Monthly Archives: July 2014

Review: At the Sheikh’s Bidding – Chantelle Shaw

  • Title: At the Sheikh’s Bidding
  • Author: Chantelle Shaw
  • Genre: Romance
  • Why: Clearance sale at The Works – 25 pence per book!
  • Rating: 1 Star

Description: Forced to marry – a sheikh!

Erin Maguire’s life changes overnight when she discovers her adopted son is heir to the throne of a desert kingdom! One minute she’s looking after little Kazim in her Yorkshire home, and the next they’re en route to Qubbah with the boy’s uncle, powerfully sexy Zahir bin Kahlid al Muntassir! Zahir insists that Kazim remains in Qubbah.

But Erin won’t leave her son, so Zahir demands that she must marry him! The chemistry between them is red-hot, but how will Erin – a virgin and a commoner – cope with being wife to a sheikh?

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The unanswerable question

I made it! This is the very last entry in my 26-Week Book Challenge, even if this is an afterlude. Don’t tell me that’s not a word; it is now. Anyway, I posted 37 entries in total: 26 actual entries and 11 interludes on questions I could not (or would not) answer. Today’s is the last of those, and it’s the question which, to me, is the silliest of them all: your favourite book of all time.

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No post today

I was going to do my very last 26-Week Book Challenge today, but I just got a phonecall from my mother to tell me that one of the victims of the plane that was shot down last week was the daughter of their neighbours.

I barely knew her – she was 15 years older than me, and the last time I saw her will have been when both she and I still lived next to each other, so we’re probably talking more than 30 years ago, but still.

That was someone I knew.

I’d been wondering whether I would. Out of all the passengers on that plane, 193 were Dutch. I’ve had a quick look at all the other names, and it appears I don’t know anyone else. Part of me is glad that this was my closest acquaintance on that plane, but that’s kind of a horrible thought to have.

I’m not going to turn this into a political post, and as an atheist I won’t ask anyone to pray for the victims, but the fact is that after that news I just can’t concentrate on something as mundane as a post about what books I do and don’t like.

See you next week.

Review: Darcy’s Diary – Amanda Grange

  • Title: Darcy’s Diary
  • Author: Amanda Grange
  • Genre: Historical (fan) fiction
  • Why: I really like Pride and Prejudice
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: Mr. Darcy’s Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy’s point of view — sharing his innermost thoughts and feelings. This graceful imagining and sequel to Pride and Prejudice explains Darcy’s moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennett. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy’s words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing — qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennett’s heart. This continuation of a classic romantic novel is charming and elegant, much like Darcy himself.

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Comics are books too!

This is my last but one entry in my 26-Week Book Challenge, and my last proper entry, since next week is an interlude. Or a coda, if you will. Whatever. This week is also the only entry I have added to the challenge by myself, because I realised it was missing. And yes, the title of the post gives it away: this entry is for my favourite comic book.

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Review: Fire Study – Maria V Snyder

  • Title: Fire Study
  • Author: Maria V Snyder
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Why: I wanted to finish the series, plus it was a Christmas present
  • Rating: 3.5 Stars


When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder – able to capture and release souls – spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by murderous sorcerer she has defeated before…

Honour sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would – be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself – and save the land she holds dear.

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Falling out of love

I’m nearing the end of my 26-Week Book Challenge (and I do believe I’ve managed to string it out for almost a year), only to find that for this week’s entry I already sort of wrote a post. However, since that was now about a month ago, I’m going to shamelessly tread the same ground and talk about it again. ‘It’ being an author I used to love but don’t anymore.

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