Tag: Krelsey Cole

October & Victober Wrap Up

I Am HeathcliffThe Price of Pleasure (Sutherland Brothers, #2)Wives and DaughtersHow Not To Be a BoyA Woman of No ImportanceWhen a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)

My favourite month is over and now the Christmas silliness will begin. Costa coffee has already started using their Christmas cups. I’m just not emotionally ready for all of the Christmasness so I’m staying in Halloween mode for another few weeks. I am Grinching it up 😉

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I had hoped to read creepy books in October but I somehow managed to read less than I would when it’s not spooky season! October was pretty much all about romances and historicals.

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I am Heathcliff Curated by Kate Mosse ★★★★★

I Am HeathcliffShort Story Collection, Audiobook

This is a collection of 16 short stories inspired by Wuthering Heights. Some of them are inspired by a theme in the novel and others are more like retellings. I absolutely loved this collection and plan on buying the paperback to reread and annotate.

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The Price of Pleasure by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

The Price of Pleasure (Sutherland Brothers, #2)Historical Romance

A historical romance featuring a typical alpha male sassy female pairing.

Leading Lady Victoria has been shipwrecked on a remote island and Grant has been dispatched to rescue her. It’s not at all historically accurate but it was a fun read and I love Cole’s characters.

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October Wrap Up Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell Elaine Howlin Literary Blog
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Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (Victober) ★★★★☆

Wives and DaughtersClassic, Romance

This was the group read for Victober and I’m glad it was cause I probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise. Gaskell passed away while writing this book so it is unfinished but only a chapter away from completion. My edition included notes from the magazine the story was originally printed in which states the authors intended ending for the book so I wasn’t left in the lurch but it would have been nice to read it as part of the novel. The story follows Molly Gibson’s family life, friendships and eventual romance. It’s not a very exciting book but very pleasant to read.

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How Not to Be a Boy by Robert Webb ★★★★★

How Not To Be a BoyMemoir, Gender, Audiobook

I loved this! It was interesting to read something with a strong focus on gender issues written by a man. I listened to the audiobook which Webb narrated and included an interview at the end about topics raised in the book. It was so interesting and left me with a lot to think about.

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A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde (Victober) ★★★☆☆

A Woman of No ImportanceClassics, Play, Audiobook

This play centres around a social scandal concerning a woman and her illegitimate son. It’s very witty and has some great lines but I didn’t enjoy it as much as his other works.

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When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare ★★★★☆

When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)Historical Romance, Audiobook

I enjoyed this even though it was a bit cheesy. The cast of characters are very endearing and the romance flows nicely (touch of instalove though). Ticks all the boxes for a good historical romance.

In order to avoid society due to her extreme shyness, Madeline invents a Scottish sweetheart away on military business. He saves her from awkward social situations until she feels she has lied long enough and claims he is killed in battle. Years later a man turns up at her door claiming to be her imaginary sweetie.

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Hope you all had a wonderful October. What was the best book you read?

BookTube-A-Thon Wrap Up

Well, I didn’t get anywhere near 7 books (not really surprising) and I didn’t even do the challenges let alone read the books I planned to read! I’m so bad at sticking to TBR’s!

So why didn’t I read as much as I had wanted to? I had a friend visiting overnight on Monday and we went away during the day on Tuesday so no reading. I then went to Killarney from Friday to Monday with my parents, drove up the mountains and was basically a tourist for the weekend. I managed to read a bit in the evenings while there but not as much as would have liked.

In the end, I read 4.5 books, two of which were on my TBR and met the first challenge which was the coin toss.

BookTubeAThon Wrap Up 2018

Blue Moon (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #8)

Blue Moon (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #8) Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton

Book 8 in the Anita Blake series and this will probably be where we part ways. I would so love to finish this series but I’m just not sure I’ll be able to. I could just skim over the orgies… Anyway, this book was pretty good other than the beginnings of all the sex stuff. I have nothing against sex in books it’s just a whole other level in this series. The overall story is really good though. Anita is a necromancer and vampire executioner who raises zombies for a living. So much fun to be had!


The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

This abridged version of the book contains the Introduction, chapter 14- The Independent Woman and the Conclusion. The original book was published in 1949 and does have a few points that seem a bit dated now but sadly not many. It’s a very interesting read but Beauvoir does come across as a little bit aggressive… which isn’t really a bad thing it just felt like some of the book was being shouted at me.

The Professional by Kresley Cole

I think this book is Cole’s answer to the 50 Shades craze. If you enjoyed the sex in that book you’ll probably like this one. I haven’t read 50 Shades so I can’t say much about it really… The Professional is typical Cole style with alpha males and sassy females but without the paranormal element. It’s definitely an erotic novel but she writes a great story to go with it.

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Some more Kresley Cole, why the hell not?! I started this book months ago and wasn’t feeling the characters but I love this series so much I really wanted to push through it. I ended up really enjoying it. This is the 16th book in Cole’s Immortal’s After Dark series and expands nicely on Nix’s storyline that has been popping up throughout the series. Wouldn’t be one of my favourites in the series but I enjoyed it.

Lover’s Knot by Karen Chance

Loved this novella set in Chance’s Dorina Basarab series. I had almost forgotten how much I love Dory! I finished this on Monday, just outside the scope of the readathon, but I’m including it cause I only had 40 pages left, I was just too tired to finish it! This is set after the 3rd Dory book and definitely should not be read out of sequence. It follows Dory, Marlowe and Radu on a rescue mission in Paris. Loved it! It has all the fun and action of the Dory novels.

So, this readathon didn’t really go as planned but fingers crossed for the next one.

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