Fahrenheit 451: Review

Book: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Reviewed by: Danielle
Rating: 4/5 stars

Every few weeks or so I like to visit a book store. Sometimes I have a goal, a specific book in mind (usually several), and other times I simply want to browse and enjoy myself. The smell is usually the first thing I notice – it’s one of my favorites. There’s nothing like a room full of books, their aroma so distinct and calming. Eventually I scan the usual sections, rejoicing yet at the same time despairing over how many books I have yet to read, wishing I could buy all of them but knowing I already have a whole box at home to finish. There is nothing quite like buying a new book. Even if you cannot read it for another few weeks or even months, there is a sweet sensation about having it in your hands, knowing it’s yours to devour whenever you wish. Reading a story for the first time, turning it page by page unconscious of what’s going to happen next, even the mere physicality of it in your hands, is an intoxicating experience. There is so much variety, so many emotions books pull out of you. My trips to the book store mean discovering something new; finding words that are pieced together in a way my mind has not yet comprehended. Words that will move me and grow inside of me; I will learn and be a better person for having read them.

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Tempted Tigress (Tigress Series, #6): Review


Book: Tempted Tigress
Series: The Tigress, #6
Author: Jade Lee
Reviewed by: Megan
Rating: 5/5 stars

Despite my claims that my preferred reading material of choice is historical romance novels, there has been a vast shortage of that in my reviews. But no more! The dry spell has ended. Come, and be the lucky few to bear witness to this momentous occasion.

So when someone says ‘historical romance’ there’s probably one of two images running through your mind. Perhaps you’re imagining a plaid kilt fluttering in the high breeze upon the grassy plains of the Highlands and big burly arms wrapped around a wee little lass. Or perhaps you’re imagining covert kisses and corsets coming underdone in an English tea garden. Historical romance novels generally have a very limited range of where and when they can take place—usually somewhere in the U.K. between 1780 to 1850—but Jade Lee and her novel Tempted Tigress, sixth in her Tigress series, takes us far away from the familiar shores of England. Instead, she transports us to China, circa the late 1800s during the height of British colonialism, and not only presents an enthralling romance but also a stark portrayal of Colonial China.

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Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3): Review

Book: Scandalous Desires
Series:
Maiden Lane, #3
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Reviewed by: Ellyce
Rating: 5/5 stars

I’ll admit that despite rave reviews from my friends, Elizabeth Hoyt’s books have been a bit hard for me to get into. There’s no doubt that she writes well, but many of her romances feel extremely rushed. This leads to the characters only being really attracted to one another due to physical attributes or how great of a kisser or lover they are, and the emotional side of the story doesn’t really come into play until it’s too late (or at all, sometimes). Going into the third book of her Maiden Lane series, I had my doubts as to whether it could hold up to all of the praise it’s gotten.

Of all her work, Scandalous Desires is the one that shines brightest and delivers more than expected. The characters are incredibly fleshed out and don’t fall into the genre tropes that you might expect of them, and there’s a deep emotional attachment and growth between them that is truly the heart of the story. Continue reading

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
Series:
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