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Book Review: Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden

Great historical romance! Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden

 

Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden

Ahh historical romances, one of my many guilty pleasures. The covers are horrible and super cheesy, the plots are usually very similar and the main dumb goal, in most cases, is to marry a high ranking noble man. Yet, I still love these suckers. Suffering through tons of really bad ones has been totally worth it when I come across gems such as Love and Other Scandals. I love the characters developed by Caroline Linden, they’re smart, funny and very well developed. The heroine in this story isn’t some simpering idiot, she is strong minded and outspoken. I also loved the simplicity of the story. There’s no unnecessary conflict or insurmountable problem to overcome. While I still enjoy mystery romances and complicated plots, it’s nice to have just a straightforward romance.

I’m really happy to have come across a new historical romance author. I can’t wait to read the rest of Caroline Linden’s books.

Happy reading!

<3 Izzie

 

Book Review, Event

Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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4 out of 5 stars

If you live in Miami and have had the pleasure of reading Truthwitch don’t miss the author Susan Dennard tomorrow at the Coral Gables Books & Books @ 7pm!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
When: Wed., February 24 @ 7pm
Where: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

I happened to be at my favorite local bookstore, Books & Books, this last Saturday for the South Florida Bloggers’ Februrary meetup. My favorite things in one place, books and bloggers! This is where I found out from Ketsia, Books & Books’s children’s book buyer, that Truthwitch author Susan Dennard would be there in person! I’d heard a lot of buzz about Truthwitch and Ketsia was kind enough to give me a copy so I could see it for myself. Trust me, Truthwitch is worthy of all the buzz surrounding it.

Truthwitch hooks you in with it’s very first sentence, “Everything had gone horribly wrong.” It’s quite the first sentence and I find some books don’t live it up to such powerful statements but I’m happy to say that Truthwitch totally delivered! By pg 29 I was already charmed by the main characters, Safiya and Iseult. As you may already know by now, I love stories with strong female characters and this book did not just have one but two leading ladies. Safi and Iz are trained bad-ass warriors and witches. I love their loyal sister-like relationship and their witty banter.

I also liked that the world building was easy to follow. I have a hard time with intricate world building, to me, it ends up detracting from the storyline. I didn’t have that problem at all with Truthwitch. The characters, feuding empires and great destined heroes were all woven beautifully in this book. I also liked the heavy tension romance that prevailed through the whole book.

My only complaint is that books 2, 3 and 4 are NOT out already. This book is SO good I read it in a day. Had the rest of the series already been out, I’m pretty sure I would’ve not left my house the whole weekend.

Happy reading!

<3 Izzie

Book Review

Book Review #22: Armada by Ernest Cline

For our Armada review we had the wonderful and fashionable Meli from Melificent as our guest reviewer. Thank you Meli for stopping by! <3

Let me start of with, I loved Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s first novel. Why am I starting with his first book? So I don’t feel like such a d*ck for crapping all over Armada. It’s not a terrible book, but after such an amazing debut novel, Ready Player One, you can’t help but feel disappointed with Armada. The characters weren’t very well developed so I felt no emotional connection to them. I also had a hard time getting into the story. The whole book just felt rushed. However, it is well written and there were a couple of times that I chuckled out loud. I personally liked how he described the invading alien’s speech/language.

“…addressing the camera in its grating native language, which sounded sort of like a whale song, if the whale in question was into death metal.”

Armada was chock full of videogame and 80’s references but without the charm of Ready Player One. The references just fell flat in Armada and felt more like a gimmick. Maybe if you’re a hardcore video gamer you will get more out of this book. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.

Happy reading!

<3 Izzie

 

Book Review

Book Review #20: The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse

Book Review of The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse by Daphne Lamb.

First of all, I love the title of this book. It’s what made me want to read it. I was expecting our heroine to be this kick-ass woman and that wasn’t the case. At least not in the beginning. The main character, Verdell, is a selfish, sarcastic, underachieving office worker. Honestly, she’s a real asshole. She’s barely surviving the apocalypse and seems to be getting by on pure, dumb luck. And still, she is one of the nicest people in this book. She still retains a shred of human decency whereas the rest of the characters have lost all their marbles when the apocalypse hit.

If you can get over the hurdle of Verdell not being the usual cookie-cutter good guy, I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did. I loved the over the top, ridiculous scenarios where it seems that no one has noticed that the world has ended. Verdell is the only one that is still keeping things in perspective. Everyone else is still holding on to their silly rules and routines like gluten-free diets, office hierarchy and social media bullying. This book had me laughing out loud several times and I loved Verdell’s sidekick, her boss Robert. Robert, who lives strictly by the rules of his old company’s risk management manual and constantly threatens Verdell with her upcoming employee review. It was a great, fun read and I look forward to more work from Daphne Lamb.

We had mentioned in our video review that The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse will be published Sept 1st but it is already available 🙂

Happy reading!

<3 Izzie

Book Review

Book Review #19: One Con Glory

One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn

One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn is a fantastic geek romance book. It is a short and wonderful read about geek writer, Julie. We follow her on  her quest to find her childhood comic book heroine figure, Glory Gilmore. The main character is smart, funny and you root for her all the way. It’s such a great book that my sister and I mention in the video review that it would be a great movie. After a quick google search, I’ve found out it is being made into a movie! It is full of nerdy and nostalgic references. However, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get any of the nerdy references you’ll still enjoy the book. If you love comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Comic-Con, great female geek characters and happy romantic endings you will love this book.

Happy readings!

<3 Izzie

Book Review

Book Review #17: Wing Girl by Nic Tatano

Wing Girl. Worst romance book ever.

1 out of 5 stars. Oh what the hell, 0 out of 5 stars. Wing Girl, I don’t know where to start with how bad of a book you turned out to be. Wing Girl is one big cliché sprinkled generously with sexism, classism, and contempt for overweight and non attractive people. Not only is this book incredibly offensive towards women, it is also badly written. Wing Girl has no character development, just stereotypes such as the sassy friend, the rich friend and the blue collar boyfriend (who seems to be a working class man but really owns his own business and went to an Ivy League University). The plot consists of a smart, independent, but frumpy woman that cannot get a guy. Her three sassy and beautiful friends come to the rescue with a physical and personality makeover. Once this miraculous makeover takes place all guys are slobbering after her like a dog after a steak. However, our boring and one dimensional main character is emotionally immature and does not trust herself to pick the right guy bla, bla, bla. Terrible, god awful book.

Below are a couple of mention-worthy quotes from Wing Girl:

“I like a girl who can clean her plate and still be skinny”.

As we mentioned in our video review, you might as well say you like unicorns because both are mythical, non-existant creatures.

“The woman wouldn’t even need a Halloween mask with that hooked nose.”

“… and a four hundred pound guy dressed as Batman who didn’t notice a sticker someone had slapped on his back reading “you have exceeded the weight limit of your costume”.

“In one case Vincent caught a glimpse of a woman who easily tipped the scales at three hundred pounds who was wearing a thong. He quickly retreated to our cabin, saying he had to rip out his eyeballs to wash away the image or he would not be able to eat dinner.”

What are you? A fifth grader? It seems like the author’s main go-to comedic lines are ugly and fat jokes.

“Since Vincent so enjoyed seeing me in the wedding dress I’ve agreed to put it on once each year on our anniversary, as long as he wears the tuxedo. He was thrilled though he added, “And it better fit.” To which I responded, “So should the tuxedo.”

Yes, as a romance novel author, he certainly knows his demographic. Nothing is sexier to a woman than being told they better not gain weight. However, it seems like the author made this “cute” banter be OK by having the female character demand the same of her husband. It wasn’t.

Wing Girl by Nic Tatano is one of the worst books I have read this year ever read. Classless, boring and offensive. The only character I liked in this book is the much reviled HR lady, which the author nicknamed the HR Troll. Well, after this deservedly negative review you can go ahead and call me the Book Reviewer Troll. I will proudly own my nickname.

Book Review

Book Review #16: Soulless


soulless-gail-carriger-book-coverWelcome to our sixteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. This is a special episode as it is the first show with a guest! We welcome Amy from Reel Pages Bite (reelpagesbite.com) to review Soulless by Gail Carriger. Soulless is the first book of the series The Parasol Protectorate. We love this series. It’s one of our favorite paranormal romance book series. This steampunk novel is set in London during Victorian times. The main character, Alexia Tabarotti is a preternatural, which means she is soulless in a world where supernatural creatures have excess soul. Her state of lack of soul also gives her the power of neutralizing supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves. As long as Alexia maintains contact with supernaturals, they become human. Alexia gets tied up in a murder investigation and vampires seem to be appearing around London without being claimed by a hive or trained in social etiquette. Alexia must navigate these dangerous waters and deal with the unrefined alpha of the London Pack Lord Maccoon.

Gail Carriger develops a cast of amazing characters that will leave you wanting to know more about them. We recommend this book and series with a resounding YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com

Our next selection is the book: Wing Girl by Nic Tatano. We will be posting our review soon!

Event

Author Event: Meg Cabot @ Books & Books

alignright coco-izzie-selfie-meg-cabotCoco and I had the pleasure of seeing Meg Cabot at Books & Books last night. She was everything you would expect her to be, charming, funny, and very entertaining. We had a blast! It was great to see several of the people attending wearing tiaras in honor of the Princess Diaries 🙂 If you have a chance to see Meg Cabot at your local bookstore don’t miss it, you’ll love meeting her in person.

I first discovered Meg Cabot’s books about 10 years ago at the public library and quickly fell in love with them. I read all of the boys series, The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl and Every Boy’s Got One; and  the Queen of Babble series. I started reading mainly the adult series, but the one I really got hooked on and has a special place in my bookworm heart is the Mediator series which is more of a YA paranormal/romance. And finally after several years, Meg Cabot is releasing the next Mediator book, Remembrance, and it’s going to be an adult book! Yes! Ahhh, so many books of hers to look forward to. But right now, her most recent book  is Royal Wedding.

Royal Wedding is also an adult book based on the YA Princess Diaries. For some reason, this is the only Meg Cabot series I have not read. I’m excited about reading the Royal Wedding but a little wary because I did not read all the other Princess Diaries books. Well, we’ll definitely let you know what we think of Meg’s latest book. We’ll be making a video review of Royal Wedding as soon as we finish it 🙂

Happy readings!

<3 Izzie

Book Review

Book Review #15: Queen of the Tearling


the-queen-of-the-tearling-johansen-book-coverWelcome to our fifteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Queen of the Tearling is a moving story about a 19 year old girl forced to reign a kingdom over night. Kelsea has been living a secluded life. She’s only interacted with her two guardians who raised her and taught her how to be a fair queen through examples in history. As soon as Kelsea arrives at her castle she is confronted with the reality that her mother (and preceding Queen) signed a treaty to ship thousands of citizens to the neighboring kingdom as slaves – every year.

We loved this book and recommend it with a YAY! Kelsea is a tough ruler with a good heart and does what’s best for her kingdom. The villains are pretty scary, a red witch that sacrifices children to the Dark Lord for powerful magic; an unscrupulous slave trader masquerading as census officer, and a sleazy oblivious uncle. This book is a page turner that will keep you wanting to find out what happens next. We can’t wait to read the sequel. Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com

Our next selection is the book: Soulless by Gail Carriger. We will be posting our review soon!