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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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Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?

Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very informative and cute. I picked it up as May 29th is my birthday.

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Review: The Bee Gees: The Biography

The Bee Gees: The Biography The Bee Gees: The Biography by David N. Meyer
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I found this biography terrible. It's not the subject matter, the Bee Gees. It's the author. It's obvious that the author never meet any of the Gibb Brothers, and he comes across as not even liking them. The book reads like a term paper. It has 27 pages of Notes, 14 pages of selected Bibliography, 3 pages of Acknowledgements, 2 pages of Source Acknowledgements, and a 19 page Index.

I want to give an example of why I don't like the book. I have watched two taped interviews with the Bee Gees where the youngest brother, Maurice, admits to having been the one to carry and hold the record, and the one then to drop it, when they were off to their first gig to Mime along as the Rattlesnakes when they were kids. ( Bee Gees: This is your life [Go to 7:25] ). Yet, not only does the author say the oldest brother Barry was carrying it, he accuses him of dropping it on purpose to manipulate his brothers.

Page 15.... "As every great origin myth must, this tale features the perfect Jungian symbolic moment. Barry, the eldest, the Alpha, the most ambitious, the one with the guitar, bears the precious object - the record. But that precious object also contains falsity - under the spell of that falsity, the boys will deny their gifts and only pretend to sing. When Barry enters the temple - The Gaumont Theater - in a moment of apostasy, he drops the sacred object; he smashes it to the floor. With that "accident," Barry frees himself and his brothers from imitation, from false performance, from false ceremony, from living a lie in front of the congregation. Barry, consciously or not, had no interest in going onstage and faking anything. By smashing the record, he allowed the brothers' true natures to be revealed. Smashing the record meant that the Gibbs expressed themselves in their own voices. Smashing the record gave their voices primacy. Smashing the record meant they were ready to own their abilities and own the ritual of performance."

Knowing that he has the wrong brother listed, his assumptions of why Barry would break the record on purpose are obviously wrong. The entire book is like this. I gave up halfway through, so upset with the author ruining the subject matter, that I couldn't finish it. I had to just let it go.

The only interesting thing in this book, can be found elsewhere as well, is the fact that all three Gibb brothers (as well as all four Beatles), cannot read or write sheet music. They can write songs and record #1 hits, just not on paper.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Review: Forever a Hero

Forever a Hero Forever a Hero by Linda Lael Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this. Linda Lael Miller can certainly write her cowboy stories. :)

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