly good book that speaks strongly of the human story.

Warm Bodies starts off like any typical zombie tale, with the undead situated amidst a shattered America, while those who are still human live with constant fear and rigid authority. The novel is narrated by R, a zombie who has no recollection of his past identity. We come to see that he is not quite like his fellow undead, as he finds enjoyment in music and his dreams. Although his spoken vocabulary is limited to a handful of words, his narrative is filled with color and vivid imagination. Continue reading