Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Undeceived by Karen M. Cox ~ Review + Giveaway

Book Blurb: “...if I endeavor to undeceive people as to the rest of his conduct, who will believe me?”
-Pride & Prejudice/, Chapter 40
Elizabeth Bennet, a rookie counterintelligence officer, lands an exciting first assignment—investigating the CIA's legendary William Darcy, who is suspected of being a double agent. 

Darcy’s charmed existence is seemingly at an end as he fights for his career and struggles against his feelings for the young woman he doesn’t know is watching his every move.

At first, Elizabeth was confident in her mission's outcome, but the more she discovers about Darcy, the more she finds herself in an ever-tightening web of danger.

Unexpected twists and turns abound in this Cold War era variation on Austen’s classic tale.

My Review:  This novel is Pride and Prejudice set during the 1980s with spies. I reviewed this book when it was first released and I remember enjoying it a lot. So when I heard it was being re-released I knew it was time for a re-read. The version I just currently read is the planned re-release. I want to say that it just as good as I remember and I believe that there were some additional scenes or I just plain old forgot some. I want to take a second and gush about the new cover. I liked the original but I love this one. Someday I will have the paperback of this version in my collection. 

I really do recommend reading this book if you love Pride and Prejudice and spies. If you would like to read my original review you can read it here

Rating: ★★★★★

Karen Cox is generously giving away one ebook or physical book of your choice to one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is comment below with what book you want and what format. Please leave your email so the author has a way to contact you. The giveaway will run from July 3rd, 2019 to July 13th, 2019 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen by a randomizer and winner will be posted here on July 15th, 2019.

*I received an advanced copy of the book by the author. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Darcy in Hollywood by Victoria Kincaid ~ Review + Giveaway

Title: Darcy in Hollywood
Author: Victoria Kincaid
Publisher: Meadowbrook Press
Genre: Austenesque
Release Date: June 28th, 2019
Number of Pages: 353
Format Read: kindle ebook

Book Blurb: Rich and arrogant movie star, William Darcy, was a Hollywood heartthrob until a scandalous incident derailed his career. Now he can only hope that Tom Bennet’s prestigious but low budget indie film will restore his reputation. However, on the first day of filming, he nearly hits Bennet’s daughter, Elizabeth, with his Ferrari, and life will never be the same. Okay, she’s a little sarcastic, but he’s certain she’s concealing a massive crush on him—and it’s growing harder to fight his own attraction….

Elizabeth Bennet has a lot on her plate. She’s applying to medical school and running the studio’s charity project—while hoping her family won’t embarrass her too much. Being Darcy’s on-set personal assistant is infuriating; he’s rude, proud, and difficult. If there’s one thing she dislikes, it’s people who only think about themselves. But then Elizabeth discovers Darcy has been doing a lot of thinking about her.

She might be willing to concede a mutual attraction, but events are conspiring against them and Darcy subject to constant public scrutiny. Can Darcy and Elizabeth have any hope for a happy ending to their Hollywood romance?

My Review: I went into this book knowing virtually nothing about it (it just shows you I will read anything by Victoria Kincaid). This book starts with Darcy almost running over poor Lizzy with his car (thank goodness for that lamppost) and is a total dick and doesn't apologize. Almost from the beginning of the book, you see how poorly she is treated by most of her family. Hell towards the end of the book they blame her for Lydia's accident but Lydia was also warned about a certain person but she didn't listen. The thing that takes the cake though is the despicable way that Wickham treats Darcy in this book. I'm glad he got what was coming to him.

This is one of the better modern Pride and Prejudice novels I have read in a while. I recommend reading it if you like a good modern Pride and Prejudice book.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Victoria Kincaid is generously giving away one ebook copy of Darcy in Hollywood to one reader. All you have to do to enter is comment below with your email address so you can be contacted if you win. The giveaway will run from July 2nd, 2019 to July 13th, 2019 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be chosen by randomizer and posted here on July 15th, 2019.

*I received a copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Colonel by Beau North ~ Review + Giveaway

Title: The Colonel
Author: Beau North
Publisher: self-published
Genre: Austenesque
Number of Pages: 405
Format Read: ebook

Book Blurb: “This isn’t a love story, but the end of one. The story of two ships forever passing in the night. This is the story of my father and the woman he spent most of his adult life loving, a woman who was never really his.”

1950:
After letting his chance at love with Elizabeth Bennet slip through his fingers a second time, Richard Fitzwilliam loses himself in women, whiskey, and war as he tries to forget what he left behind. Putting oceans, continents, and decades between himself and his heartbreak, Richard seeks his future, only to be pulled back to the past again and again.

2002:
Shaken by recent events, Ben Fitzwilliam has left everything familiar behind, walking away from his relationship, his Manhattan apartment, his career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to return to his family home in Annapolis, Maryland. Struggling to navigate a world that makes less and less sense, Ben finds purpose where he least expected it: in his father’s private letters. With the help of Annapolis PD Officer Keisha Barnes, Ben attempts to uncover his father’s secrets, heal the rifts those secrets caused, and find the answers he seeks on far shores.

Spanning decades, continents, wars abroad and wars at home, The Colonel is the anticipated companion to Longbourn’s Songbird.

My Review: I went into this book all excited to read about Richard Fitzwilliam and wow. We get the perspective of two different main characters but while I adored Richard's story Ben's was just there. I loved all the expanded stories of all the characters from Longbourn's Songbird. The only thing that really bothered me was Richard's obsessive love for Lizzy that kept him from pursuing a healthy relationship for many years. I was happy when he finally let it go and got to briefly be with the woman he slowly fell in love with over many years.

I really enjoyed this as a companion novel to Longbourn's Songbird but I feel like you don't need to read Longbourn's Songbird to enjoy it.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

For the giveaway, you will get the most points if you comment on this post about your favorite 20th-Century adaptations. The contest is open to both international and domestic with the prize being paperback unless you prefer an ebook.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/70f550da5/

The Colonel will be officially released on July 9th, 2019

*I received an advanced copy of this novel from the author. All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, June 09, 2019

REVIEW: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Title: Shadow of the Fox
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Number of Pages: 384
Format Read: UK Kindle ebook

Book Blurb: A single wish will spark a new dawn.

Every millennium the missing pieces of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers are hunted, for they hold the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish.

As a temple burns to the ground Yumeko escapes with its greatest treasure – the first piece of the scroll. And when fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai she knows he seeks what she has. Kage is under order to kill those who stand in his way but will he be able to complete his mission? Will this be the dawn that sees the dragon wake?

My Review: I have many thoughts about this book. Initially, I wasn't even going to read it but it has gotten so many great reviews that I decided to give it a chance. This book did not disappoint me at all. I loved the Japanese mythology and culture of the samurai and shinobi that are in the novel. I really enjoyed all the characters even Lady Satomi (though she does meet her death at the end). Even all the yokai that showed up were just perfect.

I did read a review that complained about how they kept helping people (mostly at Yumeko's insistence) on their way to the capital but if they didn't do anything on the journey the book would have been boring. Obviously, that reviewer was just impatient for the book to end. I really enjoyed this book and I'm eager to jump into its sequel Soul of the Sword.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

REVIEW: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Title: Spin the Dawn
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: July 9th, 2019
Number of Pages: 400
Book Format: ebook

Book Blurb: Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

My Review: I went into this book a little apprehensive because I read Reflection by this author and while I enjoyed it I didn't love it. I have to say I enjoyed the cross over between project runway and Mulan in this story. The overall story was great and the pacing was good too. I can't wait for book two to be announced and released. Plus the cover is gorgeous and I can't wait to own a physical copy.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

*I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.