Thursday, 27 September 2012

Eve's Lovely Lords and Ladies

The Queens Lady - Eve Edwards
Penguin - (Books 1-3) Available Now

Blending just the right amount of suspense and drama this is a historical love story not to be missed!

I have to admit I'm a huge fan of the period drama as it provides a fascinating look into the past while remaining relevant and entertaining, The Lacey Chronicles with plenty of humour and gorgeous gowns are a sure winner in this genre with each volume telling a different character's tale from the branches of the Lacey family tree making each story fresh with some new faces but without loosing the progress of the previous character. 

This is part two for the series and picks up exactly where book one left off and while they can be read as stand alone's I highly recommend giving your attention first to book one - The Other Countess for greater understanding and of course just for the sheer fun of it! Set in the late 1500's Tudor England we continue the story now following the hazardous romantic tale of the newly widowed Lady Jane (at the ripe old age of 18 mind you) and her downtrodden hero Master James Lacey as Jane is set upon by one villain after another and James unable to help after having felt himself worthless and undeserving of her love takes himself off on a risky voyage to the new world - The Americas. Suffice to say it makes for a lot of nail bitting and as I'm not a fan of the unknown it took me a  mere 48 hours to finish (and that was dragging it out). 

Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to read the third and hopefully not final volume - The Rouge's Princess in the hope that I can stretch it out to at least two days...though I don't like my chances :)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Light and Dark in ALL of us

Beautiful Chaos - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Penguin - Available NOW!

Firstly - Two authors, yes I know, but it totally works!

This is the third instalment of the Caster Chronicles as told by Ethan Wate a true Southern gentleman, I always find it refreshing to read from a male perspective but this would have to be one of my utmost favourites - just to give you a glimpse this is from page 477... 

"Please have a seat, Ethan."
I automatically sat in the flowered chair, then stood right up, because there was nowhere else to sit in the room. No son of Gatlin would sit while a lady stood. "I'm fine standing. You go a ahead, ma'am."


Set in the small Southern town of Gatlin which is pretty much a character in itself, what with all its God-fearing yet highly superstitious, pie-making, civil war re-enacting town folk. I swear you can even hear the Southern drawl in your head as you read!

Due to the cataclysmic ending in the previous book where Lena, Ethan's Caster girlfriend claimed herself to be both light and dark - indadvertedly throwing out the balance and bringing on the beginning of the apocalypse unless they can figure out how to return the order of things and bring an end to the chaos.

Be warned - it will leave you on a massive cliff hanger, but now for the good news - thankfully we don't have long to wait for the 4th book Beautiful Redemption due out October and for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of book one through three yet then you get all four at once, all I can say is set aside the weekend and enjoy :)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Love, Life and Reading...

Succubus Revealed - Richelle Mead
Available  - NOW

lately I've had quite a bit of "down time" and it has afforded me the rare opportunity to read unfettered - for the first time in a long time I have been able to choose any book I wish from my expansive To Read pile without suffering any guilt over the fact that I should be reading something else! Which leads me to discussion of a book that Ive been saving for years now the 6th and final instalment of Richelle's Succubus series, so long put off because it has been a series so consistently enjoyable that I knew seeing it end would bring me physical pain, and so it was that I entered the turbulent and familiar world of Georgina Kincaid for the last time....

Honestly these books have it all - razor sharp wit, giggle out loud humour, saucy sex scenes (though a little lacking in this final volume sadly), action, drama, secrets and love as we follow Georgina and her likewise dammed colleagues antics in their battle of good vs evil (or evil vs evil via bowling, oddly enough).
Georgie you may be surprised to hear is on the side of evil, Hell to be exact who own her immortal soul after she brokered a deal with an Imp to escape past mistakes. Sadly we all know that running away is never the answer and all bad deeds will catch us in the end: this being the theme for our final adventure.

I was extremely happy with the ending of this tale and gasped while gripping my fiancé's arm quite a few times (he wasn't as enamoured with the unfolding events as me, especially as he began to loose sensation in his left bicep), I think I've spilled enough suffice to say that all will indeed be revealed!


            GO, BUY, DEVOUR!