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A great start, very slow middle, and appropriate ending

The Butterfly Bride - Vanessa Riley

All in all, it's a good read, but there were some parts that bored me while I was reading and I had to take a break before continuing with the story. I found it a little bit slower for my taste. Other than that I liked it a lot. The story is good, characters are well-developed and it's quite intriguing. I especially enjoyed the whole mystery/danger aspect of it.

Frederica Burghley is an illegitimate daughter of a Duke. All her life she has tiptoed around society, careful of not causing any scandals, she fears being compared to her mother and just wants a respectable life. That's why she must marry now because the Duke himself has a new bride and her status in his household has become precarious. She is hoping to find a husband among the candidates who responded to her newspaper advertisement. There is only one problem; one of them could be a potential psychopath bend upon hurting her. That isn't going to deter her though, she must marry soon and she will find a husband for herself at any cost. Love can wait until after marriage.

Jasper likes Frederica and hates the thought of her marrying someone else. However, he can't marry her. So, he must let her go. He can only ever be a friend to her. The kind of friend she deserves. When he finds out that she is in danger he appoints himself as her guardian. But will he be able to keep his distance, find her a husband, and keep her safe all at once? Or are they both running towards an imminent disaster?

It's an enjoyable read that I would recommend to all historical fiction fans. Although, it's a standalone novel, it is better to read the series in order if you plan to read all the books in this series because characters from previous books made an appearance in this one. And it will be more fun to know their backgrounds and history as well.

 

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-butterfly-bride-by-vanessa-riley.html

Book review and interview with the author

Clockwork Dollhouse

The clockwork dolls seem to be moving on their own. What are they trying to show? 
 
When Ainsley moves in with her uncle, the governor, it seems like a beautiful situation. An orphan is finding love in an elite household. However, she carries with her the power to reveal her uncle’s darkest secrets.

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Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-author-interview-clockwork.html

Lost in Time: A Short Story by Fizza Younis

would you risk your present and the future to change your past?

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Reading progress update: I've read 55%.

The Butterfly Bride - Vanessa Riley

It's kind of slow paced, which I don't really like much. :/

Confessions of a Books Dragon
Confessions of a Books Dragon

What are some of the strange things we readers are guilty of?

 

Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/musings-of-a-book-dragon
— feeling love
""All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring"
Source: http://www.bookstr.com/our-favorite-bookish-quotes

Flash Fiction

"Most people couldn’t understand her obsession with books. They made fun of her because she wasn’t like them."

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Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/flash-fiction-friday-life-of-a-reader

Review of 'All My Life by Prescott Lane'

This book kept me up all night because once I started reading I just didn't want to put it down. It's a bitter-sweet story of love and loyalty. It's told from multiple points of views and is very well-written. It's funny, sad, romantic, and heartwarming all at the same time. It's a story of father-daughter love, love between friends, and romantic love all rolled up in one tale.

 


Mia is all grown-up and is looking forward to going off to college. However, his father's loneliness still weighs her down and she wants him to settle down with some nice lady. That's when this whole thing starts. She makes a speech and suddenly women are vying to be with Garrett. He hates it. Dating is simply not something he is good at. He has devoted all his life to Mia. Mis is the only woman who truly matters to him, no one comes before her and that is a big issue while he dates. So now that he has given up on happily-ever-after suddenly he finds himself rethinking it. Maybe the right woman is here somewhere and he just hasn't noticed her yet.
Devlyn loves Mia as much as she loves Garrett. Those two have been a big part of her life. They are both important to her and she simply can't lose them. That is why she gave up on her love. It just wasn't worth it. As long as she can be friends with Garrett and be in Mia's life she is happy. But then something changed, he changed, and now things are far more complicated than they should ever be. WIll she finally find her happiness or is she in for another heartbreak?
All the characters are great. I loved Mia, Garrett, and Devlyn. I enjoyed the story. I loved the small town setting. I loved pretty much everything about it. The only thing that I didn't like much was the unrealistic feel of it. I know that this is fiction but still it's difficult for me to digest the fact that someone can love you all their life without you loving them back. I don't think that anyone can do that. One sided love just doesn't last 30+ years (as Devlyn fell in love when they were both just kids). That's kind of hard to believe. I guess all is allowed in fiction though so who really cares. Also, let's not forget that she wasn't exactly waiting for Garrett to fall for her, she had actually moved on and was being a friend, she was still in love with him but wasn't looking for romance anymore. So, I think that's something. In any case, overall, it's a great read and I'd definitely recommend it to all sweet, sappy, romance lovers.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Sale: The Beguiling Bachelor Series By Madison Michael

The Beguiling Bachelor Series

By Madison Michael

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Bedazzled  (Book 1)

A Chance Encounter Can Change Everything…

Keeli Larsen is second-guessing her decision to support herself as an independent jewelry designer. She has no money, no friends, but she knows she has talent. Leaving her job, she rides the elevator one last time with the sexy man from the penthouse office. That ride and a well placed hand are about to change her life.

Millionaire and hot hunk Wyatt Lyons Howe IV is trapped by generations of family loyalty and tradition until a moment in an elevator rocks his staid world. Wyatt is captivated by Keeli’s beauty and fiery spirit, choosing to pursue her and his dreams. He just needs to rid himself of a scheming fiancé, defy his family, conquer his doubts, extricate himself from his traditional life and, of course, find the elusive Keeli again.

Is she Wyatt’s ticket to freedom or is Keeli an opportunist looking for a bankroll? Unsure of her motives, but unable to stay away, Wyatt is bedazzled.

Fans of steamy romances will fall in love with this contemporary retelling of Cinderella, a smart, sexy story, set within the splendor of Chicago’s elite society.

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Beholden (Book 2)

She’s Lost Everything. He Has Everything…

This is no docile heroine. Meet Sloane, assertive and tough, desperate for love. Meet Randall, drowning his troubles until Sloane provides a reason to sober up. Beholden is a sexy, romantic romp set in the glamour of Chicago’s elite society.

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Bedeviled (Book 3)

Join Alex and Charlotte, along with characters you’ve met and loved in “Bedazzled” and “Beholden”, as they tackle the maze of half-truths and cover-ups threatening the lovers.

How can they build a bond with deceit on both sides? With malevolent forces advancing, is their love Bedeviled? 

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Time is Running Out…For Both of Them Join Tyler and Regan as they seek their happily ever after in the conclusion of the steamy, contemporary Beguiling Bachelor romance series.Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2AiK2MQ

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About Madison:

Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.

Social Links:
Website: madisonmichael.net
Madison's Blog: madisonmichael.net/category/maddys-blog
Maddy's Romance Madness: madisonmichael.net/category/mrm/
Maddy's Tours and Treats: madisonmichael.net/category/tours-and-treats/
Facebook: facebook.com/madisonmichaelromance
Twitter: twitter.com/madisonmichael_
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/Madison-Michael/e/B01EVUGG6G/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/sale-beguiling-bachelor-series-by.html

It's nothing what I expected and a lot more interesting than I thought.

The Last Dragon Princess - Cynthia Payne

This book is absolutely amazing. If you enjoy a good paranormal fantasy then it's a must-read. The story is set in a world of dragons and Creators. It's full of mystery, action, and adventure. It revolves around one breeder and a flock of dragon shifters or warriors, as they are called sometimes. Their job is to fight Creators and keep them from enslaving Hisgeii.

 

The story starts when young breeder, Danu, and young shifters come off age. They will now enter society and do their duty. As a breeder, Danu must ensure the continuation of shifter's next generation. Although she is nervous about her role and what it entails, she has learned enough to deal with it. However, councilman Calmus has a surprise for her, at the last minute he changes the rules of the game. He pronounces her as their breeder queen and the one who would marry her would become king. That has never happened before. It's bound to ruffle some feathers and cause chaos in this small community. As Danu tries to make up her mind about her next step she finds out things that she probably shouldn't have. In order to make the right decision, she would now lose somethings that are precious to her. No matter what happens next, one thing is for sure, Danu has the best interest of her people at heart and she would do anything to protect them and ensure their survival.

 

Things get more complicated when the creators come looking for them. It turns out that there is a lot which they don't know about themselves as well as their worst enemies. Divided by castes, will these people be able to stand against an enemy so powerful that even their best warriors don't stand a chance against them... unless there is another way to defeat this time old foe? One thing is for sure, it's going to get far more complicated than it ever was, but maybe this is their chance to reclaim their true identities and finally be able to live in peace.

 

This story made me imagine primitive Roman society. The story is quite engaging and characters are all well-developed. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend to all fans of dragon-shifters, this one is definitely an original and interesting take on dragons, where they came from, and how they live.

 

P.S. Can I just say that the book cover is absolutely gorgeous and goes well with the story?

Reading progress update: I've read 56%.

The Last Dragon Princess - Cynthia Payne

I do love dragon shifter novels and it's definitely a good one. So far, I'm enjoying reading this story of dragons and mayhem.

Book Covers That We Love!

"We all have heard the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” It is all well and good when you use it metaphorically, however, for books, covers do matter-a lot. How else are you going to judge something you haven’t read yet? That’s why books have titles and covers, they matter. When we’re browsing through e-books online it becomes even more crucial, because book cover is the first thing we will notice, and we all know how important first impressions are. If we like the cover, it catches our eye, then we will definitely click on it to read the blurb and may even decide to buy that book.

 

What type of book covers do you like?"

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Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/what-do-you-love-to-see-on-the-covers-of-your-favorite-books

Untold Secrets: A Dream That Never Was

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Excerpt

I guess we all have stories which we don’t wish to tell others. It’s not always easy to hide them though, some skeletons simply refuse to be safely tucked away in closets. That’s how this terrible horrible story began, with a secret that should’ve remained a secret, but it didn’t.

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Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/untold-secrets-a-dream-that-never-was

I'd Love Your Opinion On My Ongoing Short Story Collection

This book is very disturbing and emotional read.

Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult

Right now I've mixed feelings about it. On one hand I loved author's writing style and the story itself, on the other hand, I hated most of the characters. I guess it's because there wasn't much fictional about them, they acted and sounded too much like living breathing people, people prone to making mistakes, people doing things they never should, people treating others the way that was despicable no matter how you look at it.

Story was told from different point of views. All the characters were well developed, even if they weren't so likable. I hated most of them, no scratch that, I only liked one-the detective. That's it, and we didn't get to be in his head as much as I would've liked. But story wasn't about him so he didn't have much to add to it. Still it was good to get his POV now and then.

It's true that bullying is a real problem in many societies and it's also true that everyone who is bullied will have different reaction to it, but the trauma is real. Maybe that's why I hated everyone in this story so much, because I've very strong feelings about bullying and how teachers and parents deal with it. Also, note that we aren't talking about children here but teenagers and that makes it so much worse. By the time you're seventeen you should know right from wrong and it's so sad that so many don't.
Anyhow, the story is well written and if you don't mind sensitive topics, being inside the head of a murderer, and multiple POVs, then sure give it a read. Even though I hated it I still kept reading so you got to give author credit for that.

Time to Live by Jordan Elizabeth

Time to Live (Inheritance of Time #1)

Synopsis

A witch’s magical orbs. Clan Wars that have lasted centuries. A heritage shrouded in secrecy.

Welcome to seventeen-year-old Banon Andreeta’s world.

Banon is a child of Clan Genae and can do things most people can’t. Which might account for her rebellious behavior. Or maybe she’s just a magnet for trouble. Either way, she’s in hot water more often than the average teen.

When she rejects Fred, a random creep at the mall, she makes an enemy who will bring unwanted attention from Clan Julae, her own clan’s mortal enemy.

She also makes a friend in Clan Julae – the intriguing Hadley. Drawn to each other, neither understands the forces behind the attraction. Or that they are from opposing clans. Hadley only knows Banon is in danger and he must protect her.

But the long-standing Clan War is not as much in the past as the Genae thought. Their very existence is threatened by enemies known and unknown. And the only thing between them and death is Banon. A secret weapon even they don’t know they have.
 

Review

 

This is a story that started centuries ago and now it's time for it to end. However, things are rarely predictable in the real world, especially when magic is involved. I absolutely loved it for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's a very imaginative story that kept me on my toes through out the book, nothing predictable happened here. Secondly, I loved the characters, Banon more than anyone else. She is a teenager who doesn't know how to act normal, her character is quite interesting and fun to read. She made me laugh quite a few times. Thirdly, Jordan Elizabeth's way of writing is just as good as always. I have yet to read her book that I didn't like. She is among the authors I'd one-click without even reading the blurb. So, there is that. It's a great fantasy novel with lots of twists and turns, adventure, romance, action, and a hint of mystery. All is all a perfect mix. I'd definitely recommend it to all my fellow readers, hoping that they enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Banon is not a normal teenager. She has always been able to do things that no normal girl of her age could. Her parents think that she doesn't know her origin, but she knows more than she lets on. Life isn't perfect, however, it's not bad either. She has caring friends, a loving boy-friend, and amazing parents (even though they get on her nerves from time to time). Then suddenly everything that can go wrong goes wrong. She angers the wrong person and a lot of skeletons come tumbling out of the closet. Apparently, there was more to the story than anyone knew. And they're about to find out.

 

Hadley has never been a brave person. Even though he hates himself for his weakness, but it's better to go along with his brother Fred than cause trouble. Fred would kill him in an instant. There was no love lost between the two. So, even though it kills him inside he cannot do anything against his brother or his clan. That's about to change though. As soon as he meets Genevieve he knows that he must protect her, no matter what, this time he won't let her dies... because now it's time for them to live...

 

This book made me cry as much as it made me laugh, it's a tragedy as well as a happily-ever-after story. I'm glad that I got a chance to read it. There wasn't a single boring moment in this book. It's definitely a five-stars read that, I think, everyone would love.

 

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-time-to-live-by-jordan-elizabeth.html