Jul 21 2014
Mini-Review: Moonlight Masquerade by Jude Deveraux
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moonlightmasquerade-jdPublisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: January 22, 2013
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 385
Form: Paperback
Series: Edilean (8)
Author: Site | Facebook | Twitter

After being abruptly jilted, Sophie Kincid flees to the place her friend Kim Aldredge calls heaven on earth.  But Sophie’s first taste of Edilean is far from heavenly: after her car breaks down on a country road, she is nearly run over by a speeding sports car.  A small act of revenge brings some satisfaction, and word quickly spreads that a gorgeous newcomer gave the driver, the notoriously bitter Dr. Reede Aldredge, a dressing down!  But it isn’t the first time the fiery artist has gone too far for payback; a secret possession she carries with her could shatter her ex-boyfriend’s future.  Reede Aldredge has secrets, too, including a desire to get closer to the beauty who is turning his dark world upside down.  Under the night skies, their masquerade is magic-but will it turn to dust by the light of day?

my thoughts

I have to be honest and say this series is starting to grow stale and silly.  While I’m a HUGE fan of Devaraux’s work (especially her historicals), her last few contemporaries have kind of missed the mark for me.

Likes:

  • The overall story and romance was cool.
  • I still love the idea of small towns and big romance.

Dislikes:

  • Many circumstances were unrealistic.
  • How is EVERYONE in this town besides the newcomer so wealthy?
  • It was almost like some fairytale in the fact that whatever Sophie wanted or needed, no matter how costly, someone was there like some fairy godperson to provide it for her.
  • The residents seemed to be OVERLY manipulative and involved in her and Dr. Reede’s romance.
  • The whole robber scene just seemed to be thrown in there with no real outcome or consequences.  It did nothing to move the story further, and really could have been omitted.
  • The whole Zorro/costume party deal…please GAG me!  It was beyond cheesy.
  • The fact that her and her so called soul mate felt like they couldn’t talk to each other about what they really wanted, and both existed miserably for months was crazy.

Not one of Deveraux’s better works.  Though I stick with her because I love her, I would suggest any first time Deveraux readers to start with her earlier books.  They are light years better!


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Jul 17 2014
Wisdom From (4): Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

“Let me give you some counsel, bastard,” Lannister said.  “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not.  Make it your strength.  Then it can never be your weakness.  Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”

Tyrion Lannister ~ pg. 57.


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Jul 03 2014
Mini-Review: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
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thethreemusketeers-adPublisher: Barnes and Noble Books
Published: November 25th 2004
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 700
Form: Paperback
Series: The Musketeers (1)

Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D’Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures such as the seductively beautiful but deadly femme fatale, Milady, and D’Artagnan’s equally beautiful love, Madame Bonacieux, The Three Musketeers continues, after a century and a half of continuous publication, to define the genre of swashbuckling romance and historical adventure.

My Thoughts

When I first decided to read this book I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  And while it started off slow, the action quickly picked up and I found myself completely immersed in the story.  I was fascinated as young D’Artagnan found himself in one scrape or conundrum after another.  I really enjoyed his character as he was quite clever and brave for someone so young.  He was also very disciplined and determined to achieve his goal of becoming a Musketeer. 

Though I didn’t care for their treatment of women at points in this novel, I couldn’t help but be charmed by Porthos, Athos, and Aramis.  I especially was taken Athos as he had more of a fatherly affection for D’Artagnan, and quite an air of mystery about him.  Their adventures were fun, and exciting, and kept me interested and wanting to know more.  

Now while Milady was a particularly despicable character, I didn’t care for how they crucified her and her actions, when the men around her encouraging her into these acts weren’t treated nearly as bad or held accountable for their evil deeds.  To me it just seemed as if the women in the novel got a bad rap while the men were all supposed to be thought of as brave and admirable.  Despite that I really did enjoy the story and look forward to reading more of Dumas’ work in the future.   


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Jun 23 2014
Wisdom From (3): Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

 

There is no teacher but the enemy.  No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do.  No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer.  Only the enemy tells you where he is strong.  And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you.  I am your enemy from now on.  From now on I am your teacher.

~Mazer Rackam pgs 262-263.


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Jun 21 2014
Summer Reading Challenges
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It’s been some time since I’ve participated in and completed a challenge.  I figured I’d join the following summer challenge.

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I have designs on re-reading the following series since I just can’t get enough, and I feel once I’ve finished the latest I should go back and re-read so I can pick up on all the details I missed the first or second go round!

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Not exactly sure when I’ll restart them but soon.  I’m so looking forward to getting back into these!

 

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