Friday, September 8, 2017

Review: Leia, Princess of Alderaan

Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi)Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Being a longtime Star Wars fangirl, for years, I've wanted more information on the young Princess Leia. Finally, we now have that book. And, wow, does it ever deliver the feels! By the end I was nearly overcome by bittersweet tears.

As the book opens, we follow Leia as she faces her Day of Demand, the biggest ceremony and day of her life thus far. In front of her adoptive parents, Bail and Queen Breha, and the people of Alderaan she declares the tasks she will complete for her challenges of mind, heart, and body. Tasks to prove her worth as future Queen.

Course our adventurous heroine doesn't stay on Alderaan the entire time. She journeys to many planets, both old and new to Star Wars fans. She makes new friends along the way. Falling significantly in love for the first time. As well as, making enemies who will eventually destroy her homeworld. Leia grows and accepts the challenges in front of her before the reader's very eyes. Personally, I felt like I was on a trip with a childhood friend.

In short, everything a Princess Leia fan could dream of!


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dragon*Con and Decatur Book Festival


Well, this year I got lucky (cue Daft Punk song) and had the opportunity to return to Dragon*Con and the Decatur Book Festival.

Although it's known for drawing big name movie and tv actors, Dragon*Con actually hosts a lot of great author panels as well. Browsing their tracks, you could spend the whole weekend partaking in topics related to fantasy literature, sci-fi literature, writer's track, or young adult literature.


For my first Writer's Track adventure, I saw Magical Maven of Fantasy/SF which included: Laurell K. Hamilton, Nancy Knight, Mercedes Lackey, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Jane Yolen, all speaking about the highs and lows, sad and humorous moments of their iconic careers. They were as fabulous as expected! Like listening to the godmother's of the writing craft.


Later that evening, I attended the Masculinity in Star Wars panel, a discussion of how our values have shaped how we view masculinity in our heroes. Speakers included: Matthew Rushing (Moderator), Kevin J. Anderson, Myke Cole, Claudia Gray, E.K. Johnston, Michael Stackpole, and Timothy Zahn. Of course, I was in awe of the SW authors who wrote the novels of my SW tween days, as well as, the now new SW canon. It was very interesting to hear the different prospectives of masculinity, especially relating to fatherhood, from each author. There was also a Feminism in Star Wars panel, but I was unable to attend that one. Maybe in the future, it'll return.


Immediately afterwards I returned for the Phasma & Leia Book Launch event. I have so much fangirl feels for the work of Delilah S. Dawson and Claudia Gray! Both have added and created shining examples of strong female characters for Star Wars readers everywhere. Although I was absolutely thrilled to be in the panel and hear them speak, anticipating the event for weeks, I unfortunately had to leave before the autograph session was over. After popping extra strength Tylenol, I still felt feverish with an extremely sore throat. Ultimately, it was best for me to go home and sleep, take more medicine, and spare everyone from contact.

 (AJC crossword)

After rest and Mucinex, I felt well enough to attend the Decatur Book Festival on Sunday. I was very, very interested in the Creating Jane Austen and Austen's Creations and Love Long Ago: Historical Romance but wasn't able to make it Saturday.

Although I'm not a GA football fan, I have read A Civil War Courtship: The Letters of Edwin Weller from Antietam to Atlanta (Yankee solider's letters to his crush back in New York), so I knew I'd probably enjoy Civil War Love Letters featuring Stephen Berry, Samuel Thomas, and Vince Dooley (football coach). Stephen Berry provided some very eloquent examples of how couples wrote to each other way back in the way back.


Afterwards, as a huge cat person, I was curious about Adventure Cats featuring Laura J. Moss (AdventureCats.org—the first and only online resource for information on safely exploring the great outdoors with your feline friend), Catlanta (aka artist Rory Hawkins) & Taylor Bennington (manager at Java Cats Cafe). Each had very unique and fun ideas about cats. If you love the furry lil babies as much as I do, I recommend visiting their individual sites.


After some t-shirt and book shopping, we popped in to the Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America featuring Michael Ruhlman tent. A subject that, as a former farmgirl, is dear to my heart, is constantly in the news, and everyone can relate. Having personally lost over 100 pounds, I went on a journey of being more mindful about what I eat, where it comes from, and what it consists of. During the Q&A, one festival goer made a very good point: home ec and nutrition classes should really return to school programs. My high school health class was mostly about psychology. While that subject was helpful, I would have also benefitted from more nutrition lessons. Mind and body.


Next we had intended to see Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America with Jack Barsky, however, the panel was full by the time we got there. First time we ever experienced that situation at the DBF. I really hope next year the festival does a better job anticipating the crowd. I dunno if it was the nice weather or logistics. Maybe have an online poll asking which event people are most excited about and place those panels in a bigger space? We might have missed Civil War Love Letters, too, if it hadn't been moved from the Decatur First Baptist Carreker Hall to the chapel. We live about an hour away from Decatur and can't afford to give up our time and gas if it becomes a big issue at future DB festivals.


However, luckily, I always have a backup plan, I make my personal DBF schedule out with alternatives we'll enjoy. So, we made the long trek to see To Boldly Go with author Jonathan Maberry. Although I read a lot of YA, this year, with neuroma scar tissue from foot surgery, I was originally put off attending events way off in the Decatur gym. But, after we made it, Maberry's talk as a scif/horror author was inspiring and insightful. I have swiftly added his new novel, Mars One, Mars Oneto my TBR pile.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top Books We Struggled With

Ten Books We Struggled With
Vonze:

Dark Tower - I've enjoyed other work by Stephen King and I greatly respect his career, however, try as I might, this book just wasn't for me. I tried reading it and listening to the audio book, just couldn't do it.

The Book Thief - Well written, creative, and covers an important historical topic... just too dark for me. Each time I read it, I felt very depressed and had to set it aside.

Breakfast At Tiffany's - The movie is a wonderful classic, but the book had a lot of racial and gender slurs. I tried to remember the timeframe it was published...but still shocking and disrespectful.

Wicked - I love the old school fantasy glam of 'The Wizard of Oz' movie. The original book is a cute, classic read. I normally like parodies, but I just couldn't get into this, even though I have family members who loved it. I'll just watch the play someday instead.

Artemis Fowl - Ditto, I know people who very, very much enjoyed the entire series.

Gregor the Overlander - I was super excited to read more work by Suzanne Collins, author of my beloved Hunger Games, but it didn't capture my imagination quite the same.

Oshie:

Gravity's Rainbow - This came highly recommended by his alumni association, but it's a tome that takes some work getting through.

She's Come Undone - Required reading in one of Oshie's college classes. Not typical subjects every teen guy can relate with.

War & Peace - If I had a dime for every time he complains about Nikolai's character...

The Great Gatsby - Oshie and I disagree on this one...goes to show that one reader's struggle is another reader's thought provoking entertainment.

Moby Dick - Argh, great theme, but slow pace. Is it any wonder our English teachers played the audiobook during class?

Ulysses - Stream of consciousness...not always easy to follow.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

In My Mailbox: July/August 2017



In My Mailbox: July/August 2017

Are the dog days over yet?? After moving, I don't feel like I have much to complain about. Here, it's been a fairly mild summer. Between gardening and writing I've been assembling bookcases. And, you know, reading and collecting!

New-ish Releases

I love Kasie West's work, it's so sweet!

So far, one of the funniest romance novels I've read all year.

Very cool scifi/fantasy graphic novel.


New-to-me:










Used:

I feel like it's been two years since I began this series...I remembered it being very comical, so I decided to go ahead and get the whole series used via eBay. One to cross off my manga bucketlist.

Borrowed: 

Doing a spot of research pre-NaNoWriMo ;)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Top Ten Fav Authors from my School Days



Meg Cabot - A staple of my high school days. I eagerly awaited each of her new releases, rushing to the bookstore (Borders...alas, poor Borders). She was my first author signing, way before book blogging existed.

Stephen King - His work came highly recommended by friends. I remember toting "Carrie" and "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" in my backpack.

Shakespeare - I tried to read some of his work in middle school, but some of it was over my head. When it was required reading in high school and I finally got it, I grew to love it completely.

Louisa May Alcott- I connected with Jo's character almost instantly. Her fiery temperament and imagination greatly inspired me.

Bill Watterson -  Now that I think about it, I believe his work was my gateway into reading graphic novels. His work brought a lot of joy to my life after my father's passing.

Anne Rice - Back in the day, I couldn't get enough of her beautiful but dark descriptions and characters.

Richard Adams - Reading "Watership Down" in my school's library was a wonderful escape. Every time I see a rabbit, I recall memories of his novel.

Harper Lee- Classic southern writer who captured small town Southern life perfectly.

Peter S. Beagle- Loving the movie, discovering the novel of "The Last Unicorn" was even better. Extended scenes, events left out of the movie, character feelings, every fan girl's dream.

Erich Seagle - I honestly read "Love Story" one of the only romance novels my mom owned over and over each summer, sitting in the yard, trying to get a tan. Ah, memories.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ten book recommendations for Star Wars fangirls

Ten book recommendations for Star Wars fangirls


I don't know about you, but I am obsessed with Star Wars, especially TFA, these days. Here's some books to tide us over until The Last Jedi!

Queen Emeraldas - Super wow. Mysterious space pirate chick tough as Captain Phasma but gentle as Padme? I was hooked. The illustrations of this graphic novel are beautiful.

Shatter Me Trilogy - An abandoned young girl with special powers, a new military order complete with a Supreme Leader, and soldiers who love her? Remind you of anything? So good, so thrilling. I couldn't read fast enough.

Shattered Warrior - (no relation to the series above) The.best.graphic.novel.I've.read.in.a.long.time! After her planet's invaded, Colleen works in the alien factory as a means of survival. With the aid of a rival warrior, her and friends start a makeshift resistance. Brief, but revealing, love scenes.

The Giver - If you're into a spiritual master teaching a young person lessons, i.e. Obi-wan/Yoda and Luke, this book was a page-turner for me. The novel is much better than the movie (although the movie wasn't bad, just different), IMO.

Ender's Game - If you're a fan of X-Wings vs. TIE Fighters, this book is all about YA military training and action against an alien race. A scifi classic that doesn't disappoint.

Dune - Hands down, the influence of Dune is clear in Star Wars. Sand. Prophecies. Powers. Strong female characters. A must read. The sleeper must awaken!

Lord of the Rings - Truly paved the way for other "golden fleece" stories like Star Wars. In my mind, droids are a little like hobbits. Now if only Strider had a lightsaber...

The Last DragonWhen Tansy's father goes missing, her town will need a hero and a leader to save them. A young woman destined to follow in her healer father's footsteps.

The Splintered series - A girl goes down the rabbit hole, literally, when she learns she's heir to a mysterious power and magical world. Adventure and romance generations in the making.

The Hunger Games series - Yeah, by now, you've probably already read this one. But with a girl trying to survive against a powerful dictator, its fun to imagine what if this was Rey vs. Snoke.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas FrontierThe Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier by Scott Zesch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book, at its heart, is about the author's step relative who was abducted as a child. From family legends, the author knew that his relative, once returned to his family, had a difficult readjustment to the 'white' society he was born. He never lost the lessons and ways of his one-time native family. Through his research, author Zesch found many examples of other children who felt the same way. They never blamed or hated their adopted families.

Zesch does his best to show both sides of the story. Although, at times, segments were difficult to read. Contains graphic violence against women and infants. One capture and escape in particular seemed like a tall-tale: pregnant woman scalped, shot by arrows, walks miles in the snow at night to her neighbors who tell her BTW not to bled over everything as the flee without her, and she survives (and has the baby if I remember correctly). I smell an old-timey newspaperman who wanted to sell papers over heresay and terror.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My Most Anticipated Books For the Second Half of 2017


My Most Anticipated Books For the Second Half of 2017

Oh my goodness, this year is flying by! I’m currently knee deep in boxes for my move, lamenting most of my books are packed, but here are the books I’m most looking forward to for the second half of 2017. Wow, I might need a new bookshelf in my office.

Vonze's Picks:


Ah! Only a few more days to wait!


Meg Cabot + Star Wars?? Now I'm intrigued!


I really enjoyed West's "By Your Side" and I'm looking forward to this one!


Ah, I love the Manga Classics! Poe will be perfect for Halloween.


I love Hauck's work, so I'm very interested in this novel, part contemporary, part historical.


OMG, Luke...what have you been up to and why is your character so grumpy now?


Gray writes Leia's character so well, can't wait to read more.


'Cause I need relaxation unicorns in my life right now, HA!



I love these silly novels.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi novelization - Whenever it's announced...

Oshie's Picks:



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Books I Want To Read This Summer


Top Ten Books I Want To Read This Summer

Ah, summer. It's hot, hot, humid in the South, zaps your energy and makes you want to kick it back with a book and a nice bottle of sparkling Voss water.

Here are the Top Ten Books I Want to read this summer. *Fingers crossed* cause I've been super busy. This year has been packed. Literally, 90% of my books are packed right now. :)


The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband - Love the fake marriage trope. Love, love Julia Quinn's work. Never fails to be funny.


Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (Star Wars) - I was lucky enough to meet the author at Star Wars Celebration! This lady is great at action adventure!


The Last Unicorn & Two Hearts - Somehow I was lucky enough to find a rare hardcopy of this book. I've been waiting to re-read it and the short story Two Hearts. I think it's time.


Poison Study - Ditto for this one! I've been on a fantasy romance kick and this was my intro into the genre. Time to revisit.


Graceling - I've heard nothing but praise for it for years. Found it on the shelf while packing.


East - Ditto. I need to read all these fantasy titles I own!


Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - Everyone I know loves the movie. I feel like reading the book first.


The Dark Angel -
 I feel like I should have read this back during the Twilight craze. Anyhow, again, I found it while packing and it sounds haunting good.


The Hero With A Thousand Faces - It seems to be a writing and research staple. It's past time for me to make time for it. Although it's hardly a breezy summer read!


Ronin by Frank Miller - I've heard it's a must for graphic novel fans. Now that Oshie's done, it's my turn.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Top Ten Books For The Star Wars Fandom (Old Canon and New!)


My Top Ten Books For The Star Wars Fandom (Old Canon and New!)

Well, it's no secret I've been a Star Wars geek for a long time. Super excited about Star Wars Celebration this month and the next movie in December!

Meanwhile, here are my favorite Star Wars books from the old and new canon. You don't even need to be a major Star Wars fan to enjoy some of them. As long as you're cool with scifi, you'll "get" them.

Lost Stars - When I read this, I wondered, "Wow, why wasn't this around for me like fifteen years ago????" A great, action-packed YA with a dab of romance for fans and non-fans alike. If you like scifi fantasy, you'll enjoy it!

The Force Awakens Novelization - I know people who read the book before even seeing the movie! Extremely well-done. Adds a little more character development to the mysterious scenes. Also scenes cut from the film!

Shadows Of The Empire - Goodness, the memories I have of this one! Read it all summer long at my grandparents' farm. Arguably the best Star Wars novel, taking place between 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi.' A page-turning action-adventure.

Splinter of the Mind's Eye graphic novel - I was so excited to find this 'lost' Star Wars what-if. It's based off a novel that was nearly turned into a movie before 'Empire Strikes Back'. Interesting to see what "nearly" happened.

Aftermath: Empire's End - A page-turner with great tidbits of new canon! Leia gives birth! Father-son moments with Han! Bittersweet moments for new characters. Fights, near-death, death, escapes, it all leads to setting the stage for TFA. Something for everyone.

Heir To The Empire - Like a trip back-to-the-past! Dark Jedi instead of Sith. Jedi twins. Emperor is nameless. Also fun moments: Luke drinking hot chocolate, getting poison ivy. Thrawn, very smart villain.

Bloodline - If you thought everyone was chill about Leia being Vader's daughter, think again. Finally, a novel that solely focuses on our fav SW career lady, former princess, Senator, and soon-to-be General. Years overdue.

The Lost City of the Jedi - At the time, I really identified with Ken's character. Finally, a kid in Star Wars! Going on an adventure with Luke! I also thought Trioculus was a good villain.

Star Wars: ABC-3PO - A picture book that's too precious! If you're familiar with the characters, the humor is spot on!

The Paradise Snare (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, #1) - Oh for the love of Han Solo! A great, old canon back story for our fav smuggler. I was actually nagged for reading this 'boy's book' at school...even though it had romance. Found out years later that the author is a lady!!

I WISH MORE LADY SCIFI FANTASY AUTHORS STOP USING INITIALS TO HIDE THE FACT THEY ARE LADIES. What about all the 'lil fangirls who look up to you? Ok, rant over. :-D

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig

Aftermath: Empire's End (Star Wars: Aftermath, #3)Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, let's imagine you're at a baby shower...we'll say it's Leia's baby shower, cause she's expecting 'lil Ben Solo (future Kylo Ren) and all.

They have a small box of cupcakes. They are awesome cupcakes. You know good and well the baker has a whole store somewhere. But the baker, to keep you guessing, doesn't want to give their address out yet.

That's what this book is like. Oh, btw, the baker is Disney. The store and cupcakes are the answers to your burning New Canon Star Wars questions.

But a small box of cupcakes is better than no cupcakes.

All and all, a fitting, page-turning, conclusion to the Aftermath series!

Precious, tender moments with Han & Leia and 'the baby'! Background info for General Hux. A reunion for Chewie. A new career for JarJar. A close call for Mothma. Lando goes baby gift shopping. Rae Sloane's revenge. Sadness for Norra. Poor noble Bones. The end for Rax (or is it??)

Only time will tell if we get more tidbits of info. Or if we've correctly interpreted these tidbits!


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: The Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3)Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off, I heard of the book's predecessor 'Devil In Winter' (story of hero's parents) long ago, but I've never read it. I'm sure for long-time fans of Kleypas' work, this a wonderful continuation of a story from 10+ years ago. All and all, I might bump 'Devil In Winter' a little higher on the historical romance TBR pile, solely based on enjoying this book.

Secondly, LOVED the heroine Pandora! An eccentric, trouble-making wallflower?? One who doesn't want to marry and wants to start her own business? YAY! Great, funny, and relatable heroine. Probably going to add her to my 'best heroines' list. I was so happy when she back talked the hero, I laughed out loud. I'll never forget Pandora's character.

The hero, the new Lord St. Vincent, was pretty typical of this genre. Of course, he's an affluent rake (personally I'm getting burnt out on rakes...maybe it's why I liked Marrying Winterborne better). But his real saving grace, with me anyways, was his careful observation of Pandora's difficulties and his dedication to helping her overcome them. Once he set his cap for her, he didn't stop.

The dramatic ending felt a little, surprisingly, over-the-top for me...maybe some hints about it should have been weaved into the beginning.

Overall, enjoyable, laugh-out-loud (thanks, Pandora!) historical romance. Looking forward to Kleypas' next story in the series.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I Read In Nearly One Sitting


Top Ten Books I Read In Nearly One Sitting

(I so want that chair! Only with book pillows!)

Catching Fire- I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! Devoured it.

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys, #1) - The tension and back-and-forth between these two kept me laughing and guessing.

The Giver- Beautiful thought-provoking story I couldn't put down.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - Like a letter from a friend you'll never forget.

Into the Wild- I felt like I was on a journey with Chris. I sought to understand his travels and reasoning.

The Little Prince- Best book I should have read a long, long time ago. Heartfelt.

Their Eyes Were Watching God- I got hooked on what would happen next. Quick, classic read.

The Princess Diaries- I kept re-reading the series each time a new book was released.

I Am Pusheen The Cat- Too much sweet, cutest not to take it all in!

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - I feel like I blog about this book so, so much...but I really love it. Once you start, you can't stop!

Friday, March 10, 2017

In My Mailbox: Feb 2017



In My Mailbox: Feb 2017

I've been super excited about my latest incomings! Several new releases, as well as, some great used bookstore finds, and oldies but goodies =D

NEW:





Found Used:

The Death of the Heart

Hospital Sketches

Anna of the Five Towns

Romance and Legend of Chivalry (Myths and Legends Series)


Oldies But Goodies:




Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: Star Wars - Union (old canon)

Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection: Union Volume 11Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection: Union Volume 11 by Michael A. Stackpole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First off, I want to say that I appreciate that this exists. Action, comedy, and romance have always been apart of Star Wars and I like the idea of a scifi fantasy comic focused on a wedding.

As a Star Wars obsessed chick that reads lots of romance novels, and plans weddings, I’m a great target for it.

I recall really wanting to read this as a tween. I probably should have back in the day. Nowadays, ‘Union’ is very much a product of its time. It feels like a 90s romcom with a laugh track. Although, in parts, it’s thought provoking and cutesy.

Again, the idea is awesome, but there were things that just didn’t work for me.

The comic assumes I have read all the old-canon up to that point. I know, second-hand, who Mara Jade is, but the comic itself didn’t help me to know her. I could have benefited from some relationship flashbacks or a conversation from Luke why Mara is the right woman for him other than just-that-he-loves-her.

Everyone feels mellow to me. Han and Leia have had their happily-ever-after and are tame, ho-hum parents now. War is over. Everything seems easy-going and normal. Although the main characters are worried about the wedding taking place, the threat doesn’t seem very high. I’m never concerned that the characters can’t handle whatever the few baddies are planning. About as threatening as rain or the caterer not arriving.

Plus, it’s been sixteen years since the Battle of Endor…and Han is still calling Luke “kid.” Gee, Han, Luke’s almost 40! And he’s a Jedi Master now, have some RESPECT. But then again, I guess it doesn’t help that Luke jokes that he’s going to have to stay with Han when Mara gets mad and kicks him out.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #1)The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For me, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest was a breezy, adorable female Robin Hood-esque tale. The main characters, Jorgen and Odette, are quickly drawn to one another at a Midsummer festival. Turns out, both are orphans with a heart for helping children. However, Odette has a deep secret. At night, she goes into the forest and poaches deer to feed the poor. It may be wrong, but she's doing it for the right reasons. When she learns Jorgen is the new margrave’s forester, it seems their attraction will never work. Jorgen is dedicated to catching the mysterious poacher.

I really enjoyed Jorgen's character. As an inspirational hero, he was perfect: steadfast and honorable. Not quick to anger.

Odette slightly frustrated me, but mostly because of the plot. For the huntress of Thornbeck Forest, she spent a lot of time in town and at home. As a farm girl trapped in the city, I wanted to "escape" to the forest, and Odette just wasn't in the forest enough. For me, it felt like her point-of-view started after she returned from the forest.

So, in summary, if you want a sweet, inspirational fairy-tale romance, yes! If you want to vicariously be in the forest, book a trip.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Romances (all time)


Top Ten Favorite Romances (all time)

Yay, another fun and easy TTT topic. Ah, I'm such a hopeless romantic.


Pride & Prejudice - On this blog, I feel that it goes without saying! After seeing the 2005 movie version, I've been obsessed with all things Austen!


Jane Eyre - Ditto. Being an Austen fan, I kept reading blog lists where Darcy and Rochester fought for first place, so I had to check it out. The drama! The banter!


Blackmoore - Amazing slow-burn tension! Will they or won't they page turning suspense. I'm planning to re-read it soon.


Once Upon A Prince - A heartwarming, but realistic, modern-day royal fairy-tale. Inspired by Will and Kate.


Because of Miss Bridgerton
- Just when I thought Julia Quinn couldn't top herself, she did. Reads like a romantic comedy!


A Kingdom of Dreams - I'm super biased for this one, it was one of the first romance novels I ever read. Medieval at its best.


My Life Next Door - A great YA romance with a timeless feel. Will steal your heart and melt it.


The Last Unicorn - Romantic in a tragic-sort of way. A unicorn who nearly changes forever for her love. Gah, breaks my heart.


Stepping on Roses - For a manga, it read like a historical romantic comedy. Drama, suspension, tension, mixed with hijinks.


By Your Side - One of my latest reads, but I loved it! Sweet mixed with serious issues.

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