THE OUTLANDER READER SAGA CONTINUES WITH THE BOOK SISTERS’ REVIEW OF A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES

THE OUTLANDER READER SAGA CONTINUES WITH THE BOOK SISTERS’ REVIEW OF A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES

I’m changing things up this week with a little Outlander action, which moves my love of historical romance from the Regency and Victorian era to Revolutionary War era America. To call A Breath of Snow and Ashes a romance is a generous statement, as you’ll quickly learn from this review, but given it’s inclusion in the Outlander series, which I consider to be one giant, multi-book romance saga, I think the classification is justified. (more…)

LOVING AN UNCOMPLICATED LOVE STORY

LOVING AN UNCOMPLICATED LOVE STORY

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m currently reading my way through the Outlander saga with True Stories & Make Believe blogger, the awesome Heather DLG. We just finished A Breath of Snow and Ashes, which turned out to be a mega-downer. Obviously, I’ll save our review for another post, but I mention it because it’s been the driving force behind my reading selections for the past week. A girl can only take so much Outlander turmoil before she starts to crave a good ol’ fashioned angst-free happy ending. This girl, in particular was in serious need of a feel-good romance. (more…)

A TEENAGE ASSASSIN IN LOVE

A TEENAGE ASSASSIN IN LOVE

Once upon a time, my book sister, Heather De La Garza, and I had a book club–a YA Dystopian Book Club to be exact. Spurred on by our mutual love of teenagers in mortal peril, we read through many an iteration of world-ending scenarios. Somewhere along the way our book club got much bigger and turned into us just reading whatever the hell we felt like reading. That said, our love for Young Adult Literature runs deep, and our latest book club pick, Grave Mercy, brought us back to our YA roots. (more…)

REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD ON TAP (OR A MODERN SCENARIO IN WHICH I CANNOT SUSPEND DISBELIEF)

REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD ON TAP (OR A MODERN SCENARIO IN WHICH I CANNOT SUSPEND DISBELIEF)

I think contemporary romance is just not my thing, y’all.

I joined NetGalley recently and decided to change up my ARC requests a bit. I thought I’d try a modern romance, specifically the second book in Avery Flynn’s Sweet Salvation Brewery series, Hollywood on Tap. It has all the trappings of a potentially wonderful romance. Buttoned-up, Type-A Natalie Sweet and her sisters have recently inherited a brewery in their small mid-western hometown and she’s tasked with making it financially solvent. Her biggest problem is brewmaster Sean O’Dell and his resistance to her suggested business changes. Sean’s made a life for himself in Salvation and hidden his past as a hot Hollywood actor, but the growing attraction he feels for Natalie threatens to reveal his secrets. (more…)

HOT WEIRD GUYS NEED LOVE TOO

HOT WEIRD GUYS NEED LOVE TOO

I recently read an e-galley of Charlotte Stein’s upcoming novel, Intrusion, courtesy of the lovely Avon publicity team and Avon Addicts program. It was my first reader’s foray into erotic contemporary romance and I was completely entranced. It’s this delightfully creepy story about the hot, weird guy next door, all told from the point-of-view of a young woman nursing wounds from a past traumatic event. (more…)

A NERD GIRL’S WISHLIST: GET KISSED. FIND SOME INTERESTING NEW BOOKS.

A NERD GIRL’S WISHLIST: GET KISSED. FIND SOME INTERESTING NEW BOOKS.

A few weeks ago I wrote about Season for Temptation, Theresa Romain’s fantastically witty debut. Despite it’s obvious charm and desperately romantic story, it hit upon a romance trope that always turns me off: the groom-to-be in love with his fiance’s sister. I admitted to stopping the book half-way through just to make absolutely certain that the jilted fiance got her own HEA. The result: I tore through Louisa’s story, Season for Surrender, in about 2 days.

In the second book in her Holiday Pleasures series, Romain manages to hit upon one of my absolute favorite romance novel tropes OF ALL TIME: the bookish bluestocking and the rake fall in love. Bonus: It’s a Christmas romance. Not only do I get a storyline set up to appeal to my little librarian heart, but I get snow, mistletoe, and mulled wine in paperback form! It’s a WIN-WIN, folks. (more…)

FALLING IN LOVE ON THE ROAD, PLUS MAGIC

FALLING IN LOVE ON THE ROAD, PLUS MAGIC

Librarians are the best, y’all. A few months ago I was in a serious fantasy funk after completely losing my head and heart to Laini Taylor‘s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I wanted to read something high fantasy, with maybe a little romance thrown in, but not exclusively written for young adults. Where could I go for high quality reader’s advisory? Only the largest collection of badass librarians anywhere on Facebook: the ALA Think Tank. After posting about my reader’s ennui and desperately pleading for suggestions, I was flooded with a rash of amazing book suggestions by some seriously well-read folks. Thanks to them, my public library book hold list is out of control, and I am now a complete literary-evangelist for fantasy-writer Sharon Shinn. (more…)