Showing posts with label adult. Show all posts
Showing posts with label adult. Show all posts

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Monday, May 30, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I have been eyeing this series for a long time now, but have never really gotten around to it. So right after I finished the audiobook version of ACOMAF, I saw that Jennifer Ikeda, the same narrator of ACOMAF, narrated the audiobooks for this series, so I decided that this was the best time to start.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Release Date: February 8th, 2011
Genre: Adult, Paranormal

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism. (Goodreads)

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I have heard from so many people say that Jojo Moyes is the lady to read! For years I have heard this, but I have to be in a very specific mood to read sad romantic books. However, I was immediately transported in such a mood right after I watched the trailer for the movie adaptation! And just like I anticipated, I cried buckets and buckets of tears.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Viking Adult
Release Date: December 31st, 2012
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
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They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. (Goodreads)

Review: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Monday, December 7, 2015
Why I chose this book: 
Though I have heard many things about this book over the years, I never picked it up. Actually, I don’t think I ever would have picked it up if it were not for the fact that it was required reading for my Women in Literature class. Having said that, I don’t think I will properly be able to explain how much I loved this book and yet hated it at the same time, and how much Atwood’s words really messed with my head.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 
Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: 1985
Genre: Adult, Dystopian
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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now... (Goodreads)

Review: The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

Monday, May 4, 2015
Why I chose this book:
A few weeks back, I saw Brittany from Please Feed the Bookworm write a review raving about this book. The cover is GORGEOUS, you guys I mean, look at that beauty... and it's fantasy! You guys know how I love my fantasy books. So I knew immediately that I had to have it. Luckily, the publisher was nice enough to grant me access to the title. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Shattered Court by M. J. Scott
Publisher: Roc
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Format: eARC
Genre: Adult, Fantasy
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Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power. (Goodreads)

Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Why I chose this book: 
After devouring Red Rising, the first book in this trilogy, I became an instant, and rather rabid, fanatic. So, when the lovely and gracious Amanda dangled before me the idea of an ARC to review, I could hardly keep my giddy joy at bay. 

Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Publisher: Del Ray (Random House)
Publish Date: January 6th, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: Adult, Young Adult, Science Fiction

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Songuarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices. (Goodreads)

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Monday, January 5, 2015
Why I Chose this Book: 
So, I’m a sucker for dystopias. Science-fiction? Hand it over. Science-fiction riddled dystopias set on Mars? Get out of my way. I was intrigued by this book to say the least, and by the time I put it down, I was fangirling like a maniac. 

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Publisher: Del Ray (Random House)
Publish Date: January 28th, 2014
Format: ARC
Genre: Adult, Young Adult, Science Fiction
The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda. (Goodreads)

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Why I chose this book:
I picked this book up about 5 years ago and could never really get past the first 70 pages or so. It seemed dull and boring, but after seeing that Starz picked up the rights to the books and intended to make it into a show (premiering on August 9th), I knew I had to finish the book out in all of its 800+ page glory. Since this is primarily a YA blog, I don't normally make a habit of reviewing adult books -only those that either really speak to me or those that are extremely popular, but this one couldn't be helped. I have so many emotions concerning this book and not all of them agree.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Publish Date: January 1st, 1991
Format: Paperback
Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, 
quasi-Fantasy, quasi-Science Fiction
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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. (Goodreads)

Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Monday, July 14, 2014
Why I chose this book:
I’ve seen so much about this book both good and bad, but what interested me most was the rumors going around that Emma Watson would take the lead in a movie adaptation, plus this is fantasy. Every knows I like me a good fantasy read.  I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Publisher: Harper
Publish Date: July 8th, 2014
Format: eARC
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
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On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive. (Goodreads)

Review: Solsbury Hill by Susan M. Wyler

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Why I chose this book:
This had my Heathcliff x Catherine heart fluttering at the idea of a retelling. Back in January, I knew I wanted to have a copy of this to snuggle up to with a warm cup of tea and a thunder storm outside. I have too much love for Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights not to read this book. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

 Solsbury Hill by Susan M. Wyler
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Format: eARC
Genre: Women's Fiction, Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction, Romance
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The windswept moors of England, a grand rustic estate, and a love story of one woman caught between two men who love her powerfully—all inspired by Emily Bronte’s beloved classic, Wuthering Heights. Solsbury Hill brings the legend of Catherine and Heathcliff, and that of their mysterious creator herself, into a contemporary love story that unlocks the past.

When a surprise call from a dying aunt brings twenty-something New Yorker Eleanor Abbott to the Yorkshire moors, and the family estate she is about to inherit, she finds a world beyond anything she might have expected. Having left behind an American fiance, here Eleanor meets Meadowscarp MacLeod—a young man who challenges and changes her. Here too she encounters the presence of Bronte herself and discovers a family legacy they may share.

With winds powerful enough to carve stone and bend trees, the moors are another world where time and space work differently. Remanants of the past are just around a craggy, windswept corner. For Eleanor, this means ancestors and a devastating romantic history that bears on her own life, on the history of the novel Wuthering Heights, and on the destinies of all who live in its shadow. (Goodreads)

Review: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Why I chose this book:

The only reason I picked up this book was because my mom bought it on her Kindle, and I thought the movie actually looked good enough to read the book first. This was my first dive into Nicholas Sparks, and it was exactly what I expected. No surprises here.

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date: September 14, 2010
Format: Kindle ebook 
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Realist Fiction 

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