Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sarcasm makes my world go ’round.

Week 16 of my 26-week Book Challenge is another interlude. This means that I’m technically only at week 12, and with all the interludes I’ve planned it’s going to total 37 weeks. Confused yet? You will be.

This interlude is for the challenge that is a character that you can relate to the most. I’m not skipping it as such – not in the sense that I cannot/refuse to give an answer to it – but I cannot devote an entire post to it. The reason for that is that I’d end up repeating last week’s post.

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The curse of the strong female

A rather attention-grabbing title there, but it seemed appropriate to today’s topic. I’m into week 15 of my 26-Week Book Challenge, and this week I am discussing my favourite female character. Predictable, after last week’s favourite male, but I never claimed to be terribly original.

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Review: Too much temptation – Lori Foster

  • Title: Too Much Temptation
  • Author: Lori Foster
  • Genre: Romance
  • Why: Found it in a cupboard at work.
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Description: Grace Jenkins has had little experience with men – feeling too awkward and insecure to free the passionate woman inside her. But that hasn’t stopped her from dreaming about Noah Harper. Gorgeous, strong and darkly sexy, his rough edge beneath the polish promises no mercy in the bedroom. When Grace learns Noah’s engagement has ended in scandal, she shyly offers him her support and her friendship.

But Noah’s looking for something extra…Noah wants Grace – badly. He wants to possess those curves that go on forever, to savor her sweet innocence, to take her to the limits of white-hot desire…again and again. What he doesn’t want is anything more complicated than that, and he knows Grace is a woman who deserves better. Grace, however, knows exactly what she wants – the kind of ecstasy only Noah can give her. Brazenly, she accepts, and Noah promises to make all her secret fantasies come true…

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The book boyfriend

The Christmas break is over and January is already halfway gone, so it’s past time for me to pick up the thread of my 26-Week Book Challenge. This week is actually quite tricky, not so much in the answer to the challenge (that’s pretty easy), but in how I’m going to weave a post around it.

What I’m going to discuss today is my favourite male character, and I could go two ways with this. The first is to go with the title of this post and discuss the phenomenon of the book boyfriend. The second is to have a look at the expectations modern readers have of male protagonists.

I’m feeling reckless, so I’ll try both.

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My review of 2013

I know, I’m a little bit late with this, but frankly, I couldn’t be arsed to do this sooner. Monday is my regular post day, so today you shall have my review of the year just past.

I’ll try to split this into three parts: my year of reading, my year of writing, and my personal life in 2013. I’m leaving the personal stuff for last, for those of you who get bored easily.

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Review: The Risen Empire – Scott Westerfeld

  • Title: The Risen Empire
  • Author: Scott Westerfeld
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Why: Recommended by a friend.
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Description: Captain Laurent Zai of Imperial Frigate Lynx must rescue the Child Empress, sister of the immortal Emperor worshiped by 80 human worlds for 1600 years. The forever young co-ruler has been taken hostage by Rix, machine-augmented humans who worship AI compound minds – cool relentless fanatics bent on domination. Separated by light years, bound by an unlikely love, Zai and pacifist senator Nara Oxham face the Rix and hold the fate of the empire.

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Review: Lillian Holmes and the Leaping Man – Ciar Cullen

  • Title: Lillian Holmes and the Leaping Man
  • Author: Ciar Cullen
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romance
  • Why: Impulse buy.
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Description: At the cusp of the twentieth century, an heiress turned detective enters a world of deception and danger and must learn to trust her nemesis with both her life and her love.

Tormented by a tragic past, Miss Lillian Holmes nonetheless found the strength to go on, to become the greatest female detective of her time. To make her uncle proud. Except…he was not truly her uncle. Sherlock was a fictional character, and Lil was less a true detective than a sheltered twenty-six year old heiress with taste for mystery…and morphine. But then she saw him. Leaping from her neighbor’s second-story window, a beautiful stranger. With the recent murders plaguing Baltimore, here was a chance to
reveal the truth.

Except, the Leaping Man was far more than he seemed. A wanton creature of darkness, an entry point to a realm of deception and evil, and to a Truth she had waited countless years to uncover, he would threaten far more than Lillian’s life. He would take both her heart and soul. And she would rejoice in it.

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