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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: The Counterfeit Heiress

The Counterfeit Heiress The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this at Dollar Tree for just $1. I really liked the book. Turns out it's book 9 in a 12 book series. Thankfully my local library has the rest of the series.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Storm Glass

Storm Glass Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was disappointed in this book. I expected more after loving the Study series by Maria Snyder so much. This isn't bad, don't get me wrong. But it doesn't compare to the Study series.

Opal is a rather young, inexperienced and occassionally whiny character. The love triangle is getting drawn out and suspect it'll take all 3 books to get resolved. Although glassblowing is interesting, it gets old after awhile so not looking forward to two more books of it. I'll finish the series so I know what happens to all the characters. I do love the authors world of Sitia/Ixia. But I never have cared for Opal's character. I worried it couldn't stand up to the Study series and I was proved right. It's still not bad, in fact, better than alot of books. But the Study series is superior by far.

Edited. Glass series Note: I had to reduce the star rating of this book and the Glass series overall. I tried rereading the Glass series as I was rereading the Poison and Soulfinder series. I can't do it. I understand from a plot point-of-view due to storylines where the author had the main character Opal tortured. What I cannot deal with, (spoiler) is that Opal falls for her abuser. I can't believe he has a total chance of heart. You can't change your complete personality. The torture and her sister's death had such a huge impact on Opal, I just can't (spoiler) believe she willingly marries him by the end of the series. Women tend to fall for the bad boys, and then get abused by them. They don't usually fall in love and marry them AFTER the abuse. And this isn't normal abuse, it's torture and rape. Due to this, I can't recommend the Glass series to anyone and I can't reread it. For those of us that are survivors of abuse, it's just too painful to read.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: Dawn Study

Dawn Study Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, the last in the Ixia/Sitia series. It tied up all loose ends nicely.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Review: Twelve Kisses to Midnight

Twelve Kisses to Midnight Twelve Kisses to Midnight by Karen Hawkins
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As much as I love this series, this was a serious disappointment. The author should stick with writing about Scottish lasses as the Scottish lad in this book is lacking. I nearly put it down and didn't finish it. Perhaps I should have.

Goodreads lists this ebook novella as #3.5 in the series. That is seriously wrong. Crown Prince Nikolai falls in love and weds in book 3, yet here, he's interested in his best mates ex-fiancée. So it's out of order, obviously. Yet, another ebook novella is already listed as #2.5 in the series. Oh well.

Also, as others on Amazon reviews have noted, this was previously released in a 2015 historical romance holiday anthology, What Happens Under the Mistletoe. Crown Prince Nikolai and his grandmother, Grand Duchass Natasha are the only parts of the story that makes it part of the Princes of Oxenburg series. Our hero and heroine never appear elsewhere.

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Review: Mad for the Plaid

Mad for the Plaid Mad for the Plaid by Karen Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. With the exception of one tiny error. While out on a long horseback riding trip, our heroine is in breeches to make the long ride easier. Yet at one point it says she stopped and smoothed her skirts. (page 179). Oops. Otherwise, loved the book and the series.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Review: The Princess Wore Plaid

The Princess Wore Plaid The Princess Wore Plaid by Karen Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fun but not too long ebook novella. #2.5 in the series Princes of Oxenburg. Might have been nice if it was full novel length, but it was longer than most novella's. (125 pages or so). Tatiana is the four Oxenburg Prince's cousin.

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Review: The Prince and I

The Prince and I The Prince and I by Karen Hawkins
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I so thoroughly enjoyed this book, I now want to read the rest of the series. This is book 2 and I have 3, so had to go out and buy (used) a copy of the first one that I missed and the ebook novella from the grandmother's point of view.

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