Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: Punishing His Ward

Punishing His Ward Punishing His Ward by Golden Angel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wesley was requested to come home by his mother. His ward was extremely out of hand. If he didn't get her under control soon, she will ruin not only her name but his mother's as well. He must find a way to keep her in line and untainted. He must also resist the temptation of wanting her while he finds someone to marry her off to.

This isn't the best of the three, but I really enjoyed it all the same. I really love how the author takes adds new main characters to the story but maintains the ones from previous books as well. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I preferred to read them all in order. I may not have fully missed anything, but there are things I wouldn't have fully understood had I read them out of order.

While I can't say I identify with any of the characters in the book, I adore them. I connect well with them. Well, I connect more with the women than the men. It's really hard to explain. In some ways, I feel the men in the books are a little weird. Maybe that's how they were in that time period.

I really enjoyed the narrator. She narrated the first two books as well. S. Kitten narrated the book. It seems she narrated the whole series from what I'm understanding. She has a very perfect voice for the time period in which this book takes place. I can't really explain that either. She's just very proper and sophisticated. I'd definitely listen to other audiobooks by her.

I really don't care for this genre that much. Not that I have anything against it. It's just not really my thing. However, Golden Angel makes me want to read her books anyway. She's very talented. I've come out of my comfort zone so much listening to her books. I'm glad I did. It's amazing to see exceptions to the rule.

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Review: The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cassandra finds a shocking discovery in the middle of grieving over losing her grandmother. The discovery leads to a mystery. Cassandra decides to find a way to solve the mystery. She knows it's what her grandmother would have wanted. Especially after finding out about a house that her grandmother bought years ago that she left to her.

I really enjoyed this book. I didn't at first. It's a really slow start. I was reading it for book club, so I stuck with it. It goes from slow to confusing, but if the reader sticks with it, it will get better. All the questions and threads get tied up in a very nice way. I'm not willing to say more than that. I don't want to ruin the book for those who are curious. I just hope they don't give up reading at the beginning.

I really adored Cassandra. Or I adored her as much as I could. There were times she comes off a bit robotic. My favorite character was Eliza. I connected with her so much. There were a lot of tragedies and hardships with many of the characters in this book, but I feel Eliza had the worst of it. I already said too much even saying her name. She makes the book worth reading this book.

This was a very beautiful story. It had a slow start, but it's worth sticking with it and continuing. There are so many moments that just shocked me and pulled me in. I can't explain it. I can't explain how many thrills I got with every twist. I'm curious to see what else this author has written.

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The Amulet Of Elements Blog Tour (Late)

You are invited on a fantastical adventure in the blog tour celebrating the debut novel from Rose Marie Machario, The Amulet of Elements! The first book in the Majick of the Chosen Ones Series, The Amulet of Elements will introduce to you a wonderful protagonist in Princess Ellyria Rose!

The blog tour will run from November 11-18 and feature reviews, guest posts, video, top tens lists, interviews, and more!

Synopsis of The Amulet of Elements:

Princess Ellyria Rose found her special places in the books she read. Imagining herself in far off lands, she would dream of the knight who might rescue her one day from her dull, everyday life of needlepoint and lessons on becoming a lady.

Princess Ellyria Rose yearned for adventure and on her sixteenth birthday she got her wish, being rescued by the man of her dreams. Little did she know that would prove to be an adventure she did not expect to have.

Betrayed by the very man whom Princess Ellyria trusted, and left at the mercy of her father’s enemy, she had to use her wits to escape; along with the help of the very man who led her astray in the beginning.

Danger unfolds time and again, revealing an ancient story about a princess and a prophecy.

About the author:

Rose Marie Machario is the creator and hostess of Dream Big. A show all about real people who are making their dreams come true.

When Rose is not inspiring others to follow their dreams, she is a nationally and internationally published pinup model, and a blossoming actress having worked in several featured, or principal roles. She has been seen in various television shows such as Ozark, The Originals, Nashville, Homicide Hunter, Killer Couples, Murder Chose Me, Murder Comes to Town, Snapped, #Murder, Justice by Any Means, Notorious, Fatal Attraction, Murder Mystery, Murder Decoded, and American Nightmare. Her movie credits include Tag, Super Fly, The Road Less Traveled, and The Last Movie Star.

Rose is also a published author of her debut fantasy novel, The Amulet of Elements. She also writes in the romance, and horror genres, and her column called Dream Big.

In her spare time she enjoys a daily routine of yoga, loves to cook, and cuddling up with her fur-babies while watching her favorite television shows, and movies.

Author Links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRoseMarieMachario/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/witchgypsyrose

Website: http://www.rosemariemachario.com

Tour Schedule and Activities

11/11   Sheila's Guests and Reviews   http://sheiladeeth.blogspot.com        Guest Post

11/11   The Book Junkie Reads           https://thebookjunkiereadspromos.blogspot.com/2019/11/spotlight-ya-fantasy-amulet-of-elements-debut.html   Top Ten's List

11/12   Sapphyria's Books       https://saphsbooks.blogspot.com/     Guest Post

11/13   Sahara Foley Author    www.saharafoley.com            Author Interview

11/13   Midnight Review         http://jhbuchananblog.wordpress.com  Review

11/13   Jazzy Book Reviews     https://bookreviewsbyjasmine.blogspot.com/           VLOG (Video)

11/14   Jorie Loves A Story      www.jorielovesastory.com     Author Interview

11/14   Carol Preflatish, Mystery Author        http://CarolPre.blogspot.com             Author Interview

11/15   MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape      http://mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpress.com       Author Interview

11/16   Jorie Loves A Story      www.jorielovesastory.com     Review

11/17   The Writing Lobsters   http://www.kimsprocess.wordpress.com       Interview

11/18   She Leads he Reads    https://femledfantasy.home.blog/     Review

11/18   Armed with A Book     http://www.armedwithabook.com     Top Ten's List

Links for The Amulet of Elements Print and eBook Editions

Kindle Version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VJF9D6Y/

Amazon Print Version:  https://www.amazon.com/Amulet-Elements-Rose-Marie-Machario/dp/1948042797/

Barnes and Noble Link:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-amulet-of-elements-rose-marie-machario/1133142058?ean=9781948042796

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Review: Dealing With Discipline

Dealing With Discipline Dealing With Discipline by Golden Angel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elanor finds herself going from an unwilling bride to a wife in love. She didn't want to fall in love because she felt that her husband didn't love her. She felt that he would discard her once she produced an heir and find solace with lovers. Meanwhile, her brother marries Irene. Irene is in love with another and only marries Hugh for family duty.

I read the first book of this and enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. This book and the first are steamy but in a very elegant way. I'm quite impressed. I was expecting something entirely different. These books seem to be a stand-alone series, but I recommend reading them in order anyway. There are comments and references that are made that make more sense if read in order.

The previous book placed a lot of spotlight on Elanor and Edward. I was assuming that this book would place a lot of spotlight on Hugh and Irene. I was mistaken. It seemed to split the attention between both couples evenly. It also had a little sprinkling and references of Wesley as well. Of course, there are other characters that take part in the story. These are just the ones spotlighted.

S. Kitten did just as great of a job with this audiobook as she did the first one. I feel like she actually made me feel like I was part of the time era in which the story takes place. I felt like I was actually in the world and surrounded by the story and characters. It was exhilarating. I can't even explain it better than that.

I believed this book and the book before it to be out of my comfort zone. However, this author made the book interesting anyways. I still think I wouldn't be interested in the genre itself. I'll attempt anyways. I am still willing to read from this author anyways. I'll make an exception for her if you will. I'll be reading the last two in the series as soon as I read them.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Review: The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson: An Occult Steampunk Thriller: Prequel to The Guild Chronicles

The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson: An Occult Steampunk Thriller: Prequel to The Guild Chronicles The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson: An Occult Steampunk Thriller: Prequel to The Guild Chronicles by J.M. Bannon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dolly Williamson invites Rose to investigate a rather strange murder investigation despite others not wanting anything to do with her. Multiple men have been killed under strange circumstances. He feels that she will be a great asset to the investigation due to her skill in the paranormal.

I really enjoyed this book. I found it quite comical. I do feel that it could use a rewrite. A polish up if you will. There are times that it kind of jumps all over the place that I don't fully understand what's going on. There are also some minor grammatical errors. They are something that it's possible that I could be just being nit-picky about. I did take the time to highlight them off just in case. I also had problems figuring out what time era I was in sometimes.

The characters were good, but I didn't really feel a connection with them. I did really enjoy the humor of the characters. They had quite a bit of wit about them. That's as far as my connection with them went. I really don't have anything negative to say about the characters though. I just didn't really connect with them.

I really did enjoy the narrator though. Ana Clements is really good with accents. I was highly impressed. The only critique I had is that sometimes she didn't really change tones between characters, so it made me think I was still listening to the one character talking. Other than that, her performance was very much worth listening to.

I really did enjoy the story. I think it could use some improvements, but it has great potential. I did notice that this was the prequel to a series. I plan to read the series. I may not have been in love with the book, but it's definitely worth the read. It's a very quirky and easy read.

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Review: The Amber Spyglass

The Amber Spyglass The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lyra has been taken. Will has been summoned to join Lord Asriel to help him win the war. He agrees to, but only under the condition that Lyra is found first. He feels that her part in the story is too powerful to go forward without her.

I really enjoyed this book. It's sad to think it's the last book in the trilogy. I am consoled by the fact that there are novellas written in the same world. It also seems that Phillip Pullman has recently started another trilogy based in the world. The second book was just recently released. I'm excited to continue on reading about this world in that trilogy.

I really feel a special attachment to many of the characters in this story. Especially Lyra. Then again, who can not like Lyra? Everybody LOVES Lyra. She spends five minutes with somebody and they are willing to give their life for her. My favorite characters in the story were Lee Scoresby and Serafina Pekkala. Especially Serafina. I connect so much with her. She's worth admiring in my opinion.

This trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time. I first read it in high school. I always wanted to go back and reread it. I had the best excuse when the show came out and my boyfriend decided we should read it together. I can honestly say that I will probably read it at least one more time in my lifetime.

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