Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review: False Hearts: A Novel

False Hearts: A Novel False Hearts: A Novel by Laura Lam
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can I tell you how much I LOVE this book???? Because I do - I really, really do! I don't know how there could be more added to it, but I want more... Millions and millions of more stories about Taema and Tila, about the adventures that they will get up to now that they each know so much more about the other.

Taema proves time and time again that she will go to any lengths to protect her sister, the person who had been her other half until they were separated upon their arrival in the outside world from their cult home of Mana's Hearth. They shared everything for the first sixteen years of their lives be being conjoined twins, unable to truly have one moment of complete solitude as the other was always there. It was amazing to read a tale that seemed so vibrant about the possibilities of the future, in a world where something like conjoined twins would no longer exist due to the vast advances in medical science.

Appearances, sexuality, all are very fluid in this world. Virtual reality drugs have made crime almost nonexistent. Amazing that an organized crime group could possibly exist in such an idyllic society, but there always seems to be a way in EVERY utopian world.

False Hearts is thrilling! It promises intrigue, and it delivers!!!! Laura Lam has delivered a world that I loved and found myself dreaming of even when I put the book down to go to sleep. I would devour anything that was like this novel, beautifully written with characters that captured my attention and didn't let go even when I reached the final page. I highly recommend this one - 5 stars and two enthusiastic thumbs up!!!!

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Review: Patience and Sarah

Patience and Sarah Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My love for this story knows no bounds, and that it was based on the life of a real woman - this made it all the more poignant to me.

The obstacles that Patience and Sarah had to overcome just to live, love and be together... I can't even imagine how much harder it was than it is today. Even today there is no great shakes to the reaction of the world around you to an LGBT romance, but it's getting better - and we still have a very long way to go!!! For a beautiful story of love and an honest life together, I highly recommend this tale. I especially recommend the Audible Audio, as Jean Smart and Janis Iain bring these two to life through their emotion filled voices. Absolutely worth of 5 stars for that ALONE!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: The Golden Owl

The Golden Owl The Golden Owl by Lana Axe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received my copy of this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Leslie Knope says it best, y'all... Even though when she said it, it was to her new husband during her wedding vows but whatever, this is a book and my sentiment is the same! I think this is one of the only ebooks for review that has made my ALL TIME FAVOURITES list I love it so much!!!!

No, really, Lana Axe who are you? I had never heard of you before I picked up this book and yet, if it is as cleverly written as The Golden Owl, I want to read EVERYTHING that you've ever written!!!!

I am a huge animal lover (cats in particular) and I'm a sucker for stories where animals have a distinct consciousness and language. Cali, though a Calico cat who has been enhanced with clockwork implants, and her unlikely partner Emmit the mouse, are the heroes of our story. I want to say they remind me of Sherlock and Watson (with a little Mission Impossible fancy footwork and stylings thrown in for good measure!), but I'm not sure that would truly do them justice. Cali has such a personality all on her own, it's quite obviously written by an animal lover. I can't tell you about all the times I have imagined what secret adventures my feline friends must be getting up to when I leave the house for the day (although, it is much less so now that I'm older but when I was young I could come up with all kinds of different possibilities!) and I love that someone wrote a book about the heroes that I know any true feline friend would be!

This was an absolutely delightful tale (with it's own Moriarty in Morcroft) where the true evil animal (insect, arachnid whatever!) are the mechanical automatons that Morcroft crafted in the image of spiders. I hate spiders and I'm thankful that their dastardly sneakiness has been brought to light in this tale! An absolutely wonderful read for teens and adults alike. I can't wait to see more stories of this dynamic duo, right after I read the rest of the authors catalogue!!!!! Five ENTHUSIASTIC stars and two thumbs up!!!!

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Review: O'er The River Liffey

O'er The River Liffey O'er The River Liffey by Heidi Ashworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received my copy of this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I was a sucker for this one the moment I saw that it was part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, unfortunately I am not a Historical Romance gal typically so this one was actually fairly difficult for me to get into. This is on me, not on the author! Hey, it's ranked pretty high for a historical romance too - and that's because it was very good based on my limited historical romance reading experience.

Heidi Ashworth has done a lovely job of penning the tale of Caroline Fulton and Niall Doherty and how they are destined to meet on the metal footbridge over the river in Dublin. Caroline wants to marry for love, not just to guarantee that her dowry goes to the suitor with a title of her father's choosing. Niall wants only someone to love and be happy with, for the rest of his days, but fears he has nothing to offer since the disgrace of his father's loss of the family fortunes at a game of cards. How the tutor and the heiress come together is a lovely tale of a bygone era where women had no choice and were obligated to do as their patriarchs deemed fit.

I have to admit that I was saddened at the lack of Miss Pearl, the matchmaker, in this story. I would have liked to see more of her. This was the main reason that you're seeing a four star rating here. I would have liked more of Miss Pearl, although I understand there may not have been a lot she could have done in such a historical romance.

The writing felt in period for the story, nothing that was too modern or that felt out of place. All in all, this is a sweet, clean, wholesome historical romance. Two thumbs up!

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